Paul Van Gysegem
© Cees van de Ven

 nocturne   SMAK MUSEUM
Jan Hoetplein GHENT

FEBRUARY 3 - Thursday Late
concerts during the evening opening of the museum with exhibitions
POP ART from Warhol til Panamarenko: From the Collection Matthys-Colle & S.M.A.K
The Litlle Catalogue from the Collection of S.M.A.K.
De Vrienden v/h S.M.A.K. show Finbar Ward Barely a Ripple



rules / protocols of the moment
- A mouth mask is compulsory from the age of 10
- A Covid Safe Ticket (+ID) is compulsory from the age of 16


21H: Paul Van Gysegem Quintet

Double bass player  Paul Van Gysegem and trumpet player Patrick De Groote are the true pioneers of Belgian free jazz. They played together for the first time in 1966. During these turbulent times, young musicians all over Europe began to freely improvise. This became a voice, an answer to the fascinating music of musicians like Albert Ayler, Don Cherry and Steve Lacy that blew in from the United States. Van Gysegem performed with prominent Belgian and foreign jazz musicians with whom he develops a close relationship, such as Fred Van Hove, Mal Waldron, ... and is co-founder, again with soul mate De Groote, of the legendary Avant Garde Jazz Festivals at the Castle of the Count in Ghent in the late sixties. In 1971 the album 'Aorta' by the Paul Van Gysegem Sextet was released. Together with the 'Vogel Recordings' of Fred Van Hove, who has just passed away, it is the classic of Belgian improvised music.

Now they are picking up where they left of so many years ago, with a quintet of leading Belgian musicians. This however hasn't gone unnoticed. The fresh accompanying recording / CD / LP Square Talks not only received very favorable reviews at home and abroad, but even ended up on the New York City Record Jazz Gazette's year-end list with an 'honorable mention'.

Using his versatile personality, Paul Van Gysegem has found a way to interweave jazz music with his work as a painter/sculptor. The visual language he uses is closely related to the spirit and structure - the way of thinking - of the music he plays. In improvised music he eagerly searches for possible relationships with and between his fellow musicians. It's all about listening, and giving each other enough room to flourish. Every concert is different, every concert is exciting, for the musicians, but also for the audience.

Patrick De Groote: trumpet & Flugelhorn
Cel Overberghe: saxophone
Erik Vermeulen: piano
Paul Van Gysegem: double bass
Marek Patrman: drums

Paul Van Gysegem Quintet-Square talks Tour at SMAK



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