aka moon 

Saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol, bassist Michel Hatzigeorgiou, and drummer Stéphane Galland are the founding members of Aka Moon, a Belgian avant-garde jazz band. All three were already active musicians playing in various groups including the Nasa Na Band (with guitarist Pierre Van Dormael), but came together to record as Aka Moon after spending some time in the Central African Republic studying the musical habits of the native Aka pygmies tribe.
In 1992, they released their first album, inspired by the methodology that the pygmies used in creating their music.

Aka Moon's overall sound is a mixture of jazz, rock, world music, and avant-garde.

 

The above picture was taken at the 2008/02/01 concert at 'De Singer', in Rijkevorsel, Belgium and shows Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Fabrizio Cassol & Stéphane Galland.

 

discography

  trio bravo: pas de nain
    (????, lp, belgium, igloo igl030) - feat. fabrizio cassol
 
  trio bravo: hi-o-ba
    (1987, lp, belgium, igloo igl052) - feat. fabrizio cassol

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  trio bravo: compact
    (1988, cd, belgium, igloo igl065) - feat. fabrizio cassol
 
1 aka moon: aka moon
    (1992, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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  aka pygmies: nzomba
    (1992, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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2 aka moon: rebirth
    (1994, cd, bel, carbon 7)

3 aka moon: akasha vol 1
    (1995, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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4 aka moon: akasha vol 2
    (1996, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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5 aka moon: ganesh
    (1997, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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6 aka moon: elohim
    (1997, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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7 aka moon: live at vooruit
    (1998, cd, bel, carbon 7) 

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  aka moon: the carbon 7 compilations - volume 2
    (1998, cd, bel, cabon 7) = compilation album, with one new track

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8 aka moon with ictus: invisible mother
    (1999, cd, bel, carbon 7) 

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9 aka moon: live at the kaai 31.3.1993
    (1999, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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10 aka moon: invisible sun
    (2000, cd, bel, carbon 7)

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11 aka moon: in real time
    (2001, cd, bel, carbon 7)
12 aka moon: invisible moon
    (2001, cd, bel, carbon 7)
13 aka moon: guitars
    (2002, cd, bel, de werf 031)

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fabrizio cassol: vsprs
    (2006, cd, bel, cypres open 02) - feat. aka moon

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14 aka moon: amazir
    (2006, cd, ??, cypres cyp0601)

  various artists: klara festival 2007
    (2007, cd-promo, eu, klara festival) - incl. aka moon, flat earth society

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  fabrizio cassol: pitié! - inspired by the matthew passion of j.s. bach
    (2008, cd, bel, cypres cyp0604) - feat. aka moon

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15 aka moon & baba sissoko & black machine: culture griot
    (2009, cd, bel, cypres cyp0605)

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16 dj grazzhoppa's dj bigband + aka moon: s/t
    (2010, cd + dvd, bel, cypres open 06)

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fabrizio cassol: strange fruit
    (2012, cd, bel, emi 50999 7313782 5)

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17 aka moon: unison
    (2012, cd, bel, cypres records cyp 0607)

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  steppe: still
    (2014, cd, bel, rumour\02) - feat michel hatzigeorgiou
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18 cassol, hatzigeorgiou, galland & friends: aka balkan moon / alefba
    (2015, 2cd, bel, outhere music out 657)

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19 aka moon: the scarlatti book
    (2015, cd, bel, outhere music out 658)

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Aka Moon on the cover of the September 2012 edition of Jazzmozaïek magazine.

The magazine includes a 3-page interview.

concerts

 

   
  • 2006/04/29 concert 'Opera La Monnaie / De Munt', Brussels, Belgium
    "
    AKA MOON - African Voices"

    • musicians

      • Fabrizio CASSOL: Saxophone, Composition, Michel HATZIGEORGIOU: Fender Jazz Bass, Stéphane GALLAND: Drums, Fabian FIORINI: piano
        guests

      • Marie DAULNE: Vocal, Oumou SANGARE: Vocal, Me'Shell NDÉGÉOCELLO: Fender Jazz Bass, Baba SISSOKO: Vocal, n'goni, percussions, David GILMORE: Guitar, David LINX: Vocal, Magic MALIK: Flûte, La choraline: Choeur de jeunes de la Monnaie (Vocal young chorus from "La Monnaie")  

    • Setlist

      • Ali Farka, Pygmées, Soukora, Someday's, Men's Dance, Princess Kezia, Um Saying, Improvisation, Cuban #1, Moonlight, Oumou Fast, L'ange, L'ange (reprise)
        encore:
        Soukora

  • 2007/06/17 concert Chamarance, France 
    "AKA MOON, feat. Magic Malik"

    • musicians

      • Fabrizio CASSOL: Saxophone, Composition, Michel HATZIGEORGIOU: Fender Jazz Bass, Stéphane GALLAND: Drums, Magic MALIK: Flûte 

    • setlist

      • Présentation, Ali Farka, Amazir, Cuban #1, Ursula and The Wind Dance, Lila, Vasco, Jimmi's Three Words, Coucou, Men's Dance, Présentation des musiciens

 

  • 2007/09/09 concert 'Cabaret Sauvage', La Villette, Paris, France
    "AKA MOON 15th Anniversary"

    • musicians

      • Fabrizio Cassol - sax, Michel Hatzigeorgiou - bass, Stéphane Galland - drums, Tcha Limberger - violin, Adam Woolf - trombone, Magic Malik - flute, Nelson Veras - guitar, Baba Sissoko - n'goni and tamani, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman - mrudangam

    • setlist

      • Introduction Baba - Présentation des musiciens (Fabrizio CASSOL), Mali mali, Hotel wassulu, Bamako (Ali Farka Touré), Bamako 2, Vasco (introduction Sivaraman), Vasco (suite), Cuban #1, Lila, Last Call From Jaco (solo Michel HATZIGEORGIOU), Elohim On The Moon, Ghanji (The Unseizable Water), présentation des musiciens (Fabrizio CASSOL)
        encore: Identification With The Tree 

      • All compositions by Fabrizio CASSOL except Mali mali, by Baba SISSOKO

 

  • 2008/02/01 concert 'De Singer', Rijkevorsel, Belgium
    • Fabrizio CASSOL: Saxophone, Composition, Michel HATZIGEORGIOU: Fender Jazz Bass, Stéphane GALLAND: Drums

Michel Hatzigeorgiou - Fabrizio Cassol 

Michel 'Hatzi' Hatzigeorgiou

 
  • 2012/04/21 concert 'De Singer', Rijkevorsel, Belgium
    • Fabrizio Cassol: saxophone, compositions
    • Michel Hatzigeorgiou: fender jazz bass
    • Stéphane Galland: drums

Aka Moon Michel Hatzigeorgiou

Fabrizio Cassol

Stéphane Galland

 
  • 2012/04/26 concert 'De Casino', Sint Niklaas, Belgium
    • Fabrizio Cassol: saxophone, compositions
    • Michel Hatzigeorgiou: fender jazz bass
    • Stéphane Galland: drums

 

welcome at 'De Casino'...

Fabrizio Cassol

Michel Hatzigeorgiou

Aka Moon

Stéphane Galland

   
   

 

 


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