River Jazz Festival - Jazzstation, 10.01
6 p.m.: Tricycle featuring Tuur Florizoone
From Brazil to the United States, from classical music to folk and jazz, accordion player, pianist and composer Tuur Florizoone (°1978) is a shining example of the modern all-round musician who knows no boundaries. He forms the out and out Belgian jazz band Tricycle – it has indeed a Flemish accordionist, a Walloon bassist and a Brussels flutist and saxophonist in its ranks.
Who is… Tuur Florizoone?
Tuur Florizoone’s impressive track record bears resemblance with a trip around the world across different continents and a spectrum of musical styles. Here is just a glimpse of what the man has been up to over the last few years: workshops in Brazil staged by Naná Vasconcelos and Gilberto Gil, circus performances, the musical score for one of the most successful Flemish films in recent years (“Aanrijding In Moscou”), flirting with dub, electro and world music in the Turkish band Baba Zula, Scandinavian folk with aNoo, Jewish avant-jazz with Zahava Seewald & Zohara, contemporary classical music with the trio Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski, Belgian-Congolese adventure with Mixtuur, concerts with like-minded free riders such as Carlos Núñez and Manu Chao and his very own Aventura Musica record label.
At the end of last year, he was still touring in the United States with trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and cello-player Jörg Brinkman. At the moment, the trio is finalising its new album which will follow up on its “Oliver’s Cinema” and will be issued some time next month.
For his concert at the Jazzstation, Florizoone has an exclusive act up his sleeve. Tricycle will perform on stage but this time, in XL size, since it will be backed by three percussionists: Oswaldo Hernandez, Etienne Plumer and Stephan Pougin. After a series of concerts in schools, this performance will be the one and only club concert. However, the goal is to proceed with the project and eventually release a CD. During the River Jazz Festival, the trio will in any case lift a corner of the veil... exclusively for you.
What is… your favourite place in Brussels?
Café Bravo in Rue d’Alost, a side street at the far end of Rue Dansaert. There is a wide selection of local beers and because I have a definite soft spot for blonds – ales I should add – I go there on a regular basis. You can even have a bite at very affordable prices. And to top it all, there is live jazz. A few times a week, you can drop in for a concert. On Wednesday evenings, the venue organises jam sessions which turn the café into the place-to-be in Brussels. People are literally lining up at the door. And the great thing about Café Bravo is that even jam-packed, it still is an enjoyable place where you can talk and have a drink on the ground floor while music buffs get their jazz fix down in the basement.
… your fondest memory of a concert in Flagey?
The season’s opening jam organised by Les Lundis d’Hortense early October. Diverging jazz styles are brought on stage in a free and relaxed way. Dozens of musicians take turns in a spectacular jam session culminating in a big exhilarating party. Both Etienne Richard and Jean-Paul Estiévenart were on stage and also Pirly Zurstrassen and Toine Thys, besides many other musicians. Such concerts are in my view the best form of advertising for jazz. By the way, the event takes place every year and everyone is welcome.
… the last CD or album you bought for yourself?
“Skeletons” by Anu Junnonen. I perform in her band aNoo but this is her first solo album under her own name. She takes an entirely different direction and embarks upon a personal quest devoted to the combination of voice and electronic music. She proceeded in a very radical way and opted straightaway for the right playing time, just over half an hour, in much the same way as Daniel Lanois with his more experimental albums. For an artist, it is often one of the key issues when recording a CD: do I keep it somewhat shorter or longer? “Skeletons” is obviously not the sort of music you put on during a family dinner, but rather songs to play firing on all cylinders while doing the dishes.
… your favourite quote of the moment?
“You cyclists make driving in Brussels extremely dangerous”. This is the reproach I recently got shoved in the face by a frustrated driver on board a large SUV after he almost mowed us down, my girlfriend and I. Such drivers and vehicles should be quite simply taken off the road. As a matter of fact, if everybody was riding a bicycle in Brussels, the city would be a much better and safer place. Unfortunately, there is such a serious lack of bike lanes that you have no other choice but to use the road where vehicles are a real threat to vulnerable road users. Also, very few car drivers respect the space provided for cyclists at traffic lights. And if you dare make a comment about it, all you get is a load of insults. I must admit that not all cyclists are as cautious and vigilant as they should be. If I happen to have a tourist on a Villo bicycle in front of me, I keep the same safe following distance as if it were a car with a foreign number plate. Personally, I always wear a helmet and my bicycle is equipped with head- and taillights, a point that is alas all too often neglected by many cyclists in Brussels.