With the arrival of Einstürzende Neubauten, Archive, DAAU and Fire! contrariness is key on the 15th of July on Gent Jazz Festival. The Belgian trio LaBtrio, established by natural talents Bram De Looze, Anneleen Boehme and drummerboy Lander Gyselinck have signed to open the Main Stage on the 9th of July before the grande dame of jazz, Norah Jones, closes the first part of the festival.
Rarely do you come across a band that draws beauty from chaos in such a sublime and constructive way like Einstürzende Neubauten does. These icons of the European avant-garde, built up around Blixa Bargeld, who joined Nick Cave as a Bad Seed later, have been overturning the laws of music for more than 35 years. In addition to the fairly conventional complement of bass-drums-guitar, they also always provide the necessary havoc and destruction in the shape of grinding discs, percussion with metal objects, drills, rotating cylinders with iron rods, etc. They’ll be greedily plucking songs from their oeuvre from past years, under the slightly ironic name, “Greatest Hits”, at Gent Jazz Festival. There’s enough classic albums to put together a superb set list and to send you into spirals of suspense. Before it is time for these Germans, the famous London collective Archive will be exploring all the musical extremes. They have been mixing trip-hop, progressive rock, pop, and electronica into abnormal yet interesting projects since time immemorial. Twenty years later, they are embracing a broad range of musical styles that will undoubtedly stimulate all your senses. Intriguing, awe-inspiring, and uplifting are but a few of the emotions that describe the musical rollercoaster that is Archive’s oeuvre.
On the 15th of july, the Garden Stage is coloured in black, yellow and red because of the Antwerp collective DAAU aka Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung. And to celebrate, the band is releasing an original retrospective album, Hineininterpretierung, which they will present on Gent Jazz Festival. The final concert in the historical Bijlokesite will be played by Fire!. Sax player and cult figure of the Scandinavian avant-punk free jazz scene, Mats Gustafsson, shreds, screams, and raves on his sax while he and his companions give you glimpses of heaven on earth before setting the last day of the 2017 Gent Jazz Festival on fire. Whatever the weather, it promises to be steamy!