Cyrille Aimée (Suh-Real Ah-May) is a French Dominican vocalist and actress. Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition and finalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Aimée is—in the words of Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal—”one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation.” In the same Wall Street Journal feature (which included vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant), Friedwald declared both to be “astonishing creative singers, with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.”
Aimée was born in Fontainebleau, France, to a French father and Dominican mother. Her introduction to jazz was the result of the fortuitous location of her upbringing, the village Samois-sur-Seine— the same place where legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt had lived.
In recent years Aimée has toured in many different contexts and has created several self-produced recordings, including duet projects with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. Aimée’s major label release, It’s a Good Day, features originals as well as covers of classics, the band is the result of Aimee’s unique musical vision: bass, drums and three guitars (Brazilian, gypsy and jazz). Aimée’s hybrid of influences has resulted in a sound that’s at once both fresh and enlivening, which is to say nothing of her singular voice—destined to enthrall audiences for decades to come.
Video: Bamboo Shoots
Video: It’s a Good Day
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the South Dakota Arts Council, the Crane Group, and General Mills Foundation.
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