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It is my pleasure to present to you a series of five concerts to be held in the autumn. It is a balance between important Belgian key figures and foreign star performers.

As a programmer, you create a strong bond with some musicians over the years. I have known two guitarists - very different - for over thirty years. Two high-profile figures who, for me, belong to the top of the world. Read all about them below.

Thu 03.11.22
Dans Dans: 'Zink' / support: Eve Risser
Music of the heart, the belly and the soul

With 'Zink', Dans Dans had a beautiful new record ready that they wanted to release to the world in 2020, only the world didn't want to go along with it.

Today, two years later, material for a sequel is already on the shelf. They are knitting the two together for a special concert in the Handelsbeurs. Both compositionally and in playing together, the trio is reaching ever higher heights. The music sounds fresher and more balanced than ever.

Sometimes it sounded like an ordinary piano, but just as often like a percussion orchestra.

support: Eve Risser

The concert is in a double bill with the French pianist Eve Risser. Risser is a bit of the enfant terrible of French jazz, but she is very popular.

Three years ago, I saw a solo by her at the Berlin Jazz Festival. She played a prepared buffet piano that was also electronically amplified. Sometimes it sounded like an ordinary piano, but just as often like a percussion orchestra. It was catchy music that rocked the audience out of their seats. In the Handelsbeurs, she wants to make everyone dance.

Sun 06.11.22
Fred Frith: 'Clearing Customs'

Living legend on guitar

My story with Frith began in 1994 when he was one of the central guests at Ghent's TIME festival. Originally one of the strongholds of the British prog rock scene (founded Henry Cow, worked with Brian Eno), he moved to New York in the late 70s.

He played with Bill Laswell in Material, with John Zorn in Naked City, with The Residents ... He had numerous bands and projects of his own, wrote music for film, dance and theatre.

An unimaginably rich record of achievements. A musician and composer who also pushed the boundaries of guitar playing by applying all kinds of new techniques.

Fred Frith asked if we were interested in a second (exclusive) concert. An incredible gift, because it is almost priceless to get this group together. The music can best be described as a cinematic story.

In the Handelsbeurs, he presents the project 'Clearing Customs', which he recorded ten years ago. A group of five musicians with a very special line-up:

  • Susana Santos Silva on trumpet (remember her from the record with De Beren Gieren. In the meantime, she has become a much sought-after trumpet player internationally);
  • Wu Fei - Chinese musician who plays the guzheng - a large table harp;
  • Anantha Krishnan: plays Inian percussion - mridangam, tablas
  • and Marque Gilmor: drums and electronics.

The band gets another premiere in Essen and Fred Frith asked the Handelsbeurs if we were interested in a second (exclusive) concert. An unimaginable gift, because it is almost priceless to get this group together. The music can best be described as a cinematic story.

Many different atmospheres are evoked by this rich instrumentation and these virtuoso musicians. It is finger-licking good.

The energy that lies at the heart of the group's successes remains its trademark. Being able to play loudly without losing subtlety.

Thu 10.11.22
The Bad Plus (album release)

A bomb of energy

The Bad Plus is a monument in jazz history. It started as a trio founded by drummer Dave King and bassist Reid Anderson, who brought Ethan Iverson on board as pianist.

They made that famous record with the Nirvana cover 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' as a hit. The trio had a special sound because of their very dynamic way of playing. Sometimes very hard, like a real rock band.

After 17 years, the unimaginable happened: pianist Iverson was replaced by Evan Orrins, who took up the challenge with full enthusiasm. The corona period was also a time of reflection for The Bad Plus. Orrins decided to pay more attention to his solo career, and instead of moping around, King and Anderson took a different tack. They invited guitarist Ben Monder and saxophonist Chris Speed to turn the trio into a quartet.

In the Handelsbeurs they will present their first album. The energy that lies at the basis of the group's successes remains their trademark. Being able to play loudly without losing subtlety. Conveying that energy to an audience remains the essence of their story. I have been a fan since the early years and am incredibly looking forward to this new chapter.

I have been a fan since the early years and am incredibly looking forward to this new chapter.

Wed 23.11.22
Bert Joris ft. Sam Joris Octet

New work from father to son

Bert Joris is one of those core figures of Belgian jazz who also made a name for himself abroad, as a musician, composer and arranger. He stood at the cradle of the jazz education of the

Lemmens Institute, taught at various conservatories abroad and built an impressive career.

No doubt you know him by his side with Philippe Catherine or as a soloist, composer and arranger for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

He comes from a musical family, and has passed on the music to his son, trumpeter Sam Joris.

Bert turns 65 this year, and as it should be, you take a trip with your son. He does so with the Sam Joris Octet. A close-knit group with an excellent wind section. Father and son side by side is not only an emotional moment, but above all a musically exciting and powerful story.

Father and son side by side is not only an emotional moment, but above all a musically exciting and powerful story.

Wed 30.11
Vitja Pauwels solo (album release) / Marc Ribot solo

Generations of guitarists

I first brought Marc Ribot to Ghent in 1991 as a member of The Jazzpassengers. At the time, he was already playing with Tom Waits and Elvis Costello. Later, he also became one of John Zorn's favourites.

Ribot is an exceptionally versatile guitarist and composer. He has a typical, somewhat angular way of playing that is partly a consequence of the fact that, as a young left-handed guitarist, he was forced to play right-handed.

His solo playing is sublime. On an old Gibson Parlour guitar, he plucks out the strangest, most captivating atmospheres. You are drawn to the stage. The songs are delicately constructed.

It is a pleasure to watch him at work. In recent years, he has gradually started to sing more. I have to admit that I have had my share of adventures. I once commissioned Ribot to write a song programme that I presented at Vooruit. At the time, he wasn't entirely sure of his singing talent. In the meantime, others have convinced him otherwise.

He will perform traditional songs as well as his own work. This concert will be a double bill with another Ribot fan: young guitarist Vitja Pauwels (Naima Joris, Lara Rosseel,...) who will be presenting his second solo album.

On an old Gibson Parlour guitar, he plucks out the strangest, most captivating atmospheres. You are drawn to the stage. The songs are delicately constructed.

Combitickets avantjazz

The vanguard of the New York 'new jazz scene' also gets a nice place in our programme. An absolute must for fans. We therefore offer combi tickets:

I hope to see you often during the next season, and to start with, don't miss these five + two.

Warm greetings,

Wim

    Published on Thu 05.05.22