READ MORE (News)BRZZVLL release new album: FIRST LET'S DANCE, A ‘Nuff Said celebration ft. Amir Sulaiman NEXT

BRZZVLL release new album: FIRST LET'S DANCE, A ‘Nuff Said celebration ft. Amir Sulaiman

Exactly one year after ‘Engines’, their hailed long-player featuring Anthony Joseph, BRZZVLL releases its fifth album: FIRST LET’S DANCE, A ‘Nuff Said celebration ft. Amir Sulaiman. Indeed, this album is a celebration in honour of their longterm collaboration with ‘Nuff Said and guest- featuring Amir Sulaiman, who could be considered ‘Nuff Said’s godfather. Amir Sulaiman is a poet and musician born in Rochester, New York. He played along with Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam and since then, has been touring non-stop around the world.

First Let’s Dance is mainly culled from a magical record session which lasted exactly three hours: a jam with an exhausted Amir Sulaiman who was suffering from jetlag and had to be back on a plane five hours later. These recordings have been used as the basis for the in-depth post-production process that would follow. The result is an intense but happy trip in which you are tossed back and forth between loaded hip hop, electronic funk, perplexing jazz music and freestyle poetry.

Expect a reborn BRZZVLL who take their sound and play to the next level, accompanied by the thrilling, contemporary and spiritual poetry and rap of Amir Sulaiman.

“I know that everything is wrong, but first let’ s dance.”

Upcoming release concerts across Belgium:

3/02: De Centrale, Ghent
4/02: Nuff Said @ De Warande, Turnhout
5/02: Nuff Said @ ccBe, Berchem
5/02: Late night release show @ Piaf, Antwerp
6/02: Nuff Said @ C-Mine, Genk

Teaser new album LABtrio: "The Howls Are Not What They Seem"

In January 2016 LABtrio releases their new album “The Howls Are Not What They Seem” (featuring Michael Attias en Christopher Hoffmann) on Outhere Music. The album was recorded during the summer of 2015 at Kaleidoscope Sound in New Jersey (USA).

Lisa Tahon from Lisa’s Productions
made a documentary about this trip to the USA, that you can watch in premier on this link:

The album will be presented to the Belgian audience during LABtrio’s new tour throughout Flanders and Wallonia. Their first concert will take place at La Ruche Théâtre in Marcinelle. This tour has been organised with help from Les Lundis D’Hortense.

A new season of RAT Events!

RAT RECORDS was founded in 2003 by Teun Verbruggen and Bruno Vansina. Their goal was to produce contemporary jazz and experimental alternative music, to organize concerts, to promote free improvised music and to create a platform for experimental music.

RAT stands for ‘Rare and Treacherous’. RAT RECORDS wants to produce music without compromises. Their focus lies on all alternative, experimental music that does not fit within the ‘mainstream’ category. The first two releases ‘Trio Music’ (2004) and ‘In Orbit’ (2006) were created by VVG trio. Further releases were created by Othin Spake, Rackham, The Black Napkins, Too Noisy Fisch.

RAT EVENT emerged in 2008 from a label night by RAT RECORDS. Several venues have organized a RAT EVENT ever since (Vooruit, Recyclart, AB, Zuiderpershuis…). The past few years RAT EVENT often programmed bands that were linked to the RAT RECORD label. Improvisation, interaction and experimentation are each time of key importance for this project. Teun Verbruggen always looks for musicians and bands that share his common philosophy towards the rejection of classical music genres. These artists can have a very different background, but are all expected to keep an open mind while engaging in this musical project.

For the 2015 edition, Teun Verbuggen selected again some very exciting musicians. During the months of September, October and November RAT EVENT programmed three different concert at Het Bos, Antwerpen with a selection of the best contemporary improvised music the scene has to offer today

Tandaapushi (Leo Dupleix trio)
An Expedition in to the Mind of Sgt. Fuzzy

9/10/15 :
Louis Evrard Solo
Jozef Dumoulin Solo
Them Chemicals

Pak Yan Lau solo
Backback XL

1 2 3 4 video report out now!

We just released the video report of the 1 2 3 4 tour feat. De Beren Gieren, Susana Santos Silva and Kaja Draksler. They went to Portalegre Jazz festival (PT), Cankarjev Dom (SI) and Budapest Music Center (HU). Watch how the young jazz impro becomes a dream team, all in an athmospheric ambiance..

