The Penguin's Diary
Symphony 9 - Beethoven - Anima Eterna Brugge - Preview
Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna Brugge zoom in on what many consider to be the cornerstone and showpiece of Beethoven’s orchestral oeuvre: his masterly Ninth. Completed in 1824, and blessed with even more monumental dimensions than its predecessors, this consummately crafted cathedral voices the birth of triumph from upheaval and the journey of the soul from introspection to jubilation. Its legendarily tough score is brimming with technical challenges. With the help of Collegium Vocale Gent, soloists Yeree Suh, Isabelle Rejall, Markus Schäfer, Thomas Bauer and conductor Korneel Bernolet this work easily surpasses all boundaries in the magical setting of Concertgebouw Brugge.
We Orchestrate Words - Brussels Jazz Orchestra - Preview
Top orchestra meets urban artists Zediam (rapper and poet), Monique Harcum (vocalist) en Grazzhoppa (DJ and turntablist)! We Orchestrate Words - in short WOW - is an incubator for innovative, fresh discoveries from the urban scene. Rap, soul and grooves come together, the jazz orchestra responds to it and adds composition. Eventually worlds become interwoven into a contemporary soundtrack of a big city.
Technique doesn't exist - Julien Libeer - Maria João Pires - Donald Sturrock - Preview
An intimate portrait of Julien Libeer is sketched based on his own experiences as a promising pianist as well as some insights of his teacher, the famous pianist Maria João Pires. Donald Sturrock, the former producer at the BBC, talks about his first encounters with Libeer and what he admires in his playing.
Unusual Encounters: Astor Klezmer Trio - Preview
The Astor Klezmer Trio derives its name from a combination of two very different cultures: Jewish Klezmer music and sensuous Argentine tango, as embodied by its most important representative (Astor Piazzolla) . Still, the leap to take from Klezmer to Tango was not a giant one in the Jewish community of Buenos Aires in the 1920’s: Jewish musicians quite naturally began playing tangos, while Argentinian composers started writing tangos in Yiddish. Teaming up with acclaimed flute player Marc Grauwels, Klezmer singer and violinist Joëlle Strauss shines a light on the roots and the essence of this music.
MotorMusic Jazz Sessions: Jasper Somsen Trio - Preview
An intriguing and exciting exploration in the hearts and minds of three wonderful musicians! Jasper Somsen's international super trio featuring pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and drummer André Ceccarelli play the tumultuous rhythms of their album New Episode In Life. They are renowned for their wonderful singing tone, the wealth of sound and creativity. The musicians seem to have agreed on one thing only: surprise each other, the listener and it is constant pleasure.
MotorMusic Jazz Sessions: Gayle - Barcella - Cabras - Preview
Charles Gayle remains a living embody and voice of the great African American tradition; his sincerity and intensity are recognized as unique and absolutely dazzling, live and on a recording. With drummer Giovanni Barcella and double bass player Manolo Cabras, the encounter is each time immediate and enchanting, the musical cohesion and the respect of the three musicians for each other for ever endless.
A Ceremony of Carols - Bart Van Reyn - Vlaams Radiokoor - Preview
The Flemish Radio Choir performs the annual Christmas concert with classical works and well-known Christmas Carols at Flagey. An all-time favourite is Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, a perfect expression of the rich British tradition, with atmosphere, fun and an authentic Christmas spirit guaranteed.
MotorMusic Jazz Sessions: Compro Oro - Preview
Compro Oro takes you on a Twang-American, psychedelic underground road trip to Africa, the Middle East and the Americas! Ghent based latin jazz collective Compro Oro released their catchy debut in 2015. The band explored traditional latin and cuban rhythms intermingled with wild guitar riffs and exotic vibraphone infusions. On the new album, ‘Suburban Exotica’, released in October 2019, the band takes things yet one step further, adding the sounds of the Middle East to the mix.