Jazz Middelheim Festival

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Country and Region BelgiumFlanders
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
Festival Contact Information

Jazz & Muziek vzw
Abrahamstraat 15
9000 Gent, Belgium
Email: info@jazzmiddelheim.be

Festival Dates August 15 - 18, 2013
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Festival Events:

Artist feature 2011:
  • Omar Sosa (USA)
    Performance — Sunday, August 15, 2011 at Park den Brandt
    • Omar Sosa is a musician extraordinaire — composer, arranger, pianist, percussionist, improvisatore, communicator. His Afro-Cuban based mix of jazz and world music is broadly expressive - full of power and passion, subtlety and grace. Omar draws from each culture he touches the energy and storytelling of hip-hop, the free-spirited experimentation of jazz, the heartfelt emotion of an Afro-Ecuadorian choir, the sensuality of popular Cuban music, the hypnotic trance of Gnawa ritual. The result is a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Born and raised in Camaguey, Cuba, Omar Sosa studied percussion for many years at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica in Havana. When he couldn’t find his first-choice instrument the marimba he began to focus on the piano, finishing his formal studies in 1984 at the Instituto Superior de Arte, also in Havana. In the late ‘80’s, having studied everything from Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions to European classical music, he began working with two Cuban pop singers - first Vicente Feliu, then Xiomara Laugart and helped jump-start a Cuban hip-hop scene in the early ‘90’s through his collaboration with Cuban rapper Ofill. For more information visit http://omarsosa.com/, or for complete concert information, please visit http://www.melodia.com.
Lineup 2011:
  • Friday, August 12
    • Trio Grande featuring Matthew Bournek
    • Brussels Jazz Orchestra met Bert Joris
    • Toots Thielemans Quartet with Kenny Werner, Oscar Castro-Neves & Airto Moreira
  • Saturday, August 13
    • John Zorn’s Book Of Angels
    • Uri Caine Solo / Mycale
    • Bar Kokhbat
    • Masada Sextet
  • Sunday, August 14
    • The Pocket Jazz Orchestra feat. Dave Douglas
    • Lady Linn & Her Magnificent Seven
    • Allen Toussaint & Marc Ribot Duo
    • Jamie Cullum
  • Monday, August 15
    • Omar Sosa Solo Piano
    • Fred Van Hove Ochgot Octet
    • Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Tribute to James Reese Europe Liberation Music Orchestra


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