B-Est Jazz Fest 2017
De Beren Gieren (B) + Maria Faust Sacrum Facere (EST)
Dutch-Belgian acoustic-electronic piano trio De Beren Gieren (The Bear Vultures) are known for their unique energetic sound, sparkling melodies, complex structures and quirky song titles. They bring a blend of polyrhythmic soundscapes, sing-alongs and elitist twists, showing an ability to change mood quite suddenly in a way that constantly holds one's attention. The band will perform their last album Dug out Skyscrapers; for which the trio created some unexpected compositions by puzzling with impressionistic melodies and energetic drums. A live experience not to be missed!
Maria Faust is a name to remember on the international jazz scene. This multi-award winning Estonian saxophonist, arranger and composer is making a name for herself with her impressive improvisations, and as the leader and conductor of larger ensembles. Drawing on her classical music training, she explores new avenues for jazz music with her ensemble Maria Faust Sacrum Facere. The group is also the synthesis of the two passions of this Estonian "Jazz Musician of the Year" in 2016: free improvisation combined with classical composition.
Peedu Kass Momentum (EST) + LG Jazz Collective (B)
Peedu Kass Momentum is a piano trio led by the Estonian bass player Peedu Kass. The style of this ensemble is contemporary piano music, with adventurous rhythms, a clear sound and a dashing stage performance. Peedu is a prolific musician in the European jazz scene. His tours have taken him to some of the most important venues in the world. Momentum has performed in Canada, Germany, Russia, Hungary, Finland, Latvia and Estonia. They were the first Estonian band to be chosen to perform at the world’s biggest jazz trade show Jazzahead! in Bremen. Now, they come to open the new concert season of Flagey!
With his LG Jazz Collective, guitarist Guillaume Vierset has gathered the crème de la crème of the new Belgian jazz scene around him. The group draws its inspiration from large bands such as the SF Jazz Collective, the Pat Metheny Group as well as the famous big bands of days gone by. Guillaume Verzet and his 'dream team' play jazz music in which each soloist gets to shine. After the success of their first album New Feel, which was awarded an Octave de la Musique (Best Jazz Album 2015), the seven-member group is returning to Brussels to present their latest compositions, entirely written by the guitarist.
Flagey, Estonian Jazz Union, Jazzkaar Festival