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Nathan Daems Village Quartet

BEL     Folk
Carte Blanche.

Brussels saxophonist and flautist Nathan Daems feels just as much at home in jazz as in traditional music. Every time he gets the opportunity, he acts as a bridge-builder between these two musical worlds. It is therefore no surprise that his projects such as Black Flower (ethno jazz) or Ragini Trio (jazz meets India) are often difficult to put under one name. Enough reason to give him a double “carte blanche” (a free hand) on both folk and jazz days.

With the Nathan Daems Village Quartet, our virtuoso takes us through melodies and rhythms stemming mainly from the traditions of Southern Europe, into which he breathes new life using unusual combinations and original instruments. Nathan Daems goes on a quest for rare gems from Spain, France, Italy and the Balkans, all subtly arranged for this quartet. For example, a tune of the Spanish countryside, full of life and excitement, suddenly seems rougher when Nathan uses a tenor saxophone and a cello, or even a little slower in a darker Greek accompaniment. A classic French song by Brassens can be reborn in a melancholy Albanian atmosphere. But at the same time, a sweet Bulgarian gypsy tune on kaval (flute) and cello can become an ardent Iberian melody, thanks to the guitar and the unbridled pandeiro quadrado (Spanish percussion).

Nathan's personal compositions are born quite naturally when he goes in search of what southern Europe has to offer. The music of European villages is performed in a new combination of styles and with the sense of improvisation of a jazz ensemble. And the attentive listener will notice the differences between the same song performed by the Village Quartet on Saturday and played by Echoes of Zoo on Sunday.

"The multi-instrumentalist Nathan Daems has always been a world traveller in music." (De Tijd)

Robbe Kieckens: pandeiro quadrado & other percussion
Renaud Dardenne: guitar
Annemie Osborne: cello
Nathan Daems: tenor saxophone & kaval