Jazz up close and personal
If the trumpet could choose a nickname, it would certainly favour Miles Davis (1926–1991), the American musician who profoundly marked the history of the instrument. A pioneer of cool jazz and jazz fusion, Davis was also a great discoverer of talent, surrounding himself with the greatest musicians of his time, including John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. To create the legendary score for Louis Malle’s film Elevator to the Gallows, Davis and his fellow musicians simply improvised for three hours as the images unfolded on the screen. The albums Milestones (1958), Kind of Blue (1959) and Bitches Brew (1970) are acknowledged as true masterpieces!Read full NAC bio ›
Director, artistic director of theatre company Zonzo and the BIG BANG Festival, present in a dozen European cities, the Belgian Wouter Van Looy has made a huge contribution to making music accessible to a wide and diverse audience. Why do musicians wear such formal outfits? Why are they traditionally so far from the audience? How can we approach the repertoire to make it more current and engaging? By asking questions like these, he has created unique stage experiences that shed a whole new light on such mega-composers as John Cage (Listen to the Silence), Bach (3ACH), and Miles Davis (Mile(s)tones).Read full NAC bio ›
Fulco Ottervanger is a one-man orchestra. As a child, he studied cello and taught himself to play piano, guitar, bass guitar and drums; he later studied jazz piano and classical composition at the Ghent Conservatory of Music in Belgium. A talented singer and composer, he is known for multi‑genre musical creations that run the gamut from experimental to popular. He has contributed to theatre, dance and spoken word projects. He is the frontman of the contemporary jazz trio De Beren Gieren and the band Stadt.Read full NAC bio ›
Bert Bernaerts balances on the fine line between music and theatre. He plays, improvises and composes music in very disparate contexts. Since a very young age, he has been passionate about brass. In 2000, he founded the improvisation collective John Torso. Together, the members created the music theatre shows Zeeland, Ding and the interactive concert, Radio Ping Pong, which gained the most international fame. Since 2004, he has been writing music for his ensemble Hop Frog, an octet made up of five brass musicians and three percussionists. The group offers a unique fusion of street music, movement, image and innovative sound experiments. With Hop Frog, he made the street theatre performances Ensors Fanfare (2004) and Convoi Exceptionnel (2006), a show built around a mobile sound installation.
Seppe Gebruers is a Belgian pianist, improviser and composer. Back home, he is well known on the music scene for his work as a member of the eclectic Jazz septet Ifa y Xango (winner of the Jong Jazztalent Gent), the piano duo Antiduo with Erik Vermeulen, and Bambi Pang Pang. Seppe graduated from the Antwerp Conservatorium, where he studied both jazz and classical music. These past five years, he has written accompanying music for plays with a strong musical component, such as Omtrent Othello (“Concerning Othello”), Wanneer de paarden sterven (“When the horses pass away”), 4:3 from Tibaldus and The Piano from DE MAAN. Since the age of 12, Seppe has performed at home and abroad.
Simon Segers has been inspired by music since an early age. His father’s elaborate vinyl collection grabbed his attention and he soon learned to appreciate all kinds of music. Musically, he was also stimulated by his older brother, guitarist Frederik Segers, with whom he realized various projects. Around age 20, Simon got more and more interested in jazz and improvisation. Consequently, he took classes with Antoine Cirri, Marek Patrman, Teun Verbruggen, Toon Van Dionant, Jim Black, Mimi Verderame, Steve Clover and Arnout Gerritse. In recent years, he has been very involved with rock, jazz and free music projects, resulting in the development of a personal style, unique in any of these scenes. He regards the jazz trio De Beren Gieren and rock band Stadt, in which he chiefly participates as a creative musician, as his most personal projects.