Some human creations seem to mimic the logic of mutation inherent in nature. Just as an ancestral aquatic species slowly moves toward the ponds, and across the millennia achieves earthly existence, the development of artistic languages, in a fast-track mirroring of evolution, branches off as it meets diverse individuals and environments.
The jazz backgrounds date back to the transition from the 19th to the 20th century, a historical moment in which the Mississippi Delta was the scene of the fusion between African diaspora’s and European settlers’ cultures. Since then, the music genre has undergone several transformations as it became involved with other accents, scales and rhythms without, however, losing the stylistic elements that define it and continue to structure its contemporary manifestations, which today represent a cross-cultural expressive field.
In its second edition, Sesc Jazz seeks to explore musical diversity typical of the current genre scene. It seeks experimental languages, outermost geographical references, promising yet still little known artists, as well as the work of women musicians, often obliterated within the scope of instrumental expressions. According to this vocal plurality, the program aims to explore the mutations, blends and crossings made possible by the freedom typical of jazz creation, also treated as a transmission of experiences in the training activities included in the project.
The 81 concerts by the 26 artists from 12 different countries take place in nine units of Sesc São Paulo, distributed among the capital, inland and coast of São Paulo, in order to increase the scope of the project and, consequently, to make up new audiences. For the institution, the accomplishment of this action represents the maintenance of its commitment to the dissemination and expansion of paths towards the experience of music appreciation, in a comprehensive and multiple educational process.
Danilo Santos de Miranda | Director of Sesc São Paulo