A sure sign of the dawn of a new age is the disappearance of old dichotomies. The world is more complex that we would like to admit. Black and white is the bread and butter of lazy thinkers. Universally lauded STUFF. is a forerunner of this kind of evolution. Complementing the sweaty dance-floor chaos that we have come to expect from their concerts, the five-piece band has developed an ode to 50 years of evolution in music technology with their new set 'Hybrid Love'. By mixing things such as funky sax-lines with the rhythm of a tough porn bass, they toss all assumptions about the electrical/acoustic divide to the four winds. Buttons, records, xylophone, drum kit... Theyre not that different, surely? Think, man!
Mini festival and tribute to the innovative Mancunian jazzlabel Gondwana Records
Founded in 2008, by Manchester-based trumpeter, composer and producer Matthew Halsall, Gondwana Records, turned 10 last year. Originally founded to shine a light on the Manchester scene, Gondwana Records is one of the UKs most influential jazz (and beyond) record labels, launching GoGo Penguin on the world and now home to an international roster featuring artists from as far afield as Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.
Following sold out shows in London Roundhouse, Manchester Yes and Tokyo Unit Gondwana Records is super excited to present Gondwana 10 Brussels at one of our favourite venues, the amazing AB (Ancienne Belgique) in Brussels.
In the main hall, local heroes STUFF. (who are released internationally by NEWS/Gondwana) headline, alongside performances from wide-screen minimalists Portico Quartet, sublime spiritual jazz from Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra and a debut for former Cinematic Orchestra bassist Phil France, performing his own subtle, ever evolving -compositions.
Meanwhile in the club you can check out, powerful electro-soul outfit Noya Rao from Leeds and Gondwanas latest signings, Polish piano sensation Hania Rani performing compositions inspired by Icelandic landscapes and the Polish Bieszczady mountains and Sunda Arc whose unique hybrid of electronic and acoustic instruments will get you dancing.