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Belgian Jazz Fest is ambitious: 24 streamed concerts in high audio and image quality, where you can switch from one stage to another, just like at a real festival! Don’t worry, you will not miss anything, as the concerts will be available to you until one week after the festival. As a bonus, you can also make a donation as support!
Bel Jazz Fest

Friday 29 05 2020

Bel Jazz Fest

Saturday 30 05 2020

AN PIERLÉ QUARTET

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 18:30 - 19:15

Stage: Toots

An Pierlé Quartet – © Isadora Gisen

The An Pierlé Quartet unites the refreshing young jazz duo SCHNTZL with singer-songwriter An Pierlé and producer/multi-instrumentalist Koen Gisen. They explore their respective worlds with a refreshingly open spirit. The quartet plays layered experimental pop music with a twist, ranging from wide and serene vistas to expressive Brechtian cabaret fun, with a healthy dose of noise, tricky adventurousness and psychedelic grooves.

An Pierlé (vocals, piano, trumpet), Hendrik Lasure (synths, loops), Koen Gisen (bass clarinet, saxophone, guitar), Casper Van de Velde (drums)

BERT COOLS

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 19:00 - 19:30

Stage: Django

Bert Cools – © Emilija Vinžanovaitė

Guitar player Bert Cools is mainly active in the fields of improvised and electronic music. You may know him from the unique granvat platform, which he founded with his brother Stijn in 2011. He plays solo concerts and composes for a variety of bands: Merope, Hoera, Book of Air. On top of that, he is a member of Ruben Machtelinckx’ Porous Structures and Antoine Pierre’s Urbex, and has earned his stripes in multiple theater and multimedia projects. Recently, he also joined Danish indie favourites Efterklang. In his solo performances, Cools experiments with sound and the complex relation between the instrument and a variety of effects in particular. Expect spontaneous explorations and otherworldly sounds.

Bert Cools (guitar, electronica)

HERMIA – MOHY – GERSTMANS PLAYS THE LOVE SONGS

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 19:15 - 20:00

Stage: Toots

Manu Hermia v2

This trio revisits some of the most beautiful traditional jazz standards, in an instrumental way and in all the intimate warmth of a sax-piano-double bass formula, which leaves an enormous field to the softness and the subtlety of the sound. Before each title, the musicians verbally plunge you into small parts of the text of the original song, trying to bring out some jewels of poetry, typical from Broadway at this time. From there, everyone is been given a chance to dive deeper into these splendid and famous melodies, here magnified by excellent soloists.

Manuel Hermia (saxophone), Pascal Mohy (piano), Sam Gerstmans (double bass)

LUBIANA

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 19:45 - 20:15

Stage: Django

Lubiana – © Nicolas Wagner

Lubiana is a Belgian singer-songwriter with Cameroonian roots and a golden voice. Her musical path started at age 8 with piano and guitar. At 14, she is bowled over by the voices of Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill and in her early twenties, she discovers the West-African instrument that will change her life forever: the kora. It brought her into touch with her African roots and tradition, and the work of master Toumani Diabté. Since then, she used this inspiration in her own music, a glowing mixture of pop, soul and a subtle jazzy vibe.

Lubiana (vocals, kora)

MÂÄK QUINTET

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 20:00 - 20:45

Stage: Toots

Mâäk Quintet – © Iwona Pom

More than 20 years ago, Mâäk Quintet emerged as a classic jazz quartet centered around trumpet player Laurent Blondiau. Today, the quintet is a multifaceted collective with international connections. And easily one of Belgium’s most praised avant-garde jazz formations. Mâäk is all about vitality, dynamism and musical freedom. Within well-defined musical boundaries, the quintet creates a sound that ranges from sophisticated and fascinating to magnetic and sensual. The musicians never stop experimenting with new sounds, rhythms and harmonies. This is the sound of reinvention!

Laurent Blondiau (trumpet), Michel Massot (tuba), Jeroen Van Herzeele (tenor saxophone), Grégoire Tirtiaux (alto & baritone saxophone), Samuel Ber (drums)

SCHNTZL

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 20:30 - 21:00

Stage: Django

SCHNTZL

Hendrik Lasure and Casper Van De Velde were still teenagers without a driver’s license when they took the Belgian jazz scene by storm. Since then, they have been awfully busy and became much-respected musicians. They resolutely follow their muse, even if it takes them far outside the jazz tradition. schntzl excels in balancing acts that combine post-classical music with electronics, dream-pop and whispered musings that offer unexpected glimpses of sheer beauty.

