Joel Ross (free for our Different Class members)
Rhythm, for vibraphonist-composer Joel Ross and his quintet Good Vibes, is as much foundational to the house his swing is built on as it is free-flowing. By listening to mid-1960s bands such as the Miles Davis quintet, Ross discovered the complexity of conversations jazz instruments and their wielders were able to convey. Born in Chicago and currently based in Brooklyn, his third album released by Blue Note, Parable of the Poet, is a culmination of lush arrangements that give a nod to his gospel roots. These stirring chords will quietly ask you to hear their emotions, while simultaneously carrying you to an almost spiritual experience.
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A collaboration between the instrumental ensemble SPECTRA and the Brussels-based group of classically trained yet stylistically non-conformist vocalists HYOID, Relics is an experience that touches you deeply. Building upon religious iconography while making use of contemporary technological sound paraphernalia, Relics is building a world somewhere in between heaven and earth as a performance. Imagine a Tarkovsky film turned into sound (art) with an artificial intelligence twist where narratives stay open to your imagination.
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Jakob Bro & Joe Lovano Septet
Three bassists, two percussionists, one guitarist and one saxophonist all come together to celebrate the legacy of Paul Motian at De Bijloke. Led by Danish Jakob Bro and American Joe Lovano, this septet creates an atmosphere of dynamic improvisation. Imbued with the creative aesthetic of the late American jazz drummer and composer, this ensemble presents lively originals that pay homage not only to Motians six decades behind the drums, but to a fellow comrade.
Accomplished by the collaboration of Jakob Bro and Joe Lovano with Anders Christensen, Larry Grenadier, Thomas Morgan, Joey Baron and Jorge Rossy.
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Makaya McCraven (free for our Different Class members)
With an upbringing steeped in jazz, Makaya McCraven is a drummer by nature, and a composer by heart. Born in Paris and a fixture of the Chicago jazz scene, McCraven is the driving force behind a new wave of enthusiasm for the genre. After working on the seedlings of an album for almost a decade, In These Times is an exploration of unconventional rhythms with both atypical meters and time signatures. You’re invited to join him on this dreamlike documentation of time that is fused together with languid strings and the whisper of a hip-hop beat.
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Weird Light Music
Weird Light Music is a brand-new project of the charismatic Apsara ensemble and the talented Belgian pianist Stéphane Ginsburgh co-commissioned by De Bijloke. Although the collaboration was born from a deep understanding of past sound practices, it departed from this into a realm where piano sensibilities and the interest in atypical music, unheard sounds and unusual combinations reign. Just like light itself, Weird Light Music is here to infuse your soul with pure joy.
<div class="editorial-banner"> <div class=“editorial-credits”> @debijloke / bijloke.be </div> (Cover) Weird Light Music shot by Elmar Valter. RELICS shot by Benjamin Riado. Makaya McCraven shot by Sulyiman Stokes </div>