Black Flower

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

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


Photo Credit: Kjell Gryspeert

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