Foyer Soiree: Fred Frith & Karen Willems


This evening you will witness the meeting of two unconventional, musical nomads who defy restrictions and instead create new traditions by acutely listening in the moment.

Drummer Karen Willems (Inwolves, Mauro, Yuko, Zita Swoon) is a restless seeker on an interesting and vibrant music path. She has always been triggered by the playful, physical approach of the British-American Fred Frith, one of the greatest living improvisers and a figurehead of the avant-garde.

After a missed opportunity to meet in Basel in 2020, the Handelsbeurs is now helping make this adventure possible after all, in the heart of UNESCO's music city - in beloved Ghent. 

Photo (c) Heike Liss


Fred Frith (electric guitar), Karen Willems (drums)

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