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Jazz and Poetry for Valentine’s Day

Jazz and Poetry for Valentine’s Day

A chilly Valentine’s evening in Paris was warmed by an unprecedented collaboration between the international community of writers and poets of Paris Lit Up and the Italian jazz quintet Omit Five in a special Jazz and Poetry Valentine’s Day celebration at the Au Chat Noir underground.

Performers Bibi Jacob, Jason Francis Mc Gimsey, Kate Noakes, Emily Ruck-Keene, and Troy York accompanied the Omit Five to create, on the spot, improvised sonorous collaborations between jazz and poetry without ever having rehearsed before. These poets and musicians had never met but as soon as the band got set up, the electricity of creation could be felt in the air.

The individual styles of each of the poets was nurtured and further enriched by the band’s special jazz sensitivity to their singular sound and rhythms, ranging from a down-home bluesy swing to accompany Ms. Jacob’s sultry voice, to ironic interactions and veritable conversations between Filippo’s trombone and Emily Ruck-Keene’s sassy remarks concerning a love that never was. Jason’s furiously eclectic meta-poetry was met by the stark harmonies of Joseph’s flaming red semi-hollow, while Troy York’s dirty noir tales found a home inside the smoky bar of a 1940s Hitchcock film. Finally, Kate Noakes’ Cape Town poetry elegantly floated over perfect African harmonies to close out the night.

Invigorated by an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 100 guests, the evening was a unique experience for everyone, poets, musicians and audience, and will no doubt lead to future collaborations and performances… Stay tuned…

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About the band

Omit Five started in 2010 at the Venezze Conservatory in Rovigo (Italy) as an independent laboratory for jazz improvisation. All five members have different musical, cultural and geographic backgrounds. Their repertoire is almost entirely made up of a wide range of original compositions as the group attempts to unite jazz and improvisation with the post-bop tradition, playing entirely acoustically with a contemporary sound. They have participated in various national and international competitions and was voted  Best of Show in the Barga Jazz Contest in 2011 and awarded the MIUR National Award for Arts – Jazz in 2011. They have played in many festivals including Umbria Jazz ’12, the Torrione Jazz Club of Ferrara, Milestone Piacenza Jazz Club, Bergamo Jazz Club, Fara Music Jazz Live 2011 and toured extensively throughout Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Belgium). Their first disc was released in September 2012 with Caligola Records.

Omit Five is: Filippo Vignato – trombone, Mattia Dalla Pozza – sax, Joseph Circelli – guitar, Rosa Brunello – upright bass, Simone Sferruzza – drums

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