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Jo Kaiat

Born in Nice in 1960, Jo Kaiat devotes himself to music, a territory whose limits are only those that man wants to give himself. His odyssey begins with jazz but, very quickly, the swing proves to be not enough to express all that is inside in him. He then turned to Bela Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, Stravinsky and the Impressionists. He spent his teenage years crunching chords in search of a mystery. At 18, he went to Paris. He stays there for five years, playing with Steve Potts, Oliver Johnson, Jean Jaques Avenel, Georges Brown, Jean Yves Colson, Jef Sicard… then he returned to Nice where he continued his musical activities with Barney Wilen, Bibi Rovere, Jack Sewing… With Jo Kaiat it is about travelling but travelling in depth, it is every time to try to make the tour of something. Thus he continued his research in harmonies in Israel where he studied composition at the Rubin Academy, killing two birds with one stone, this stage, which lasts six years, allows him to rediscover something of his roots while deepening his knowledge of classical music. In the same way when he then decided to dig a little deeper into jazz, he spent two years in New York where he played with musicians from Greenwich Village and Harlem such as Dennis Charles, Andy Mccloud, Steve Neils, Clifford Barbaro, Evelyne Blackey, Ernie Barnes, Duke Cleammons, Avishai Cohen, Amos Hoffman… With all these experiences, Jo Kaiat is finally ready for Africa, a continent where’ his origins lay., a beating heart that echoed everything against his own and that has always called him

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”Jo Kaiat is a jazz pianist… no, wait, don’t run away! Her first two Cds have nothing to do with what you imagine. The first takes off between Marrakesh and Mali, the second plane to India with a violinist and a tabla player. It is reminiscent of a memorable encounter with Olodum/Herbie Hancock with Bill Laswell (‘Bahia Black’); it is powerful, bold, modern, closer to a Fela than the chatter of institutional jazz. It sticks, the polyrhythms fit together with a perfect natural, their complicity is that of lovers. The result is strong, original, with a tone gravity softened by rhythmic ecstasy.” Hélène Lee

“For Jo Kaiat everything is a matter of encounters, dialogues

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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Albums

Come To My World

Imago Records
2020

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Departures

Erato disques
2000

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Koreduga La Joie

From: Come To My World
By Jo Kaiat

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