Danish guitarist/composer Jakob Bro is a welcome guest on our stages and festivals, as was responsible for one of the highlights of our BRAND! festival in 2019. The respect that Bro commands in the meantime does not come out of the blue, as he was already working with jazz legends at a young age: he refined the craft with none other than Paul Motian (his most recent album with ECM was an homage to the grand master) and also quickly surfaced with Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko.
Bro makes music for connoisseurs. This is true in his wonderful trio with Joey Baron and Thomas Morgan, but it actually seeps through in all of his projects. Without gimmicks or fuss, he always manages to lend a concert the intimacy of a living room, with the audience as part of a story told with fine brushes. Bro lets his guitar whisper, gently stutter and manipulate. With loops and subtle effects created with fingers and feet, Bro sends his fellow musicians into a dreamy no-man's land, where jazz, improvisation and twang blend seamlessly. Warm and comfortable, but never coquettish. Poetry for the ears and heart.
This time Bro goes to the core of his practice. You hear him solo, in the most intimate and pure form, armed with a guitar (presumably his inseparable pink one) and some effects that all contribute to a wonderful story full of ingenuity, lyricism and sweet imagination. Bro has built quite a discography, but has not released a solo album until now. Perhaps his next visit to Mechelen can give him some ideas? In any case, we are delighted to host this contemporary showman.
Before the concert, head to Cinema Lumière for a Q&A with Jakob Bro, followed by a screening of the new music documentary Music for Black Pigeons. Filmmakers Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed followed the Danish guitarist for fourteen years during his musical encounters. Bro and many related musicians - including jazz legends such as Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano - address a number of crucial questions: what does it feel like to play and what does listening mean? The result is a poetic search for a connection to something that transcends us all.