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AB goes to church
'Holy shit, Jesus is hip again!' headlined De Morgen recently, after the American première of Kanye Wests gospel project Sunday Service op Coachella Arts & Music Festival. Various church communities adroitly responded and opened their doors to welcome the new Messiah. So it’s time for AB to embrace the spirit of the times and put together a series of church concerts. After the successful concerts by Stars Of The Lid (’16), the two tributes to Jóhann Jóhannsson (’18 and ‘19) in the Béguinage Church (officially: The Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage), AB heads back for a fourth time to the place that once housed the largest Beguine community in the country. AWVFTS will be extended to 8 musicians for this tour. Echo Collective on strings and a brass section will join the two original members.
The Béguinage Church (Begijnhof 2062, 1000 Brussel) is a 10 minute walk (or: 750 metres according to Google Maps) from AB.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen – centred around the duo Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and pianist Dustin O’Halloran – is still one of the flagbearers of contemporary neo-classical splendour. Noteworthy: Their latest album ‘The Undivided Five’ is out on England’s Ninja Tune label. What’s more, the album is inspired by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint who is a member of the female collective ‘The Five’.
French Brooklyn-resident and composer Daniel Wohl will be opening the evening. Described by NPR as ‘A sorcerer of electroacoustic music.’ and door Pitchfork as ‘an original voice.’
Kurt Overbergh: 'AWVFTS is delightful dip in which time stands still. The ultimate prescription for compensating hectic times.’
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