It’s not goodbye Samoa for N.Y.C.’S Ari Roland Jazz Quartet.
After an action packed cultural exchange, the band has left Samoa’s shores but they hope to return soon.
The band performed at 15 different locations includingthe Mapuifagalele Home for the Elderly, Poutasi Village, Pesega College, T.V.3, the streets of downtown Apia, Home Cafe Samoa, Tiapapata Art Centre Inc., for Rotary Club of Apia at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, and a number of other locations.
Having created a number of inspired jazz classics, and performed for thousands of people during their whirlwind trip, including Head of State, His Highnesses Tuimaleali’ifanoVaaletoaSualauvi II.
“The people of Samoa have been so incredibly welcoming to us, and we’re so happy that all the audiences seemed so enthusiastic about the N.Y.C. jazz we brought to Samoa,” the group said in a statement.
“And, we learned three absolutely beautiful traditional songs from Samoa that I know New York will love! We’ve been sending home pictures of our time here to family, friends and colleagues, and they’re so eager to hear about our experiences: the people, food, music and gorgeous landscapes of beautiful Samoa. We truly hope to return very soon!.”
Part of the U.S. Department of State Arts Envoy programme, the CulturalDiplomacy exchange was made possible with the assistance of the Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival, and the many amazing organizations that hosted the quartet.