This year, the Festival is proud to present, for the first time in Haiti, this talented, New York based guitarist. Chardavoine’s musical style is an original blend that could somehow be defined as jazz funk with with a traditional Haitian music flavour. His influences are diverse, and this allows him to make an original synthesis, thanks to the top-notch arrangements played with a flawless virtuosity by his swirling guitar. On his two albums, Chardavoine collaborated with Dave Valentin, a flute player who won the Grammy Award for best Latin Jazz album in 2003. He’s also often played with Tito Puente Junior.

Jazz guitarist Chardavoine would likely be a doctor if it weren’t for George Benson.

While a freshman at SUNY in upstate New York, where he was studying medical technology, Chardavoine (first name: Jean) attended a concert by Benson. As he watched the jazz star lead the band with his guitar, Chardavoine’s medical dreams vanished.

“When you play an instrument and you don’t sing, it’s like you’re always taking the back seat to what the singer is doing,” Chardavoine says. “That was the first time witnessing an instrumentalist leading the band. The guitar was playing the role of the lead singer.”

Chardavoine « Du jazz funk avec une touche créole »

Cette année, le Festival est fière de pouvoir présenter pour la première fois en Haiti ce talentueux guitariste haïtien basé à New York. Le style musical de Chardavoine est un mélange original que l’on pourrait définir comme du jazz funk s’inspirant parfois de la musique traditionnelle haitienne. Ses influences sont multiples, ce qui lui permet de faire une synthèse de nombreux styles, grâce à des arrangements hors-pairs servis par une guitare virevoltante et une virtuosité sans faille. Chadavoine a travaillé sur ses 2 albums avec le flutiste Dave Valentin, détenteur d’un Grammy award pour le meilleur album de latin jazz en 2003 et à plusieurs reprises, il a partagé la scène avec Tito Puente junior.

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