Project Agora — Coletivo Raízes Do Samba X Song Yi Jeon
Project Agora is a post-genre festival founded in Basel that is supported by the Verein Project Agora. The festival represents a new Basel platform to create a dialogue between people of all ages, backgrounds, and preferences through music and to broaden their perception by offering new sound experiences by bringing new acoustic experiences to life.
Award-winning South Korean jazz singer Song Yi Jeon joins on stage for a cultural journey and exchange with the Coletivo Raízes do Samba, a band representing authentic music from Brazil. You can expect to hear samba rhythms mixed with traditional Korean songs mixed with jazz elements.
Jeon is a singer and composer who deftly combines modern jazz harmony and old-time signatures with singable melodies that instantly catch the ear of the listener. She made her Blue Note debut in New York to great acclaim for her mini album release in early 2015, and in 2018 she released her first album “Movement of Lives” with her quintet, featuring Vitor Goncalves, Kenji Herbert, Peter Slavov, Jongkuk Kim, and Rogerio Boccato. She was recently selected to be part of Rolex Arts Initiative Mentor & Protége 23-24, and as a music protégé she will be working closely with five-time Grammy winner Ms. Dianne Reeves.
The Coletivo Raízes do Samba is a long-standing movement that grew out of an amalgamation of generations of musicians and samba lovers in Basel. Samba is more than just a rhythm in Brazilian music. It is an age-old culture passed down from generation to generation but is still reinvented today through musicians and researchers who seek to keep it always alive and current. Coletivo Raízes do Samba is part of this context, seeking to develop this language through a research of composers and works incorporating new arrangements.