Tutu Puoane vocals – Ewout Pierreux piano – Clemens van der Feen double-bass – Jasper Van Hulten drums – Tineke Postma saxophone
“A respectful and highly personal tribute”
The South African/Belgian singer Tutu Puoane discovered the work of Joni Mitchell as a teenager and in a surprising manner: through a Janet Jackson song. After several albums and tours performing her own music and a number of notable collaborations (Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Wim Vandekeybus, etc.), Tutu is now embarking on a trip through the music and poetry of the Canadian singer. She is joined on stage by the internationally acclaimed Dutch saxophonist (and good friend) Tineke Postma, bassist Clemens van der Feen, drummer Jasper Van Hulten and her regular pianist Ewout Pierreux. Tutu Puoane does much more than simply cover Joni's music: her beautiful voice and unique phrasing put her very distinctive stamp on the music. The understanding between Tutu and Tineke is evident while the three men add their own personal sound without ever losing sight - or rather sound - of the original. The result is an extremely intuitive journey through an intense repertoire.
In May 1968, the Centre for Fine Arts was occupied by artists and students for around ten days. Their prodigious capacity for indignation which gave society a fresh spirit of freedom forms a source of inspiration to this day. Fifty years on, we are celebrating militant activism in music, and more specifically in jazz.