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#JazzPortraits: Anne Paceo, a globetrotting, bewitchingly poetic drummer
“I’ve never liked borders between musical styles,” she says. “Record stores invented those labels but music transcends all that. What matters is that it speaks to the heart and soul, stirs emotions, inspires us and takes us on a journey.”
A veritable globetrotter, Anne in her music absorbs the cultures she encounters, mixes them and immerses us into a unique musical world on each of her six records.
unique, border-shattering creations.
New album "Bright Shadows"
With her new album Bright Shadows, whose release is scheduled for January 25, 2019, Anne continues her musical explorations with voices and electronics. This time, she is surrounded by two sensitive vocalists, Ann Shirley and Florent Mateo, as well as musicians Tony Paeleman on keyboards, Pierre Perchaud on guitar and Christophe Panzani on saxophone.
Bright Shadows is a spellbinding, unclassifiable creation, a veritable musical mixture of nearly spiritual sounds, pop melodies and West African beats.
Anne Paceo, artist-in-residence at the Jazz Sous les Pommiers Festival in Coutances until 2020
Jazz sous les pommiers in Coutances is the first festival where Anne played as a leader in 2007. Now she’s back as an artist-in residence.
Recorded at the same festival, Anne’s previous album, Fables of Shwedagon, is the outcome of the encounter in Myanmar (formerly Burma) between the traditional orchestra Hein Tint and her jazz quintet. The fascinating compositions stemming from this unique musical encounter showcase her vast range.
Photos ©Sylvain Gripoix
Circles: airy compositions for a first-class quartet
In 2016, Circles, the album Anne recorded as a quartet with the very talented Emile Parisien (saxophone), Leila Martial (vocals) and Tony Paeleman (keyboards), already featured compositions for voice. Based on jazz, world music or pop, the music is free-spirited, bright and vibrant, the subtle melodies giving way to colourful atmospheres and dance beats.
Anne works regularly with leading French and international artists such as Archie Shepp and Alain Jean-Marie. She will perform at a unique concert in Coutances with Rhoda Scott, Dan Tepfer, China Moses and Sandra Nkake.