BRUSSELS JAZZ MARATHON: Wofo Sextette plays Ramond Scott (be) + Zygomatik (be)


Saturday 24 May 2014
Ouverture des portes : 20:00
Price : Free entrance
Location : Petit Théâtre Mercelis Plan


What's WoFo?

Is it the melodic meanders and warm clarinet sound of Mattias Laga? Or the now honking, then lyrical tenor sax of Michel Mast? The refined harmonic sensitivity in Pieter Baert's piano playing? The diverse & colorful compositions of Xavier Verhelst or his guitaristic approach of the bass? The communicative energy and intuitive feel for the right sound in Simon Raman's drumming?
photo: Frank Bassleer

Wofo is:

Mattias Laga: clarinet & bass clarinet
Michel Mast: tenor saxophone
Pieter Baert: piano
Xavier Verhelst: bass guitar, compositions
Toon Van Dionant: drums

WoFo is more than just the sum of these elements ; it's a tight band with it's own specific identity, sound, dynamism and style.


“Electrifying Groove Originals”

Mixing jazz, soul, rock, funk and beyond in an energetic way,
acoustic and organic, vivacious and compelling,
grounded and psychedelic …

Mixing styles is the essence of jazz and the root to originality…. it’s done with respect for the traditions, and open to individual tastes and sounds of each musician involved, always with the urge to tell a clear story and to express a deep mood…

The band Zygomatik, run by bass player Piet Verbist, is his first project as a leader and composer. Through the years he has participated in many different projects playing music from rock and soul over straight jazz to world music (tango, flamenco,north African music) and free improvisation.

All those influences melt together in his compositions where
intensity, groove and energy are the main ingredients.
Piet refers to the following influences (in alphabetical order): The Beatles, Ben Allison, Bootsy Collins, Charles Mingus, Curtis Mayfield, Dave Holland, Deep Purple, El Camaron De Isla, Frank Zappa, Henri Texier, The Meters,Miles Davis, James Jamerson, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Masada, Pink Floyd, Rabih Abou-Khalil ……

 Zygomatik is:

Piet Verbist: leader, double bass, effects & compositions

Herman Pardon: drums

Vincent Brijs: baritone saxophone

Bram Weyters: Fender Rhodes, effects


Free jazz festival from Friday 23 till Sunday 25 May 2014, on the Grand-Place of Brussels, on the Sablon and on the Place Sainte-Catherine.

The Jazz Marathon has more than 150 free concerts, 400 musicians, about fifty different places, and some podia outside:

Place Sainte-Catherine
3 days for eclectic jazz, blues, funk, Latin.

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