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Jean Jean-Pierre, the founder and director of the Kiskeya Orchestra and its driving force, is a journalist, composer, musician, arranger, playwright, screenwriter, producer and bandleader. His unrelenting passion to affirm his Haitian identity and represent the rich and vibrant culture of Haiti led to the birth of the orchestra. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mr. Jean Jean-Pierre began his training as a drummer and gained invaluable experience as a young musician performing locally with the Bossa Combo Band and with popular recording artists such as Haiti’s star Ansy Dérose, Brazilian vocalist Nelson Ned, and Puerto Rican singer Daniel Santos. He moved to the United States in the summer of 1974 and quickly immersed himself in New York’s music world. Since then he has distinguished himself as a musician and composer, performing with several touring bands whose styles range from R & B to pop-rock. Pursuing his commitment to affirm his Haitian identity and represent the best of Haitian society and culture, Mr. Jean Jean-Pierre began a journalistic career focused on Haitian issues, writing for the Village Voice and United Nations Radio and as a columnist for the Gannett Newspapers – all while writing and producing music.

In 1995, along with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme and human rights attorney Michael Ratner, Mr. Jean-Pierre co-founded MAPOU Productions Ltd., dedicated to promoting the rich and vibrant culture of Haiti. The same year, Mr. Jean-Pierre and MAPOU Productions produced Bouyon Rasin, the landmark Haitian-international “roots” music festival. Since then he has produced regular musical events at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Carnegie Hall.

In 1995 Mr. Jean-Pierre worked assiduously with Haiti’s Ministry of Culture to help reinstate Haiti to the Convention of Berne (for the protection of author’s rights). Currently Mr. Jean-Pierre is the bandleader and founder of Kiskeya. The Haitian Orchestra and recently composed the Ode to Jean Do, a musical composition in Jonathan Demme’s recently released film, the Agronomist, recounting the life of Haiti’s foremost journalist Jean Dominique, tragically slain on April 3, 2000.

In the aftermath of the worst tragedy that has befallen Haiti on January 12, 2010, Mr. Jean-Pierre traveled to the Dominican Republic because he was, as he said :“bolstered by a deep sense of gratitude, for the way our neighbors came to lend their support to Haitians”. A few days later, with the help of Mr. José Rafael Lantigua. Minister of Culture and the great conductor and arranger, Maestro Jose Antonio Molina, he recorded with the Dominican Republic Symphonic Orchestra “Ayiti Leve Kanpe/ Haiti Get Back Up”, an 8 min. time capsule he composed to chronicle the day of the earthquake that took the lives of more than 225,000 people. This was recorded on January 27, 2010 at El Palacio de Bellas Artes. In August 2010, Mr. Jean-Pierre was honored by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic at the Teatro Nacional during the season opening of the orchestra. The execution of his composition “Ayiti Leve Kanpe/ Haiti Get Back Up” received rousing applause from the audience of a packed house.

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Jean Jean-Pierre ak the Kiskeya Orchestra[edite | modifye sous]

Founded in 1995 by drummer, composer and arranger Jean Jean-Pierre, the Kiskeya Orchestra is a 25-piece ensemble that combines classical, pop, and the best of Haitian and Caribbean traditional music, all percolating over a hot bed of excitedly syncopated island rythms. The Kiskeya Orchestra is the ancestral home of the Taino people where African and Europeans meet creating a vibrant sonic mélange.

The Kiskeya Orchestra surpassed itself in a sterling performance in May 2003 at Carnegie Hall, during the presentation Haiti: The Rythms, the Dances and the gods starring Danny Glover and Theresa Randle. The orchestra’s first CD, entitled 1804-2004 Happy Birthday Haiti, was released in January 2004 on Global Beat Records, Gary Topper is the conductor.

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While it is irrefutable that the Perez Prado Orchestra, Benny More and the Sonora Matancera – all three from Cuba - were the best known large musical formations in the Caribbean to have influence in the 1950”s and 60”s most musicians from the area, in Haiti, the Issa El Saieh and the Jazz des Jeunes were the musical templates that inspired many generations of musicians.

