An evening at the New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden, July 19th, 2012 – Avalon Jazz brought Monet’s Garden to life with hot syncopation and Gypsy swing. This tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcased a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. Claude Monet was an avid gardener who once reflected that perhaps flowers were the reason he became a painter. The visitors were able to admire the water lilies made famous by Monet’s brush and explore the legacy of his idyllic garden in Giverny, France, while sipping rosé wine and listening to music.
Hedonism is a fundamental French value, says singer Tatiana Eva-Marie. In Manhattan, people run with their coffee and only think about work, whereas in France, pleasure is considered to be the most important part of every day life. As jazz artists, our goal is to bring a touch of Parisian epicureanism into the fast-paced New York state of mind.
The band members met one another here and there, and everywhere, says Tatiana, it isn’t hard to find great musicians in New York, it is the jazz capital of the world, after all. It can be noticed that Avalon Jazz Band is quite international indeed: Adrien Chevalier on the violin and Koran Agan on the guitar are very true to the Gypsy jazz style made famous by Django and Grappelli in the 1930’s, and Brazilian bassist Eduardo Belo brings a spoonful of tropical flavors to the swing rhythms of the band. Additional musicians for the Botanical Garden concert were Korean pianist Hyuna Park, who brings a slight hint of modern groove to the mix, and drummer Antoine Cara, oozing French charm as always.
The band’s musical togetherness brought a smile to the eyes and ears. Jazz is all about feeling your partners and absorbing their energy, says French jazz violinist Adrien Chevalier, We all became very close friends and every performance is an invitation into our small world, filled with musical private jokes and old school nostalgia. The Water Lily concert was a complete sensual experience: Grass on bare feet, nature for the eyes, the perfume of wild flowers, wine cascading on taste buds, and of course hot French swing for the ears and soul, provided by Avalon Jazz Band and French jazz singer Tatiana Eva-Marie.