Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum Foundation

avalon jazz band tatiana eva-marie singer frenchThe mutual admiration, cultural and intellectual, between Russia and France has always been of significant importance, and we were thrilled to honor and perpetuate this tradition by performing for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. The event was an award ceremony celebrating the work and achievements of a Russian and American artist, or philanthropist, who has contributed to the Hermitage Museum as a unique cultural institution and one of the world’s greatest repositories for our common human heritage. The Hermitage Museum Foundation Award represents an opportunity to exercise cultural diplomacy by recognizing the many links between Russia’s and the United States’ artistic communities, museum, research, and collecting traditions. The event took place at the beautiful High Line Hotel, that used to be a theological seminary in the XIXth century. We performed in the majestic old refectory and included “Russian Lullaby” and “Bei Mir Bistu Schein” in our repertoire, of course.

The welcome was overwhelming in warmth and mirth and proved once again that Russians have a special talent for celebrating life. Our singer Tatiana Eva-Marie, who has a special intimate relationship with Russian culture and a deep admiration for the Hermitage Museum, which she had the pleasure of visiting as a teenager, was thrilled to be a part of this event and get to dance to the sound of balalaika and Gypsy violin. Above is a picture of Tatiana wearing her Russian scarf from Moscow in front of the beautiful refectory fireplace.

maison kayser new york

Maison Kayser in NYC!

jazz band new yorkOur favorite bakery is finally expanding to the American market! Maison Kayser opened a new location on the Upper West Side and Avalon Jazz Band was invited to pair the bread and pastry tasting with some French Jazz. We are particularly excited about Maison Kayser gaining in popularity because, as French expats, we are often disappointed about the quality of bread away from home and the presence of Eric Kayser‘s passion and savoir-faire solves everything. We share similar values in that we believe in tradition and come from similar backgrounds, except that we put our passion in music while he puts it in bread. It was indeed an honor to perform for him and celebrate his success, as we’ve been great fans ever since the very humble beginning of his floury adventure. The composers and performers we admire from the history of French Jazz, such as Charles Trenet, Yves Montand, Django Reinhardt, were what we call “bon-vivants”, people who enjoy life and especially its simple pleasures: food and drink!

The cherry on the cake for us is that we went home with many wonderful gifts: croissants, pains au chocolat, brioches, baguettes, pains aux noix… absolute bliss! Tatiana Eva-Marie recommends the hot chocolate and the financier.