[PIAS] Nites is a series of unique live music events in key European cities produced by [PIAS] together with leading local promoters. From intimate showcases to our 10,000+ capacity festival in Brussels every year, [PIAS] Nites supports the independent music community’s artists at every stage of their career.

Since founding [PIAS] Nites in October 2006, we have hosted 85 events across six countries – with a total of 295 artist performances.

[PIAS] Nites is a powerful springboard for talent to establish themselves in front of a well-connected audience – helped by the event’s high-profile media and retail partnerships with the likes of Q Magazine, Radio X, Fnac, HMV, Studio Brussels and Arte TV.

  • Karl Blau
  • Sumie
6 MARCH 2018
Brussels
[CHEZ PIAS]
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€12
Rue Saint-Laurent 36-38, 1000 Brussels

KARL BLAU - FALLIN' RAIN

Karl Blau

Sequestered away in rural bliss, 90 minutes north of Seattle on the Washington state coast, Karl Blau has been making records for 20 years, but never with European distribution. So, when Bella Union released ‘Introducing Karl Blau’ in 2016, it shone a belated and deserved light on “one of the great hidden treasures of music,” claimed album producer Tucker Martine. But given ‘Introducing’’s specific agenda - a set of gorgeous, lush cover versions drawing mostly on vintage Nashville’s country-soul with Blau concentrating on his rich, reverberating voice, his latest album ‘Out Her Space’ is so different that it could be titled ‘Reintroducing Karl Blau’.  ‘Out Her Space’, released 17th November on Bella Union, features all Blau’s own material, production and multi-instrumental skills, and forges a gorgeous, languid and hook-infested gumbo of soul, funk, some jazzy blowing and Afro-pop, to arrive somewhere else entirely.
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Sumie

For a singer-songwriter, the benefit of starting from a point of quiet is the room it allows for manoeuvre afterwards. Such is the case with the subtly cinematic second album from Sandra Sumie Nagano, Lost in Light, now available via Bella Union. On 2013’s eponymous debut, Sumie tapped into the mid-point between Scandinavian and Japanese folk music to deliver an album of blissful restraint, its quietude shaped by a combination of parenthood and natural inclination. The follow-up is an album of stealthy dynamism, drama and mystery, its impact made all the greater because it skirts obvious routes to dance just out of hand’s reach, always seeming to be on the verge of departure. Lost in Light is a screen-style dream of an album itself: immersive while it lasts, haunting after it flickers out of view.
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