Jazz music tour to celebrate the European Day of Languages ​​2022 | Print edition

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The European Union (EU), in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland, the Embassies of Italy and France, the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut and the British Council, will organize a multilingual jazz music tour in three cities keys of Sri Lanka, with the aim of celebrating this European Day of Languages ​​of the year 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.

Eliane Amherd (L) and Amanda Ruzza

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 7:00 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 songwriter Eliane Amherd and bassist, bandleader, songwriter 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 the best clubs in New York.

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 MoogieCanazio, Maestro Jobam and Sony Music Japan’s Osny Mello.

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Henry R. Wright