Hendrik Lasure (piano, keyboards), Casper Van De Velde (drums, percussion)

DE BEREN GIEREN

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 20:45 - 21:30

Stage: Toots

De Beren Gieren

Over the previous decade, De Beren Gieren has morphed into one of the most reliable and exciting bands of the so-called New Wave of Belgian Jazz. ‘Dug Out Skyscrapers’ (2017), their fifth album, became the provisional crowning achievement of their steady ascension. Their next album, to be released in the spring of 2021, will become an ode to a universe full of life. It is a quest for new and spontaneous routes that allow ideas to freely pop up and blossom. The cultivation of the unfinished ideas to a different kind of creativity. Haven’t you ever experienced the feeling that the missing piece of the puzzle is much more intriguing than a perfect whole with its smooth edges?

Fulco Ottervanger (keyboards), Lieven Van Pée (double bass), Simon Segers (drums)

EVE BEUVENS SOLO

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 21:15 - 21:45

Stage: Django

Eve Beuvens – © Marta De Gracia

Piano player Eve Beuvens made her debut in 2009 with an enthusiastically received quartet album. A few years later, she founded the Heptatomic septet, for which she invited a few heavyweights of Belgian jazz. More recently, solo performances take up more of her time, seeking inspiration from illustrious influences like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and Paul Bley. Beuvens is always on the lookout for harmony within contrasts: clashes of vivid colour alongside melodies that warm you from the inside out. Occasionally, of course, she throws in a nod and a wink to her idols, be they Thelonious Monk or … Dolly Parton.

Eve Beuvens (piano)

ANTOINE PIERRE URBEX

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 21:30 - 22:15

Stage: Toots

Antoine Pierre URBEX – © Stefaan Temmerman

Liège-born Antoine Pierre had turned into one of the most versatile and sought-after drummers in the country. A seat in Jean-Paul Estiévenart’s trio led to work with the Toine Thys Trio and TaxiWars, among others, but also his very own project, URBEX. This ensemble delves headfirst into a densely layered city vibe, hovering between mystery and turbulence. Recently, the sextet wrote new material inspired by Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. The grooves, trance and electrifying energy will hit you with a considerable force!

Antoine Pierre (drums), Jean-Paul Estiévenart (trumpet), Bert Cools (guitar, electronics), Bram De Looze (piano), Félix Zurstrassen (bassguitar), Frédéric Malempré (percussion)

ESINAM

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 22:00 - 22:30

Stage: Django

Esinam – © Yvonne Schmedemann

Esinam joggles with traditional instruments like the tama, kalimba and pandeiro, which she superbly loops and blends with the sounds of her soulful voice, the flute and keyboards, revealing herself as a genuine ‘one-woman band’. Her compositions carry traces from different worlds, geographically, culturally and musically. On stage Esinam tries to preserve as much freedom as possible. Melanie De Biasio, Teme Tan and Selah Sue love her unique musical universe and asked her to support them at their shows, while Baloji worked with her on his latest album.

Esinam Dogbatse (vocals, flute, keyboards, percussion, electronics)

THE BRUMS

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 22:15 - 23:00

Stage: Toots

The Brums

Prejudices can be stubborn. Some people think that jazz is a serious business. With a mix of brass, synths and some intense beats and influences ranging from hip hop to avant-garde, Liège quartet The Brums dispels that myth. What’s more, they’ll get you to dance! Completely eschewing loops, everything is performed live with each musician helming multiple instruments to deliver an expansive and dynamic sound world. The result? Energy and freedom in a combustible dance. A techno-infused, beat-driven, rollicking good time!

Alain Deval (drums, electronics), Adrien Lambinet (trombone, FX), Antoine Dawans (trumpet, synths), Clément Dechambre (saxophone, synths)

DJ ALIA

Date: May 29, 2020

Time: 23:00 - 00:00

Stage: Django

AliA

They say age doesn’t matter, but still… When DJ AliA first appeared on the scene as a seventeen-year-old setting various parties on fire, she definitely raised some eyebrows. Alyah Rivière started out with an impressive maturity and knowledge of music, and she’s becoming one of the hottest names around. Her calling card? The combination of technique and organic flow, that give her performances a strong soul and groove. Her recent ranking (3rd!) in the Belgian DJ Top 100 of the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards says it all!

