French American Peace Ensemble in Columbus

The French American Peace Ensemble tour will roll into Columbus on Tuesday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m., following their debut in Montreal and New York City.  The concert will be at Shadowbox Live, located in Columbus’ Brewery District at 503 S. Front St. The French American Peace Ensemble is an all-star collaborative of master improvisers from Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and France. Each member brings over 40 years of engaging in the art of improvisation. They will be spontaneously creating musical compositions as well as working through newly written compositions by members of the group. Folk, blues, jazz, and world music elements will be incorporated to create music that is new exciting, trance-like, melodic and rhythmic in its scope. 

The members of the French American Peace Ensemble are François Tusques (piano) and Louis Sclavis (reeds) from France and William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums), and Kidd Jordan (saxophone) from the U.S. Kidd Jordan appeared in Columbus at last year’s Hot Times Tribute to Kate Schulte. Columbus poet and member of The Jazz Poetry Ensemble™, Michael Vander Does, will also perform with the French American peace Ensemble.

Ticket-holders for this concert will be afforded the opportunity to buy advance sale tickets to the August concert featuring the David Murray Infinity Quartet with Macy Gray.

The concert is being presented by The Jazz Poetry Ensemble™ and the Kate Schulte Foundation in conjunction with Arts for Art, Inc. The French-American Peace Ensemble has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE (“French American Cultural Exchange”) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”), Florence Gould Foundation, and Institut Français.

Shadowbox Live, the largest resident theatre company in America, offers a hybrid form of entertainment, blending diverse elements such as original sketch comedy, live rock ‘n’ roll, dance theater, and new media into seamless, fast-paced, high energy productions.  For an unparalleled live experience, nothing compares to Shadowbox Live.

The Jazz Poetry Ensemble™ is a collaborative ensemble whose mission is to deliver a message of hope, determination and strength that inspires people to work for social justice, equal rights, and human dignity.

Arts for Art, Inc. is a not-for-profit, multi-cultural organization whose purpose is to build awareness and understanding of avantjazz and related expressive movements while encouraging a sense of community amongst artists and their audiences. Their principal activities are the presentation of innovative, creative music, dance, multi-media performances, spoken word, and the exhibition of visual arts and through educational efforts involve a new generation.

The Kate Schulte Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing cultural, educational, and community-building opportunities around the intersection of the arts and social justice.

The French American Peace Ensemble (jazz)
Tuesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Shadowbox Live, 503 South Front Street, Columbus, OH
For tickets: Reservations for the French-American Peace Ensemble are available through the Shadowbox Live Box Office by calling 614-416-7625 or on the web at VIP tables are available. All other tickets are general admission.

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