12.11.19 12.11.19

Paradise City Tour presented by Mario Goossens


Paradise City Democrazy

In the Canvas documentary series PARADISE CITY musician Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger) travels to 6 world cities that have been hit hard. A catastrophe either by the power of nature or by the weakness of man. Mario investigates how music can be a catalyst for healing.

Can injured cities rise from their ashes through music? Which urban leaders write a positive story against a gruesome background?

In the Paradise City Tour, musician/presenter Mario Goossens and musician/director Karel Van Mileghem tell the story of the healing power of music. Supported by a live band and video projections, they bring musical testimonies to life. Discover portraits of city dwellers who bring hope where hopelessness reigns. Away from all the tourist clichés, Mario knocks on the back door of these 6 cities:
- Hiroshima, Japan (the Atomic Bomb 1945)
- New Orleans, USA (Hurricane Katrina 2005)
- Kigali, Rwanda (Genocide 1994)
- Belfast, Northern Ireland (The Troubles 1969-1998)
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2010 earthquake)
- Detroit (City bankruptcy 2013)

Strikingly many genres in pop history have their origins in misery. Gospel, blues, jazz, soul, R&B, punk, techno, reggea, hip-hop, ... These styles have now become major commercial successes, but in the beginning they were born in a society that was hit hard, with few opportunities for development. Music has an incomprehensible healing power, which brings man to the most creative discoveries and thus hurts him. to resurrect societies and cities from their ashes.

Paradise City presents an amalgam of strong testimonies, a large chunk of music history, cinematic impressions of world cities and especially a lot of live music: Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger) on drums, Karel Van Mileghem (Jacle Bow) on guitar & bass, David Poltrock (De Mens) on keyboards, Gertjan Van Hellemont (Douglas Firs) on guitar & vocals and Jan Bas on vocals.


Tuesday 12 November 2019
NTGent Schouwburg


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