âMozayik is Afro-Haitian Jazz.
They define the genre and exemplify the best of pan-cultural cross pollination. The musicianship is of the highest caliber possible. The soloists are exceptional in their ability to play in many musical languages. The rhythm section swings in a perfect blend of contemporary jazz and authentic Haitian grooves. A truly unique and new sound!â
- Arturo Oâ Farrill,Musical Director,
Jazz at Lincoln Centerâs Afro-Latin Orchestra
Mozayikâs musical concept draws upon a rich legacy of traditional Afro-Haitian rhythms and melodies, and blends them with the instrumentation,melodic/harmonic sensibilities and improvisation of modern jazz. New York Cityâs premier Haitian Jazz ensemble released their debut recording in 2000. The self-titled âMozayikâ garnered rave reviews and earned the group a feature on National Public Radioâs âThe Worldâprogram. In 2002,Mozayik had the honor of representing Haiti in the Havana Jazz Festival,at the invitation of world-renowned Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes. Mozayik has headlined Haitian jazz festivals in New York City at the landmark Sounds of Brazil (SOBâS) and Irving Plaza, in Miami at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts,as well as in Port-au-Prince,Haiti. In May 2005,Mozayik released âHaitian Creole Jazzâon the grammy-winning Zoho music label, the recording received extensive national airplay and was a criticâs pick for 2005 in Jazziz Magazine. The band is currently at work on their third recording.