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Introducing Belgian jazz bands and musicians to an international professional audience

To commemorate 100 years of jazz, Flanders Arts Institute is rounding off a year of celebrations by launching belgianjazz.be, an online who’s who of contemporary Belgian jazz with 30 portraits of bands and musicians. Moreover, the website offers an overview of jazz venues in Flanders and Brussels, a critical look at what typifies our jazz scene, a guide to how to listen to jazz and a playlist of contemporary tracks.

Belgianjazz.be features a series of specially commissioned portraits of contemporary jazz acts and musicians - selected and written by jazz programmers and critics - a mapping of venues and organizations, an outsiders’ view on the Belgian jazz scene, inspiration on how to listen to jazz and a playlist of contemporary tracks.

Belgianjazz.be is an initiative by Flanders Arts Institute realized in close collaboration with JazzLab Series, KAAP, Bozar, Ancienne Belgique, Flagey, Handelsbeurs, 30CC/Leuven Jazz, Kunstencentrum nona, and Gent Jazz Festival, with the support of the Flemish Government and SABAM For Culture. The portraits were written by Benny Claeysier, Evelyn Demaertelaere, Georges Tonla Briquet, Guy Peters, Jeroen Revalk, Lies Steppe, Mik Torfs, Pieter Koten, Roel Vanhoeck, Stef Slembrouck, and Wim Wabbes. In 2018 Belgianjazz.be will be updated with other portraits, including artists from the French-speaking region with the help of Wallonie-Bruxelles Musique (WBM).

Belgianjazz.be gives international professionals an outlook on the current state of affairs in Belgian contemporary jazz. It does not aspire to provide an exhaustive overview of all the acts and artists working in jazz in Belgium today. The selection of portraits is the result of a thoughtful exercise done by a committee of experts. 

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Contact Lobke Aelbrecht (Kunstenpunt/Flanders Arts Institute) for more information about this initiative.

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