JEAN MICHEL CLERMONT - DYALÒG |
A series of miniatures that resound with the off-handed nature of a Haitian folk tradition
traditional spins brimming with
complex fingerings, mimics of
drums rhythms that lie behind
popular melodies which pop up
unexpectedly here and there;
these phrases are attempts to
describe the playing of Jean
Michel Clermont. This eloquent
guitarist exhibits strong techniques
of a classically-trained player.
With a very personal approach
he visits traditional and popular
pieces of our repertoire to
give them a new breath of life.
Jean Michel builds his motifs
from an analogy with Lakous'
drums. This music seems to speak
straight to our soul because
it calls for colors that depict
the depth and the intricacy
of our cultural heritage. As
evidence by Libète, konplent,
Nibo etc…Dialog is a journey
in familiar territory with twisted
escapades into unknown and surprising
directions that weave beautiful
tapestries full of promises.
With his own voicing and many
old-new stories to tell, Jean
Michel is sailing toward his
own path strewn with masters'
heritage blended with a certain
vision of what a Haitian musical
expression should be. To be
Alphonse Piard, Jr.
September 29, 2007