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Septentrional : l’album est sur les ondes
Written by Walter P. Cameau    PDF Print E-mail

Le grand orchestre Septentrional, qui aura 63 ans le 26 juillet prochain, vient de sortir son nouvel album baptisé « Pi douvan », disponible en Haïti et dans la diaspora, nous a annoncé son service de presse. 

Cet album compte 13 compositions au total : 12 nouveaux morceaux et 1 interprétation d’une ancienne musique d’Alfred Moïse. Les musiques ont été composées par différents musiciens du groupe. 

Déjà trois compositions sont en rotation sur les ondes : « Li gen dwa » et « Lanmou etènel », deux musiques du rythme de « feu » avec des arrangements et un son nouveau. La troisième est une musique instrumentale baptisée « La Capoise », un petit bijou, comme l’appelle un membre de l’orchestre. C’est une composition de Nikol Lévy, directeur musical au sein de l’orchestre. 

Les deux premières compositions traitent de thèmes sociaux : l’une parle de la famille et l’autre d’un jeune homme largué par sa fiancée. Une façon de ne pas se verser dans des textes légers. 

Avec ce nouvel opus de treize compositions, l’orchestre veut montrer au monde qu’il a toujours sa place dans le cœur de milliers de mélomanes. 

Si à Port-au-Prince Septentrional n’est plus très populaire, par contre, dans les villes de provinces, il reste très prisé et fait le bonheur de ses milliers de fanatiques. En témoignent ses tournées dans les fêtes champêtres. Dans le grand Nord, c’est toujours l’euphorie. 

À la mort du célèbre maestro Hulric Pierre-Louis, qui resta à la tête du groupe pendant environ cinquante ans, on pensait que l’orchestre n’allait pas tenir longtemps. C’était un grand défi à relever par de jeunes musiciens, héritiers de ce grand patrimoine culturel musical. 

Durant l’été 2010, Septentrional a participé au prestigieux Festival international de jazz de Montréal. C’est l’un des rares groupes haïtiens à avoir participé à ce festival. La même année, en mai, l’orchestre était au festival de jazz de Chicago. 

En 2009, le cinéaste Whitney Dow a réalisé un documentaire sur l’orchestre : « Septentrional : From the North », qui retrace un parcours professionnel de quelque six décennies. 

Du 22 au 25 avril derniers, Septentrional était invité au New York Tribeca Film Festival. À cet événement, a été projeté, le 22 avril au Tribeca Drive-In, le documentaire « When the drum is beating » (« Tanbou frape »). 

Le film raconte l’histoire d’Haïti et celle de l’orchestre Septentrional. Une traversée de l’histoire est effectuée, de la colonisation française à l’époque contemporaine, marquée par les dictatures et les turbulences politiques. 

Le documentaire comprend des interviews avec des musiciens de l’orchestre. Ces derniers parlent de « leur engagement, de leur gaieté et de leurs rêves passionnés ». 

Walter P. Cameau

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Haiti History and Politics Seen Through Amazing Film of One Big Band: Orchestre Septentrional
Written by Jim Luce    Saturday, 30 April 2011 18:03    PDF Print E-mail
When the Drum is Beating is a film depicting Haiti’s rich musical culture and its legendary and beloved band, Orchestre Septentrional.  Through its sweeping historical narrative and infectious music, the film captures the nuances and complexities that make Haiti one of the most fascinating countries in the hemisphere.  In his exploration of the “Haitian people’s band,” Dow delivers a humane and profound understanding of the pride, resistance, despair and rich artistic tradition of Haiti itself.

I was delighted to attend the World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival of this superb feature documentary that interweaves the extraordinary story of Orchestre Septentrional’s six decades of creativity with the history of Haiti and how it went from being the first free black republic with a huge wealth of natural resources to a shattered country that cannot support its citizens.

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Filmmakers and the band Orchestre Septentrional at the World Premiere
of When The Drum Is Beating at Tribeca. Photo: Tracy Ketcher.

The film moves smoothly back and forth in time between the past and present, and gives broad context to the current problems facing the country: from the extreme brutality of French colonialism and the bloody revolution that brought Haitians their freedom to the crushing foreign debt and the 15-year American occupation that helped usher in the brutal dictatorship of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier.  How many of us realize Papa Doc was there in large part because of us?

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 April 2011 21:02 )
 
“WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING,” THE EPIC DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HAITI AND ITS LEGENDARY BAND “SEPTENTRIONAL,” TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 25
Written by Orchestre Septentrional    Saturday, 09 April 2011 12:45    PDF Print E-mail


WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING,” THE EPIC DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HAITI AND ITS LEGENDARY BAND “SEPTENTRIONAL,” TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL APRIL 25


Special Tribeca Drive-In event with film excerpts and a free live concert by the 20-piece Caribbean big band “SEPTENTRIONAL” on April 22nd at the North Cove in Battery Park City


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April 7, 2011 – Two Tone Productions is proud to announce the world premiere of WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING, the feature documentary by director Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jasper) about Haiti’s rich musical culture and the legendary and beloved band the Orchestre Septentrional, on April 25th at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the Spotlight section. Through its sweeping historical narrative and infectious music, WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING captures the nuances and complexities that make Haiti one of the most fascinating countries in the hemisphere. In his exploration of the “Haitian people’s band,” Dow delivers a humane and profound understanding of the pride, resistance, despair and rich artistic tradition of Haiti itself. The film will be featured as a centerpiece of the festival with a special event at the Tribeca Drive-In where excerpts from the film will be shown and Septentrional will perform live in a free open-air concert on April 22nd at the North Cove in Battery Park City.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 April 2011 16:48 )
 
Vivaldi, Mozart all part of Pompano Youth Orchestra
Written by Phyllis J. Neuberger    Monday, 04 April 2011 11:53    PDF Print E-mail

By Phyllis J. Neuberger

 Pelican staff - October 1, 2010


Vivace Heritage Youth Orchestra makes beautiful classical music thanks to the energy and hard work of its creator, Marie Manuel, who currently serves as the group’s program director  and conductor.  With a smile she graciously steers the conversation away from herself to the dedicated group of children ages eight to seventeen.

“We started this summer camp in ’08 with five youngsters,” she says. “In ’09 we had 12 students and this year we had 40.  These children come from a geographic range stretching from Pembroke Pines to Deerfield for eight weeks of training at the Mitchell Moore Annex, 901C NW 10 St.  They’re a multi-cultural group including African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, Dominicans and Americans.  We have two groups, the Preludes, or intermediates, and the Advanced Orchestra.  We recruit mid-year.  Those children who show interest are met, with their parents, and assessed as to their skill levels. Summer music camp runs from Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 1 or 2 p.m.  The younger ones stay later.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 April 2011 03:26 )
 
Tribeca Drive-In®: Muppets, Fame, and Haitian Music!
Written by Orchestre Septentrional    Friday, 01 April 2011 18:05    PDF Print E-mail

Tribeca Drive-In®

Enjoy film the good old-fashioned way! Tribeca’s free outdoor screening series, hosted by Brookfield and co-sponsored by JetBlue Airways and Time Warner Cable, is back to entertain families and movie lovers of all ages. The 2011 Tribeca Drive-In® will feature special screenings of the 1980 feel-good classic Fame; the beloved family comedy The Muppets Take Manhattan; and excerpts of the Haitian documentary When the Drum Is Beating, including a performance from Haitian-Caribbean-Jazz fusion band Septentrional.
Last Updated ( Friday, 08 April 2011 03:27 )
 


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