Musical Boundlessness

Feeërieën 2015

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Post classical. Folk. Worldly sounds. Jazz. Electronica. Imprint these themes to memory, as they form the handy guide that we are pleased to extend to you each day when names like Bill Kouligas, Broeder Dieleman or Hamster Axis Of The One-Click Panther don't ring a bell right away. Those who dig deeper will see that it is precisely that musical boundlessness that forms the true DNA of the Feeërieën in the year 2015 though. Never before have we extended our musical and geographical wings so wide.

The broad choice of genre endorses this and at the same time musical dividers are demolished and unexpected musical marriages are entered into. So PAN combines avant garde and sound art with techno, jungle and hip-hop. It is possible. Echo Collective – the string collective behind A Winged Victory For The Sullen – re-works Burzum’s black metal classic ‘Dauði Baldrs’, at our request. dEUS chief Tom Barman joins forces with saxophonist Robin Verheyen and it smells like New York big city jazz. Then French multi-instrumentalist Colleen combines her beloved baroque instrument – the viola de gamba – with electronica. And both Batida and Ibibio Sound Machine combine contemporary electronica/dance with their respective Angolan or Nigerian roots. In other words, more than enough Musical boundlessness.

Artists who trade in their hometown seem to more easily blur musical boundaries. So it is no surprise that PAN label owner Bill Kouligas moved from Greece and has Berlin as base of operations. Batida was born in Angola but grew up in the suburbs of Lissabon. Then you have Belgian saxophonist Robin Verheyen (see: TaxiWars) who has been operating out of New York in recent years and tooting his way into the upper echelons from there. Christina Vantzou (who also has Greek roots but lived in the US for years) now considers Brussels to be her home.

Knock knock. Who's there? It's ‘the theme-a-day’!

Monday 24 August focusses on contemporary classical music. Christina Vantzou presents her new album ‘N°3’ in avant première with a 17-member orchestra, Colleen proudly plays er viola de gamba and Echo Collective ‘classic-afied’ an album by Norwegian black metal legend Burzum.

Contemporary folk from Chicago to Zeelandic Flanders is the central theme on Tuesday 25 August. Revelations Ryley Walker and Daniel Knox represent Chicago, and Broeder Dieleman is actually being called the Dutch Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie.

Wednesday 26 August will see Exciting Modern Worldly Sounds reign when the superb Soundway Records takes over the park with Nigerian and Angolan electronic beats.

Cutting edge Jazz is the leitmotiv on Thursday 27 August. Both TaxiWars (the latest Tom Barman jazz project) and Hamster Axis Of The One-Click Panther serve us up wonderful big city jazz.

Friday 28 August spotlights Berlin's PAN label. Or, how danceability and avant garde can go hand in hand.

Finally: be kind to the trees. They enjoy these wonderful sounds along with us.

With the support of our partners:


As of today, AB is pleased to be backing Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF). Until the end of August, we will be collecting money to support funds for emergency help.
You can make a contribution by donating your cup deposit (0.20 euro) to MSF during the coming concert season and you will also meet the MSF team at our free summer-festivals Boterhammen in het Park and Feeërieën during the last week of August.

More information can be found on the website of Doctors Without Borders


Food trucks
New this year: the food trucks! During the Feerieeën, The Warande Park will become a small open-air restaurant with a number of mobile kitchens.
Combine your musical night out with original and good quality gastronomy, on location!
On the menu: Thai street food, Italian delicacies and a wide variety of veggie dishes. You can find the food trucks in the Rue Royale in front of the steps to Bozar. 



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