After two successful editions the Balkan Sessions festival is growing a tiny bit bigger, with film'n'food, dj-sets and 3 very different live (big) bands from all around the globe. All together they are offering a complete overview of the contemporary East-European sound evolutions – whether it is modern retro brass, Bulgarian traditional themes on hiphop and drum'n'bass rhythms, or the highest level of solid balkan skaswing partygrooves possible: tonight you'll all have a cheery dance on it. Once again, balkan and gypsy music will show its incredible versatile faces and its ability to fuse genres and people.
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Screening of Les Triplettes de Belleville starting at 18:30.
◔ Film'n'Food 18:00 - 20:00
◑ Bernard Orchestar 20:00 - 21:00
Retromodern balkan brass the funky way. More info below!
◕ Oratnitza 21:00 - 22:30
Most popular innovative band from Bulgaria. More info below!
◕ Gypsy Hill 22:30 - 00:00
Legendary producers from London, coming for the first time to Belgium with their full live band set-up. More info below!
● PARTY 00:00 - 3:00
Dj-sets by Mnsr Zéro (resident binair01)
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① Bernard Orchestar
The concert section starts with pure & shiny blinking brass. The 12-piece strong Brussels based Bernard Orchestar turns East-European compositions and arrangements into irresistible and extremely contagious retro-modern balkan party music with a funky twist.
② Oratnitza (BG)
The combination of orthodox traditional Bulgarian chant and fast spitting rap rhymes is mesmerizing. Two didgeridoos pretend to be a double bass, a Spanish cajón replaces the traditional percussion with an explosion of hiphop, trap and drum'n'bass rhythms. No wonder Oratnitza is considered the most popular innovative band from Bulgaria.
③ Gypsy Hill (UK)
Still: the most solid party beats will be brought by the headliner of tonight. Their contagious mix of balkan brass, Mediterranean surf-rock, ska- and swing rhythms makes the perfect connection to the party section. The core of Gypsy Hill is the legendary producers duo from London responsible for some world-famous classic balkan party grooves you'll probably already know by heart. Their very first show in Belgium with the full live band set-up will be a unique experience. The sound of this London based band is innovative and traditional in the meantime; thanks to an exceptional combination of guitars, wind instruments, tuba and scratch turntables they'll turn the concert room into one big dance floor.
④ Mnsr Zéro (host dj-set ○ resident binair01)
Mnsr Zéro's sets are surprising blends of the latest innovative cross-over partysounds from all corners of our planet. Think exciting balkan hiphop-trap, Arab dabke from Beirut's pulsing nightclubs, Belgrado's evolutions of crazy balkan and gypsystyle dancing, swingrhythms mixed up with Scandinavian rap, Eastern moombahton and electro-bollywood, klezmerwhirls, and maybe some variation from the south: AfroLatin grooves like reggaetón, electrocumbia or faster kuduro- and afrobeats. The list of names and styles is endless, we'd rather call it move-your-body music; an elixir through dancing. His mixes are a real relief for people addicted to dancing and searching for challenges beyond the simple beats of shallow radio hit music.
⑤ Film & food
Before the concerts festival ticket holders can join the screening of animation movie classic Les Triplettes de Belleville by French director Sylvain Chomet. It tells the story of some maffiosi chasing a race biker in Paris on a marvellous gypsyswing score sung by three brave old women. Gypsyswing all started in Paris in the 1930's with Django Reinhardt, a legendary Romani jazz manouche guitarist playing with a bunch of Gitan gypsies. If you thought swing was American, it was at least heavily formed by Eastern gypsy music. Gypsyswing is balkan baby! Enjoy the movie!
From 18:00 until 23:00 Bulgarian food will be served by VZW De Magische Stem:
○ plate breaded chicken mezze €5
○ small stuffed paprika with cheese €3
○ banitza (with cheese of spiache) / pitka €2
○ mezze dry spiced sausage €2
○ home-made pie €2
It will be delicious. Come early and have dinner with us!