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Ancestral Memories Quartet Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief


Ancestral Memories Quartet (AMQ) will present a Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 7:30-10:00 PM, at Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island. The Theater of Southside Cultural Center(SCC) is located at 393 Broad Street, with parking and entrance at 2 Bridgham Street. 

“I wanted to celebrate all the voices of my ancestors, and do justice to the enormous contribution of the African descendants who populated the French Antilles and the Pan-African world. The music sounds like nothing you’ve heard before because we place the Caribbean at the center of the universe in terms of contemporary aesthetics and vision”. –  Yosvany Terry on JazzDeLaPena

Photo by Laura Razzano

Led by the Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer and educator Yosvany Terry and acclaimed Parisian pianist-composer Baptiste Trotignon, AMQ draws from the blues born of slavery, the sophistication of the salon, and the chants and rhythms of the African diaspora transformed under French colonialism in the Caribbean to forge an exciting new approach to modern jazz composition and performance.  AMQ will perform selections from their new CD Ancestral Memories, which was inspired by the music of Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti and Cuba.  DownBeat Magazine praised the CD as propulsive and profound.

I am thrilled to play with the Ancestral Memories Quartet at Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island as part of the Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief. The musical traditions from the Caribbean are at the center of our musical repertoire, and now is the time to give back to the community when they need it the most“, says the Cuban-American musician Terry.

The Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief is a partnership between the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island and Professor Richard Snyder of Brown University, with additional support provided by the following units at Brown: The Humanitarian Innovation Initiative,  The Departments of Africana Studies, French, and Music, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA), and the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (CSSJ). The Co-Producers are presenting world-class music for a good and urgent cause: 60 percent of the concert proceeds will be donated to the humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief and to the Hurricane Relief Fund of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with the remaining 40 percent of proceeds supporting the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island(SCC).

Tickets: General Admission: $20 (Seniors $10, and Students $7 with valid ID). A limited number of 
VIP Tickets will be available for $75 and will include a guaranteed seat in the front two rows and 
an invitation to a “Meet and Greet” reception with the Ancestral Memories Quartet prior to the show, which will include catered hors d’oeuvres; and free reserved on-site parking.

Yosvany Terry Photo within poster by Bill Douhart



From The blues born of slavery, the sophistication of the salon, chants and rhythms of the African diaspora transformed under French colonization in the Caribbean – those are elements Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry and acclaimed Parisian pianist-composer Baptiste Trotignon forge into a suite for impassioned modern jazz quartet on “Ancestral Memories” (Okeh/Sony Music France). The CD released in the U.S. on September 5.

With his brother Yunior Terry on bass and Jeff “Tain” Watts playing drums, Yosvany’s expressive sax together with Baptiste’s orchestral piano approach turns the painful history of Africans subjugated to European ambitions into evocations of resistance, forbearance, adaptation, freedom, beauty and joy.

Overall, “Ancestral Memories” reflects on how a forced cultural convergence resulted in the music of the New World – the folkloric songs and lyrical melodies, call-and-response practices and ballads, syncopations, improvisations and spirited explorations that underlie all of today’s popular genres and contemporary composition.

Funded by the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE), a partnership between the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Terry and Trotignon took “Ancestral Memories” as an opportunity to expand on work each of them had done before, separately, to reclaim and refresh divergent musical traditions. Terry was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album for his CD “New Throned King,” which applied a modern treatment to West African-influenced Cuban Arará culture, while Trotignon gained fans and attention for “Chimichurri,” his 2016 duo with Argentine percussionist Minino Garay.

Starting their efforts for “Ancestral Memories” in 2015, co-composers Terry and Trotignon researched the sounds of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti and New Orleans. They collaborated through email and Skype sessions to write repertoire that bestows contemporary relevance on what might be termed “the Antilles aesthetic” after the archipelago comprising Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the smaller islands stretching from Antigua to Trinidad. Doing so, they touched on rituals and street beats, hymns and the minuet, reaching back to make music for today and provide a new perspective on the past for tomorrow.

“Ancestral Memories” is now available for purchase at and iTunes Additional information on the project can be found at

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