All too often, drummers receive less attention than other musicians. Not so with Anne Paceo, a French drummer and composer who at 30, has played in 36 different countries worldwide. In India for the first time with her quintet, Yôkai, at the invitation of the Alliance Française, Paceo is accompanied by fellow French jazz musicians Antonin-Tri Hoang on alto sax and bass clarinet, Leonardo Montana on piano, Pierre Perchaud on guitar and Stephane Kerecki on double bass.
Paceo started playing the drums when she was nine, and her first foray into jazz came at the age of 12 at the Children for Jazz Festival. The Yôkai quintet assembled so that Paceo could experiment with a group that contained more instruments. “I knew all the musicians from the jazz scene and thought they would sound great together,” she tells us. “For me, we are like five elements. Leonardo is fire, Pierre is water, Stephane is the earth, Antonin is the wind and maybe I would be the sky,” she elaborates.
Renowned for their distinct sound, Yôkai’s music is a mixture of jazz and world music. For their performances in India, the group will play some new music composed especially for the tour. Most songs are purely instrumental, but there are songs in which Paceo’s voice features, including Smile, “It’s a very important song for me, and the first I’ve written with lyrics. I’m curious to see how the audience in India will react to it!,” she signs off.
Entry free. September 19, 7 pm. At Alliance Francaise Auditorium. Details: bangalore.afindia.org