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A tribute to jazz legends by Christine Iatrou

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A tribute to jazz legends - Portrait on Textile  by Christine Iatrou

Christine draws on her childhood memories and her immediate family environment, a listening experience, images, feelings and performances that inspire her work. Notes, melodies and jazz improvisations are modeled in portraits by her distinctive sketching style.

Jazz music is inspiring. Its history is motivating and touching, from the melancholic blues to the Dixieland’s frenzied dance and the other numerous jazz music genres.
 By its “birth” in New Orleans, when the African Americans and Creole people conflict and mix their music, jazz has become recognized as a major of musical expression.
Jazz is just music. But in some cases jazz is a unique way of communication and a soul expression. This music is based on pure improvisation while this motivates and inspires Christine’s artwork which represents 24 legends that developed this music during the 20th century. The realistic Portraits of them are made by pencil and charcoal and represented on a 34 meters printing on textile. Someone could say it is like an endless live performance. 
The descriptive drawing style aims to capture the expression of every face in unexpected time. The visitors completes the art project with his own view.
24 emblematic figures like, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Art Tatum, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Wilbur Ware, Dinah Washington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Henry Grimes, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Mulatu Astatke, Wynton Marsalis


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