OooohRoberto Fonseca … I saw him at the AB in Brussels a few years ago and I was so enthusiastic that I bought his cd the next day. This man has so much energy that it is impossible to sit still in your chair. It’s like you’re on some kind of music drug. Back then, I went to his show after seeing only one Youtube video of him playing the piano. Besides that, I had never heard of him before, so I went there without any expectations. Often these are the best experiences!
This time, on 20/11/2015, he is performing together withFatoumata Diawara, a famous singer and actress from Mali. Expect a combination of Afro-Cuban music, jazz, soul, funk and traditional Malinese music (Wassoulou).
This quote is from the Brazilian photographerSebastião Salgado. I saw a documentary about him a few months ago, called The Salth of the Earth. Before I say anything, maybe you should watch the trailer first.
I find it difficult to describe how I felt watching this film. The word that comes in my head is sublime. I’m very careful about using that word, because it should only be used for very special and rare experiences. For me, it means that something is so extraordinary that it makes you feel blown away and emotionally destabilized. I dare to say that Salgados photography comes very close to the sublime for me.
Yesss, another art fair in Brussels! Different from Art Brussels or BRAFA, the Accessible Art Fair is looking from a different angle to sell art. The focus is on young, less known artists and as the name says, they try to be as accessible as possible. You can meet the artists at the fair and there will be artworks in different price categories.
If you haven’t heard yet, the Museum Nocturneshave started again! Every Thursday evening a few museums open their doors until 10:00 pm. It’s a great idea because how many times do you get the chance to visit a museum on a working day? The only thing I find regrettable is that not all of them open their doors for free! So far I only visited the Magritte museum once during the Nocturnes, but this year I have a few more visits in mind. I’m a little bit ashamed that I haven’t seen the Museum of the City of Brussels from the inside yet 🙂 .
Another great event in Brussels next Saturday 03/10/2015! There is so much to do lately that I feel like I should write a blogpost every day. Off course that’s not possible, since I also have a life 🙂 (and a fulltime job).
Nuit Blanche is a contemporary art route in the city that offers several artistic installations, performances and activities. This years edition everything is happening around the Place Saint-Cathérine. The meeting point is located at the Vismet (Quai aux Bisques & Quai au Bois à Brûler). There are 32 things to see during 1 evening so it’s better to make a selection in advance. I remember from last year that there was a long waiting line at the entrance for some activities, so I didn’t get to see everything I wanted. For this year, I chose activities that are less time bound to avoid that everybody wants to get in at the same time.
Next weekend (19 & 20 September 2015): Heritage Days + Car Free Sunday= no excuses to stay inside!
During the Heritage Days lots of buildings will open their doors for the public. This year the focus is on offices, ateliers and factories. There are so many places to see that it’s impossible to visit everything. I’m only available one day out of two, so it’s hard to make a choice. I prefer to visit buildings that I’ve never seen before and that have an artistic side. Here’s what I’d like to see:
Art lovers, beware!This weekend you can buy art books and other artistic publications @ WIELS, the Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. The books will be sold by collectors, publishers and artists themselves. Personally, I could spend half of my salary on art books but that isn’t really an option. I have to admit that some of the books they usually sell in the Wiels bookshop seem a little bit too complicated for me. They are mainly essays and philosophical art books, that require a lot of foreknowledge. I think (and hope) that the art book fair will be a little bit more accessible to a larger public. From what I’ve seen on the website, there will be books in English, Dutch and French. Anyway, I give myself permission to buy one book 😆 , so I will go take a look.
For art galleries, September is a very important month, because it’s the start of the new art season! They usually close their doors in August for holidays, and reopen the next month with a momentous exhibition. To celebrate the opening of the new art season, galleries show their new exhibitions during the Brussels Art Days. This year it takes place on 11/09, 12/09 & 13/09/2015.
The Sound Of Belgium is the name of a music documentary directed by Jozef Devillé about the Belgian dance music scene in the late 80’s. It has its origins around the time I was born. Why am I telling you this? Two reasons:
It’s a very amusing feel-good documentary that you should see if you like electronic music.
They organize parties in Brussels! The next one is 28/08/2015 @ Club Vilaine (see link below).
The movie tells the story of the rise of New Beat music in the Belgian dance temples like Boccaccio, Sherrymoon, La Rocca and Fifty Five. Today, Belgian dance clubs are very mainstream, but in the late 80’s it was the place to be for alternative electronic dance music. New Beat is a unique sound that is invented in Belgium. It’s a cross-over of EBM (Electronic Body Music, like Front 242) and acid, that has 100 to 115 beats per minute, which is rather slow. You can see it as the frontrunner of House and Techno. Do you know ‘This is the sound of C‘? It’s from Confetti’s, one of the major Belgian new beat bands, like Lords of Acid.
Kamasi Washington is coming to the AB in Brussels on the 16th of November 2015!
Kamasi Washington is a contemporary jazz artist who was born in California. He started playing in different bands as a tenor saxophonist and pianist at a young age, very much influenced by John Coltrane. By now, he’s also an experienced jazz band leader and composer. He played with lots of musicians from the soul, hiphop, electronic music and jazz scene, like Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Nas and Flying Lotus. Lately he became more noticed because of the arrangements he made for the album ‘To Pimp a Buttterfly‘ from Kendrick Lamar.