Instant Festival

Strolling between art and free improvisation

Tickets in S.M.A.K. museum


14 - 18h Day time at the museum
Spontaneous formations of solos, duos and trios 
With fixed concerts:
14h00 Takase - Sclavis Duo
16h00 Homburger - Guy Duo


18 - 22h  Late night at the museum
Spontaneous formations of solos, duos and trios 
With fixed concerts:
18h00 BonBon Flamme
20h00 No Plan Man
22h00 DJ Illvibe (turntables) + Els Vandeweyer
23h30 Einde

13 - 21h  Record Store Day Vinyl Music Fair
Market of records 

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Strolling between art and free improvisation

Music and visual arts are a good pair and have a long history. Citadelic, S.M.A.K. and Ha Concerts are building on this path with a new annual festival INSTANT.

The national and international cream of impro and jazz will meet each other at S.M.A.K. Names such as Barry Guy, Han Bennink, Aki Takase, Valentin Ceccaldi, Louis Sclavis, Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė, Mauro Pawlowski, Hanne De Backere and many others surprise each other and the audience in ever new encounters in the beautiful museum. 

  • 2pm - 6pm Impro during daytime hours - Soloists form loose formations in and around the art rooms.
  • 6pm - 10pm Late night at the museum - Regular formations such as Bon Bon Flamme and No Man Plan make themselves heard + dj-set 


14h - 18h Spontane formaties van solo's, duo's en trio's 
  • Aki Takase (piano) This Japanese has lived in Berlin since the late 1980s and is one of the big stars of the German jazz scene. "Breathtaking technique, enormous power and a fine sense of humor."
  • Louis Sclavis (reeds) The godfather of Folklore Imaginaire and one of the most versatile clarinetists who finds his musical roots between classical, jazz and theater. 
  • Han Bennink (drums) "The Dutch drum maestro, one of the leaders in European free jazz and free improvisation, has performed with a drum kit made of cheese, his own body and whatever found objects - or space - he happens to come across."
  • Tsubasha Hori (percussion) Between traditional Japanese 'taiko' percussion and contemporary experimental music.
  • Mingo Rajandi (double bass) This Estonian boldly seeks interfaces between refined compositions and improvisation, crosses genre boundaries and experiments with different art forms. In her work, she mixes jazz with contemporary music and draws inspiration from socially critical texts and poetry, both from classics and contemporary authors.
  • Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė (kanklės) She combines the quiet minimalism of Lithuanian folklore with a whirlwind of new ideas. 
  • Hanne De Backer (sax) A versatile Belgian baritone saxophonist working in the field of improvised music. In recent years she made her mark on the European improv scene.
  • Berlinde Deman (tuba, serpent) 
  • Homburger - Guy Duo met Maya Homburger (violin) en Barry Guy (double bass) A bridge between Early and New Music in a project that brings together the works of H.I.F. Biber, J.S. Bach and Györgi Kurtág with the modern compositions and improvisations. Virtuoso and creative tension.
18h - 22h  Late night at the museum
  • No Plan Man (albumrelease)
    John Dikeman (sax)
     American with "religious conviction and tortuous dynamics - roaring bangs in the low register, split notes and a timbre that is almost torn to pieces." (Enola) Peter Jacquemyn (double bass) All-round artist and free jazz musician with an energetic style. He developed his own style of playing that involves using cans, nails and two to three bows simultaneously. Mauro Pawlowski (guitar) Belgian singer and guitarist known in part as a member of the groups Evil Superstars and dEUS. Eric Thielemans (drums) Drummer and percussionist. Musical thinker. Thielemans travels through various musical scenes and disciplines, navigating his own compass. Both solo and through many collaborations with musicians from the experimental music scene, the jazz scene and the indie folk/pop/rock scene.
  • Bon Bon Flamme French cellist Valentin Ceccaldi invites three of the most idiosyncratic and creative musicians from the European improvised music scene; the explosive drums of Etienne Ziemniak, the glowing guitar of Luis Lopes and the rainbow keys of Fulco Ottervanger.
  • DJ Illvibe (turntables) + Els Vandeweyer (vibraphone) An unpredictable show in which very different atmospheres are intertwined. Els uses different kinds of preparations, such as gloves, deformations and sticks. The result is fluid and energetic rather than abstract.

A collaboration between Citadelic, Ha Concerts and S.MA.K.



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