Marockin' Brass

Art discipline: Music

Artist: Met-X

MET-X is a house for and of musicians. It was co-founded more than 30 years ago by saxophone player Luc Mishalle (1953), a community-oriented musician who in the past worked extensively with legendary performance groups like Internationale Nieuwe Scene, Dogtroep and Welfare State International. Widely recognized as one of Belgium's premiere jazz improvisers, Luc Mishalle's work at MET-X is characterized by fostering sustainable links with grassroots communities in Brussels and creating a productive fusion of all kinds of street music and the incredibly rich cultural diversity in this metropolis. The MET-X motto is 'moving music', which fits nicely with this year's ICAF festival theme. It is also no exaggeration to call MET-X one of the leading community music organizations in Europe, if not the world.


"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".


MET-X is the initiator, coordinator or partner in a number of ground-breaking music projects, including Fanfakids (a children's percussion group based in Molenbeek which will be featured at ICAF on Saturday afternoon, April 1), Remork & Karkaba (A Moroccan-Belgian street band), community choir Shanti! Shanti! and Marockin' Brass.


Marockin’ Brass can literally trace its roots to brass and wind instrument music on the streets of Brussels. Fusing Belgian fanfare traditions with North-African influences that entered Belgian public space through migration, Marockin' Brass has evolved from a spontaneous experiment into a semi-professional music enterprise. The group incorporates all musical passions and community and educational ambitions of MET-X. In their music you hear the result of a long-term love for - and sharp analysis of - North-African rhythms that form the basis for melody lines that refer to jazz, contemporary music and non-western cultures. Strangely enough, this mix sounds so organic and logical as if Brussels has always been located on the shores of the Mediterranean.  The explanation for this is, undoubtedly, the deep respect with which the different cultural traditions are being woven together. So tonight brace yourselves for hot shaabi-funk, steaming gnawa mixed with headstrong horns that will blow the desert dust from your ears. For any occasion, indoors or outdoors, Marockin' Brass is a joy for head and legs. Their music is the anthem of today's urban nomad.  

(see also under 'workshops' and 'ICAF Community Day')

Wednesday 29 March 21.45