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vendredi 17 août 2012 , 20:00 Couvent des Frères Mineurs, Couvent des Frères Mineurs, rue Vankeerberghen, 4500 Huy

Festival d’Art de Huy

Mixtuur
© Benoit Matterne

Tuur Florizoone, accordionist, pianist and composer at the same time, started to get great audience response with his soundtrack for the film ‘Aanrijding in Moskou’. As a musician he oscillates between jazz, folk and world music. MixTuur is a gathering of his musical friends originating from Belgium and Africa. He made a composition inspired by the story of the illegitimate children for the anniversary of 50 years of independence in the Congo.

At age 34 Florizoone is an odd appearance in the Belgian music industry. Being an accordionist makes him already a bit of a ‘misfit’, but he uses that instrument surprisingly well in order to add some colour to his world full of festive and melancholic music. People sometimes even call him the Manu Chao of the Belgian music. Florizoone lived in New York for a year, where he picked up a lot about working with street kids and making music with Brazilian influences. He directs two trios, one of which is called Tricycle and another trio with Michel Massot and female cellist Marine Horbaczewski. But he can be found in various music styles as well. With MixTuur, Tuur Florizoone plunges into the history of Belgian Congo and tries to picture the sorrow of the illegitimate children, which form a hidden part of our colonial history. The forgotten children were mostly born from a white father and a black mother and ended up in Belgian adoptive families without knowing who their real parents were. The book ‘The Bastard Children of Our Colony’ written by Kathleen Ghequière and Sibo Kanobana in 2010 contains thrilling stories about their unprocessed sorrow.

Tuur Florizoone had a difficult challenge to face : how to compose captivating music that goes with such a story without turning into a cliché or folklore. He has written a suite containing groovy, cheerful and moving passages. You may call it a stew of jazz, world music, traditional Congolese polyphony and simple Brussels knowledge. But what he is aiming for mainly is to give hearing to the sorrow of the bastard children from Congo. He has chosen a creative way of playing with sounds and rhythms which he mingles and transforms into a colourful carpet. Cheap exotism or forced marriages between jazz and world music is definitely not what we are talking about. Drums, balafon and percussion give the music a strong and rhythmic undertone and moving passages give balafon player Aly Keita the chance to seize his moment. Florizoone gives his musicians the opportunity to give overwhelming solo performances which are always perfectly integrated in the compositions.


- Tuur Florizoone (accordion)
- Tutu Puoane (vocals)
- Aly Keita (balafon)
- Nicolas Thys (double bass)
- Laurent Blondiau (trumpet)
- Marine Horbaczewski (cello)
- Michel Massot (tuba, trombone)
- Chris Joris (percussion)
- Wendlavim Zabsonre (drums)
- Nabindibo (Bernadette Aningi, Irène Meta Kabeya et Banyele Mbambo)



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