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CLOSE UP 5 : New album ‘Instants’ presentation

Don´t miss out on the opportunity to listen to CLOSE UP 5 latest album ‘Instants’ at Le Rideau  Rouge, Lasnes on the 30th of November.


Five musicians, some from spheres apart, unite for this new project of Claude Evence Janssens, a musical creation where lyricism and fantasy prevail.

Aside from catchy tracks like “Jasm” or “Il y a des soirs”, built on an almost linear framework, most of the pieces are tightly composed and full of surprising twists. The album is a succession of stories, told in ten sequences, where each musician exchanges points of view, to the rhythm of occasionally astonishing detours (“Walking Through The Flow”, “Dancing Among The Crowd” or the excellent “Vagues”)

Like the opening credits to a film, the album gets underway with a luminous blues –slightly reminiscent of Gershwin- before embarking us on what proves to be a refreshing road-movie. For, not content with exploring just one region of jazz, the group gives us whiffs of other fragrances, Latin, Argentine, Hispanic and even Slav.

The trumpet of Michel Paré, now bright, now mellow, weaves itself artfully in between the trombone or bass clarinet lines of Claude Evence Janssens who instills subtle atmospheres tinged with mystery, lyricism, nostalgia and the occasional fever (“Hymn To Lost Causes, for example). On piano, Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven brings a classical element which gives arresting counterpoint to the themes or, on the contrary, marries itself with grace and elegance to the sinuous song of the clarinet. Also noteworthy is the excellent work of double bass-player Félix Zurtrassen (a magnificent solo in “Vagues”) who ensures with Jérôme Baudart (on drums) a stable and very effective rhythmic backing.

With this album, Close Up 5 has fun picking buds from diverse musical fields and arranging them in a sweetly perfumed, coherent and very personal bouquet.

Jacques Prouvost

Translated by Jeffrey Grice

So What? Productions @ jazzahead!


So What? Productions will participate at jazzahead! and introduce new releases to the international market.

27– 30. April 2017 Messe Bremen – Germany
Let’s meet STAND 6D02.

jazzahead! is an exhibition and meeting point for the international jazz scene. Since its premiere in 2006, the event has enriched the regional and national cultural scene with its high quality and diverse jazz as well as with international flair.

Hijaz : 10 Years album out NOW

NEW –  vinyl and digital only To listen

10 years recording live – Zephyrus records

More than 10 years already, Hijaz, an instrumental Arabic jazz combo, is searching for the perfect symbiosis between Mediterranean warmth, polyrhythmic structures and musical virtuosity. In a tight formation of four core musicians, Hijaz captured the magic of the moment during two live sessions in Brussels and Antwerp. The result of those recordings is an album celebrating the 10 years of existence of the band. The album consists of new and old material and will be released on the 31st of March 2017, exclusively on vinyl.

10 Years Hijaz

After Dunes (2008), Chemsi (2011) and Nahadin (2014), Hijaz developed a very personal musical language where Arabic scales refer to the Tunisian roots of oud player Moufadhel Adhoum, and where the assymetric grooves find their roots in the Greek origin of piano player Niko Deman. It is the dialogue between piano and oud that lays the foundations of the music, supported by percussion and double bass, occasionally enriched with flute.

So What? Productions @ Babel Med Music, Marseille


So What? Productions will represent the artists of his roaster at Babel Med, Marseille – booth 1 – Wallonie Bruxelles.

Just before the arrival of Spring, Babel Med Music opens the doors of its international market and its programme of concerts dedicated to world music and jazz

Afrikän Protoköl | Breaking Boundaries (THE MOVIE)

A fascinating project of cultural fusion, our afro jazz band’s repertoire spans the continents, demonstrating the power of music to push boundaries, both geographically and socially, in order to produce something rich, exciting, and one of a kind. Tailoring each set to your specific requirements, this versatile musical ensemble promise to make your special occasion an unforgettable experience, perfectly matching their performance to the tone or theme of your event.

Movie directed by Federico Ariu about the Afro Jazz Band Afrikän Protoköl.
Produced by ArtFusion Production and Abozamé Production

With Guillaume Van Parys, Moïse Ouattara, Yizih Yode, Frédéric Becker, Zouratie Kone & Achille Ouattara.

©Abozamé asbl 2016 – Empowering Art for Change



Besides giggin’ and roadtrippin’ in the south of France, we worked on a new video for the song ‘LADY’ on the EP Blueprints. Directors are the talented Iwona Pom & Bert Minnen (check out our first clip ‘FISHY FIVE’ as well).


The video will be released on Wednesday 28th of September when we take off for our first UK tour!
28/09 . LONDON . Sofar
29/09 . BRISTOL . 
30/09 . DEVIZES . 
The Black Swan

We’re looking forward to that!