Past Dates

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Haiti Alive - Hurricane Relief Benefit - 7:00 p.m.
118 Elliot St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Price: $20
Celebration of Haitian "All Souls Day" or "Gede Lwa".
Traditional Music and Dance Performance
Followed by a Dance Party....WEAR YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUME!
Music performed by Ayizan and Azouke Sanon 
with a dance choreographed by Julio Jean.
Ayizan and Azouke Sanon form the Haitian Roots band AZAKA and have been performing together since the 1970s. The brothers were involved in the formation of the groups Foula and Sanba Yo. The music they played was a fusion of traditional music, jazz and folk/rock, pioneering Rasin (Roots) Music. Since leaving Haiti, they have continued their work in the US, primarily in New York. They created a group called Vodoule with which they toured from the Louisiana Music Festival to New York and as an opening band for the Rolling Stones in Washington, D.C. Ayizan has worked, among other things, with Benice from Sweet Honey and the Rock and can be heard on a CD called "Roots of Rapture" and at Carnegie Hall for the celebration of 200 years of Haitian independence. His most recent CD's "Kay La Boule" and "La Kay Bezwen Nou" can be purchased online at Harry Ayizan Sanon at CD Baby

Julio Jean is a renowned master Haitian dance teacher  and
choreographer with 20 years of experience. His choreography blends traditional Haitian forms with modern and contemporary dance to create compelling movement narratives. Julio studied with Lavinia Williams, a company member of Katherine Dunham, at the National School of Arts in Haiti. In 1989, he moved to NYC, and worked with Katherine Dunham teaching traditional Haitian dance for her teacher trainings. He has taught workshops and classes around the country including Webster University in Missouri, Humboldt University, in California, and Dance New England Dance Camp in Maine. Julio's performances have been seen at Alvin Ailey for National Dance week and at Summer Stage in 2010. Currently, Julio teaches at Peridance, and Gibney in NYC, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the YMCA in Montclair. A songwriter and composer, Julio released the album, "Kenbe La," which encompasses the panorama of traditional Haitian music.