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Le Corbeau Arc en Ciel

Voici une nouvelle toile de grandes dimensions pour mon ami Jef Lee Johnson qui est décédé en Janvier 2013. Jai réalisé cette peinture pour une exposition qui aura lieu en Octobre 2015. Jef s'appelait lui même le Corbeau Arc en Cile d'après une légende indienne. Here’s the painting pisc and you can discover and read the legend under the pic 🙂 (cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

 

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Le Corbeau Arc en Ciel

(Lenni Lenape Tribe)
retold by
S. E. Schlosser

It was so cold. Snow fell constantly, and ice formed over all the waters. The animals had never seen snow before. At first, it was a novelty, something to play in. But the cold increased tenfold, and they began to worry. The little animals were being buried in the snow drifts and the larger animals could hardly walk because the snow was so deep. Soon, all would perish if something were not done.We must send a messenger to Kijiamuh Ka’ong, the Creator Who Creates By Thinking What Will Be,” said Wise Owl. “We must ask him to think the world warm again so that Spirit Snow will leave us in peace.The animals were pleased with this plan. They began to debate among themselves, trying to decide who to send up to the Creator. Wise Owl could not see well during the daylight, so he could not go. Coyote was easily distracted and like playing tricks, so he could not be trusted. Turtle was steady and stable, but he crawled too slowly. Finally, Le Corbeau Arc en Ciel, the most beautiful of all the birds with shimmering feathers of rainbow hues and an enchanting singing voice, was chosen to go to Kijiamuh Ka’ong.It was an arduous journey, three days up and up into the heavens, passed the trees and clouds, beyond the sun and the moon, and even above all the stars. He was buffeted by winds and had no place to rest, but he carried bravely on until he reached Heaven. When Rainbow Crow reached the Holy Place, he called out to the Creator, but received no answer. The Creator was too busy thinking up what would be to notice even the most beautiful of birds. So Rainbow Crow began to sing his most beautiful song.

The Creator was drawn from his thoughts by the lovely sound, and came to see which bird was making it. He greeted Rainbow Crow kindly and asked what gift he could give the noble bird in exchange for his song. Rainbow Crow asked the Creator to un-think the snow, so that the animals of Earth would not be buried and freeze to death. But the Creator told Rainbow Crow that the snow and the ice had spirits of their own and could not be destroyed.

“What shall we do then?” asked the Rainbow Crow. “We will all freeze or smother under the snow.”

“You will not freeze,” the Creator reassured him, “For I will think of Fire, something that will warm all creatures during the cold times.”

The Creator stuck a stick into the blazing hot sun. The end blazed with a bright, glowing fire which burned brightly and gave off heat. “This is Fire,” he told Rainbow Crow, handing him the cool end of the stick. “You must hurry to Earth as fast as you can fly before the stick burns up.”

Rainbow Crow nodded his thanks to the Creator and flew as fast as he could go. It was a three-day trip to Heaven, and he was worried that the Fire would burn out before he reached the Earth. The stick was large and heavy, but the fire kept Rainbow Crow warm as he descended from Heaven down to the bright path of the stars. Then the Fire grew hot as it came closer to Rainbow Crows feathers. As he flew passed the Sun, his tail caught on fire, turning the shimmering beautiful feathers black. By the time he flew passed the Moon, his whole body was black with soot from the hot Fire. When he plunged into the Sky and flew through the clouds, the smoke got into his throat, strangling his beautiful singing voice.

By the time Rainbow Crow landed among the freezing-cold animals of Earth, he was black as tar and could only Caw instead of sing. He delivered the fire to the animals, and they melted the snow and warmed themselves, rescuing the littlest animals from the snow drifts where they lay buried.

It was a time of rejoicing, for Tindeh – Fire – had come to Earth. But Rainbow Crow sat apart, saddened by his dull, ugly feathers and his rasping voice. Then he felt the touch of wind on his face. He looked up and saw the Creator Who Creates By Thinking What Will Be walking toward him.

