Black Flower

(Belgium)

Photo Credit: Kjell Gryspeert
  • artist:Black Flower
  • event type:WOMEX 17 Showcase
  • date:27 Oct 2017
  • time:21:30 - 22:15
  • city/area:Katowice
  • venue:Theatre Stage, NOSPR
  • country:Poland
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

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Belgian globalistas Black Flower follow a holistic approach to their take on Ethiopian jazz and funk, stirring in solid Afrobeat grooves, free-jazz flourishes and Middle Eastern and Balkan dub essences to create an organic synergy that simply connects. The bandleader is saxophone and flutes-of-all-nations specialist Nathan Daems, whose insatiable musical curiosity is marked by his myriad concurrent projects including the Antwerp Gypsy-Ska Orchestra, the Karsilama Quintet and the Ragini Trio. In Black Flower, he is joined by a team of Brussels-based specialists from different backgrounds who have forged an intuitive interplay over three albums. The latest, Artifacts, is structured around a surreal spiritual experience that Daems had in Greece, which may have been an encounter with a music cult communicating with other music cultures across space and time. Or maybe a dream. Whatever, it’s about healing the soul.

Nathan Daems - alto & baritone saxophone, ney, washint, kaval, flute
Jon Birdsong - cornet, cornetto, sea shells
Filip Vandebril - bass
Niels Verheest - keys
Simon Segers - drums