Swing in Mirepoix celebrates its 25th anniversary,
Now chaired by Bernard Garcia, the Swing festival in Mirepoix, deprogrammed for two years due to the pandemic, will finally celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 16, 17 and 18 to the delight of jazz, swing, boogie and new orleans lovers.
This event, whose notoriety extends far beyond our borders, opens the season of festivities of the medieval city. Since its creation, it has hosted more than three hundred orchestras and many renowned artists.
To special event, exceptional programming! This is what Swing offers in Mirepoix for this edition which will be neither quite the same, nor quite another, but certainly unforgettable as long as sun and heat are part of the game.
Saturday, April 16
On the off, opening of the festival with the jazz workshop of the music school of Mirepoix and the Big Band of Castelnaudary; followed by Latour Swing and Jazz voyagers.
Evening, Dardier Room at 9 p.m., with the Oysters Brothers and the Funky Swing Dancers. Reservation required. Price: 18 euros.
To the sound of colorful jazz, swelling with the soft whispers of shuffle or funky melodies, gorged with Caribbean tones, dizzy with frantic choreographies of acrobatic dancers, this show takes you on a journey to the heart of a legendary city, cradle of the biggest names in jazz.
You will dive with them in this mythical Louisiana where the evenings are more beautiful, crazier, more groovy: an unforgettable “Night in New Orleans”!
Sunday, April 17
On the off, the Big Band of Laroque-d’Olmes as well as the Trio Bergin in quartet version, Eric Luther and Ducatour Jazz Band in ambulatory.
Evening at dardier Hall at 9 p.m., with Kyle Eastwood quintet. Reservation required. Rates: 30 euros; 20 euros for children under 16, jobseekers and students.
Monday, April 18
On the off, muret’s Big Band, Carolina Reapers Swing and Mamz’elle Bee Swing, and in ambulatory Ducatour Jazz Band and Indiana.
While visitors will be able to stroll between the exhibitors’ stalls of the craft market, the dancers will have the opportunity to express themselves during the free concerts under the hall.
For the evenings of the in, it is strongly recommended to book online or at the tourist office of Mirepoix (05.61.68.83.76).
Kyle Eastwood, jazz as a legacy
Swing in Mirepoix celebrates its 25th anniversary: the festival program
The eldest son of Clint Eastwood, Kyle grew up with a father who was passionate about music who introduced him to jazz, from Duke Ellington to Count Basie, and also from Miles Davis who came to play at his parents’ house…
He made his first film appearance, at the age of 6, in Michael Cimino’s “The Duck” and in 1995 played in “On the Road to Madison”, alongside his father and Meryl Streep.
After two years of film studies, he decided to focus solely on music, his true passion, which has occupied him for thirty years.
A virtuoso bassist and talented composer, he also composed with his father some musical themes for his films. Less and less perceived as “the son of”, Kyle is considered a universally respected artist with good reason.
Since its beginnings, it has never ceased to pay tribute to various currents of jazz, from that of the 1950s to electro jazz and the chic and mixed sets of the contemporary urban scene.
Author of a dozen albums including a variation on the cult melodies of cinema, he sublimates, with his quintet, the ballad of “Gran Torino”, swings “Pink Panther” and grooves “Skyfall”.
An inventive prodigy of elegant and refined playing with a warm and deep sound, Kyle Eastwood tirelessly explores the possibilities of the bass, a magnificent instrument that is both melodic and rhythmic.
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