Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Lynn Cassiers

449249

14/03/2019 - 14/03/2019

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In 2016 Erik Kriek published his graphic novel In The Pines, in which he interpreted five famous “murder ballads” in his own way, creating five beautifully illustrated stories. That’s right up the street of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, who wanted to go on another adventure with an illustrator after the international success of Graphicology. This time, however, the result was quite different. Kriek’s book is the basis of a quirky performance based on his selection of murder ballads. Kriek’s graphic stories were digitised, and the songs arranged for jazz orchestra. The result is a unique performance in which the music enters into dialogue with the eponymous graphic novel.

Murder ballads: macabre yet lovely songs celebrating the heavy romanticism of murder and manslaughter in song and instrumental music. Their stories and melodies were brought to the US, mostly by Irish, Scottish and English immigrants, and ended up as blues, country and pop songs. Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and Nick Cave are but a few of the many artists who have arranged traditional murder ballads or written new ones over the years. The songs have become American cultural heritage, crossing over musical genres and even over artistic disciplines.

Erik Kriek chose five song titles for his graphic novel In The Pines. Then he immersed himself in history and his own imagination. He made each one of the songs a captivating illustrated story describing a tragedy with a fatal end, just like the originals.

The result of the fusion between BJO and the work of Erik Kriek is a many-sided performance combining video projection, haunting illustrations, dark stories, vocal and instrumental music. The one connecting thread running through them is a centuries-old drama, always with a hair-raising plot.

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