Riyel's debut CD will be released internationally on Summit Records in early March 2010. Summit's library is exclusively distributed by Allegro Corporation.
Due to the unique nature of Riyel's brand of jazz, Allegro Corp. & Summit Records will also likely be collaborating with a major distributor in the French Caribbean, thus making the Kreyol CD widely available in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, French Guyana, St. Lucia, Aruba, Haiti, etc... Despite the added distribution to these key territories, this title will always remain a Summit release.
Riyel’s album is an expression of the diversity existing in the rich Haitian cultural heritage & an innovative collection of jewels that will also delight jazz aficionados. We want to commend these three musketeers (Watters, Atkins & Abel) - and the band as a whole - for this great project.
Riyèl is the ultimate meeting at the crossroads of real jazz & ground-level Haitian music that explores, expands & illustrates the limitless possibilities of our musical heritage. Thumbs up!
- Alphonse Piard, Jr. / Karijazz
Here’s another reason to send attention towards Haiti and it has nothing to do with disaster
Willing to teach
Both frontmen for the band are Jupiter Artists / Clicians. Between the two
of us, we speak 5 languages fluently, enabling us to conduct master
classes overseas as well as domestically.
Trumpeter Ken Watters received his formal education from University of
North Texas & Manhattan School of Music; Trombonist Andre Atkins
received his BA from Berklee College of Music (Boston)
Both are accomplished clinicians & are about to work with students of all
levels & musical styles. Emphasis is on horn section work & jazz