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Jazzman ~ Simon Gronowski & Woody Allen ~ Aftermovie


Aftermovie of that swinging Saturday night June 22th 2019 when Woody Allen invites the Brussels Jazzman – holocaust survivor – Simon Gronowski to play with him and The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band in the Bozar theater in front of some 2200 people in Brussels, Belgium.

Simon Gronowski was only 11 years old when he jumped from the XXth death train to Auschwitz , and an orphan after the war … jazz helped Simon find his way – watch Simon’s story in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – online here http://bit.ly/1fqFdOb

Many thanks to Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band | Simon Gronowski | Sarah Ehrlich | BOZAR | Greenhouse Talent. Film JAZZMAN (20190715) Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media

Sim’s BBQ ~ Woody Allen , Simon Gronowski & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band


Swinging Saturday night June 22th when Woody Allen invites the Brussels Jazzman – and a holocaust survivor – Simon Gronowski to play with Woody and his band in Brussels Bozar theater in front of some 2200 people … after playing “Ole Miss” here Sim once again now with “Struttin with some Barbeque”.
Simon Gronowski was only 11 years old when he jumped from the XXth death train to Auschwitz were his mother and sister were murdered. After the war, an orphan, Jazz helped Sim (his artist name from early postwar times) find his way – watch his story in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – full film online here http://bit.ly/1fqFdOb
Another clip from Sim the Jazzman and Woody last week in ‘Simon & Woody’s Swing’ , here https://youtu.be/qGAs2YRxK-o , and yesterday this one https://youtu.be/oslTbWAEZN0
Note please , that I had not planned at all to record an entire song during the show – just some seconds sometime at the start , the end or whenever possible of Simon with Woody, just a scene together with applause perhaps , for use in the non-profit educational documentary ‘Miracles’ on Simon’s life that I am making – so , that’s why the camera wasn’t always pointing to the performance, and I had to edit and cut away lengthy applause (sorry) – but these are magical moments I like to share all rightaway. I initially had even thought of just using an iphone – keeping a low profile – luckily I used that excellent small camera , the Sony a7s2 , with a small external mic that worked OK except with that loud applause 😉
Here the whole song for Simon, his family, Woody, the Eddy Davis Band and fans. Wow , what a flow!
Woody Allen , Simon Gronowski & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, Saturday night June 22, 2019 at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels , Belgium.
Many thanks to Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band | BOZAR | Greenhouse Talent. Film Sim’s BBQ (20190630) Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media

Sim’s Solo ~ Woody Allen & holocaust survivor Simon Gronowski


Saturday night fever June 22th when Woody Allen invites the Brussels Jazzman and holocaust survivor Simon Gronowski to play with Woody and his band in Brussels Bozar theater in front of some 2200 people … here Woody wathing Sim’s ‘solo’ – well…not really solo..with great help by the band 😉
Simon Gronowski was only 11 years old when he jumped from the XXth death train to Auschwitz were his mother and sister were murdered. After the war, an orphan, Jazz helped him find his way – watch his story in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – full film online here http://bit.ly/1fqFdOb
Another clip from Sim the Jazzman and Woody last week in ‘Simon & Woody’s Swing’ , here https://youtu.be/qGAs2YRxK-o

Simon Gronowski & Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, Saturday night June 22, 2019 at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels , Belgium.
Many thanks to Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band | BOZAR | Greenhouse Talent.
Film Sim’s solo (20190629) Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media
More soon…

Simon & Woody’s Swing


Simon Gronowski & Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, Saturday night June 22, 2019 at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels , Belgium. Film 20190623 Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media

Push The Reset Button – Album Didier Jans


Singer Didier Jans and the author of his songs Béatrice Dethy together presented their latest album ‘Push The Reset Button’ (Remettre à zéro les compteurs) to Koenraad Tinel last Saturday , Feb. 9th 2019, in the Handelsbeurs theater in Gand , Belgium.

Koenraad Tinel
The extraordinary live performance of Koenraad Tinel last Saturday in the play As Long As He Does Not Know Himself was a great opportunity to watch Koenraad’s live work , and after the show to meet Koenraad and get the chance to personally present him their new album.

Liberated – tribute to the friendship between Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel
The album includes the chanson ‘Liberated’ (LIBERES) they made in tribute to the extraordinary friendship between Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel – inspired by the belgian documentary War Children (director Marianne Soetewey- VRT, 2012) and the book Liberated at Last (2013 ) that Simon and Koenraad together made on their friendship .

① memo 20190212 ~ Push The Reset Button – Album Didier Jans

Links :

Didier Jans
http://www.didierjans.com

Koenraad Tinel
http://www.koenraadtinel.be

Handelsbeurs theater in Gent / Gand , Belgium
https://www.handelsbeurs.be/en

Live performance – As Long As He Does Not Know Himself (Zolang Hij Niet Zichzelve Kent) https://www.lod.be/en/productions/zolang-hij-niet-zichzelve-kent

LIBERES chanson Liberated , Didier Jans
https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/11/20/liberes-chanson-didier-jans-2/

Finally liberated after 70 years
https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/03/13/finally-liberated-fr/

Liberated at Last – book presentation
https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/05/10/finally-liberatated-no-blame-no-victim-book-presentation-30-april-2013-in-brussels/mvdb20130430-165947_frames01/

Dirty Water


Ceiling reflection in a cup at Koenraad Tinel’s drawing table last night , Saturday 9 February 2019, right after his live performance – drawing with ink, bistre and ‘dirty water’ with Josse De Pauw telling a on Narcissus based story, acccompanied by composer Frederik Neyrinck’s music performed by the Spectra Ensemble , and by Lieselot De Wilde singing the role of Echo in their play : AS LONG AS HE DOES NOT KNOW HIMSELF – Zolang Hij Niet Zichzelve Kent (a production of LOD muziektheater , SPECTRA , Concertgebouw Brugge) in the Handelsbeurs theater in Gent , Belgium ① memo 20190210 ~ Dirty Water

PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt

① memo 20180319 ~ PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt ~
Good news ! The community opera PUSH (written by composer Howard Moody) inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski , a boy whose mother pushed him off the ‘Transport XX’ train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name – is now programmed in Simon’s hometown in March 2019 in the De Munt | La Monnaie opera house of Brussels .

Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.

Push! Push!
Push your child off the edge!
[…]
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life

More info / links

PUSH in Brussels 2019

The full film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’ is presented online here at this site 

PUSH opera premiere in the UK 2016

Ma vie n’est que miracles. My life is only miracles

A full documentary on Simon’s life , the film Miracles is in production now – more soon on Miracles.Media