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LABtrio and De Beren Gieren at STORM Festival

In 2015 De Beren Gieren will be working on their new creation “One Mirrors Many". For this creation, the trio has manifested an interest into bringing electronic elements to the trio. They are working on building their own analog effects, loopers, contact microphones which will be used and adapted to the sound of the trio. For the performance, the electronic gear will be triggered live by the musicians to accompany the compositions and improvisations of joyful trio De Beren Gieren. "One Mirrors Many" will be premiered at STORM! Festival (20/02/15, Oostend). 

LABtrio started with The New York project when Lander Gyselinck and Bram De Looze lived in New York between 2012 and 2013 and both studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music. Since they came back to Belgium they both had a strong wish to pursue working with fellow New Yorker musicians and so started the LABtrio New York project in collaboration with Michaël Attias (Paul Motian, Anthony Braxton,…) on saxophone and Christopher Hoffman (Henry Threadgill's Zooid, Marc Ribot,…) on cello. They will have their first residency in February 2015 where the quintet will create a repertoire together. This will be premiered on the occasion of STORM! festival (Oostende) and BRAND festival (Mechelen) on the 20th and 21st of February.

De Beren Gieren meets Oerknal!

This December, De Beren Gieren are co writting music with Dutch new music collective Oerknal!
This ensemble is dedicated to performing the works of composers who are original, iconoclastic and alive! They believe that music is a visceral art which should be experienced in an intense, physical manner. They promote new music in the truest sense of the term.

Opting for the theme of juxtaposition (juxtaposition, n. - an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrastas opposed to fusion), they present two distinct, raw, and visceral musical styles side-by-side, creating a schizophrenic soundscape for the listener. The centerpiece of these concerts will be a new work created by Oerknal! and De Beren Gieren, performed by the two groups simultaneously. De Beren Gieren will perform two sets of original material; Oerknal! will present music by contemporary composers inspired - to a greater or lesser extent - by popular genres: John Zorn, Lewis Nielson and David Bird.

If you love jazz, modern music, or any kind of wildly unique experience, these concerts are most certainly for you!

12.12 @ State X New Forms festival /Paard van Troje, Den Haag (NL)
20.12 @ Bimhuis, Amsterdam (NL)

More info here:

Triggers and Thresholds

Jens Maurits Orchestra is currently working on its new project “Triggers and Thresholds”; a 10-headed art-installation-concert questioning the possible processes in life that formed sound into music.

The inspiration for this project came from interviews the artists conducted with different scientists on the theories of evolution, consciousness and neurology. Together, the Jens Maurits Orchestra adds poems and instruments to tell the audience a story about the behavior of the ape-man, the tip of the cochlea and the whispers of our subconscious.

Not only musically and theatrically, but also visually, "Triggers and Thresholds" is a performance that unfolds a unique view on modern science. An installation made of microphones and magnetic tapes demonstrates a mechanism that is slowly building a memory, while rewriting its present at the same time.

Leading thinkers of this collective are Jens Bouttery (drummer/composer) and Daan Milius (videomaker). In the previous award-winning project The Dubtapes – interviews in concert, they researched the musicality of their language. For "Triggers and Thresholds", they are accompanied by Lucas Kramer (installation), James Douglas Eynon (text) Niels Van Heertum (euphonium / flugelhorn / trumpet), Dorian Dumont (piano), Benjamin Sauzereau (guitar), Rik Sturtewagen (violin), Lennart Heyndels (cello) and Joris Lindemans (bass).

We would like to invite everyone to the première of Triggers and Thresholds, which will be held at Rataplan (Antwerp) on September 27th during the festival BORG.

For more information about this unique project, please visit the artists’ blog or watch their video’s on vimeo (

This project was realized with the support of the Flemish goverment and our partners: Rataplan, Jazz Station, Vrijstaat O and Aubergine Artist Management.

New collaboration project : 1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4 ” is a new collaboration project between 3 organizations and 3 brilliant artists from Belgium, Portugal and Slovenia:
(BE) presenting DE BEREN GIEREN with Fulco Ottervanger piano, Lieven Van Pee double-bass, Simon Segers drums (BE), CLEAN FEED RECORDS (PT) presenting SUSANA SANTOS SILVA trumpet (PT), DRUGA GODBA (SI)  presenting KAJA DRAKSLER piano (SI)

We propose the best upcoming Indie Jazz talents in Europe in one night :
1  Kaja Draksler solo
2  Kaja Draksler and Susana Santos Silva duo
De Beren Gieren trio
De Beren Gieren and Susana Santos Silva quartet

4 important facts

1  All of the artists where selected at 12 points between 2011 and 2012.
2  In 2013, De Beren Gieren showcased at Jazzahead!, in 2014, it’s the turn of Kaja Draksler to be in the official showcase program.
3  Kaja Draksler played at Ljubljana Jazz festival (SLO) in 2012 and released “The Life of many others” on Clean Feed in 2013
De Beren Gieren and Susana Santos Silva will play at Ljubljana Jazz festival in 2014 and will release an album together on Clean Feed records.

More information here

Welcome to MannGold de Cobre!

