Sun 30.04 - 17:00 - Place Sainte-Croix

International Jazz Day - Mâäk Quintet

Laurent Blondiau, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Guillaume Orti, Michel Massot, João Lobo

UNESCO International Jazz Day | Jazz 100!

Mâäk (formerly known as Mâäk's Spirit) - one of Belgium's oldest and most active avant-gardist jazz collective which now presents on this occasion a quintet that brings original songs collected during their  travels in West Africa. Privileging sonic quality and intimacy with the audience, Mâäk chooses to play acoustically. 

The quintet presents original compositions influenced by its diverse artistic encounters. This collaboration with musicians from totally different cultures, gives the music a new dimension. Aside the improvisatory nature of jazz, you can sense African origins in their music too.

This group never slips into a routine and renews itself constantly. Everything is centered around vitality, dynamism and musical freedom but in a clearly defined framework. The music is sophisticated, fascinating, magnetic, sensual. The musicians always look for new sonic, rhythmic and harmonic possibilities, and show us that jazz can be synonymous for freedom, progress, discovery and adventure!

Flagey, met-x, UNESCO – International Jazz Day


Mâäk Quintet

Laurent Blondiau, trumpet

Jeroen Van Herzeele, tenor saxophone

Gregoire Tirtiaux, alto saxophone

Michel Massot, tuba

João Lobo, drums