Produced by Aubergine, Druga Godba and Cleanfeed records, thanks to the flemish community support.

New challenge : Epaulé Jeté Jazzbar!

A new challenge for Aubergine Artist Management team and Teun Verbruggen. Together with the crew of Épaulé Jeté Flagey we'll provide you fine tasting jazz. Live concerts once a week in the most cosy jazzbar in town!
Next week at the International Jazz Day on April 30th Epaulé Jeté - the charming bistrot at Flagey in Ixelles - adds to its moto "Lieu de Vie"  on some evenings "Lieu de Jazz". In this very attractive bar, everything comes together perfectly: good music and delicious food in a beautiful setting. At least once a week there's live jazz on the program. During the weekends DJs will also spice up their sets with a lot of jazzy tunes.
The Brussels quintet "Les Chroniques de l'Inutiles" lead by Benjamin Sauzereau will play at the opening of this new "Lieu de Jazz".


Last month Aubergine Artist Management welcomed BRZZVLL to its management. BRZZVLL is founded by Vincent Brijs. The band plays improvised dance music with a jazz-fusion, funk and rare groove sound like those of the 70’s: tight bass and drums, funky horns, imaginative and sexy guitar and keyboards. Each song is in a very playful mood of groove.

BRZZVLL recently released a new album, called “Engines” in which they invite Anthony Joseph, a poet, novelist, academic and musician born in Trinidad and now living in the UK. He released three critically acclaimed albums with "The Spasm Band". His latest album "Time" was produced by none other than Meshell Ndegeocello.

Aubergine Artist Management also starts working with Dans Dans for international bookings (except UK & Nl). Dans Dans unites the talent of three musicians at the top of their game: Bert Dockx on guitar (the driving force behind Flying Horseman), Fred Lyenn on bass (better known as Lyenn, songwriter and guitarist, bass player for Mark Lanegan) and Steven Cassiers on drums (also with Dez Mona and others). Together they create music that categorizes from garage jazz, psychedelic blues and ecstatic noir soundtracks to spacey rock-‘n-roll.

Their new album ‘3’, produced by Koen Gisen, came out in November. It was rewarded with a nomination in the top 10 category "Best Album National” by Humo's pop poll and CuttingEdge.

LABtrio and De Beren Gieren at STORM Festival

In 2015 De Beren Gieren will be working on their new creation “One Mirrors Many". For this creation, the trio has manifested an interest into bringing electronic elements to the trio. They are working on building their own analog effects, loopers, contact microphones which will be used and adapted to the sound of the trio. For the performance, the electronic gear will be triggered live by the musicians to accompany the compositions and improvisations of joyful trio De Beren Gieren. "One Mirrors Many" will be premiered at STORM! Festival (20/02/15, Oostend). 

LABtrio started with The New York project when Lander Gyselinck and Bram De Looze lived in New York between 2012 and 2013 and both studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music. Since they came back to Belgium they both had a strong wish to pursue working with fellow New Yorker musicians and so started the LABtrio New York project in collaboration with Michaël Attias (Paul Motian, Anthony Braxton,…) on saxophone and Christopher Hoffman (Henry Threadgill's Zooid, Marc Ribot,…) on cello. They will have their first residency in February 2015 where the quintet will create a repertoire together. This will be premiered on the occasion of STORM! festival (Oostende) and BRAND festival (Mechelen) on the 20th and 21st of February.

De Beren Gieren meets Oerknal!

This December, De Beren Gieren are co writting music with Dutch new music collective Oerknal!
This ensemble is dedicated to performing the works of composers who are original, iconoclastic and alive! They believe that music is a visceral art which should be experienced in an intense, physical manner. They promote new music in the truest sense of the term.

Opting for the theme of juxtaposition (juxtaposition, n. - an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrastas opposed to fusion), they present two distinct, raw, and visceral musical styles side-by-side, creating a schizophrenic soundscape for the listener. The centerpiece of these concerts will be a new work created by Oerknal! and De Beren Gieren, performed by the two groups simultaneously. De Beren Gieren will perform two sets of original material; Oerknal! will present music by contemporary composers inspired - to a greater or lesser extent - by popular genres: John Zorn, Lewis Nielson and David Bird.

