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A four piece jazz band on stage with a screen behind them which says Atlas Performing Arts Center. A trumpeter stands at the front of the stage with a drummer to his right, a bassist behind him, and a piano to his left. Photo by Sarah O'Halloran.

FAJE artist collaborators, DADA People featuring Frank Woeste, piano, and Dave Douglas, trumpet, perform on stage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Photo: Sarah O’Halloran.

The French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) Tours program was created by MAAF in 2012 to expand the impact of the French-American Jazz Exchange Project Grants. FAJE Tours supports the performance of FAJE grantees by providing mid-Atlantic based presenters with support for booking projects completed through the FAJE program.

Since 2012, MAAF has supported 11 different FAJE ensembles in 31 public performances in venues across the mid-Atlantic region totaling $63,850 in grant support.

The 2018-2019 FAJE Tours Roster and supported engagements will mark the final cycle for MAAF’s support of FAJE Tours. MAAF appreciates all of the artists, presenters, and partners that have participated in the program.

If you are a presenter interested in booking a FAJE project or a past FAJE grantee interested in touring support, please contact Suzanne Buracas, Program Officer for Music, Cultural Services of the French Embassy suzanne.buracas@diplomatie.gouv.fr or by telephone at 212-439-1448.

French-American Jazz Exchange Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Current Tours

2018-2019 Tours

All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information

A composite image of each artist. One the left is a man holding a bass. In the middle is the man wearing a khaki suit looking at the camera with a hand in his pocket. On the right is a bald man wearing sunglasses playing the drumset. Photo: Alejandra Barragán

Photo Credit: (l-r) Courtesy of the Artist; Alejandra Barragán; Courtesy of the Artist.

Aaron Goldberg Trio

With support from a 2015 French-American Jazz Exchange grant, Aaron joined creative forces with percussionist Leon Parker to expand the sonic, communicative and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting to include a significant role for Body Percussion and Body Rhythm techniques, both in place of and in addition to traditional drum set. This creative exploration has resulted in new works and a new trio recording to be released in 2018. Click here for media.

3/9/2019 Massry Center, Albany, NY
3/10/2019 Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
4/19/2019 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
4/20/2019 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
6/1/2019 Manchester Craftsman’s Guild Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.

Reverso

Reverso, a new chamber jazz ensemble co-led by trombonist Ryan Keberle and pianist Frank Woeste, presents their new original work, “Suite Ravel”, in concert. “Suite Ravel” looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music realized by an outstanding quartet which also includes the acclaimed cellist Erik Friedlander and drummer extraordinaire Adam Cruz.

Keberle and Woeste show us that jazz and “classical” music have become even more intertwined in today’s music world, since they began to intersect amongst Ravel and his contemporaries such as Satie, Stravinsky and Milhaud over 100 years earlier, mutually inspiring the other’s practitioners. Keberle and Woeste draw particular inspiration from Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin”, a suite for solo piano by Maurice Ravel, composed between 1914 and 1917, in six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite. Suite Ravel explores the French Baroque suite working with the characteristic movements of the Prelude, Fugue, Forlane, Rigaudon, Menuet, and Toccata, re-defining these movements within their own unique compositional languages while sometimes incorporating Ravel’s original melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material.

10/18/18 Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts, Frederick, MD
10/19/18 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
10/20/18 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

Photo Credit: Simon Tailleu.

THIEFS

Collectively led by bassist Keith Witty and saxophonist Christophe Panzani, THIEFS features an expandable line-up… from stripped down sax/bass/drums trio to sextet featuring piano and vocalists in English and French. Fully acoustic to fully electronic, THIEFS weaves elements of modern composition and improvisation into a boundary-less foundation of beats. THIEFS’ recently released sophomore record, GRAFT, explores notions of nationality, immigration, otherness and the way we as humans evolve and adapt to new cultural and physical landscapes. The new record features David Frazier Jr. on acoustic and electronic drums, Aaron Parks on piano and keyboards, and Mike Ladd, Gaël Faye and Guillermo E. Brown on vocals.

5/10-5/11/19 New Spire Arts Center, Frederick, MD

Manage Your Grant

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details
The following statement and the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours logo, and where space permits, the logo of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Website Link
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.