The AB-Curated stage at Lotto Brussels Jazz Weekend
After years of successful collaboration, for the first time, AB now also curates a stage at the Lotto Brussels Jazz Weekend. From May 26 to 28, you can head to five iconic squares in Brussels for a dose of colourful jazz. On May 27, we will take over the Beursplein with a to-die-for line-up.
The legendary British tuba player Theon Cross – you may know him from Sons Of Kemet – last year sold out the Main Hall of AB. He has already worked with the likes of Makaya McCraven, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd. The Belgian jazz section is then represented by the junk jazz of schroothoop and the trippy sounds of Lucid Lucia, formerly known as BRZZVLL and now also with Dries ‘Stuff’ Laheye in the ranks. French jazz funk sensation Wet Enough!? completes the line-up.
17h - schroothoop, the instrumentarium of the three Brussels natives – Rik Staelens, Margo Maex and Timo Vantyghem – consists of anything you can find lying around on the street: workmen’s buckets, pvc pipes, tin cans, washing line, pots, pans, … With their self-made instruments they create a danceable, unique, mellow and sometimes even meditative sound.
Their second album Macadam was recently released on SDBAN Records and the rave reviews rained down. De Standaard described the album as follows: “Echos of Afro-Cuban jazz and Arabic music, bastardised electronic sounds from dub and ambient. A world of sound that connects west with east, north with south, boundless in its inventivity and utterly urban. The sound and the identity of the concrete jungle all in one”. Nice.
18h30 - French sensation Wet Enough!? is inspired by the big names in funk history, but equally by contemporary peers from the European scene. The result!? A modern and danceable mix, drenched in funk, hip-hop and jazz.
20h15 - The musicians of Lucid Lucia – formerly known as BRZZVLL – present their latest album Ever Changing Light. Think: grooves, danceable jazz, trippy sounds, rolling beats, juicy basslines and solos, presented in a free form of musical expression, constantly shifting between the composed and the unconstrained, between arrangements and improvisation, doing so in a particularly unique way.
22u - Theon Cross expanded the sonic boundaries of the tuba all on his ownsome. Exploring the instrument’s possibilities from the bass culture of the diaspora – 'Afro-Diaspora Music' or ADM, as he himself calls it – he developed its full spectrum of sound. He transformed the tuba into a 21st century sound system, as it were, driven by the breath. In the process, he even evokes colour, texture and moods by creating complex multi-phonics and sustained pedal tones. So, live, Theon is an absolute sensation.