“Do not be sad, Le Corbeau Arc en Ciel,” the Creator said. “All animals will honor you for the sacrifice you made for them. And when the people come, they will not hunt you, for I have made your flesh taste of smoke so that it is no good to eat and your black feathers and hoarse voice will prevent man from putting you into a cage to sing for him. You will be free.”

Then the Creator pointed to Rainbow Crow’s black feathers. Before his eyes, Rainbow Crow saw the dull feathers become shiny and inside each one, he could see all the colors of the rainbow. “This will remind everyone who sees you of the service you have been to your people,” he said, “and the sacrifice you made that saved them all.”

And so shall it ever be.

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THE EPIC SAXOPHONIST

Here’s a portrait of the amazing sax player Kamasi Washington. He just released an incredible album mixing, jazz, funk and hip hop that shocked me ! You must check out that incredible musician!

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Rencontre avec Marcus Miller

Voici quelques photos souvenirs d'une rencontre très cool avec ce fantastique musicien bassiste Marcus Miller . Il a posé avec la toile Gorée qu'il aimait particulièrement.

Son manager Bernard Dulau a quant à lui sympathiquement posé avec la toile hommage au grand producteur et amoureux de Jazz : Francis Dreyfus.

Merci messieurs pour votre accueil chaleureux !

 

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BYRON MILLER PSYCHO BASS PAINTING

Voici une toile réalisée pour Byron Miller en célébration de la sortie de son album Psycho Bass le 1er Juin 2015. Byron in a space suit ready to play the space funk with the late great George Duke watching after him 🙂 (cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Byron Miller’s PSYCHO BASS CD booklet

Je suis fier d'annoncer la sortie le 1er Juin du 2nd CD pour lequel jai illustré le livret. Le 4ème album de Byron Miller, le bassiste Funk qui a collaboré avec George Duke & Luther Vandross ! Il a joué le 1er solo de basse électrique a devenir une référence sur le titre “Reach For It” pour George Duke en 1977! Quel privilège de faire partie de ce nouveau projet. You can already preorder it on Itunes or Amazon for digital download or CD 🙂

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All is Well !

Voici un portrait de Lisa Simone , la fille de Nina Simone, qui est une excellente chanteuse de Jazz & et de Soul musique . Elle vient de sortir son 1er album “All is Well” cette année. Elle a une voix magnifique et a fait son chemin loin de l'ombre de sa mère, la fantastique Nina Simone. (cliquer sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Katche/Bona/Di Battista/Legnini : The ultimate quartet

Voici une toile consacrée à 4 amazing jazz musicians Manu Katche, Richard Bona, Stefano di Battista and Eric Legnini jouant ensemble . Ces quatre musiciens se sont réunis pour former un incroyable quartet aux compositions magnifiques qui se produit occasionnellement. Ne les ratez pas sur scène! (cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Livret du CD Rainbow Shadow

Je suis fier de participer au nouvel opus de Reggie Washington à paraître le 1er Juin 2015 et appelé : “Rainbow Shadow” a tribute to Jef Lee Johnson. Cet album est dédié à la musique du grand guitariste Jef Lee Johnson, décédé en Janvier 2013. Ecoutez ce joyau qui magnifie la musique de Jef Lee Johnson avec de prestigieux invités ! Le livret du CD et le CD lui-même sont décorés avec certains de mes tableaux pour ce projet . Merci à Reggie Washington et Stefany Calembert de Jammincolors d'avoir utilisé mes oeuvres pour ce beau projet.

You can preorder that CD by sending an email to jammincolors@gmail.com.

