Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Francois Zayas

Free at the Kimmel
Jazz Residency Artists
Francois Zayas with
Melvis Santa & Ben Arsenal
Public Workshop
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Be a part of the creative process! Join our Jazz Residency artists for an interactive public workshop designed to incorporate YOUR creativity and input as each project, selected by an incredible panel of jazz experts from across the nation, continues to expand and develop from their original concepts to complete new works.

Francois Zayas with Melvis Santa and Ben Arsenal
Compose a jazz love story featuring Serbian inspired brass and digital sampling.

"I would like to connect and combine several different music traditions, such as R&B, Classical, and Balkan music with Jazz, into a series of thematically related songs that will highlight chronological and geographical connections among different music genres. The songs will tell a love story between a female character played by a singer/ songwriter/dancer/actress, Melvis Santa, and a male character played by a DJ, Ben Arsenal. . . This collaboration will also include a Serbian-style brass-and percussion band. The band will carry all the composed instrumental parts that will transition from Balkan to Classical to Jazz styles."
--Francois Zayas
  • Francois Zayas (Percussion)
  • Melvis Santa (Vocals)
  • Ben Schneible (DJ)


The Kimmel Center's Jazz Residency program is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. We would also like to thank the Hearst Foundations and the Presser Foundation for their generous contribution.

All artists and programs subject to change.