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saturday 20:30 Gent

saturday 12:30 Neerpelt
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saturday 15:00 Neerpelt
sunday 15:00 Gent

saturday 12:30 Gent
saturday 20:30 Neerpelt

saturday 22:00 Neerpelt
sunday 20:30 Gent


from 20th of april until 3th of june, Neerpelt



vrijdag 22:00 Neerpelt
zondag 12:30 Gent


Paul Van Gysegem (Berlare, 1935) can look back on an impressive record of achievements and varied oeuvre: sculptures, paintings, drawings and etchings. Moreover, he is a very passionate musician.

From 1965 to 2000 he taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, and in 1982 he became a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

-with names his sculptures and drawings as Icarus, Enkidu, Gilgamesh, Ishtar or Fenix ​​- have to do with the oldest tragic stories from primeval times and their translation to mention monumental volumes almost mystical. In recent years, he worked on a series of painted scores, the direct link with his passion for music and improvised music.

The album Aorta (1971) of Paul Van Gysegem Sextet, often in one breath as Peter Brötzmanns cult album Machine Gun, is recognized worldwide as one of the classics of European free jazz. When the late '60s many key figures of American jazz, such as Steve Lacy, Sunny Murray, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry ... did to the European latitudes, it could not help but get into Belgium following. Especially as happened in Ghent, where the young bassist Paul Van Gysegem few like-minded musicians around him knew gather to explore this genre together. From this stemmed the groundbreaking album Aorta.

In his trio of Gysegem found experienced comrades in Giovanni Barcella on drums and Erik Vermeulen at the piano. All three we may call them gradually eminences grises of jazz and free music in Belgium. Barcella may bring years of experience in the company of such. Bart Maris and Jeroen Van Herzeele and toured in recent years with jazz icon Charles Gayle. Erik Vermeulen we like to think of his trio with Manolo Cabras and Marek Patrman, Antiduo his master apprentice Seppe Gebruers or liaison with Ben Sluijs.

The trio with Erik Vermeulen and Giovanni Barcella leaning over to his sextet traditionally, with its anchors in the free jazz of North America but also many European influences.


The line-up:

Paul Van Gysegem – double bas
Erik Vermeulen – piano
Giovanni Barcella – drums




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