Doors open at 12h30.
James Holden & The Animal Spirits: 19h00
Your ticket gives you access to all concerts of this festival day. This is a standing concert day.
James Holden? At Gent Jazz Festival!? Well, yeah! The British electronic music pioneer recently made an album with the improv ensemble The Animal Spirits that is as groundbreaking as it is insane – merging ambient, psychedelica, krautrock, electronics and jazz. “It’s his most dramatic rejection yet of anything resembling ‘dance music’ in the functional DJ-led sense”, Pitchfork wrote enthusiastically, while also noting that Holden was inspired by Pharaoh Sanders and Don Cherry, among others. Live he also goes the extra mile: Belgian magazine Humo described one of their concerts as “sort of like an Orbital gig that was sequenced and mixed on the spot by a couple of Aphex Twins and a jazzman in a long white robe”.