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about

Since 2003, DJ Grazzhoppa’s DJ Bigband has been on a journey crossing both musical and geographical borders. The DJ Bigband proved – with an ensemble of 12 DJs – that turntablism can be taken out of the traditional hip-hop context and presented this musical extravaganza at festivals as well as in opera houses across Europe.

DJ Grazzhoppa – supported by art centre nOna (BE) - started his first DJ Bigband consisting of 6 turntablists. This raw version of the DJ Bigband performed in more than 20 theatres and festivals.

In 2004, the DJ Bigband doubled in size and Fabrizio Cassol, saxophonist and composer of Aka Moon, got the call to tame this twelve-headed beast with 120 fingers. Vocalist Monique Harcum poured her soulful voice over a few of the tracks, and a visual décor was developed to complete the musical experience. DJ Grazzhoppa’s DJ Bigband & Visual Vectorz Project took on Europe and performed for an enthusiastic crowd everywhere they went: from the Brussels opera house to the legendary festival grounds of Roskilde (DK) and LowLands (NL).

Miel Vanattenhoven (Jazz Middelheim) had especially requested the DJ Bigband in 2005. He asked them to work with the legendary jazz trio Aka Moon (Fabrizio Cassol). At the Jazz Middelheim festival, scratches were mixed with the rhythms and bass lines of Stéphane Galland and Michel Hatzigeorgiou. Sparks flew between both bands, and the project was picked up by the Banlieues Bleues festival (Paris), the Nazomerfestival (NL), and the KVS (Brussels).

This DVD is the March 13, 2007 recording of the DJ Grazzhoppa’s DJ Bigband vs Aka Moon concert at the KVS (Royal Flemish Theatre) in Brussels.

In 2006, DJ Bigband developed a new project, Djamsessions. The DJs expanded their skills by starting a dialogue with various Belgian and international musicians from different musical genres.

They put needles to the records and challenged not only musicians but also dancers and visual artists to a head-to-head battle in musical banter. Some of the musicians included Ronny Jordan, Joseph Bowie, Kris Defoort, Laurent Blondiau, Jozef Dumoulin, Jef Neve, Peter Lesage, STIJN, Steven De Bruyn, and Dez Mona. The Djamsessions, 30 sessions in European art centres, were very intense and inspiring, which only added to the skills and visions of the DJs.

With their latest project, Around the World in 80 Beats (2008), the DJs continue their search for new possibilities for the turntable. Musician/Composer Erwin Vann joined the turntablists in searching for different sounds and rhythms from all over the world, extending the pallet of sounds the DJ Bigband can work with. The choice to explore a mixture of traditional and classic rhythms grew from the contacts and collaborations with artists from different musical and cultural backgrounds from around the world.

For more information on the bands and group members check:
www.djbigband.com
www.akamoon.com
www.grazzhoppa.com

credits

released June 1, 2010

DJ Grazzhoppa’s DJ Bigband & Aka Moon
Live @ KVS (Brussels) 13/03/2007


Dedicated to Miel Vanattenhoven


Artistic direction by
DJ Grazzhoppa and Fabrizio Cassol


Performed by

DJ Grazzhoppa’s DJ Bigband
(B, Fr, Nl, USA)

Monique Harcum - vocals

DJ Boulaone - turntables
DJ Courtasock - turntables
DJ Grazzhoppa - turntables
DJ Iron - turntables
DJ J to the C - turntables
DJ Lamont - turntables
DJ Mixmonster Menno - turntables
DJ Optimus – turntables
DJ Smimooz - turntables
DJ Vindictiv – turntables
DJ XXL - turntables
DJ Yzerbeat - turntables

Special guest DJ Cee Brown (USA)

Aka Moon

Fabrizio Cassol – alto sax
Stéphane Galland – drums
Michel Hatzigeorgiou – fender bass

Sound by
FOH: Michel Andina – Sam Van Ryssel
Monitors: Simon Fierens

Lights and Visuals by
Fisheye (Stijn Slabbinck & Kris Goubert)


DVD
Video recorded and edited by Fisheye
(Wim Forceville, Jelle Van Coillie, Steve Van Damme)
Artwork by Fisheye (Christophe????)
Sounddesign by DJ Grazzhoppa
Pictures: Wout Beel

CD
Recorded by Live is Life
Mixed by Michel Andina and DJ Grazzhoppa
Mastered by Michel Andina

Production by
Maaike Wuyts for DJ Bigband

Coverdesign
Hachim Bahous

CD & DVD licensed by Cyprès Open

Music and lyrics published by 7 Wheels

Sponsored by Rane

Special thanks to
kc nOna and Dirk Verstockt for supporting DJ Bigband from day one
Vooruit and De Pianofabriek kwp for giving us the space to create
KVS for giving us the space to perform and record
Miel Vanattenhoven for taking the initiative of bringing these two incredible groups together and supporting DJ Bigband
Lotte De Bruyne, Liesbeth Stevens, Jan Maas, Alex Deforce

The project DJ Grazzhoppa’s DJ Bigband & Aka Moon has performed at

Jazz Middelheim Antwerp (B) - 12th of August 2005
Banlieues Bleues Festival (F) - 26th of March 2006 on
Nazomerfestival, Middelburg (Nl) - 1st of September 2006
KVS, Brussels (B) - 13th of March 2007

released on Cypres Records

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