Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

‘The 7th Hand’ cd release

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Thu 17/03/2022 - 20:00

Ticket prices

presale: € 17 (section 1) – € 15 (section 2) – € 11 (section 3)
doors: € 20 (section 1) - € 18 (section 3) - € 14 (section 3)

Extra reductions:

  • KU Leuven Culture Card: - € 2 on all rates
  • UiTPAS reduction rate (fixed rates): € 4,20 (section 1) - € 3,60 (section 2) - € 2,80 (section 3)

“The most important debut jazz recording in years”, thus was JazzTimes’ appraisal of the Omega album (Blue Note Records) by alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins in 2020.

Only 22 at the time, Wilkins established his name in the jazz world almost overnight and was proclaimed by many as the biggest talent on the alto saxophone. The New York Times named Omega the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 and Pitchfork said Wilkins “composes ocean-deep jazz epics”.

Of course, Wilkins isn’t the only star on Omega. His ‘partners in crime’ are just as astounding: Micah Thomas at the piano, Daryl Johns on bass and Kweku Sumbry on drums. They don’t play straight-ahead jazz or free impro but connect in a whole new area in which both influences are clearly noticeable.

On January 28th 2022, Wilkins releases his new album The 7th Hand, the follow-up to his widely acclaimed debut. The sophomore album once again showcases Wilkins’ profound compositional talent with a seven-movement suite of new original pieces, performed by his quartet. His music is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath.

Throughout the album, Wilkins and his bandmates reveal their collective truth by peeling themselves back, layer by layer, movement by movement. “Each movement chips away at the band until the last movement – just one written note,” says Wilkins. “The goal of what we’re all trying to get to is nothingness, where the music can flow freely through us.”

You can share their pursuit of nothingness during this cd release concert.


The evening will be opened by an extra concert. More details will be available as of January 27th, 2022.

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With Immanuel Wilkins (sax), Micah Thomas (piano), Daryl Johns (bass) and Kweku Sumbry (drums)