27/08/2022 – 15:00
With a unique seventeen headed orchestra, influential pioneers, new bands, a super eager new generation, surprising collaborations and a free of access area with a record fair, film, workshop, expo and slow food the seventh edition of the Summer Bummer festival at De Studio will close the summer of 2022 at an absolute high. Get your tickets while they last ! Scroll down for all the info on day 2 – 27/8 of the festival. For all the info on Summer Bummer Day 1 – 26/8 click here !
German reed player Peter Brötzmann and American drummer, percussionist Hamid Drake are two absolute masters of free improvised music. They wrote music history with Die Like A Dog, their legendary quartet with fellow iconic players Toshinori Kondo (Summer Bummer 2017) and William Parker. And in trio with that same Parker, Drake and Brötzmann reached absolute peaks, just check an album like the fiery ‘Never Too Late But Always Too Early’ and you get our drift. In 2020, Brötzmann and Drake surprised us with ‘The Catch Of A Ghost’ a wonderful release with Moroccan Guimbri player Maâlem Moukhtar Gania. But also as a duo it sizzles and sparks when they meet. Judging by the high tension and energy level of their duo release The Dried Rat-Dog for Okka Disc (1995) and the fact that their duo encounters are extremely rare, we think chances are very good this new encounter between the two grandmasters will also end up in the history books.
Originated as an occasional trio, but meanwhile the group that brings Christer Bothén‘s (1941) new compositions to life. The legendary Swedish clarinetist worked intensively with Don Cherry from the early 1970s at the time of the Organic Music Society. An association that has permanently influenced his music. Together with the much younger musicians Torbjörn Zetterberg (double bass) and Konrad Agnas (drums), and just like his teacher, Bothén creates music in a kind of suite form: pieces come and go based on the input of the musicians and the inspiration of the moment. In January 2021 the Polish Bovian label released ‘Omen’, a first, very well received, by Christer Bothén 3 with Vilhelm Bromander on bass. Mats Gustafsson writes in the liners: “The sum of all those years of experience, travel and sharing come together in an astonishing explosion of poetic beauty (…) To hear this music in a trio setting is a revelation to me. It’s so obvious. So sharp. Full of details and a flowing stream of energy. Full of life.” Due to unforeseen circumstances Angas can’t play the show. Bothén and Zetterberg will perform as a duo.
Guitarist Terrie Ex (The Ex, Lean Left), reed player Ab Baars (ICP Orchestra) and pianist Kaja Draksler are known for their outspoken musical personalities: from punk and whimsical free jazz to crazy big band and introspective improvisation. The Polish Fundacja Słuchaj! just released the trio’s debut album ‘When The Hills Run Across The Fields’, not coincidentally recorded live during the Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf in 2018 the wonderfully abrasive but also melodic chunk of free improvisation makes you long for the concert hall. Due to unforeseen circumstances Baars had to cancel all his upcoming concerts. Draksler and Ex are a well seasoned team and will perform this concert as a duo.
Over the last couple of years Antwerp reed player Hanne De Backer has worked her way up to one of the most exciting and versatile improvisers on the international circuit. After collaborations with Paal Nilssen-Love, Signe Emmeluth, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Henrik Munkeby Nostebø, she now shares the stage with another Scandinavian: the inimitable Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen (Angles, Trespass Trio, …). The potential of this unique collaboration is further enhanced by the addition of drummer Michael Zerang (Chicago Tentet, Hamid Drake, …) and multi-instrumentalist Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Dwarfs of East Agouza, The Invisible Hands), two influential musicians from the alternative music and improvisation scene.
Fans of special musical line-ups can indulge themselves in this occasional ensemble. Violin (Elisabeth Klinck), vibraphone (Els Vandeweyer), oud, voice (Youmna Saba), electronics, synthesizer (Maurice Louca) and harp, bass (Ann Eysermans) provide a unique spectrum of timbres in this highly unpredictable collaboration. Klinck, Vandeweyer and Eysermans increasingly assert themselves internationally: Klinck acts/plays in ‘One Song’ Miet Warlop’s international successful play and has just released Pair, Paire her duo concert with Nils Vermeulen in the Oorstof series on the Blickwinkel cassette label, Ann Eysermans made the international press with her acclaimed album ‘For Trainspotters Only’ on Cortizona and based in Berlin Vandeweyer established herself as an in demand player on the international circuit. Vandeweyer regularly plays as a guest musician in Elephantine, one of the projects of the Egyptian multi-instrumentalist Louca, who resides in Berlin, and the musician/musicologist Saba moved from Beirut to Paris, where she continues to make her music and do research on parallels between Arabic classical music and language, Arabic visual arts and electronic music.
Pianist, multi-instrumentalist, composer Andreas Bral and accordionist Stan Maris are two young Belgian musicians active in various contemporary and adventurous jazz bands. In the full pandemic, Bral walked the Belgian coast with Hanne De Backer and Raf Vertessen, improvising on harmoniun and upright piano, and with camel, and in the autumn of 2022 her will join Vertessen, Will Greene, Joe Morris, Tomeka Reed, Anke Verslype, Ayako Kato and Rachel Bernsen for a Visitations residency. With bands and projects such as Kreis, Suura, Oceans Eddie, Erem or in a quartet with De Backer, Audrey Lauro and Farida Amadou, Maris shows his enormous versatility on a unique instrument. Together with guitarist and oud player Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush, The Dwarfs Of East Agouza) and multi-instrumentalist Radwan Moumneh Ghazi (Jerusalem In My Heart), this quartet brings different worlds together through their diverse influences and a striking set of instruments.
During Summer Bummer 2021, Praed – the duo of Raed Yassin (electronics, voice) and Paed Conca (clarinet, electronics) – was forced by the pandemic rules to bring their exciting mix of Egyptian popular music (Shaabi), free jazz and electronic music in front of a (mouth)masked and seated audience. This year they start off Summer Bummer Late Night with a whopper of a no holds barred party. To raise the party level a notch or two, Yassin and Conca come up with a new version of Praed Plus and drag the reed players Martin Küchen, Christian Kobi and Hans Koch and percussionist Khaled Yassine (darbuka) into the festivities.
The Beast: Singing floor of an upright piano suitable for children and families (all ages) in collaboration with Musica Impulse Center
The Beast is a mobile installation based on the frame and soundboard of an upright piano. But nothing is what it seems. You can tame The Beast, challenge it or even make it move in a quirky choreography. You can play it with all kinds of materials, such as drum sticks or with your own body. Do you want to let The Beast grow to full maturity? Make it into a sound installation. Play it through extended techniques. Alone or in a group, during improvisation or teamwork. Get under the spell of The Beast.
The participants can stay as long as they want.
To make sure that you can participate hands on, you can register on this link ! stating the number of people you want to enlist and the time of arrival.
Het Beest / The Beast (2018) is a mobile sound installation by Musica Impulse Center. It was realised by Hans Van Regenmortel on behalf of Musica.
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