Thursday, May 27, 2010

Miami jazz artist Jowee Omicil performed at White House’s Haitian

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Miami, FL – One of South Florida’s most sought after Haitian jazz musicians was the
proud chosen one to perform at the White House, a day before President Obama issued
a Haitian Flag Day proclamation. Jazz musician Jowee Omicil received a special
invitation to play on Monday, May 17, 2010 for Haitian Flag Day. In attendance at the
event, themed “United in Reconstructing Haiti” were notable leaders such as Haitian
Ambassador Raymond Joseph,White House advisor Patrick Gaspar, Illinois State
Senator Raoul Kwame, Dr. Bernier Lauredan, Ms. Josephine Legros and actor Jimmy

A native of Montreal, Canada, deeply rooted in the island of Haiti, Omicil is a multitalented
composer, musician, producer, and educator. While he primarily plays the
saxophone, his smooth and poetic style featuring numerous wind instruments is
influenced by jazz greats like Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, and Miles
Davis. His latest album, Roots & Grooves, is self-described as “inventible afro-Jazz,”
taking listeners on a fun, groovy journey. Although Omicil is now a native of South
Florida, he has performed all over the world, and recently has been donating his talent
at numerous events that provide humanitarian aid to Haiti.

“I am honored to perform at such a prestigious affair,” said Omicil. “During Haitian Flag
Day, I celebrated not only my heritage, along with millions of fellow Haitians, but I vow
to continue to bring awareness to the suffering Haiti has endured in the aftermath of
January’s devastating earthquake and maintain the wo rk towards building a stronger
and more flourishing Haiti. My thanks go to our President and all Americans and the
world for helping Haiti in any way they can.”

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