Published on - Luc Vermeulen

The freshness of Belgian Jazz

Bozar makes it a point of honour to invite the world's top jazz musicians as well as excellent local talent. This season's Belgian vintage is characterised by an authentic, uncomplicated approach, and by music bursting with atmospheres and textures. Whether it's new collaborations, highlights or discoveries, here are seven concerts to put in your diary.

17 & 18 Sept.’22 – Glass Museum presents 'Reflection' with Yannick Jacquet

An emblematic group for our Opening Night, the Brussels duo Glass Museum will perform no fewer than three shows for the joint launch of their European tour and our jazz season. On their new album, Reflet (Sdban Ultra, 2022), Antoine Flipo (piano) and Martin Grégoire (drums) are joined by bassist Brieuc Angenot. For the first time and at Bozar's request, the trio will perform an immersive, organic and explosive show, tailored to their music and masterfully designed by media artist Yannick Jacquet.

22 Sept.’22 – The Milk Factory & Hannah Tolf

This is a collaboration that promises a festival of delight. Exclusively for Bozar, the young Ghent band The Milk Factory shares the stage with Swedish singer Hannah Tolf. In other words, the melancholic music of the Belgians, with its slow tempo and delicate melodies, will sublimate the tender, crystal-clear voice of their Nordic colleague. It is a collaboration that comes naturally while promising to be thrilling.

19 Oct.’22 – Igor Gehenot & Amaury Faye

A dream-like, harmonious piano face-off is what the Belgian-French duo Igor Gehenot and Amaury Faye have in store for you. The two magicians will immerse you in a world where the notes of the piano act like a balm on your heart. To do this, they summon up a wide range of music, from The Police and Chico Buarque to their original compositions and Brazilian saudade. This wonderful programme can be enjoyed from the velvet seats of the Henry Le Boeuf Hall.

3 Dec.’22 – Antoine Pierre – Vaague Special

Antoine Pierre, a regular drummer for the Urbex, Taxiwars and Next.Ape collectives, is now working on a powerful solo project. Vaague is a meeting between electronics and the organicity of the drums. To further enliven this groovy and exciting project, Antoine Pierre invites on stage French pianist Dorian Dumont (Echt! en APHEXionS), Stuart McCallum, guitarist with the famous Cinematic Orchestra, and the young singer and harpist from The Voice UK 2014, Anna McLuckie. This exceptional encounter can be experienced in the cocoon of our Salle M.

16 Feb.’23 – Brussels Jazz Orchestra & Aka Moon

The BJO and Aka Moon have been touring Belgian and international stages for 30 years. However, these two iconic monuments of Brussels jazz have never collaborated before! After Aka Moon last year, it's the BJO's turn to celebrate its thirtieth birthday; a perfect opportunity to share the stage with the most famous Belgian jazz trio. The programme for this anniversary concert remains a surprise, but what is certain is that it will be a big event.

Aka Moon © Alexander Popelier

26 Feb.’23 – Hendrik Lasure

Fans of the piano will enjoy this musical morning stroll with Hendrik Lasure. While he has already added his personal touch to schntzl, Bombataz and An Pierlé, here the Bruges native reveals his incredible talent as an improviser and solitary explorer of unknown territories. Let yourself be transported, for an hour, to wherever the artist takes you.

19 Apr.’23 – Octurn ’The Sandor Verses'

A wonderful group of musicians (Van der Werf, Fiorini, Dumoulin, Roelofs, and others) discover Sandor Veress (1907-1992). This student of Bartók and Kodály, and teacher of Kurtág and Ligeti, is one of the most influential composers of contemporary Hungarian music. The original String Trio version can interact with the improvisational Octurn variations. Lovers of previously unheard sounds are welcome!