Le Ravage d’Ali Baba

“You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” – Nina Simone

Jozef Dumoulin keys
Simon Plancke drums
Els Viaene fieldrecording


Le Ravage d’Ali Baba, a project powered by Simon Plancke’s creative platform De Koffie Van Morgen, brings together four key exponents of Belgium’s adventurous jazz scene. Their goal: to create an ambitious, genre-bending performance based on the stories of refugees. Using recorded conversations as key markers in a musical structure with a lot of space for improvisation, they set out to readjust the perception of people on the run, by putting their stories into an artistic framework and giving them a voice.
The studio recordings were released with a book during the JazzLab tour (2019-2020). The book contains contributions by nine authors who joined the musicians on their visits to the refugee camps. Each of them talked with refugees and filtered their impressions in text, some visceral, others poetic. Moreover, each performance includes newly filmed material by filmmaker Lisa Tahon

‘Le Ravage d’Ali Baba’ is een productie van De Koffie Van Morgen / co-productie: JazzLab en KAAP / in nauwe samenwerking met vzw HUMAIN / Compositie & muziek: Simon Plancke, Elias Devoldere, Hendrik Lasure, Thijs Troch, Jozef Dumoulin, Els Viaene / Opname & geluidsmix: Koen Gisen / Mastering: Gert Van Hoof / Film: Lisa Tahon / Illustraties: Tinzi Yada / Animatie: Bert Juliaan / Tekst: Dalilla Hermans, Sabrine Ingabire, Ann Lamon, Rachida Lamrabet, Carmien Michels, Yasmien Naciri, Anne Provoost, Aya Sabi, Birsen Taspinar / Dramaturgie: Quan Bui Ngoc / Tolk: Haval Faris


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