Joëlle Léandre double-bass

Belgian painter Yves Zurstrassen is a lover of jazz. Indeed music – and jazz in particular – is heavily present in his creative process. Double bass legend Joëlle Léandre is one of his biggest idols. This autumn she plays two concerts at BOZAR: one in our studio, one in an exhibition space surrounded by Zurstrassen's abstract canvasses. Léandre will enter into personal dialogue with the works, some of which were conceived to the sound of her music. Visual art in a deeply fascinating interaction with music.

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    Jazz. Henri Matisse translated it into collage, Julio Cortázar into literature, and Yves Zurstrassen? Into painting! BOZAR’s “Free” exhibition features the work of this Belgian abstract painter from 26 September to 12 January. The rhythmic interplay of form and colour reveals how the music is a common theme throughout his work. Zurstrassen has shared five jazz tracks with us that have inspired him to paint over the last ten years. A small selection from the infinite universe of jazz.

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