Duo concert at the VJC
BRATTLEBORO- On Saturday, October 12, at 8 pm the Vermont Jazz Center welcomes Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton and vocalist Cyrille Aimée to the stage in a duo performance. Payton will perform on trumpet, acoustic bass, piano and Fender Rhodes; Aimée will sing and, at times, use a looping device to layer her vocals.
They spontaneously interact or push each other, sometimes delving into material from the Great American Songbook, other times exploring new sonic textures or hypnotic grooves.
This concert will present two artists whose individual work demonstrates a love for the lineage of tradition and a deep respect for the masters who paved the way. They believe music evolves with the times and, that in order to be innovators, it is incumbent upon them to explore unchartered territories.
The fact that both musicians call New Orleans home says a lot about this project. It reflects the comfort they feel while improvising and an ease in embracing both traditional and forward-seeking visions. New Orleans is defined by musical history and cultural riches.
Circling back, freedom and mastery are what defines this duo project. Both Payton and Aimée get it: The three elements at play are 1) the mastery of one’s instrument (or voice) and repertoire, 2) the patience to leave space and let the music evolve, and 3) the willingness to let the collective interplay service the music rather than the individual. Once these elements are in place and embraced, the table is set and it is time to dig in.
The Vermont Jazz Center is located at 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio 222.
This concert will likely sell out so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. Visit vyjazz.org.