Jazz, World, Gnawa

Marockiní Brass

Marockin’ Brass presents a steaming Gnawa Jazz project with the British trumpeter Byron Wallen and the drummer Rod Youngs. The album will be released in autumn 2014.

The connection between the poly layered soundscapes, Q&A-structures and a multitude of acoustic timbres is dazzlingly effective. It all just happens, organically, on the climax of a dialogue between the sublime section of jazz’s finest virtuosi with Moroccan Gnawa masters. The improvisation language is slashing. The rhythm section is ruthless. This band propels the groove from the deepest spot and infects you with a straightforward energy. Generous and beyond measure…

Byron is one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive" (Jazzwise Magazine). Widely recognized as a seminal figure in world jazz, he is constantly travelling the world recording, teaching and performing.

Why Wallen? Since Luc Mishalle and Byron Wallen first met in 2005 (‘Klinkende Munt’ festival, Brussels) their mutual interest in gnawa music and how to deal with it in a jazz context was something of a revelation. In later meetings it also became clear that the writing of Byron and Luc had affinities: an interest in shifting rhythmic patterns, deceptively simple melodies, intricate horizontal interweaving rather than vertical harmonizing, fragmentation of written material etc.

in collaboration with

MET-X is a house for and from musicians. We transform sounds from the belly of the city into a unique musical universe. In close collaboration with enthusiastic artists coming from the most different horizons we manufacture the creative elements in order to form bands, events and educational processes. Our acoustic universe is closely linked to that of the steaming capital: sometimes loud, sometimes soft, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly. Never smooth. Always exciting. Moving music, music that moves.



Byron Wallen: trumpet, composition
Luc Mishalle: soprano & tenor saxophone, composition
Jean-Paul Estiévenart: trumpet, bugle
Pascal Rousseau: tuba
Rida Stitou: sentir, krakeb, lead vocals
Driss Filali: krakeb, tbel, backing vocals
Abderahmane Bouhamidy: bendir, krakeb, vocals
Rod Youngs: drums



Rider on request

Upcoming Gigs

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Past Gigs

24 Jun 2017
Willebroekse Kanaalfeesten, Willebroek

02 Oct 2014, 21:00
Recyclart, Brussels

21 Dec 2013
De Werf, Brugge

20 Dec 2013
CC ít Getouw, Mol

19 Dec 2013
De Casino, Sint-Niklaas

18 Dec 2013
Handelsbeurs, Gent

13 Dec 2013
C-Mine, Genk

12 Dec 2013
Het Spoor, Harelbeke

07 Dec 2013
Rataplan, Borgerhout

06 Dec 2013
Flagey, Brussel


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