Ifa y Xango
An eclectic septet
Filipe Nader, Viktor Perdieus, Niels van Heertum, Sep François, Seppe Gebruers, Laurens Smet and Ruben Pensaert
+ João Lobo, Bert Cools and Ruben Machtelinckx
Ifa y Xango released its debut album 'Abraham' in 2012. The album is a 'stream of music' - still separate tracks which eventually flow together and tell one story - based on the films of Lars Von Trier and the paintings of Pieter Brueghel and Jeroen Bosch. Ifa y Xango made use of its own invented script and three compositions (by Seppe Gebruers) to structure their improvisations. 'Abraham' has recently been selected by the distinguished jazz magazine 'New York City Jazz Record' (US), by praising and entitling the album to be one of the 'Best Debut Releases 2013'. It was considered a big success by the Belgian press as well:
"(...) Ifa y Xango succeeded in composing an album that combines a ceaseless creativity with the required anchoring structure. Its maturity is striking and so is the added witty architectural graph, serving as a visual reconstruction. Trite comments, such as 'Keep an eye out for them' does not suffice here, for Ifa Y Xango has already been delivering a very statement" (G. Peters, Enola)
The second album“twice left handed \\ shavings” is inspired by the band's love for experimental electronic dance music, trance music and musique concrète.
"Ifa y Xango are clearly thinking well beyond the boundaries of what is known and accepted within any given musical genre, be it jazz or rock or whatever. Monumentally trangressive, the music on Twice Left Handed / Shavings will delight some, and infuriate others. This album is easily one of the most adventurous, daring, and accomplished recordings of 2015."
Dave Wayn, All About Jazz, ***** (09/11/2015)