Metro-Atlanta’s First-Ever Cultural Exchange Series to Feature
Atlanta’s Top International Artists
Atlanta, GA…Tuesday, April 2, 2019….While Atlanta is recognized as an international city, there is little cultural exchange between its residents, which is a missed opportunity according to international jazz singer and America’s songbird of the South, Myrna Clayton. She wants to change that dynamic with the creation of a first-ever monthly cultural exchange series featuring top international artists who live in Atlanta, known as the Atlanta Jazz International Sounds Series.
Created by Clayton, founder of CedarTree Worldwide Productions, the Atlanta Jazz International Sounds Series came about as a result of Clayton’s own cultural exchange experiences performing in other countries, as she represented the United States singing American music for the U.S. State Department at US Embassies abroad.
Recently named a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department after returning to America from her five-country performance tour in Eur-Asia with her band, the Myrna Clayton Experience, Clayton realized there was a major opportunity to facilitate similar cross cultural pollination through music exchange in her own city of Atlanta.
“I saw international artists who are popular within their own cultural community at their own language community events, and it was almost like a silo set apart from the broader community” shared Clayton. “As a result, Atlanta Jazz International Sound Series was soon created,” shared Clayton.
According to Clayton, the International Jazz Sounds Series is currently in its first phase, where it will feature locally based international artists. However, the next strategic phase is to encourage Ministers of Culture from various countries to include Atlanta on their itinerary of U.S. cities, when they send their nation’s artists to New York on their U.S. performance tours.
“Many only know about New York as a music destination in America and do not consider other cities, especially not southern cities like Atlanta, on their American culture radar,” says Clayton, whose event was recently added to the upcoming Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 2019 list of jazz performance experiences. “This event opportunity is created to benefit all cultures and use the universal language of music as a platform that values and embraces differences, which appeals to everyone who values diversity, music, arts, and culture,” she said.
The jazz and music cultural showcases occur the fourth Friday of every month, and will include Atlanta’s International Jazz Jam session on April 30thin commemoration of International Jazz Day, which will be hosted by Clayton. The series, which began in January of this year, has artists scheduled through December. The inaugural artist who kicked off the series, was Emrah Katan, a world percussionist, composer, and arranger from Turkey. Other artists scheduled to perform throughout the year include Guitarist/Singer Willie Ziavino (Ecuador); Keyboardist/Composer Madoca Kawahara (Japan); Pianist/Singer Dapo Dina (Nigeria); Cellist Arpenik (Armenia); Pianist Godfrey Grannum (Barbados) and Drummer, Yakou Daniel N’G Uessan (Ivory Coast). On March 22, the featured international artist was Sander Pinheiro, a guitarist/singer from Brazil, who also drew a capacity crowd and on Friday, April 26, the artist will be Singer/Songwriter, Fernanda Noronha from Central Brazil.
“Our goal with the Atlanta Jazz International Sounds Series is to create cross cultural awareness and showcase some of Atlanta’s amazing international artists, all while encouraging the love of music from various countries and cultures to help change the social paradigm for the better,” says Clayton. “The response to our inaugural showcase in late January, which sold out from advance ticket sales, was phenomenal and has set the stage for future shows. We’re looking forward to the same enthusiastic response at all the upcoming shows,” she said.
The Atlanta Jazz International Sounds Series are held at The Red Light Café in Midtown, located at 553-1 Amsterdam Avenue, NE., Atlanta, 30306. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: www.redlightcafe.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Myrna Clayton atCedarTreeWorldwide@gmaill.com.