Park den Brandt
12 to 15 August 2021
Jazz Middelheim, the funky grandpa of all jazz festivals, going strong since 1969!
On Saturday 14 August 2021, no fewer than three icons will perform exceptionally on stage together: John Zorn, Laurie Anderson and Bill Laswell – a trio that has been at the forefront of the avant-garde for the past five decades. The very adventurous Belgian drummer Samuel Ber will take care of the Club Stage that day. First solo, and then with his various projects Pentadox, Reservoir Ghosts and Malaby / Dumoulin / Ber.
Sunday 15 August will be concluded by another icon: Anouar Brahem, the Tunisian oud player who has built bridges between Arab and Western music in recent decades. For Jazz Middelheim this is the perfect opportunity to put even more jazz musicians on the bill who are influenced by the rich, Arabian music culture. Such as Le Ravage d’Ali Baba, a project by the Belgian jazz drummer Simon Plancke, who was inspired by the stories of refugees. On the one hand to draw attention to the refugee problem, on the other hand to raise money for it and to help find a solution.