Michel Portal

© Th.Cohen

Jeff Ballard

© Giovanni Canitano

Kevin Hays

© Chris Drukker

Michel Portal / Jeff Ballard / Kevin Hays

“Promises” is the result of a meeting between three inevitable name in the jazz world: the irresistible Michel Portal, celebrating his 84th birthday with three concerts, the American drummer Jeff Ballard who collaborated with brilliant artists (Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau), and the American singer and pianist Kevin Hays whom you could have seen with the greatest (Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Ron Carter).

Michel Portal and Jeff Ballard had this need to create music together, and that is how “Promises” started. Come back to the collective musical composition is how they approached the project. The idea of not only playing but working together, in order to offer another side of their personality and incredible imagination to the audience. For this, they chose Kevin Hays, who is capable of the same artistic openness and with rich musical influences.

The festival is proud to introduce the exclusive creation that promises an open music, where anything is possible, between traditional jazz and modern, and between improvisation and classical music.