In the past, Stéphane Galland worked with big names like Ibrahim Maalouf, Zap Mama and Ozark Henry, and he also made it his business of working with the best musicians from different cultures from India across the Balkans to Africa. But the drummer is without a doubt most famous as a founding member of Aka Moon, one of the most talked-about jazz bands in Belgian music history. Galland is celebrating his fiftieth birthday this year, but his sound is still ageless. Over the years he has developed his own unique rhythmic approach by connecting the different musical traditions in which he has worked. At Gent Jazz Festival, he will demonstrate that with three different sets under the name Rhythmology: one with his project (the mystery of) KEM, one with Malcolm Braff and one with Adriaan Van de Velde (Pomrad).
The second in the row, pianist Malcolm Braff, is in fact a living legend himself. He has already been described as the guru of the Swiss jazz scene, where he ended up as a teenager via Rio de Janeiro and Dakar, and his discography includes more than twenty albums a couple of them on Blue Note Records. Galland and Braff started playing together a few years ago. After Braff joined Gallands previous project Lobi for the live performances, they decided to dig deeper into their love of rhythm and into their both organic and scientific approach to it. Together, they now revisit jazz standards like Afro Blue and Passion Dance, while also writing their own compositions based on their unique rhythmical concepts.