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Cyrille Aime performs in Beaver Creek

Special to the DailyCyrille Aimee recently won first place in the Sarah Vaughan international jazz competition.

Special to the DailyCyrille Aimee recently won first place in the Sarah Vaughan international jazz competition.

Cyrille Aime is having no trouble keeping busy. Hot off of a gig at the landmark Birdland Jazz Theater in New York, and having recently won first place in the Sarah Vaughan international jazz competition, Aimee took a few minutes to talk to the Vail Daily on Tuesday while she was getting fitted for a snowboard rental in Beaver Creek. 1. Vail Daily: You have a fascinating background. How dooes your French/Dominican background, as well as the many places you’ve lived through your childhood, influence your music?Cyrille Aime: I have a lot of influences! On my mother’s side, certainly the Latin groove and the French gypsy roots are there as well. Everything is an influence for me, though – not just the places I’ve lived but the people around me, and the musicians I’ve been exposed to. 2. VD: You have an impressive list of awards and accolades. What was your proudest moment in your career to date?CA: Last week. I performed for a week at the Birdland with my new band – the same band that will perform with me at the Vilar Center. This is my favorite band of all time; I’ve found exactly what I want to be doing musically, at least for right now. I am having so much fun with this band. 3. VD: What made you choose jazz over other genres?CA: I grew up with gypsies, and what I love so much about jazz and about gypsies is the freedom – that improv factor where you never know what might happen next. You feel naked on stage in a way; the improv factor is definitely what I love most. 4. VD: What can we expect to see from you in the next year? The next 10 years?CA: Well, I’m getting ready to release a new album with my new band. It’s different from what I had been doing previously, but it’s really going back to my roots. This is the most “me” I’ve ever been. 5. VD: What made you choose the name “Guitar Heroes” for your band? Is there a connection with the popular “Guitar Hero” game?CA: Our bass player invented it. It was a joke about the video game, mainly because this band has three guitars, and that is a lot of guitars. We thought it was funny and the name really represents how much fun we all have together. 6. VD: Who has been your greatest musical influence? CA: Gosh, there are so, so many. The first two would probably be Django Reinhard and Ella Fitzgerald, but there are so many that I can’t even begin.7. VD: What moment in your performance should Vilar Center audience members most look forward to?CA: I don’t want to tell the audience what to prefer. I would just say to look for whatever it is that you feel in the moment. I think they will enjoy it.