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NEWS: RECORDING

Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

Andrew Rathbun | New Album Out On Steeplechase Records

Saxophonist, composer & Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence in nearly 20 years as a recording artist. Voted as a ‘rising star’ in this year’s Downbeat Critics Poll, he adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Sur Son 31 2018

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October 5th marked the start of the 2018 edition of Jazz Sur Son 31 in jny:Toulouse and its neighbouring towns. If jazz is part of Toulouse's DNA, a good reminder of this comes from the legacy of one the city's most popular artists, the singer Claude Nougaro who immortalised his hometown in the ballad “O Toulouse." ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Brussels: Turkish Psychedelic Nite, Charlemagne Palestine & Anna Von Hausswolff

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Selda Bağcan & Boom Pam/Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek/Gaye Su Akyol
Ancienne Belgique
May 24, 2018

Situated close to the Grand Place, Ancienne Belgique is a key Brussels venue, with an adventurous approach to programming. Its main stage boasts a precisely-delivering sound system, where clarity becomes power, and all instruments ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tromonist Phil Abraham releases "For 4 Brothers + 1" on Hypnote Records

Tromonist Phil Abraham releases "For 4 Brothers + 1" on Hypnote Records

A meeting between four incredible pianists, often fellow travellers of the leader in the past, and percussionist Luc Vanden Bosch makes a whole new concept on For 4 Brothers + 1, and the evolution of Phil Abraham's international career. The trombonist and singer performed in many countries, several times in the US (jny: Seattle, jny: New ...

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Aka Moon

ABOUT Since their debut in 1992, it has been hard to imagine the Belgian jazz scene without the innovative Aka Moon. Their refreshing approach to jazz gives the trio a highly distinctive sound. Since their first encounter with the Aka Pygmies in 1992, Aka Moon’s focus has shifted towards various different African, Indian, Maghrebian, Cuban, Arab, Afro-American and European traditions. The unique place Aka Moon occupies in todays music scene is down to the fact that they, independent of any particular trends, combine art with inspired musical craftsmanship. Aka Moon juggles with polyrhythms and polyphonies like mad DJ’s

Esinam

Multi-instrumentalist Esinam recalls the spirit of her Ghanaian roots in a ballet of instruments slightly sustained by almost invisible loop machines. Born in Brussels, she finds inspiration in her journeys all over the world and encounters with different cultures. In her solo set, she uses electronic machines and turns into a « one-woman band».She composes, plays and performs her own contemporary music with flute, percussions, vocals as well as traditional and modern instruments. Both her sensitivity and her personal way of merging different genres together do create, color and uplift Esinam’s musical universe

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kraak Festival 2018

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Kraak Festival 2018
Beursschouwburg
Brussels, Belgium
March 3, 2018

Kraak is three days dedicated to exploratory music, mostly on the electronic front, although acoustic instruments do feature, but are mainly subject to amplification, processing or distortion. That seems to be the best way to point out what happens, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018

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Bruselas Flamenco Festival
Bozar
Brussels, Belgium
February 28-March 3, 2018

In its second year, the Bruselas Flamenco Festival stretches outwards geographically, and backwards in time, to highlight the roots of the form, rather than presenting what many folks would deem the mainline of this music. In fact, not ...

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Brussels Jazz Festival 2018

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Brussels Jazz Festival
Flagey, Ixelles
Belgium
January 11-20, 2018

The 10-day Brussels Jazz Festival is held at Flagey, an arts complex in Ixelles, which lies south-east of the city centre. It's an eye-catching Art Deco building from the late 1930s, created by architect Joseph Diongre. This former radio ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Debora Galan

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About Debora Galan
Through performances of the popular Silk band and numerous guest appearances, the voice of R & B/smooth jazz vocalist Debora Galan is becoming widely known. More fans have come on board with the release of her album, All About Love, which shows the depth of her Latin roots. Says the San Diego Troubadour: ...