If you love jazz, modern music, or any kind of wildly unique experience, these concerts are most certainly for you!

12.12 @ State X New Forms festival /Paard van Troje, Den Haag (NL)
20.12 @ Bimhuis, Amsterdam (NL)

More info here:

Triggers and Thresholds

Jens Maurits Orchestra is currently working on its new project “Triggers and Thresholds”; a 10-headed art-installation-concert questioning the possible processes in life that formed sound into music.

The inspiration for this project came from interviews the artists conducted with different scientists on the theories of evolution, consciousness and neurology. Together, the Jens Maurits Orchestra adds poems and instruments to tell the audience a story about the behavior of the ape-man, the tip of the cochlea and the whispers of our subconscious.

Not only musically and theatrically, but also visually, "Triggers and Thresholds" is a performance that unfolds a unique view on modern science. An installation made of microphones and magnetic tapes demonstrates a mechanism that is slowly building a memory, while rewriting its present at the same time.

Leading thinkers of this collective are Jens Bouttery (drummer/composer) and Daan Milius (videomaker). In the previous award-winning project The Dubtapes – interviews in concert, they researched the musicality of their language. For "Triggers and Thresholds", they are accompanied by Lucas Kramer (installation), James Douglas Eynon (text) Niels Van Heertum (euphonium / flugelhorn / trumpet), Dorian Dumont (piano), Benjamin Sauzereau (guitar), Rik Sturtewagen (violin), Lennart Heyndels (cello) and Joris Lindemans (bass).

We would like to invite everyone to the première of Triggers and Thresholds, which will be held at Rataplan (Antwerp) on September 27th during the festival BORG.

For more information about this unique project, please visit the artists’ blog or watch their video’s on vimeo (

This project was realized with the support of the Flemish goverment and our partners: Rataplan, Jazz Station, Vrijstaat O and Aubergine Artist Management.

New collaboration project : 1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4 ” is a new collaboration project between 3 organizations and 3 brilliant artists from Belgium, Portugal and Slovenia:
(BE) presenting DE BEREN GIEREN with Fulco Ottervanger piano, Lieven Van Pee double-bass, Simon Segers drums (BE), CLEAN FEED RECORDS (PT) presenting SUSANA SANTOS SILVA trumpet (PT), DRUGA GODBA (SI)  presenting KAJA DRAKSLER piano (SI)

We propose the best upcoming Indie Jazz talents in Europe in one night :
1  Kaja Draksler solo
2  Kaja Draksler and Susana Santos Silva duo
De Beren Gieren trio
De Beren Gieren and Susana Santos Silva quartet

4 important facts

1  All of the artists where selected at 12 points between 2011 and 2012.
2  In 2013, De Beren Gieren showcased at Jazzahead!, in 2014, it’s the turn of Kaja Draksler to be in the official showcase program.
3  Kaja Draksler played at Ljubljana Jazz festival (SLO) in 2012 and released “The Life of many others” on Clean Feed in 2013
De Beren Gieren and Susana Santos Silva will play at Ljubljana Jazz festival in 2014 and will release an album together on Clean Feed records.

More information here

Welcome to MannGold de Cobre!

MannGold De Cobre is a very unconventonial big band. It is the rock band MannGold (Rodrigo Fuentealba  and Philipp Weies on guitar;  Karel de Backer and Matthias Standaert on drums; and Martin Standaert on bass) extended with a unique brass section (8 horns) led by Peter Vermeersch (also known from Flat Earth Society). The result is a powerful sound, which floats, swirls, rages and rumbles between jazz, psychedelic rock 'n roll, kraut, noise, film noir, Sun Ra and trance.

MannGold De Cobre will release their first vinyl on Vynilla and CD on El Negocito Records this 19th of april 2014 during Record Store Day. At this occasion they play at Vinylla records store in Gent at 3pm. Later you will see them on some great Belgian summerfestivals... so keep tuned!

Video clip here

Jazz#Forum - 11th of March in Brussels

Jazz#Forum will take place on the 11th of March in Flagey Brussels for it's third edition.

