BELFAST - From the hills of San Francisco, the verdant landscape of northern Vermont, the concrete Coltrane district of Philadelphia; from these and other far-flung places, Toussaint St. Negritude has come to Maine — seeking refuge from the gridded, concrete jungle here in naturally-exquisite northern New England.
If you are a Belfast native, or have been around town in the past several months, you may have noticed Toussaint's presence around the city. He is easily one of the funkiest people in this town, often sporting brilliant, eye-catching colors and intricate homemade hats. Since his arrival Toussaint has taken Belfast by storm - Performing at Aarus Gallery downtown, assimilating seamlessly into Belfast's poet community and performing original jazz and poetry on the streets during the Free Range Festival this past April.
Toussaint's success as a jazz musician and poet is not native to Belfast alone. He has spent years of his life honing his craft in a wide range of sites. Born in San Francisco, Toussaint's deep connection to nature and creative expression was prevalent long before his departure from the sidewalks and trolly tracks. He often speaks fondly of rich views from vantage points like the great Mt. Tamalpais, gazing over the bay area from afar and the deep connection he felt to the natural environment - as well as a bond down on the pavement, with the punks, funks and all other diverse communities within urban SF. To him, it is all nature and it is all interconnected.