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Emir Kusturica,

9th winner of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award

Montreal, Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Serbian filmmaker-actor-musician-composer-producer Emir Kusturica will be honoured tomorrow by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal with the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award. The prize will be presented to him by Laurent Saulnier, vice-president of programming and production of the Festival, during a press conference to be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Salle Stevie Wonder of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan (305, Ste. Catherine St. West, 2nd floor).

Emir Kusturica is the 9th recipient of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, created for the Festival’s 25th anniversary to honour artists distinguished in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized.

Honoured with two Palmes d’or for his talents as a filmmaker-for Underground and Father Was Away on Business-Emir Kusturica is just as imposing a figure on the music scene. From his films bathed in a pervasive soundtrack to onstage performances accompanied by the formidable No Smoking Orchestra, Kusturica has created a unique self-identified musical landscape at the crossroads of Romany influences, East European heritage, electronica explorations and explosive gypsy punk rock. Fueled by his filmmaker’s eye and musician’s soul, the Serbian director-actor-musician-composer-producer launched gypsy music into the heart of a political and social modernity inseparable from his films, bringing together cultural worlds as diverse as they are proximate. Playing guitar or banjo, he has accompanied his No Smoking Orchestra on tour around the world; together, they’ve made over 10 albums, including their latest, a gypsy/electro/rock gem of a best-of collection, released in 2009 to mark a decade of collaboration. Two years after their electrifying outdoor performance on the Place des Festivals, these musicians return this time into Métropolis to make us kick up our heels… and clink our glasses. And what a privilege: Montreal is, in fact, the sole North American stop this summer by our fave globetrotting Emir! Emir Kusturica (opening act: Sergiu Popa, Shukar Roma), July, 5, 6 p.m., Métropolis (Rythmes series).

As winner of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Emir Kusturica follows in the footsteps of Youssou N’Dour (2011), Richard Bona (2010), Toots & The Maytals (2009), Gilberto Gill (2008), Angélique Kidjo (2007), Salif Keita (2006), Khaled (2005) and Ibrahim Ferrer (2004).

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