Jazz music tour organized across Sri Lanka to celebrate the European Day of Languages ​​2022


The European Union (EU), in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of France, the Alliance française, the Goethe-Institut and the British Council, will organize a multilingual music tour jazz in three key towns in Sri Lanka, to celebrate this year’s European Day of Languages ​​falling on 26 September.

As part of the wider EU campaign for a peaceful and inclusive society, the multilingual jazz music tour will feature mainstream, pop rock, jazz fusion, jazz pop and Latin jazz. The tour will start in Colombo, travel to Kandy and end in Jaffna, sharing the diversity of linguistic heritage with the people of Sri Lanka, to encourage cross-cultural understanding.

The inaugural concert will take place in Colombo at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on Saturday, September 24, from 6:30 p.m. This is a free event open to everyone on a first come, first served basis. This concert will be followed by a jazz evening in Kandy on Monday, September 26 at 7 p.m., at the Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar and Restaurant. The final concert will take place at the Jaffna Public Library on Wednesday, September 28, from 5:30 p.m.

The event will feature performances by singer, guitarist and composer Eliane Amherd and bassist, bandleader, composer and producer Amanda Ruzza in German, French, Italian, Portuguese and English.

Swiss-born Eliane Amherd lives in New York City and the city’s savvy multicultural energy has influenced the unique sound of her original compositions which are jazzy, groovy and rooted in African, Brazilian and Latin music. A talented composer and lyricist and a graduate of the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Eliane performs as a leader or featured artist in New York’s top clubs and tours North and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia, where it appeared. in international festivals in China, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal and Mongolia. She plays guitar in several New York bands and has collaborated with greats like Marcus Strickland, Bashiri Johnson, Bill Ware, Hagar Ben Ari, Randy Brecker etc.

Born in São Paulo, Brazil to a Chilean mother and an Italian father, Amanda Ruzza grew up in a home buzzing with music. Amanda started playing bass and got involved in professional performance at an early age. Eventually, in Brazil, she worked with prominent Brazilian producers and arrangers, including Grammy Award-winning Moogie Canazio, Maestro Jobam and Sony Music Japan’s Osny Mello. She is currently based in New York. In addition to being a musician mastering many styles, Amanda is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English.

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Henry R. Wright