Haitian Roots Jazz Ensemble Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn Release Equinox

Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn - Equinox
Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn – Equinox

Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn will be having their Equinox CD Release Party with a performance on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at midnight at Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway (and 51st), New York City 10019. The band includes Markus Schwartz (Haitian drums/percussion), Monvelyno Alexis (guitar), Paul Beaudry (bass) & Jean Caze (trumpet/flugelhorn) plus invited musical guests: Buyu Ambroise, Pauline Jean, Yosvany & Yunior Terry.

Recorded in a beautiful auditorium built in 1908, the music was captured in stereo, at 24/192 (high resolution) and the dynamics of the performance were left fully intact,” says Barry Diament of Soundkeeper Recordings. “The goal was to capture the sound of the band as they would be heard by a listener present at the performance. Like the “old days”, the players came in, played the songs (making musical magic in the process) and at the end of four hours, we’d recorded an album.”

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Markus Schwartz grew up in an American household surrounded by jazz and has devoted the last twenty years to learning the wealth and complexity of traditional Haitian religious music. Moving in and out of Haiti since the early 1990’s, Markus followed the lead of Haitian percussionists on pilgrimages into the countryside to lean the intricate and powerful drumming styles of the various lakou (historic religious compounds).

Now a first call percussionist in the Haitian jazz community, Markus has performed and recorded with Haitian artists such as Mozayik (Afro-Haitian jazz quintet), Emeline Michel, Beethova Obas, Azor, Foula, Dadi Beaubrun, Eddy Francois and Wyclef Jean, among many others. Markus lives in the heart of Lakou Brooklyn.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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