Radio Klara (VRT, Brussels) invited me today to their Black Words Matter-series. This to share one book of my choice that has been my personal eye opener on the topic of systemic racism. I chose ‘Nations Nègres et Culture’ by the visionary writer Cheikh Anta Diop, published by Présence Africaine in Paris.
Kunstenfestival Watou 2020 will kick off early July displaying its corona proof open air exhibition of contemporary art combined with poetry, located in the marvelous landscape of Heuvelland, a region in West-Vlaanderen.
If you plan a visit I encourage you to walk and listen to the epistolary poem Vonken: in my opinion an incredibly mighty and now already classic written by Simone Atangana Bekono. A refreshing literary voice on topics of identity, racism, globalism and (post)-colonialism.
I had the honor to interprete Vonken for this occasion. Sound design is by Annick Lesage. Kunstenfestival Watou 2020 is curated by Chantal Pattyn, Benedicte Goesaert and Peter Verhelst – Photo by Gaby Jongenelen
The coming months I will be participate in Wir Irren a new music theatrical performance for Ictus Ensemble initiated by visual artist Ana Torfs on the occasion of the digitization of her 1998 feature film, Zyklus van Kleinigkeiten (Cycles of Trifles). Wir Irren will be presented as a concert and a film. Film and concept Ana Torfs | Music Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Soundscape Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman.
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Koor & Stem has appointed me as their Artistic Coordinator for the European project MoSaIC initiated by Amadeus Ensemble (Italy), partnered by Koor & Stem (Belgium), Swinging Europe (Denmark), Sound Cultural Foundation (Romania).
As Artistic Coordinator I will help develop workshops, compositions and concerts to be showcased on several occasions in Belgium and at the World Music Festival 2020 in Milan (Italy). Here you can find some extended info on the concept and aims behind this pioneering and hope igniting project.