Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Moyenne and Philip Nanton in performance

Friday 27 March, 2009, at 8.00 pm

This Friday, Alice Yard presents a double bill: the jazz ensemble Moyenne preceded by a performance of Island Voices by Philip Nanton.

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"Wake Up Call", by Caroline "bops" Sardine.
Image courtesy Khalil Goodman and the artist.
Click here to see video sequence of Nanton discussing the work at Zemicon Gallery, Barbados

Philip Nanton's Island Voices is located on the imaginary Caribbean island state of St. Christopher and the Barracudas. It is a place where anything can happen and the wrong thing usually does. These dramatic monologues and dialogues, ranging in tone from broad humour to pathos, are introduced by the island state’s retired, rumbustuous Chief of Police, Emmanuel "Fish-head" De Freitas. Nanton's live stage reading includes visual responses by the Vincentian artist Caroline "bops" Sardine, and a short film, Shades, by the South African filmmaker Akin Omotosho.

Island Voices has previously been performed in Barbados, Jamaica, St. Vincent, and at the 2007 Miami International Book Fair.


Moyenne is a Caribbean jazz group, led by Chantal Esdelle, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a MA student at York University. This pianist, composer, and arranger is joined by co-founder of the group Kevin Sobers on steel pans, Douglas Redon on bass, and Junior Noel on percussion. Together they create and perform original music that reflects their rich Caribbean heritage and their exploration of African-American jazz.

Moyenne has performed at the Havana International Jazz Festival, the Grenada Spice Jazz Festival, Pan Royale (now referred to as the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan and Jazz Festival), and throughout the Caribbean.

You can hear Moyenne’s music at

The evening's performance starts at 8.00 pm. Admission is free and all are invited.