LIVEStream.LOVE.WORLD Series #3 with Clerel
DATE: Sunday July 26, 2020 TIME: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT VENUE: This event will be Livestreamed PRICE: FREE (Donations accepted)
* Please note that donations accepted to help the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (Registered Charity: #80107-7033-RR0001) continue to bring live music to Niagara and beyond. Thank you for supporting the arts!
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A natural-born singer, Clerel nurtured his taste for melody in his native Cameroon, where he grew up listening to music ranging from church hymns and afro-beat to french chanson, developing an early habit of singing his favorite songs to himself as a way to “listen” to them whenever he desired.
A family move to the United States in 2008 offered Djamen the opportunity to pursue a chemistry degree in Ohio, where he picked up the acoustic guitar and began honing his hitherto unexplored solo performance talents. During this stateside chapter, Clerel also spent time catching up on various Western musical styles. The most significant discovery, however, would come with a university trip to Memphis’ famed Stax Records museum, where Clerel first connected with the genre of soul music. This encounter would prove instrumental in his artistic development.
Following completion of his degree, Clerel relocated to Montreal, where he soon began performing at local open mics. The enthusiastic response to his performances spurred him on to pursue a career as a singer, and work on original compositions integrating his varied influences. These efforts led to a debut EP, Songs from Under a Guava Tree, which was co-produced with Kento Kataoka and released in the fall of 2019, followed by an appearance as an opening act for soul icon Mavis Staples at the Pop Montreal festival in September 2019.
Clerel is currently working on a new collection of music due for release in 2020.
Visit www.jeanclerel.com for information about upcoming releases and to purchase his music
ABOUT THE “LIVEStream.LOVE.WORLD.Series”
“We love organically grown events and this series is a prime example of that. In January of 2019, we started a series called “IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD” when local jazz pianist Doug Mundy asked us if we could store his Steinway grand piano at our Shady Acres Studio. We knew how our jazz fans LOVE the intimate concerts so we thought why not do one ‘In our own back yard’.
The first 4-part piano series was a huge success so we then decided to add another 4 shows and then another 2! 10 shows in total for 2019 and when the piano was removed we decided to continue with a guitar series. Part 4 of the guitar series came during the COVID-19 pandemic so we decided to adapt to the times. Our NEW live streamed events are now in YOUR own backyard. ‘From our back yard to yours’
To align with our tag line: LIVE LOVE JAZZ and the current situation, we have re-branded our series to be called the “LIVEStream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series”.
We do look forward to having our guests gather in our backyard again soon (when it is safe to do so) but until then we are thrilled to be able to live stream our events and to keep the music alive in Niagara and beyond”
Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea (Co-creators: Twilight Jazz Series and TD Niagara Jazz Festival)
Find us online : www.NiagaraJazzFestival.com
Call us at: 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (1-844-548-5299)