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Élan Parlé promises one-of-a-kind one-night concert treat
Finally, local band Élan Parlé will treat fans with a full-length concert in over seven years at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, on September 28, at 7.30 pm.
This Is Élan Parlé, the concert experience, is on for one night only and will chart the band’s musical history from its inception in 2000 to today. It will feature favourites from the band’s repertoire as well as songs from its highly anticipated new album.
A release from the band said it intends to give fans an even deeper insight as they will have the rare opportunity to hear the stories behind some of the songs and rhythms that they have come to love over the years which fuse Caribbean, jazz and world beat motifs into seamless and yet spirited conversations.
This Is Élan Parlé brings together some of the nation’s most accomplished jazz instrumentalists such as drummer Richard Joseph; bassist Rodney Alexander, sax player Anthony “Tony Paul” Woodroffe, percussionist Modupe Onilu, guitarist Dean Williams and Michael “Ming” Low Chew Tung on keyboards. There will also be a range of guest vocalists to lend their voices to original Élan Parlé classics and new compositions.
Élan Parlé has dominated the local jazz scene since their inception in 2000. The band has been a staple at the Tobago Jazz Festival and the San Fernando Jazz on the Hill. They’ve also performed in festivals such as the Virgin Gorda Jazz on the Hill in the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten SummerFest Jazz night, the Grenada Spice Jazz Festival, St Kitts Music Festival and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Blues Festival.
The staple of the group is leader and keyboardist Michael “Ming” Low Chew Tung. Largely self-taught, Low Chew Tung studied in 1997 with world renowned musician/bassist Jeff Berlin at the Players School of Music in Florida. He is also a graduate of the Recording Workshop in Ohio.
He has numerous performances to his credit including the 2000 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland where he performed with Rapso group 3canal, the 2001 Barbados Jazz Festival 2001 and the 2003 St Kitts Music Festival.
The concert will also pay tribute to Élan Parlé founding member Wayne Cotoy, who succumbed to cancer in 2004.
This Is Élan Parlé is hosted by Curtain Call Consulting Company Ltd and follows Curtain Call’s successful production—Voice of a People—held at Queen’s Hall last year.
Tickets are available from Cleve’s One Stop Music Shop, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain and, from the Queen’s Hall Box office, St Ann’s. Patrons can also e-mail [email protected] for reserved tickets.
2002: Kindred Spirits received five nominations and won two Sunshine Music Awards, including Best Recording by a Group.
2004: Élan Parlé leader and keyboardist Michael Low Chew Tung received a Cott nomination for Jazz/World Music Composer of the Year.
Élan Parlé Discography
Since the band’s formation in 2000, Élan Parlé has independently produced, recorded and released seven CD albums:
1. Tribal Voices (2000)
2. Kindred Spirits (2002)
3. Caribbean Renaissance (2004)
4. Songs for Wayne (2005)
5. “5” The Ming-Toy Project (2006)
6. We Jouvay Nation (2007)
7. Jazzalypso (2011).
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