BRAM DE LOOZE

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 18:00 - 18:30

Stage: Django

Bram De Looze

As a member of Belgium’s LABtrio, which he co-founded at the age of 16, Bram De Looze immediately impressed with his singular combination of technical skill and maturity. In a generation full of talent, De Looze became one of its brightest stars. The past few years, the pianist combined several stellar projects (MixMonk, LABtrio, …) with a solo trajectory. De Looze is a restless explorer, always on the lookout for new modes of expression, going to a more basic, deeper level, where resonances, moods and densities are continually turned inside-out as parts of a steady work-in-progress. De Looze keeps pushing the boundaries of a solo performance to rapturous effect.

Bram De Looze (piano)

JEAN-PAUL ESTIÉVENART QUARTET

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 18:30 - 19:15

Stage: Toots

Jean-Paul Estiévenart Quartet

Within a few years, the Jean-Paul Estiévenart Trio became one of the essential projects of the Belgian jazz scene. Not surprisingly, with the band’s  strong identity and unique sound, so easy to spot. Trumpet player Estiévenart delivers dynamic and powerful music for which he draws inspiration from the rich jazz tradition and the moods and hazards of his life. After some concerts with Fabian Fiorini as a guest musician, the trio naturally transformed into a quartet. A logical step since the four musicians together create such a lightning energy. No power struggles within this new formation, but rather an explosion or continuous fireworks, with unbridled performers, virtuosity and overflowing musicality.

Jean-Paul Estiévenart (trumpet), Fabian Fiorini (piano), Sam Gerstmans (double bass), Antoine Pierre (drums)

TUUR FLORIZOONE

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 19:00 - 19:30

Stage: Django

Tuur Florizoone – © Paulien Verlackt

In no time accordion master Tuur Florizoone has become one of the most beloved musicians of our little country. His music for the movie ‘Moscow, Belgium’ (nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards!) caused the breakthrough. He always succeeds in combining jazz, folk, classical and film music into a breathtaking combination of feeling and playfulness. Expect an intimate performance with apparently simple melodies that contain intriguing layers and an irresistible stage presence.

Tuur Florizoone (accordion)

CASIMIR LIBERSKI TRIO

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 19:15 - 20:00

Stage: Toots

Casimir Liberski Trio – © Olivier Donnet

Casimir Liberski’s music has been described as moving, exhilarating and atypical. The Brussels-born pianist and composer possesses a daring and very strong personal style, topped with an astonishing technique. Even in New York, he turned heads with his atypical mix of jazz with fusion, electro, metal, prog-rock and minimalism. It is always an experience to witness what this trio does during its performances where his own music is combined with plentiful standards and pop covers.

Casimir Liberski (piano), Cyrille Obermüller (double bass), Samuel Ber (drums)

CINEMA PARADISO

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 19:45 - 20:15

Stage: Django

Kurt Van Herck Trio

Cinema Paradiso unites saxophone player Kurt Van Herck, drummer and percussionist Eric Thielemans and guitar player Willem Heylen. This is a trio that plays music that exudes calmth, musical freedom and playfulness. The musicians worked with the music of Paul Motian, as well as original material, timeless standards and improvisations elaborating on the master drummer’s music. Bill Frisell, a former partner and friend of Motian, heard the music and was impressed: “It was a joy to hear these new versions of the songs I know so well and love so much. I know Paul would be happy.”

Kurt Van Herck (saxophones), Eric Thielemans (drums, percussion), Willem Heylen (guitar)

GLASS MUSEUM

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 20:00 - 20:45

Stage: Toots

Glass Museum © Barthélemy Decobecq

“The ultimate modern marriage between pure traditional jazz, orchestral arrangements, and the mathematics of electronic music.” That’s how Antoine Flipo and Martin Grégoire describe their music on their Facebook profile. Rightly so, since Glass Museum managed to confirm all that was so promising about them on their breakthrough album, ‘Reykjavik’. Its approach is cinematic, electronic, and organic. The sound of the two musicians combines dusky melodies with vibrant rhythms. A ray of light through the night. On stage, Glass Museum is nothing less than a revelation, a dream machine with an endless imagination.

Antoine Flipo (synth), Martin Grégoire (drums)

ANNELEEN BOEHME SOLO

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 20:30 - 21:00

Stage: Django

Anneleen Boehme – © Thomas Geuens

Bass player Anneleen Boehme co-founded the LABtrio, one of the most lauded Belgian jazz bands of the past decade. Just like her fellow band members – Lander Gyselinck and Bram De Looze – she kept expanding her artistic range, working in a wide variety of contexts. In the meantime, Boehme also founded her ‘dream project’, the nonet Grand Picture Palace. This ensemble combines a jazz quintet with a string quartet and two passions of its leader: jazz & classical music. This time she will perform solo, with the exploring, pulsating double bass being the extension of her body.