MannGold De Cobre is a very unconventonial big band. It is the rock band MannGold (Rodrigo Fuentealba  and Philipp Weies on guitar;  Karel de Backer and Matthias Standaert on drums; and Martin Standaert on bass) extended with a unique brass section (8 horns) led by Peter Vermeersch (also known from Flat Earth Society). The result is a powerful sound, which floats, swirls, rages and rumbles between jazz, psychedelic rock 'n roll, kraut, noise, film noir, Sun Ra and trance.

MannGold De Cobre will release their first vinyl on Vynilla and CD on El Negocito Records this 19th of april 2014 during Record Store Day. At this occasion they play at Vinylla records store in Gent at 3pm. Later you will see them on some great Belgian summerfestivals... so keep tuned!

Video clip here

Jazz#Forum - 11th of March in Brussels

Jazz#Forum will take place on the 11th of March in Flagey Brussels for it's third edition.

Jazz#Forum is the opportunity for Belgian jazz professionals to gather. The aim of the Jazz#Forum is to create a networking space for musicians, organizers and press to meet, exchange information, create debates and think about the future of Jazz in Belgium and beyond. You will find a detailed program of the day here in french and here in flemish.

When : 11th of March between 10am and 5pm.
Where : Flagey, Place Sainte Croix, 1050 Brussels
Price :10€ for the whole day /5€ for students / 15€ for the Jazz#Forum + concert Steven Delannoye New York Trio featuring Jozef Dumoulin.

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New band : LABtrio

Aubergine Artist Management welcomes a new band: LABtrio!
They have just released their first album "Fluxus" on Outhere records. The album already received the "Revelation" title from Frank Bergerot on Jazz Magazine (nov. 2013).

"Halfway between a telluric Supersilent, a tortured E.S.T. or an acoustic Flying Lotus, the music of LABtrio has still very little to do with the cosmopolitan world of it's mentor's trio [Aka Moon]. But they have one thing in common: the status of charming ambassadors of Belgian jazz" Mathieu Durand - Jazz news, december 2013

They are playing at the Glimps showcase festival in Gent on the 13th of december.

We are preparing LABtrio's 2014 tour: available between july and october.
Please sent us your request on

Teun Verbruggen won the Jazzmozaïek Award 2013

Teun Verbruggen is the winner of this year’s international competition Jazz Hoeilaart.

The purpose of this annual Jazzmozaïek Award is to highlight the Belgian jazz scene and to distinguish one Belgian jazz musician who - in the spirit of Jazz Hoeilaart – encourages, stimulates and sets an example for the younger generation of Belgian jazz musicians.

This price is handed out by the editorial of Jazzmozaïek, the jazz magazine of Flanders, published by supporting organization Muziekmozaïek.

The award price consists of a concert project and a work of art made by musician Chris Joris.

Aubergine invited to coordinate the Belgian Jazz Meeting!

Aubergine has been invited to coordinate this year's Belgian Jazz Meeting. It is a professional showcase event that aims to promote Belgian jazz internationally. 
It takes place in Liège, Belgium from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th of September 2013.

An initiative of Museact (Gaume Jazz Festival, Jazz 04/Les Chiroux, Jazz Station, Maison du Jazz/Jazz à Liège, Les Lundis d'Hortense, Collectif du Lion, Sowarex/Igloo, Ecoutez-Voir), Jazz Brugge, Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques and Flanders Music Centre. With the support of Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Vlaamse Gemeenschap, the city and the provence of Liège and the city of Bruges.

more info here

Aka Moon 20 years movie premieres on Mezzo tv

The movie "20 YEARS OF AKA MOON INVITES MAGIC MALIK LIVE AT JAZZ STATION (BRUXELLES)" shot last december is now ready and will be broadcasted on Mezzo tv. You can watch it on these dates:
25/06/2013 @ 9h20 and 23h20
26/06/2013 @ 19h50 
30/06/2013 @ 12h05
01/07/2013 @ 16h00
06/07/2013 @ 17h00
24/07/2013 @ 23h30

More info here

AlefBa (Aka Moon) premieres @ Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

AlefBa is the combination of the two first letters of the arabic alphabet. After the Tahrir Square events, Aka Moon had the need to explore the arab world new musical expressions. For this journey they've gathered a group of amazing musicians from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Belgium and France.

Premieres July, 10th @ Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France)

more info here

DE BEREN GIEREN release second album in the fall

De Beren Gieren's second album entitled a raveling is coming up! You can already listen to two songs here.
The official release concert will take place @ Handelsbeurs, Bruges on October 3rd and will be followed by a Belgian tour in September and October. Dates to be announced soon.

AKA MOON wins belgian jazz award!

On the International Jazz Day, we are happy to announce that Aka Moon have won the belgian award Octaves de la musique 2013 in the Jazz category.
Congrats to the trio!!!
(the ceremony will be broadcasted on the 6th of May in local belgian tv's)


DE BEREN GIEREN have been selected for an official showcase at Jazzahead in Bremen.
Come and discover them in BORGWARD SAAL on Saturday 27th of April at 17h00.

You can also find us at the Belgian Stand (F04) from thursday to sunday. Come and meet us there...

We would also advise you to come on Friday at 17h, since we'll be serving real Belgian beer and cheese!