John Ghost (Gent, BE), the sextet around guitarist / composer Jo De Geest, draws influences from jazz, rock and contemporary classical music. Minimalism, electronics and a cinematic atmosphere characterize their instrumental music.
Seemingly simple earwigs contain through-composed passages, underpinned by driving undertones, inspiring harmonic twists and a rhythmic and melodic stratification that often results in a very danceable soundtrack. John Ghost is ingenious and accessible, often described as a symbiosis between the sounds of Steve Reich, Nils Frahm and Jaga Jazzist.
In autumn 2019 they will be releasing their second album, ‘Airships Are Organisms’, through Sdban Records. For the realization of this second brainchild, the six went looking for the balance between the risky, open and playful character of jazz music in which the group has its origin on the one hand, and a carefully thought out selection process within production, with a sharp eye and ear for details. Herein the band was accompanied by Jørgen Træen, producer of, among others, the Norwegian electro-jazz group Jaga Jazzist, Kaizers Orchestra, Hubro and Sondre Lerche.
Jo De Geest – composition, guitar, loops
Rob Banken – alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
Wim Segers – vibraphone, marimba, percussion
Karel Cuelenaere – piano, Fender Rhodes, synths
Lieven Van Pee – bass
Elias Devoldere – drums, percussion
John Ghost will be playing at Bar Lume Friday the 5th of April. (23:30 > 00:15)