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Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

The Best of Belgian Jazz 19|20 Flagey Bruxelles 15-16.2.2020 Giunto alla sua sesta edizione, il festival jazz di Bruxelles è diventato in breve tempo un importante punto di riferimento per l'attivissima scena musicale belga, grazie a un programma che dà molto spazio ai giovani musicisti locali, pur senza rinunciare a ...

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Diederik Wissels

Diederik Wissels was five years old when he first touched a piano keyboard. In 1982, at the end of a four year curriculum, he completed his studies at the world famous Berklee College of Music, in Boston, obtaining the Professional Music diploma with distinction. Since the early eighties, the Dutch pianist Diederik Wissels is one of the prominent figures of the Brussels jazz scene, place of origin of numerous internationally recognized and admired jazz musicians. In Belgium and elsewhere, critics are impressed by Diederik Wissels’ subtle and highly creative compositions, and by the virtuoso performance he gives at the piano

Echoes of Zoo

Animalistic & Oriental Groove Jazz They say that long time ago animals could speak. In case you didn't know they still can and they do it non stop! They are also talking to us, human beings, but we were used to understand them much better in the past. Echoes Of Zoo reflects and amplifies their message of revolt, protest and struggle for survival by translating their animal language into human sounds: instrumental music with a psychedelic message, free for everybody to decipher. Tenor Saxophone: Nathan Daems Drums: Falk Schrauwen Electric guitar: Bart Vervaeck Electric Bass: Lieven Van Pee

Kris Defoort Diving Poet Society

In Kris Defoort’s Diving Poet Society two brilliant musicians join the heart of the Kris Defoort trio into a new musical adventure. Together they explore fresh compositions injected by the inspiring poems of Peter Verhelst, a unique, stubborn writer embracing life with all its dark mysteries. Balancing between improvisations, composed material & instant orchestration, it is the eternal search for this one magical, unknown moment. Five musical poets communicating the joy of diving into an ocean of unlimited colours, words & sounds... Veronika Harcsa (voice) Guillaume Orti (saxophone) + Kris Defoort (piano) Nicolas Thys (bass) Lander Gyselinck (drums)

Lynn Cassiers Imaginary Band

The septet consisting of Lynn Cassiers (compositions, voice, electronics), Sylvain Debaisieux (soprano & tenor saxophone), Ananta Roossens (violin), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Erik Vermeulen (piano), Manolo Cabras (double bass) & Marek Patrman (drums) will present its debut record ‘Imaginary Band’ in April-May 2018. Cassiers’ compositions are dynamic, free, vulnerable and musing. With her dreamy voice and electronic manipulations, Lynn Cassiers knows exactly how to take the audience with her to her own unique & personal universe

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BRZZVLL

BRZZVLL was founded by Vincent Brijs in 2006. This Antwerp collective plays improvised dance music with a jazz-fusion, funk and rare groove sound like those of the 70’s: bass and drums very tight and funky, horns, guitar and keyboards very imaginative and sexy. The bands’ unique cross polination of cosmic jazz, spoken word & afrobeat makes them stand out in today’s jazz scene. Their debute “Days of Thunder, Days of Grace” was voted Best Belgian Jazz Album of 2008 by newspaper Le Soir. For their last two critically acclaimed albums, BRZZVLL worked together with spoken word artists Anthony Joseph (“Engines”, 2014) & Amir Sulaiman (“First Let’s Dance”, 2016)

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Toni Mora

Toni Mora was born in Madrid (Spain) where he began his musical studies at the young age of 10 learning classical guitar at the Reina Sofía Conservatory in Madrid. Few years later he begins to study Jazz guitar with a private teacher from his town. In 2004 he receives a scolarship to study in Holland, where he completed a 4 years Bachelor Program in Jazz Guitar Performance and Teaching at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (CODARTS) obtaining a grade of 9.5. He had the chance to participate in Masterclasess with some of the greatest musicians in the Jazz World like Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Richard Bona, Mike Stern, Jonathan Kreisberg, Jeff Ballard, etc

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Vincent Thekal

Born in France, Vincent Thekal is an eclectic musician and band leader, in different musical situations. He studied classical music and jazz at Metz Music Conservatory with Hubert Prati and Eric Barret, after both degrees, he continues with Steve Houven in Brussels. Developping a personnal approach on the saxophone, influenced by the great past masters (Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk to name just three of them), Vincent Thekal got one foot in the tradition and one in the present. He played with Bob Mover, David Bryant, Jérôme Sabbagh, Godwin Louis, Emil Spanyi, Dre Pallemaerts, Bo Van Der Werf, Fabian Fiorini, Jean Louis Rassinfosse..

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Federico Stocchi

Born in Milan, moves to Brussels to study at the Royal Conservatory, where he meets many musicians from different countries. After his Bachelor degree he moves to Zhuhai (China) for one year as a performer and teacher for Golden Jazz management, having the opportunity to perform with several musicians from the Chinese scene. He performs as a sideman in very different contexts from traditional to more modern and experimental jazz, but also Flamenco and “Chanson Française” in events like Brugge Jazz Festival, Beishan Jazz Festival, Marni Jazz Festival, etc. Between his most recent collaborations the new project from Stéphane Galland “(The mystery of) Kem” his own project “The AwkWords (with Hendrik Lasure on piano and Paul Berne on drums), both due to album release at the beginning of 2018. In August 2017 his band “The AwkWords” was awarded with the First Prize in the Mechelen JazzContest for the best upcoming jazz group.

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Amaury Faye

Considered as one of the most promising pianists of his generation, Amaury Faye personifies the new wave of jazz made in France. The many awards he received in 2016 (including First Prize at national competition Jazz A Vienne/Rezzo Focal, France; Best Soloist/Instrumentalist Award at international competition Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon and Public’s Choice Award at international competition International Biberacher Jazzpreis, Germany) confirm his undeniable talent as a composer and improviser. He is at his best when leading his trio, breathing new life into this format and its noble pedigree


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