A multilingual multi-instrumentalist – with a particular fondness for the saxophone – Jowee Omicil began performing music in the church led by his pastor father, and went on to study at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston. He then moved to New York to launch his musical career, where he met Ornette Coleman and performed with Roy Hargrove. After spending time in Haiti and Venezuela he settled in Paris, where he signed with the label Jazz Village. His new album Love Matters! combines African rhythms with echos of Thelonious Monk, the melodies of Bach and Mozart, Oriental influences, Jamaican beats, Miles Davis-style bursts of funk and the ecstasy of gospel, not to mention a rapper’s flair. A very intense mix that he presented at the Montreux Jazz Festival this summer.