The presales of the River Jazz Festival are here !

9 > 25.01.2020

The Brussels Winter Jazz Festival reveals the first names of its 6th edition !

While the first concerts of the 2019-2020 season resound (Marni Jazz Festival in progress and Saint-Jazz in sight), the River JAZZ Festival announces the first names of its 6th edition which will take place from the 9th to the 25th of January 2020 at Marni, Senghor and Jazz Station.

On this occasion, the presales of certain concerts have just been put online. Get the "Early Bird ticket" until October 31st !

Macha Gharibian Trio - new CD
> Thursday 9.01.2020 - 20:00 Marni - Opening concert


Singer, pianist, author, composer, raised on the roads by a musician father, her music, a kind of jazz folk pop, would have mysteriously emerged between Paris, New York and Yerevan. Pianist with delicate touch, solid classical training, graduated from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, when leaving Paris for New York in 2005, Macha Gharibian reveals herself. Guided by Ralph Alessi, Uri Caine, Jason Moran and Ravi Coltrane at the School for Improvisational Music, she begins to write and create her universe, a music built by her travels, her desires, her roots and all that made the young girl grow up woman divided between three cultures : Armenian of her ancestors, Parisian of heart and New York of adoption.

Macha Gharibian - piano, Fender Rhodes, composition / Chris Jennings - double bass / Dré Pallemaerts - drums

Early Bird Tickets

David Linx - Michel Hatzigeorgiou Duo "The Wordsmith"
> Friday 17.01.2020 - 20:30 Senghor - Belgian premiere


If the Belgian singer David Linx has been living in France for almost 20 years, he remains a Brussels man of heart, and he was very fond of preparing a new repertoire with his compatriot Michel Haztigeorgiou, a formidable electric bassist, well-known to be one of the members of the famous group Aka Moon and accompanist of the greatest jazzmen (Toots Thielmans, Mike Stern, Philip Catherine...).
An intimate duo on a repertoire of personal compositions and covers of songs full of soul music (Al Jarreau, Jimmy Hendrix ...).
A one-of-a-kind vocalist, David Linx has recently received the Octave Award of Honor in Belgium for his entire career, the Edison Award for best album of the year 2017 ("Brel" with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra). He has been awarded many times in France : Charles Cros Prize, Academy of Jazz Prize.

David Linx - vocals / Michel Hatzigeorgiou - electric bass

Early Bird Tickets

Or Bareket Quartet - new CD "33" (Enja Records)
> Saturday 18.01.2020 - 18:00 Jazz Station


One of the most prominent bassists of his generation, Or Bareket has been in constant demand since moving to NYC nearly a decade ago.
His rhythmic dexterity, fluent lyricism, propulsive beat, and compelling sound have made him a sought-after collaborator on the NY and global jazz scenes.
Developing as a composer and leading his own bands was a natural evolution. Over the past few years Bareket has been carefully forging a cohesive, personal aesthetic that draws from his ancestral folklores (Bareket’s grandparents hail from Tangier, Baghdad, Buenos-Aires, and Eastern Europe) his lifelong study of Jazz and western classical music, and the influences of his peers, mentors, and collaborators.
“33” is the sequel to “ob1”, Bareket’s well-received 2017 debut as a leader, and it goes farther and deeper than its predecessor in multiple directions.
Nate Chinen of WBGO jazz referred to the previous album as"music of rhythmic sophistication and lyrical depth...brimming with springy energies and smart details"
“33” continues on the same artistic path with elaborate, detailed, and intricate compositions, but adds more layers of nuance and a wider emotional spectrum.
The richness and complexity of tracks like “Still searching” or “Vienna” is contrasted by the intimacy and patience of “Zamba De Argamonte” - a duo interpretation for an Argentinian classic with Camila Meza on vocals.
Various analog synthesizers like the Optigan “invade” the album at different moments, creating new soundscapes and dimensions on tracks like “Feb 1st” and the title track “Thirty Three”.
“This album is a meditation on life-cycles, transformations, the death and (re)birth of ideas, relationships, and people. These melodies and rhythms were born as chants, as medicines, a compass, an anchor during a time of dramatic shifts in my life : endings and beginnings, grief and ecstasy, communion and isolation, wanderlust and homesickness.”
Bareket spent most of his 33rd year living nomadically, playing countless concerts around the world, and processing the passing of his father and the end of his first marriage. During that period in his life, music and the act of composition in particular took on a new significance.

Nitai Hershkovits - Piano and keyboards / Charles Altura - Guitar / Or Bareket - Double bass / Savannah Harris - Drums