Jazz at the Blue Lamp presents
Lier Big Band
Thursday 11th April 2013 8pm
BIGBANDLIER (BBL) was founded in 2004 by the Municipal Academy of Music, Dance and Drama of the historic town of Lier, some 10 miles south east of Antwerp, Belgium. Leader and head arranger is Mr Han Flintrop, former member of the SHAPE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA (NATO HQ, Mons, Belgium). At this moment Mr Flintrop is one of the principal ensemble teachers at the Lier academy, with over 3,000 students the largest performing arts academy in Belgium.
With 27 musicians BigBandLier is indeed a very BIG band, giving opportunities to many jazz students to develop themselves in the idiom of modern big band playing. With over 15 performances and projects every season experienced section leaders help freshmen to find their way in sometimes highly complex arrangements, pushing them to attain a higher level of playing, hearing and musical communication. Many band members have formed their own ensembles and find their gigs around Antwerp, some of them have started jazz studies in conservatories and universities in Belgium and abroad, and already the Belgian professional jazz scene is advertising names of former BigBandLier students.
Heading for the ten year celebration in 2014, BigBandLier has put itself in the focus of attention for being a very spontaneous, flexible and enthusiastic bunch of jazz musicians. At the tour in Scotland the BBL will feature it’s finest soloists with a mix of jazz stage band arrangements, Cuban son and salsa, old swing charts and pop and rock covers. For the Scottish tour Mr Flintrop arranged new vocals charts for the three band vocalists (Ms Nathalie Van Den Meuter, Ms Lois De Souter, Mr Senne Verberck); they will definitely reach the hearts of the audiences.