Guitarist/vocalist Jean-Paul Bourelly’s musical output spawns a diverse array of variations of funky otherness. Often fiery solo exchanges, harmonic textures, and sound constellations, characterized by a spontaneous flow of rhythmic energy. His music is informed by the migrant community of Haiti and the southern culture of Chicago's south side that he grew up in.
Raised in a blend of Haitian meringue, folkloric, and the hard-edged urban blues of Chicago's South Side. Howlin' Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana, were all inspirations. At the age of 18, he studied with the great alto saxophonist and educator Bunky Green. During his early years, Bourelly worked with notable jazz figures like Elvin Jones, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roy Haynes and recorded with Miles Davis, and later collaborated with genre-crossing musicians like Olu Dara, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Cassandra Wilson, and jazz legends Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders. Moving to Berlin allowed Bourelly a further focus on his very original “Afro/fusion” sound. Tonight, Bourelly will be joined in this too rare stateside area performance by:
Charles Woods: reeds / Tom Teasley: drums
Sub-Z: voice/words / Thomas Stanley: sounds/efx
WHEN: Friday July 29, 8pm
WHERE: RhizomeDC, 6950 Maple St NW DC
COST: $10 suggested donation
TRANSPARENT PRODUCTIONS www.transparentproductionsdc.org