Paris – Tallinn – Stockholm

Spring has been quite busy until now. Much time has been dedicated to my album. Most of the mixing is made in Paris, at Studio Wasia of my friend Diogal. We are also preparing new material for his own album. It’s an interesting venture. While his last album Li La Lan was much more folk, giving large space to his voice and the acoustic guitars, Urban Spirit will be more orchestral.

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For me, Paris is always an exciting place. I would not live there but it is an exciting place for musicians with a lot of opportunities for jam sessions – a good way to learn from others. In one of them, I met Manu Guerrero, a very talented French-Peruvian keyboard player and pianist who has performed with French and International artists like Celine Dion, Michel Sardou, Garou, Mireille Mathieu, Isabelle Boulay, Taj Mahal, Jef Sicard, Odysseum Sextet . We had a good time playing together. The feeling was great and I’m sure we’ll join together in some project.

After Paris, I flew to Tallinn, which has become my home for several months. I was part of the 20th JAZZ KAAR, Tallinn International Jazz Festival, that took place from April 18.-26 in Tallinn, Tartu, Viljandi, Pärnu, Haapsalu, Saku, Rõuge, Kuressaare, Paide, Elva, Türi and Rapla. Top musicians from 15 countries performed, giving a total of 57 concerts to more than 15 000 music lovers. I had the pleasure to perform with Paquito D’Rivera, the Cuban music and jazz composer, and Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed, Grammy-winning drummer from the Bronx. Both were among the special favourites of the Jazzkaar audience together with Angie Stone and Al Jarreau.

As you see, life is going on. I’m leaving now for Stockholm to perform with Assane Mboup, the singer of Ochestra Baobab.

Keep the spirit up.

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