Having a good time will be the leitmotif of Les Lundis d’Hortense’s upcoming season. Every year in Brussels, Les Lundis d’Hortense’s season opens with a joyful and lively concert. This year, get ready for, not one, but two concerts to get acquainted with Belgian jazz! And, for this season’s opening, our Jazz In Belgium website joins the party with a restyle. An eagerly awaited evening!

Saxophonist Ben Sluijs is undeniably one of the staple figures of the Belgian jazz scene. In this new quartet, he is joined by two particularly promising talents: Bram De Looze on the piano and Lennart Heyndels on double bass, along another legend of Belgian jazz, drummer Dré Pallemaerts. A relentless musician, Ben Sluijs surprises us with powerful and lyrical interpretations. Both reassuring and full of mystery, this new music of his rides on clear melodies, harmonies that are both rich and sober, as well as surprising influences. His repertoire constantly offers glimpses of new freedom and stories.

Ben Sluijs, alto saxophone, flute / Bram De Looze, piano / Lennart Heyndels, double bass /  Dré Pallemaerts, drums

Created in Brussels, Yôkaï boats a large line-up of 8 multi-instrumentalists out of jazz, rock & improvisation scenes. Their music travels through delicate compositions, hypnotic grooves and coarse improvisations, exposing the listener to a novel blend of jazz, ethnic music and psychedelia. Hard to pigeonhole, Yokai’s music manages to find a fresh spot between ethio-jazz, Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks, 70’s psych-rock and french composer François de Roubaix subtle harmonies. 
On stage, the band’s unique performances are an invitation to open your ears, get itchy feet, dance and move around or get lost in your inner dreams.

Fred Becker, saxophone / Eric Bribosia, keyboards / Yannick Dupont, drums, keyboards / Louis Evrard, drums / Axel Gilain, electric bass / Jordi Grognard, saxophone, clarinet / Clément Nourry, electric guitar / Ivan Tirtiaux, electric guitar