The fascinating orchestra Olla Vogala will be the headliner of the evening with a brand new program. Olla Vogala has been waltzing across the boundaries of time, space and genres for twenty years, bringing an intriguing imagination of music, word and sound. Old and new music merge thanks to idiosyncratic arrangements of existing and improvised sound lines. Olla Vogala is living proof that different cultures, styles and genres can be intertwined into an effective whole. The ensemble has a strong tradition of inspiration and pleasure in playing and will come up with surprising new work especially for this concert. Southern melancholy, Eastern mysticism and African rhythms can be effortlessly united with a very diverse palette of European musical traditions. A great intercultural and musical adventure is the result!
Doux is the new collaboration between Stand Nieuwenhuis and Harmen Vanhoorne. They make a fresh sound, influenced by jazz, electronic music and brass band. For their first album Stan, a classically trained cornet player, was inspired by a series of photographs of immigrants on Ellis Island in the early 1900s. As a trumpet player, Harmen understands his musical companion effortlessly.
Osama Abdulrasol & Henk De Laat
Abdulrasol was born in Babylon, but grew up in the city of Karbala, a Shiite holy city where music is forbidden. He moved to Ghent in 1997. Abdulrasol writes music for film and theater and has performed all over the world, including with Goran Bregovic, BJ Scott, Luc De Voc, Les Ballets C de la B, and as a soloist with various orchestras conducted by Dirk Brossé. Henk de Laat has composed for various international theater companies. As a bass player he accompanied stars such as Shirley Bassey, Deborah Brown (from whom he also took singing lessons), Marjorie Barnes, Eric Vloeimans, Denise Jannah and many, many others. Osama and Henk have been playing together for almost 20 years, in different projects and line-ups.