Three new festival days and 13 extra names

With three new festival days and thirteen extra names, the Gent Jazz bill is starting to look increasingly colourful. The Bijloke site is getting ready to welcome icons such as Rodrigo y Gabriela, Luz Casal and Eliades Ochoa, as well as super talented artists such as Sofiane Pamart, Birdy and Laufey. Also joining the line-up: Asaf Avidan, Erik Truffaz, Gabriel Ríos, Cimafunk, Stef Kamil Carlens, Marco Mezquida Trio and Gabi Hartmann.
 

Three new festival days with Sofiane Pamart, Laufey, Birdy and Rodrigo y Gabriela on 10, 13 and 14 July

Sofiane Pamart, 'France’s rebel pianist’, will be showing us on 10 July why he has become one of the most streamed classical musicians in the world. In addition to his own neo-classical compositions, he has also been involved in a wide number of collaborative efforts, like the one with Arno (on Vivre) and with rap artists from France and Belgium. The French phenomenon touches listeners’ hearts with fluent piano playing which alludes to hiphop, Chopin, jazz, poetry and adventure alike. That same day, singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan is set to explore all of his vocal colours in a solo set packed with intimate and layered serenades.

 

On 13 July, the line-up is jam-packed with enchanting singers, with Birdy and Laufey as the headliners. Fifteen years after she broke big, we are looking forward to Birdy’s fragile classics and new, up-tempo songs from her latest album 'Portraits’. Singer-songwriter Laufey was the most streamed jazz artist on Spotify in 2022 and recently bagged a Grammy nomination for her dreamy jazz album 'Bewitched’.

 

 

The headliners on 14 July are Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Bringing their mix of classical, flamenco and rock, every live show is guaranteed to see them play to delirious audiences, triggering spikes in the local temperatures. The insanely popular Afro-Cuban funk of Cimafunk and the Cuban folk of master guitarist and singer Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club) will envelop the Bijloke site in a warm glow that Sunday.

 

Jazz-o-nauts

Gent Jazz  is using a striking campaign visual this year: three jazz-o-nauts ready to embark on a journey through the extraordinary sounds and colours of live music. Which sees the festival underscore the adventurous and inquisitive nature of its artists, visitors and partners. Jazz lovers won’t miss the nod to the work of Reid Miles, graphic designer at Blue Note Records in the 1950s and 60s, one of the most fertile periods in the history of jazz. Just like the line-up, this visual pays tribute to both the rich traditions and the unrelenting rejuvenation inherent to jazz music.

 

Tickets for the new festival days on 10, 13 and 14 July are now on sale from  www.gentjazz.com