Jean Jean-Pierre’s musical education came from these great bands, which could easily combine the sound of a Benny Goodman or a Cab Galloway with the plethora of Haitian rhythms, a result of a confluence of tribes from Africa. (According to the incomparable Haitian master drummer (Mapou) Azor, Haiti claims more than (95 rhythms and combinations of rhythms.)

Jean Jean-Pierre, through his series of annual concerts at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and recordings, uses the Kiskeya Orchestra as the vehicle to promote this music pioneered by those wonderful Haitian orchestras, a sound emulated all throughout the Caribbean.

Enabled by its vibrant human and musical mosaic, the Kiskeya Orchestra is poised to continue gracing the worlds’ most prestigious concert halls and stages.

Tours[edite | modifye sous]

Plays[edite | modifye sous]

  • 23 me 2003 : Carnegie Hall, Ayiti: The Rhythms, the Dances and the Gods, with actor/activist Danny Glover playing the role of Haiti’s independence precursor Toussaint L’Ouverture and Theresa Randle (Bad Boys 1 and 2) portraying Toussaint’s wife Suzanne.

Concerts[edite | modifye sous]

  • 30 desanm 2007 : As the bandleader for the latest version of Haiti’s great Jazz des Jeunes, he performed with the band at Tara’s in Haiti with the legendary Sonora Matancera directly from Cuba.
  • 10 jen 2005: Replant Haiti the Concert at Carnegie Hall with hosts ator Danny Glover, actress Susan Sarandon and journalist Amy Goodman
  • 24 desanm 2994 : How Papa Noel forgot Haiti, starring Danny Glover. A Haitian Christmas story, it is a parable that finds its power in the dreams of a child
  • Oktòb 2004: Billingham Festival, Billingham England
  • Out 2004 : CIOFF – UNESCO, Folkloriada, Budapest, Hungary
  • 3 janvye 2004 : Carnegie Hall, New York, 1804-2004 Happy Birthday Haiti star studded concert featuring Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Erna Letemps, Jean Claude Eugene, The Mighty Sparrow, Keith-Designer Prescott, and a plethora of great performes. (Music by Kiskeya: The Haitian Orchestra of Jean Jean-Pierre)
  • Jen 2002 : Rotary Club International, Les Cayes, Grand Bal Blanc, Music retrospective 60”s and 70’s
  • 29 desanm 2001 : Carnegie Hall, New York: a musical and dance production entitled The Haitian Community Salutes Our Heroes, provided a moving tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy
  • 26 septanm 1999: Brooklyn college concert held with Kiskeya Orchestra to honor the life of the great Haitian artist Guy Durosie, who died a month earlier. A constellation of Haitian singers whose careers span stretched from 1946 to the present shared the bill
  • 28-30 jiyè 1995: A landmark International Roots Music Festival in Haiti with Celia Cruz, Boukman Exsperyans, Papa Jube with Wyclef Jean, Simbie (Sweden), Ram and a host of other artists, recording a live CD which received rave reviews in Rolling Stone.

Press releases[edite | modifye sous]

  • Desanm 2004 : The New York Times, “ A Christmas Hope for a Troubled Country”
  • Oktòb 1995 : Rollling Stone Magazine, “A new Wave”
  • Oktòb 1995 : The Beat Magazine, “Haitian Fascination”
  • Desanm 2004 : The Haitian Times Weekly, “Little Drummer Boy”
  • Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

DVD/CD[edite | modifye sous]

  • Janvye 2004 :Happy Birthday Haiti featuring Ossie Davis, Danny Glover and Susan Sarandon (Carnegie Hall)
  • Me 2003 : The Rythms, the Dances and the gods (Carnegie Hall)
  • Jiyè 1995 : First Haitian Roots Festival (with Celia Cruz) – Stade Sylvio Cator

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