Jazz#Forum is the opportunity for Belgian jazz professionals to gather. The aim of the Jazz#Forum is to create a networking space for musicians, organizers and press to meet, exchange information, create debates and think about the future of Jazz in Belgium and beyond. You will find a detailed program of the day here in french and here in flemish.

When : 11th of March between 10am and 5pm.
Where : Flagey, Place Sainte Croix, 1050 Brussels
Price :10€ for the whole day /5€ for students / 15€ for the Jazz#Forum + concert Steven Delannoye New York Trio featuring Jozef Dumoulin.

Subscribe here as soon as possible!

New band : LABtrio

Aubergine Artist Management welcomes a new band: LABtrio!
They have just released their first album "Fluxus" on Outhere records. The album already received the "Revelation" title from Frank Bergerot on Jazz Magazine (nov. 2013).

"Halfway between a telluric Supersilent, a tortured E.S.T. or an acoustic Flying Lotus, the music of LABtrio has still very little to do with the cosmopolitan world of it's mentor's trio [Aka Moon]. But they have one thing in common: the status of charming ambassadors of Belgian jazz" Mathieu Durand - Jazz news, december 2013

They are playing at the Glimps showcase festival in Gent on the 13th of december.

We are preparing LABtrio's 2014 tour: available between july and october.
Please sent us your request on

Teun Verbruggen won the Jazzmozaïek Award 2013

Teun Verbruggen is the winner of this year’s international competition Jazz Hoeilaart.

The purpose of this annual Jazzmozaïek Award is to highlight the Belgian jazz scene and to distinguish one Belgian jazz musician who - in the spirit of Jazz Hoeilaart – encourages, stimulates and sets an example for the younger generation of Belgian jazz musicians.

This price is handed out by the editorial of Jazzmozaïek, the jazz magazine of Flanders, published by supporting organization Muziekmozaïek.

The award price consists of a concert project and a work of art made by musician Chris Joris.

Aubergine invited to coordinate the Belgian Jazz Meeting!

Aubergine has been invited to coordinate this year's Belgian Jazz Meeting. It is a professional showcase event that aims to promote Belgian jazz internationally. 
It takes place in Liège, Belgium from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th of September 2013.

An initiative of Museact (Gaume Jazz Festival, Jazz 04/Les Chiroux, Jazz Station, Maison du Jazz/Jazz à Liège, Les Lundis d'Hortense, Collectif du Lion, Sowarex/Igloo, Ecoutez-Voir), Jazz Brugge, Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques and Flanders Music Centre. With the support of Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Vlaamse Gemeenschap, the city and the provence of Liège and the city of Bruges.

more info here

Aka Moon 20 years movie premieres on Mezzo tv

The movie "20 YEARS OF AKA MOON INVITES MAGIC MALIK LIVE AT JAZZ STATION (BRUXELLES)" shot last december is now ready and will be broadcasted on Mezzo tv. You can watch it on these dates:
25/06/2013 @ 9h20 and 23h20
26/06/2013 @ 19h50 
30/06/2013 @ 12h05
01/07/2013 @ 16h00
06/07/2013 @ 17h00
24/07/2013 @ 23h30

More info here

AlefBa (Aka Moon) premieres @ Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

AlefBa is the combination of the two first letters of the arabic alphabet. After the Tahrir Square events, Aka Moon had the need to explore the arab world new musical expressions. For this journey they've gathered a group of amazing musicians from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Belgium and France.

Premieres July, 10th @ Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France)

more info here

DE BEREN GIEREN release second album in the fall

De Beren Gieren's second album entitled a raveling is coming up! You can already listen to two songs here.
The official release concert will take place @ Handelsbeurs, Bruges on October 3rd and will be followed by a Belgian tour in September and October. Dates to be announced soon.

AKA MOON wins belgian jazz award!

On the International Jazz Day, we are happy to announce that Aka Moon have won the belgian award Octaves de la musique 2013 in the Jazz category.
Congrats to the trio!!!
(the ceremony will be broadcasted on the 6th of May in local belgian tv's)


DE BEREN GIEREN have been selected for an official showcase at Jazzahead in Bremen.
Come and discover them in BORGWARD SAAL on Saturday 27th of April at 17h00.

You can also find us at the Belgian Stand (F04) from thursday to sunday. Come and meet us there...

We would also advise you to come on Friday at 17h, since we'll be serving real Belgian beer and cheese!