Cinema Paradiso! A new jazz trio initially founded on the joys of playing Paul Motian’s music, now taking the musical journey step by step beyond Motian to freely improvised spaces and freely associated standards. Cinema Paradiso is Kurt Van Herck (sax), Eric Thielemans (drums and percussion) and Willem Heylen (guitar).

Somewhere in the mid 90-ties Kurt and Eric played as a duo in and around Antwerp. Even at that time they played a music inspired by Motian’s repertoire, free jazz repertoire and romantic standards. 25 years later, this connection is picked up. As if time doesn’t exist, or at least seemingly so, nothing has changed as to the why of their shared musicanship. Willem joins in as if he always had been part of the unit. 2 becomes 3.

It was wonderful listening to this beautiful music.
A reminder. Music is the most extraordinary force. Connecting us, bringing us together across time, space,
past, present, future, here, there, centuries, continents.
I’ve spent much time with Paul Motian’s music. It was a joy to hear these new versions of the songs I know so well and love so much.
I know Paul would be happy.
Music. It never stops blowing my mind.
We can always count on it.
One note leads to the next. One song leads to the next. Music will always tell us where to go and what to do.
Music gives us hope.
It never stops. Keeps going. Music will never let us down.
Music is good.
Bill Frisell about Cinema Paradiso Volume 1

Eric Thielemans (BE) – Drums
Willem Heylen (BE) – Guitar
Kurt Van Herck (BE) – Sax

Manchesterstraat 49A/f, 9000 Ghent
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The Netherlands
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