Sat 16.12.17

Taxiwars + Black Flower + BRZZVLL + De Beren Gieren + AAN/EOP + The Mechanics

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THE NEW WAVE OF BELGIAN JAZZ! presents a fantastic mini-festival

There are a limited number of combi-tickets available for the concerts taking place as a part of The New Wave Of Belgian Jazz! from WEDNESDAY 13 to TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER.

AB is proud to present THE NEW WAVE OF BELGIAN JAZZ!: a fantastic seven-dayer to conclude the successful JAZZ 100 series. We focus on the latest generation of musicians from The Contemporary National Jazz Scene, for whom jazz is more of a mentality than a genre.


THE NEW WAVE OF BELGIAN JAZZ! presents at this mini-festival the young jazz avant-garde that has rock ‘n’ roll streaming through its veins. What’s more, three acts present brand new albums that are to be released late this year: BRZZVLL, The Mechanics and De Beren Gieren. In turn, TaxiWars presents a handful of new songs just prior to diving into the studio for the successor to ‘Fever’.


TaxiWars results from a longtime dream of dEUS-frontman Tom Barman: to do ‘something’ with jazz. New York resident and saxophonist Robin Verheyen was the ideal partner in crime. The result sounds like exciting New York big-city jazz whereby the instruments would appear to be plugged into Barman’s own neural pathways. The spirit of MC 900 ft. Jesus and Serge Gainsbourg is never far removed.

Line-up: Tom Barman (vocals/parlando), Robin Verheyen (sax), Nicolas Thys (bass), Antoine Pierre (drums).


Black Flower is the remarkably international sounding project of saxophonist/composer/central figure/multi-instrumentalist Nathan Daems. Biggest source of inspiration is very definitely the Ethiopian jazz of Mulatu Astatke and the Afrobeat of Nigeria’s Fela Kuti. At the same time there are echoes of Masada (cfr. John Zorn) and also dub and (more than ever) Eastern influences too.

Line-up: Nathan Daems (alto & baritone sax), Jon Birdsong (cornet, alto horn, percussion), Wouter Haest (keys), Simon Segers (drums), Filip Vandebril (bass).


BRZZVLL – established by Vincent Brijs in 2006 – plays improvised dance music with a jazz-fusion, funk & rare groove sound like you had in the seventies: tight, funky bass & drums with sexy guitars & keys that capture the imagination. This unique cross between cosmic jazz, spoken word & afrobeat makes BRZZVLL stand out in the contemporary jazz scene.

Line-up: Vincent Brijs (baritone & tenor sax), Andrew Claes (ewi, soprano & tenor sax), Geert Hellings (guitar), Maarten Moessen (drums), Dries Laheye (bass), Jan Willems (keys & synths), Stijn Cools (drums).


Crux of De Beren Gieren is without a doubt pianist Fulco Ottervanger, who comes to us from The Netherlands via Brussels and now Ghent (see too: Stadt and the duo that he has on the side with Stuff. drummer Lander Gyselinck: Beraadgeslagen). Their sound can best be described as a stunning mix, from experimental piano melodies and dissonant noises to improvisational jazz to funky contra bass rhythms.

Line-up: Fulco Ottervanger (piano), Lieven Van Pée (bass), Simon Segers (drums)


Brand new project with percussionist Eric Thielemans explores the obscure repertoire of jazz masters like Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra and Albert Ayler. They debuted impressively last year at Jazz Middelheim. But: Are The Mechanics a jazz combo? The Mechanics don't know.

Line-up: Eric Thielemans (percussion), Rudy Trouvé (guitar), Mauro Pawlowski (bass), Roman Hiele (electronica), Jean-Yves Evrard (guitar).


Electronica project AAN/EOP (EOP = Electronica Op het Podium) is one of the many channels of the unique Granvat collective that encompasses Stijn and Bert Cools. In it they explore the possibilities of electronica in combination with 100% free improvisation: thousands of cables, audio connections, out/in/through, and interconnection and … fun! In doing so, they are strengthened by 2/5 Stuff. members.

Line-up: Bert Cools (guitar), Stijn Cools (drums), Dries Laheye (bass), Andrew Claes (ewi).

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Excellente affiche. A recommencer car très belle experience découverte. Affiche très cohérente. J'aurais juste proposé Black Flower avant De Beren Gieren. Je pense que pas mal de gens n'avaient pas compris que le concert de The Mechanics se déroulait au Club. Mis à part cela...10/10.
Pascal .André 690793
Heerlijke middag/avond. Enkel The Mechanics konden me niet zo zeer bekoren, maar hadden dat waarschijnlijk wel gekund als ze wat later op de avond geprogrammeerd stonden. Die ondertitel 'The New Wave of Belgian Jazz' mocht voor mijn part wel wat letterlijker, nu waren er enkel bands/artiesten geprogrammeerd die ik al een jaar of tien ken/volg.
Coole combo samengebracht op een avond. Vooral sterk begonnen: BRZZVLL en De Beren Gieren waren echt top! Van Taxiwars had ik wel wat meer verwacht, ze lijken de meeslepende ritmes van de eerste plaats in hun nieuwer werk niet te evenaren. Verder: heel fijne concerten gezien.
Jazz But not Jazz , ik heb er waarachtig van genoten. Meer van dat! Patrick
Sterke prestaties. Enig probleem met de avond: hoe komt het dat er zes band op het podium staan en we geen enkele vrouw gezien hebben? De programmatie was nogal BBB, zelfs bij een band met sterke multiculturele invloeden. Hetzelfde kan over de programmatie donderdag gezegd worden. Niet bepaald een ruime en diverse blik op de huidige jazz scène in België. De cross-overs naar andere genres (vooral hiphop en elektronische muziek), toch een focalpoint van de huidige jazz revival, bleef onderbelicht (behalve bij AAN/EOP).
Heel erg genoten. Taxi Wars, Beren Gieren, Brzvll: super! Laatste nummer van Black Flower: groots. Meer van dat!
Taxiwars : super De Beren gieren : inderdaad : wave : zeer Goed Black flower : zeer goede drummer en goede saxofonist
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