He made his way toward the stage with such a calm and humble manner it made me rest easy and look forward to what was to come. There was no huge fanfare just Paul and his percussionist Morgan Zwerlein –they took to the stage and made the entire room feel welcome. He played with such raw enthusiasm and love. Every now and again I find so much truth in watching an artist perform. Beaubrun is definitely one of those rare ones.
Together they brought the audience to their feet, freeing the room from any restraints. At one point Paul was joined on stage by legendary drummer Munyungo Jackson lifting the entire room into one beautiful frequency. In that moment, we were in the presence of pure spirit.
Paul Beaubrun’s music not only pulsates with rhythm and force, it also makes you think. His love for Haiti and its people is commanding. Paul gave us a window into what being Haitian is all about. Check out the clip below.
It was such an honor to get a snippet of time to share with Paul. Artist to artist we connected instantly and I was able to impart my respect and admiration for his work and his presence. Look for a new album coming late 2017! Follow Paul Beaubrun on Instagram
Paul Beaubrun is a scion of Haitian musical royalty, Paul has spent his life living to the beat. Son of the Grammy nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, his earliest memories is of rhythm and sound. Moving to New York as a youth he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a sound all his own. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism, and history meet. Read and find out more:
I had a wonderful time. CAAM is a great place to see live music. The room is inviting and of course, the shows are free!
All photos & video courtesy Philippe Roc