In this post-Brexit era, we want to bring together a group of top-class British and French musicians, to show that music has no borders, to share their passion and to run workshops, culminating in a series of concerts over two nights on the 12th and 13th July 2018.
Why in Haimps? Precisely because, although it's a village in rural France, people there love music and art. Funding for these things, however, is usually allocated to large towns and cities, leaving the rural communities with little money for 'luxuries' like these.
18months ago, we ran a jazz vocals workshop in Haimps and the tutors gave a free concert in the village hall. I was really interested to know if this was a genre of music people would enjoy. The hall was packed and the audience was absolutely thrilled by the concert. Clearly, the universal language of music transcends national borders. The quality of the performers absolutely blew the audience away and they really wanted us to do it again. So I'm trying to make it happen.
We have created an association/committee in the village, which will oversee the administration of the event and we have a small army of willing volunteers who can accommodate the musicians, help with the technical side of things like sound engineering etc, provide financial expertise, security for the venue, sell tickets, run the bar and generally do whatever they can to make this project happen... and grow.
We are so very lucky to have Liane Carroll, Sara Colman, and Sophie Bancroft as our key tutors and headline performers at Haimps Jazz. We are excited to see the collaboration with their French counterparts, the results of the workshops, and the enthusiastic participation of the villagers. We see this project as something that will grow year on year, to become a major course for singers and musicians (as the Sligo Jazz Project has become) a must-see event for everyone who can get there and an opportunity for people who don't know Charente Maritime to come and explore this beautiful area.
Please help us, if you can!