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Karen Willems & Jon Birdsong + Poor Isa (Ruben Machtelinckx & Frederik Leroux)

Woodblocks, percussion and a prepared banjo: new work by Belgian musical cross-thinkers.

During this evening of intimate listening, you dive into the head of three musical non-conformists: percussionist Karen Wilems and the guitar duo Ruben Machtelinckx and Frederik Leroux aka Poor Isa. Karen Willems tries to extend the possibilities of her instrument, the drums, during a residency in STUK. She does so by adding voice, field recordings, objects and electronics. Willems will bring along the American brass player Jon Birdsong, who will add even more colour to the music. Poor Isa is working on new material after their beautiful debut album Let’s Drink The Sea And Dance. Their unique combination of prepared banjo and woodblocks creates a subtly vulnerable sound filled with nuance and barely noticeable details. Both acts will play for 30 minutes, creating one hour of colourful compositions rising from an unbridled aural imagination.


Safety first: before, during and after the performance, we keep a safe distance from other bubbles - also while queueing before the show. Inside the venues, the STUK crew will guide you to your seats. In STUK Labozaal we work with a damboard pattern, with 1 meter distance between every seat - please don't move the seats. We provide hand sanitiser throughout the building, and the venues are permanently ventilated.rden permanent verlucht.

• Wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times and everywhere in STUK, also during the performance.

• Don't forget your tickets - on paper or digital. A confirmation mail is not a valid ticket - we need to scan the QR code at the door.

• Do you have any questions, concerns or doubts? Please talk to a member of the STUK staff or contact STUK Reception.


20:00 doors
20:30 Poor Isa
21:00 Karen Willems & Jon Birdsong
21:45 end

(no pause)

Gilles Helsen, Sound programmer in STUK, in conversation with Karen Willems about her short residency.

“Leroux en Machtelinckx nemen je mee naar een voorheen ongekende en vooral ongehoorde wereld.”

Dansende Beren over Poor Isa - Let’s Drink The Sea And Dance (****)
Wed 21 Oct 2020 20:00


STUK Labozaal


At the door
€12 standard
€8 STUK card / culture card

€10 standard
€6 STUK card / culture card

Extra info

Seated concert with closed doors.
Be on time - latecomers will not be able to enter.