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Jazzycolors Festival: EMMA

The Jazzycolors festival is back! For its 19th edition, the Institut Suédois is hosting Franco-Swedish guitarist Paul Jarret for his project titled “EMMA”.
Picture of the quartet EMMA, each musician holding their instrument.

As usual, the Institut Suédois has partnered with other foreign cultural institutes in Paris (members of FICEP) to organise a festival brimming with musical discoveries.

Franco-Swedish guitarist Paul Jarret, who won the 2019 Adami Jazz Talents award for his collaboration with American drummer Jim Black, and his quartet creates chamber music that blurs the boundaries between jazz, free improvisation and minimalistic or repetitive forms. They draw inspiration from traditional Swedish music, poems about exile and Scandinavian melodies.

EMMA is a musical evocation of Swedish migration to the USA in the early 19th century. Its origins are to be found in the story of Emma Jonasson, Paul Jarret’s great-grandmother, who lived in New York for several years before returning to Sweden to start a family in the 1910s. Vilhelm Moberg’s Emigrants series, a classic of Swedish literature, has also inspired Jarret’s work.

The quartet, a member of the Pegazz & l’Hélicon collective, comprises Paul Jarret (guitar, artistic director), Hannah Tolf (vocals, percussion), Étienne Renard (double bass) and Éléonore Billy (nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish stringed instrument).

Watch an excerpt
Spotify link to album
Paul Jarret website
Pegazz & l’Hélicon website
Label: Neuklang

Useful information:

  • Admission: 5 euros.
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  • Tickets available on line until the beginning of the concert (tickets not available at the venue).
  • Doors open at 19:15.
  • To ensure that everybody is protected and that events run smoothly, our team is implementing a number of hygiene and safety measures. Please read the barrier gestures by clicking here.

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