Brihang, Richard Galliano, Esinam and Zotteg(h)em complete GENT JAZZ ‘Back to Live’ programme

Brihang, Richard Galliano New Musette Quartet, Esinam and Zotteg(h)em complete the bill for Gent Jazz “Back to Live”. The festival starts next week on Friday 9 July and will last for ten days.

With CASCO, Brihang delivered a very strong second album. The single “Stone” became an instant classic and he collected no less than six MIA nominations. “The body, the shell, the skeleton, the house is stripped down to the shell of concrete and steel”, is how he describes the search for himself, the essence of this very tasteful album. Besides being a versatile musician, Brihang is also a brilliant live performer who likes to colour outside the lines, and on July 15, we will witness this.

As a fixture on the European jazz scene, French accordionist Richard Galliano needs little introduction. In this project, Galliano will be performing his own interpretations of French musette waltzes with influences from jazz, blues, tango and even Brazilian music on July 10.

ESINAM, short for Esinam Dogbatse, is a Belgian-Ghanese multi-instrumentalist. She blends her brilliant soulful voice with traditional African percussion, electronic influences, dazzling melodies and reverent flute playing. We will undoubtedly be hearing a lot from this artist in the years to come. On July 15 she will be performing at Gent Jazz together with Pablo Casella (guitar), Axel Gilain (double bass) and Martin Méreau (vibraphone and drums).

Zotteg(h)em is a project by the late composer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Wouters. His companions de route made a selection from his rich oeuvre and powerfully revive his adventurous musical world with a sound that brings him back to life. This project completes the programme on Monday July 12.

Gent Jazz ‘Back to Live’ brings a particularly varied and strong programme with a lot of local and European talent. The festival wants to turn its 20th anniversary into a musical feast where everyone feels welcome to enjoy live music again.

From 9 to 18 July Gent Jazz brings the following artists to the Bijloke site: STUFF., José James, Eefje de Visser, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Jef Neve, Tigran Hamasyan Trio, Wim Mertens, TaxiWars, Nordmann, Niklas Paschburg, Blackwave, Lady Linn, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola, Absynthe Minded, TheColorGrey, Antoine Pierre Urbex Electric, Tutu Puoane Quartet, Dijf Sanders, Compro Oro, 3Men In a BoaT ft. Louis Sclavis, Cinema Paradiso, Naima Joris, Donder & Apeland, Gaidaa, Sohnarr, Monty Alexander Trio, Bandler Ching, SPREEJ, Dayanne, Loverman, Dishwasher_ & Cesar Quinn, Brihang, ESINAM, Richard Galliano New Musette Quartet en Zotteg(h)em. 

This edition is organised in a corona-secure way with, among other things, fixed tables for all visitors, table service and compulsory mouth masks for those moving around the grounds. Thanks to the strict rules at the event, visitors do not have to present a vaccination passport or a negative coronavirus test.

Young Jazz Talent Award Ceremony in Ghent on 10 July 
The Young Jazz Talent Ghent Award, an initiative of Duvel Moortgat brewery, will be presented on Saturday 10 July. This award consists of an encouragement prize for young talented musicians or ensembles and a recognition of a person who has played a meritorious role for jazz. Donder won the Young Jazz Talent Ghent award in 2019 and will play this day together with Apeland.

The full programme, ticket information and answers to many questions regarding tickets, vouchers and the corona measures can be found at

Tickets cost €39 – €44 and are only available via Children’s tickets (-12 years) cost €8. Gent Jazz takes place, as always, at the Bijloke, Ghent.

Gent Jazz ‘Back to Live’ is made possible with the support of Flanders State of the Arts.