Benoit Debyst: FESTIVAL MUSIQ’3 2018 : NORDIC VIBES
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6 June 2018

What if the future of music came from the Far North? There is no doubt that Nordic and Finnish musicians play an important role in the international music scene. Every category has a Nordic touch : vocal and instrumental music, metal, traditional and contemporary music, and jazz.

Unlike here in the South, there are no fixed boundaries between musical languages in the North. Every musical genre finds its place between tradition and modernity, fusing into a fertile synergy without losing its own character. This is one of the cultural strengths of the Nordic countries.

Festival Musiq’3 invites you to its 8th edition to challenge your boundaries, to shake off glaring preconceptions and open yourself up to new, enriching discoveries. Flagey, le Marni and Ter Kameren Abbey will be hosting a drove of Nordic musicians.

In a first for Belgium, the Helsinki Chamber Choir will perform Vigilia by Einojuhani Rautavaara.  Olli Mustonen will be accompanied by the very best for the debut performance of his keyboard quintet in Brussels.  We will also meet the great jazz pianist Iiro Rantala, the brilliant accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and many others.

The flights from the Far North may be fully booked between 29 June and 1 July, the party would not be complete with our favourite, regular festival musicians: Vassilena Serafimova and Thomas Enhco, the Kheops and Oxalys ensembles, the Brussels Philharmonic, Olga Paschenko, Lorenzo Gatto, Edgar Moreau and last but not least our Festival orchestra with Shirly Laub.

For children, An Pierlé returns with her performance Slumberland and there will be screenings of Nordic cartoons with music performed by Johan Dupont’s ensemble as well as many other surprises!

Finally, we will be commemorating three anniversaries in 2018: the centenary of Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat, the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death and….the 70th anniversary of our conductor Guy Van Waas! Nothing but fine people!

From 29 June to 1 July, the Festival Musiq’3 team invites you to spend three exhilarating days filled with music by almost 300 musicians performing over 50 concerts and various other events.  Come listen and enjoy!

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Benoit Debuyst

Musiqu’3 Festival Artistic Director

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