28 November 2024 20.00 uur
Begijnenstraat 19+27
2800 | Mechelen
kunstencentrum nona
aki + ?

aki + ?


The concert by the Amir ElSaffar New Quartet unfortunately cannot take place on 28.11 (day 2 of the festival). Naturally, we will be looking for a worthy replacement besides aki on the bill! Be sure to keep an eye on our website and socials for more info on BRAND!


aki is an extraordinary jazz collective led by drummer Anke Verslype, with music that explores uncomplicated melodies and warm waves of melancholy. Meanwhile, improvisation subtly creeps into the ensemble's playing and gently touches their ideas. Thus, aki plays dreamy music on the axis between audio cinema, nostalgia and minimalism.

In 2022, the band surprised with first full-length album Nader and a stunning concert during BRAND! The quartet had expanded to include reed player Joachim Badenhorst, who added a new dimension to the band's sound. For the second longplayer het tij aki expanded into a sextet with the arrival of euphonium player Niels Van Heertum as an additional guest. The band's poetic sound thus becomes ever richer and more addictive.

© Monday Agbonzee Jr.

Anke Verslype - drums
Willem Heylen - gitaar
Marjolein Vernimmen - harp
Ruben De Maesschalck - basgitaar
Joachim Badenhorst - klarinet, elektronica
Niels Van Heertum - eufonium