Brussels Jazz Orchestra is going for the experiment: We Orchestrate Words, from jazz, to slam to hip-hop and back. Top orchestra meets urban artists. In this edition these artists are Zed, Monique Harcum and DJ Grazzhoppa.
We Orchestrate Words – WOW for short - is an incubator for innovative, fresh discoveries from the urban scene. WOW is inspired by different cultures and genres, and fuelled by improvisation. Young artists work with Brussels Jazz Orchestra: rap, soul and grooves intertwine, the jazz orchestra joins in and adds composition. Worlds collide and create a contemporary cosmopolitan soundtrack. With WOW, BJO is looking at the future and transcending the borders of jazz.
Urban artists: Zed (rapper and poet), Monique Harcum (vocalist) and Grazzhoppa (DJ and turntablist).
WOW was created in collaboration with KVS Brussels.
Frank Vaganée about We Orchestrate Words: "We want to take the colours of the city into the theatre. With this project we try to achieve a symbiosis between our world, that of a big jazz orchestra, and the world of urban artists. "
Zed, also known as Zediam, is a rapper and a poet. He is part of the collective Soul'art and acts as producer and writer.
Grazzhoppa is a DJ, turntablist and producer. In 1984 he got infected with a severe case of that hip-hop virus that was going around. In 1991, he took the title of European DMC Champion, in 1998 he became Belgian champion I.T.F. (International Turntablist Federation) and 3rd in the I.T.F. World Championships. His first known band was Rhyme Cut Core, with rapper TLP. Since then, he has set up various projects, including a DJ big band. He works or has worked with Aka Moon, Reggie Washington, Zap Mama, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Marc Ribot, Greedy Fingers, Kris Defoort, Brazzaville, Blade and many others. Together with his wife Monique Harcum, he forms the duo Mo & Grazz, which will release their third album in 2018. Considered by some to be the godfather of Belgian hip-hop, Grazzhoppa has released over 100 records with his signature sound on vinyl and CD.