Anneleen Boehme (double bass)

COMPRO ORO

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 20:45 - 21:30

Stage: Toots

Compro Oro

Sometimes it takes a few detours to find out where you belong. You may visit destinations like Havana. Or Mogadishu. Or Ghent. That’s exactly what happened to Compro Oro since its 2015 debut. The first releases took you for a ride to Cuba and West-Africa. On their most recent album, ‘Suburban Exotica’, the band takes things even further by adding grooves from the Middle-East. This results in an eccentric patchwork of sounds and influences, merging contemporary electronics with an irrepressible drive, greasy funk and other striking acrobatics.

Wim Segers (vibraphone, marimba, synth, glockenspiel, percussion), Bart Vervaeck (guitar, pedal steel, oud, banjo), Matthias Debusschere (bass, electric ukulele), Falk Schrauwen (kalimba, congas, percussion), Frederik Van den Berghe (drums)

N∆BOU

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 21:15 - 21:45

Stage: Django

Nabou © Pull & Over Photographs

Nabou Claerhout’s roaring trombone is the sound of an emerging talent. As a very young player, she already got the opportunity to play with the likes of Bert Joris, Dave Holland, Dave Douglas and Akua Naru. That says a lot. With her quartet, simply named N∆BOU, she approaches her instrument in a strikingly personal way, creating a unique sound with innovative effects and refreshing compositions. To accomplish this, Claerhout surrounded herself with three other major talents you might recognize from HAST, Tsar B, Oko Yono and Joshua Redman.

Nabou Claerhout (trombone), Roeland Celis (guitar), Trui Amerlinck (bass), Mathias Vercammen (drums)

COMMANDER SPOON

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 21:30 - 22:15

Stage: Toots

Commander Spoon

Commander Spoon embodies all the things that make the youngest generation in Belgian jazz so exciting. The four-headed band from Brussels elegantly breaks down the barriers between jazz, hip hop, rock and future beats. After four impressive self-released EP’s, the quartet now brings its thrilling debut album ‘Spooning’ to the fore. The subsequent release shows and festival spots at DOUR and Couleur Café, among others, were unfortunately cancelled. However, the jazz cats of Commander Spoon can’t wait to rock this online stage and bring their record alive.

Pierre Spataro (tenorsaxophone), Florent Jeunieaux (guitar), Fil Caporali (double bass, bassguitar), Samy Wallens (drums)

KAREN WILLEMS

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 22:00 - 22:30

Stage: Django

Karen Willems – © Dominiek Claeys

The path of Karen Willems is a journey through a colourful world of possibilities. A free haven for influences from all over the world, a musical ethnography with an industrial touch. The percussionist started as a drummer in rock and pop bands (Zita Swoon Group, Novastar, Mauro Pawlowski, …), but steadily started working towards a strikingly original path as a solo artist. Willems’s spontaneous performances lure you into a world of sound possibilities to wander around in, disappearing into the creation of the moment and the very core of the sounds.

Karen Willems (percussion)

NORDMANN

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 22:15 - 23:00

Stage: Toots

Nordmann – © Tobi Jonson

Nordmann balances brooding jazz, crooked rock & roll, expressionist grooves and nocturnal minimalism. The band betrays the live wire intensity and explosive potential of a furious rock & roll band, while also retaining the thoughtfulness and shape-shifting qualities of the best improvising units. It’s a sound that is as imaginative as it is suggestive, as thrilling as it is satisfying. Full of rolling grooves and dark atmospheres. It’s the soothing drug and instantaneous kick for those craving an adventure.

Mattias De Craene (tenorsaxophone), Edmund Lauret (guitar), Dries Geusens (bass), Thijs Troch (keys), Elias Devoldere (drums)

DJ ALIA

Date: May 30, 2020

Time: 23:00 - 00:00

Stage: Django

AliA

They say age doesn’t matter, but still… When DJ AliA first appeared on the scene as a seventeen-year-old setting various parties on fire, she definitely raised some eyebrows. Alyah Rivière started out with an impressive maturity and knowledge of music, and she’s becoming one of the hottest names around. Her calling card? The combination of technique and organic flow, that give her performances a strong soul and groove. Her recent ranking (3rd!) in the Belgian DJ Top 100 of the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards says it all!