La Fête Francophonie Kickoff Party
In celebration of March being Le Mois de la Francophonie (Francophone Month) and in partnership with Nous Foundation, we are hosting La Fête Francophonie Kickoff Party!
$5 • Free for members
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About the Event:
Join us as we kickoff Le Mois de la Francophonie with an afternoon of live French music by Sunset Jazz Band, the opening of the Visages de la Francophonie photo exhibit by Audoin de Vergnette and more! In partnership with the Nous Foundation.
About the musicians:
Clara Jasmine is a jazz violinist from Paris with a singular blend of musical influences. She first fell in love with the violin in Scotland, where musicians used traditional styles as a base camp for brand new sonic explorations. Back in Paris, she became fascinated by the rhythms of gypsy jazz, musette waltzes and the playing of violinist Stephane Grappelli. In 2012, she followed her passion for jazz to New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied music at the University of New Orleans while pursuing a more informal but equally instructive jazz education playing at music clubs throughout the city.
After moving to Mexico in 2020, Clara has created her own project called La Mancha Cuarteto, whose music reflects her Transatlantic wanderings and which has now performed in all the major jazz venues of Mexico City. She also currently plays and records with Sonora Propaganda, a band created by the bass player of the iconic Mexican band Maldita Vecindad, and dedicates her time to learning Son Huasteco, a violin-driven Mexican fiddle Style.
Nelson Williams is an upright and electric bass player based in New Orleans, LA. Born and raised in South Louisiana, Nelson
is a child of the diverse and influential music culture that permeates throughout the region. Nelson's range of musical influences extend
from classical to jazz to various forms of Black string-band music (Old-Time, Blues, Bluegrass, Creole). An "On-Call" and
"Go-To" bass player while in New Orleans, Nelson has performed across the nation and aboard at venues and festivals like the
Kennedy Center, NPR Tiny Desk, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Fire in the Mountain Festival and more. He has recently been seen supporting
artist such as Jake Blount, Eva Lovullo, Katie Martucci, Lizzie No and others.
Romain Beauxis discovered New Orleans over a decade ago. Originally planning to teach and do research in Computer Science for a couple of years, he in fact ended up finding a new home and a renewed interest in its music and culture. Nowadays, Romain performs, promotes and organizes several musical projects. He has led the traditional jazz band Sabertooth Swing for over 5 years, producing 3 albums, the last of which being nominated for best traditional jazz album by Offbeat magazine. Through his love of both New Orleans and French culture, Romain has also organized and promoted cross-over projects mixing French chansons and pop music with New Orleans music and instrumentation, the last of which being the Sunset Jazz Band, co-led with French violinist Clara Jasmine.