 

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Hommage au projet "Route des Esclaves" de Marcus Miller

Here’s a painting in tribute to the upcoming CD of Marcus Miller “Afrodeezia” inspiré par son implication comme Ambassadeur de bonne volonté auprès de l'UNESCO sur le projet La Route de l'esclave. Cet album est très beau et honore les rythmes africains qui ont été transportées vers le nouveau continent par les esclaves qui n'avaient la possibilté de se exprimer qu'à travers la musique …. (cliquer sur l'image pour l'agrandir)
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“Exposition” Expositions

Manger un bon burger fait maison ou juste prendre un verre entre Marvin Gaye, Maceo Parker, Ibrahim Maalouf and other artists?
Ca se passe au ” Coltrane Bar”& ” Cosmo Restaurant”, 38-40 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth Paris 3rd arrondissement à partir du 6 Mars 2015!
The paintings exhibition “Face The Music” has just begun! Partagez l'événement et profitez de votre repas:-)

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Saveur Française & Jazz et rock

Voici un double portrait de la grande chanteuse française Sandra Nkaké et du grand flutiste Jî Dru. They are 2 incroyables talents français et Vous devez écouter leur musique !

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Dessin "Psycho Bass"

Voici un petit dessin que je ai fait pour le prochain CD du grand bassiste Byron Miller “Psycho Bass”. Un petit dessin acrylique sur papier. (not for sale)

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Old friends

Voici un tableau de 2 Jazz legends : George Duke et Al Jarreau. I had the envy to reunite them on a canvas after listening to Al Jarreau’s latest CD “My Old Friend ” which is a tribute to the late George Duke who passed away in August 2013. Je aime ces deux 2 artistes et ait eu l'honneur de rencontrer George Duke quelques fois. Le CD de Al Jarreau est un très bel hommage que vous devez écouter (cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Cold Duck

Here’s a commissionned portrait of the late great saxophone player Eddie Harris who composed the great jazz standard “Cold Duck”. Amazing musician and composer ! The artwork’s background is featuring the theme of his 1st solo album called “Exodus to Jazz”. (cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Young voice from Canada

Here’s a portrait inspired by the latest album of Nikki Yanofsky : “Little Secret”. Allez l'écouter : C' est une grande et toute jeune chanteuse pop et jazz de talent !NY - Copie

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AOR from Rio

Here’s a portrait of the brasilian musician and singer Ed Motta. I made it as a tribute to his latest CDAORthat I love very much! A very cool West Coast’s Rock tribute CD 🙂

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Snarky Jazz

Here’s my latest artwork : a painting of the jazz fusion group Snarky Puppy. Ces jeunes gars déchirent! Un must à voir sur scène.(cliquer sur l'image pour l'agrandir )

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Meeting with my musical hero : George Benson !

Here’s a souvenir pic of a dream come true for me. A meeting with the great George Benson after his show at La Cigale on June 30th in Paris. Thank You for your kindness and your time for me George 🙂

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Snarky Puppy B&W sketch

Here’s a pic af the Snarky Puppy band posing with a B&W sketch on canvas of my next painting after their great concert at Paris Jazz Festival. Incredible band with awesome musicians!(cliquer sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Ferté-Jazz 2014 EXHIBIT

Voici quelques photos de l'exposition que j'ai eu l'honneur de faire pour le carré VIP au Ferté-Jazz Festival 2014. De la super musique pour 3 jours et de belles rencontres avec des musiciens extraordinaires !

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Jazz Accordion

Here’s a portrait of the great accordion player and jazz composer Richard Galliano . (Cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Blues man

Here’s my latest artwork : a portrait of the great Lucky Peterson ! (Cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Piano on the radio

Here’s my latest artwork. A portrait of the great jazz piano player and composer, Robert Glasper. J'aime son travail et les influences musicales multiples,qu'il apporte à sa musique jazz. (Cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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>>Page de la galerie Robert Glasper

 

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Bass Clarinet for Gorée

Voici une peinture inspirée par le titre de Marcus Miller intitulé “Gorée” composed after he visited the Slaves House in Gorée Island (Senegal) où les africains attendaient d'être envoyé vers le “New World” as Slaves …. Un titre très profond que j'adore vraiment… Thanks Mr Miller . (Cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

>> GOREE (M.M.) gallery page

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