Alongside producing the Jazz à Vienne visuals, the Angoulême International Comics Festival and Jazz à Vienne pull their knowledge to host an illustrated concert blending music and comic strips that you can see in February in Angoulême and again in Vienne in July. A live get-together between a cartoonist and a musician to breathe life into a hybrid work.
Previously programmed in 2020, the illustrated concert will be reschedulded in 2021 with the poster designer Juanjo Garnido together with the singer and musician Hugh Coltman.
Hugh Coltman has always been true to himself without ever doing what you expect him to. The Brit based in France used to front the blues-rock band The Hoax before turning into a folk-pop songwriter then a forty-something exploring the best of jazz. Here's another side to the artist who has decided to bypass borders, formats and habits. After a maiden voyage in jazz with his tribute to Nat King Cole (Shadows), no fewer than 120 concerts in two years and a Victoire du Jazz (Best Vocalist 2017), Hugh Coltman went to record his new album in New Orleans with a local brass band. He brought Freddy Koella and Raphaël Chassin home with him and wrote twelve tracks that remind us that Hugh Coltman is an incredibly talented songwriter. Who's Happy? came out in March 2nd 2018 (Sony/Okeh) and the most French singer from Britain may well write another chapter in his success story.
The Spanish comic designer, illustrator and animator Juanjo Guarnido is best-known for his Blacksad (Dargaud) series with text by Juan Díaz Canales. The comic has won multiple awards in Europe and America including the 2014 National Comic Prize, a leading award from the Spanish Ministry for Culture. He also illustrates the Sorcelleries children's series, with text by Teresa Valero, and does a lot of illustrations and collaborations in French-Belgian comics. He spent some of his career in animation and worked in the Walt Disney studios in Montreuil where he spent ten years as a layout designer and character animator for The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Hercules, Tarzan and Atlantis. Another side to his career is that he recently directed and animated the Freak of the Week music video for the Swedish rock band Freak Kitchen. In 2019 he published the Les Indes fourbes album with Delcourt with text by Alain Ayroles. It's an ambitious and vast picaresque tale featuring the character of El Buscón created by the Spanish Golden Age author Francisco de Quevedo.
Line-up : Hugh Coltman (v), Frédéric Couderc (cl,baryton), Jérôme Etcheberry (tp), Jerry Edwards (tb), Didier Havet (soubassophone), Freddy Koella (g), Gael Rakotondrabe (p), Raphaël Chassin (dms).
/ Concert co-produced with Angoulême International Comics Festival
/ Vienne: November 23th 2021 at 8.30pm at the Manège.