A drummer, pianist and bassist take you to New York in the first half of the 20th century. As a child, Thelonious watches the piano keyboard over his big sister’s shoulder and finds himself completely entranced by the instrument. What follows is a rollercoaster ride of memorable encounters, jam sessions, success stories and his fair share of bad luck. As stubborn as he is talented, Thelonious Monk has a career full of ups and downs, making music that is every bit as unpredictable with its surprising harmonies and adventurous rhythms. However, this was never enough to stop him from becoming the “High Priest of Jazz”, with numerous jazz standards to his name.
Live music and video involve you in Thelonious’ passion for experimentation, showing the artist from a different perspective each time. Ride this bebop train with the “Genius of Modern Music” and get right under Thelonious’ skin. Destination unknown, but it’s bound to be a crazy ride!
With Simon Segers, Fulco Ottervanger and Lieven Van Pée from the adventurous jazz trio De Beren Gieren. Video mapping by Nele Fack/Studio Sandy.
BENJAMIN VANDEWALLE direction SIMON SEGERS drums FULCO OTTERVANGER piano LIEVEN VAN PEE bass NELE FACK/STUDIO SANDY video PIETER NYS technical design JOHANNA TRUDZINSKI costumes STEVEN BONTINCK technician
A production of Zonzo Compagnie in co-production with Handelsbeurs, Krokusfestival, KAAP and De Grote Post. With the support of Flanders and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.