The Belgian drummer/percussionist Karen Willems is active in various fields. Started as a drummer in rock and pop bands (Zita Swoon Group, Yuko, Pascal Deweze, Mauro Pawlowski..)
With a number of musicians she built up a tradition within improvised music and sound art such as Jean DL, Jürgen De Blonde, Elms Willdick, Kreng, Kaboom Karavan, Jürgen Augusteyns, Rutger Zuydervelt, Frederik Croene, Zwerm, Fred Frith..
With TERRE SOL, Karen Willems is following a solo path. It’s a free haven, a journey through a colorful world of possibilities. With percussion, objects, voice and field recordings she develops her own universe with experiences of daily life, honest and pure.
Anton Lambert (°1997, Belgium) is a Brussels based double bass player and electronic music composer. He records, collects and archives all sorts of sounds, which he moulds and modifies; ranging from pure field recordings to heavily granulated and deconstructed textures. His electronic music and sound design is based on spectral sound synthesis and on sound in relation to sound object, inspired by the theories of Pierre Schaeffer and Denis Smalley.
He works with recorded sounds and manipulates them, until the origin of the sound is barely recognizable and becomes a musical element. With these elements and different sonic qualities, he improvises and creates spatial (live-)compositions, drawing from concepts as chance, probability and random or noise-based algorithms. His music fluctuates between ambient soundscapes and experimental sound design. He bases his live shows on chance and algorithmic composition, combined with improvisation he recomposes his source material in an almost Schaeffer-esque way.
Quanta Qualia is the artistic entanglement of Siet Raeymaekers and Tomas Dittborn, co-runners of Nonlocal Research label for adventurous music.
Live, their improv rituals are generated by a feedback system between sound and dance; abstract somatic and sonoral gestures acting as sci-fi chargers and creators of space, time, subjects and situation. Where light and objects can become bodymind prosthetics and garments complete the picture.
Belle//Maris is a duo solo split project in which both musicians explore and combine the possibilities and lesser convenient practices of their instruments. Although performing together, they only enter in dialogue with each other as the other artist has presented his selection of music.
Solo split album to be released on bwaa.records december 2022.
Nicolas Van Belle is a guitarist and composer. Nicolas is mainly active in sound- improvised music, jazz and rebetiko music. As a musician, Nicolas looks for different music executions that are less conventional. These explorations lead him to compose and perform music in which he captures these specific soundcolours. Nicolas is bandleader of the quartet Suura and member of the trio Erem.
Stan Maris is an accordion player, mostly active in the jazz and improvised music scene. His music can be described as minimalistic, experimental and cinematic. Aside from his solo work, Stan is an active member of the bands Kreis, Suura, Ocean Eddie, Erem and one of the founders of ONVERSTERKT., a platform for acoustic music.
stan maris: website youtube
nicolas van belle: instagram youtube
KRAMP is the solo project of Stijn Wybouw, a young artist involved in many visual and musical projects that often overlap and which share an unflinchingly honest approach as well as penchant for crimson hues. As KRAMP, Wybouw assumes a red-faced identity to unleash raw machinations that take on ceremonial underpinnings through coarse compositions, murky drones, and warped vocalizations, all churned through the marshy fuzz of various tape recorders.
Born in France and currently residing in Brussels, Roxane Métayer is truly a multidisciplinary artist. Learning the violin at a young age, she also developed herself as a visual artist, creating drawings, sculptures in uncommon materials as soap, and in recent years video. Her work as a musician is of an equally spontaneous nature.
Field recordings and folk oriented orchestration and melodies come to life through explorations of the sonic possibilities of the violin. She’s not afraid to use effects, minimal percussion, whistles and the occasional hushed vocal to expand the sonic palette to a maximum effect, resulting in multilayered, semi-improvised and subtle meanderings, gently evolving around a tight core.
Drummer Han Bennink and guitarist Terrie Ex share more than geographical roots. They are proud Zaankanters, but also born improvisers without borders who have been seeking each other's proximity for more than thirty years. This invariably produces fireworks: they use a spontaneous and intensely physical style in which their instruments are tackled (or expanded) in the most unusual ways. Their interaction follows only one principle, that of freedom, and it creaks and grinds, rattles and rumbles, clatters and clatters, rolls and collides, boils and explodes. Unpredictable, obstinate and energetic, exciting like a blindfolded hopscotch next to a ravine.
Han Bennink (°1942) caused a furore as a jazz drummer at a young age, but he also stood at the cradle of free improvisation in Europe. Together with Misha Mengelberg and Willem Breuker, he was the founder of the legendary Instant Composers Pool and continues to work eagerly with like-minded people from different parts of the world and generations. He played with Eric Dolphy, Nina Simone and Sonny Rollins, formed a legendary trio with Peter Brötzmann and Fred Van Hove, traveled to Ethiopia at the turn of the century with The Ex, and continues to lead the renowned ICP Orchestra to this day.
Terrie Ex (°1954) founded a punk band in 1979 and subsequently wrote history with it. After years of experimentation, The Ex also embraced improvisation. They caused a furore with cellist Tom Cora, shared the stage with Sonic Youth, Shellac and Fugazi, and started an Ethiopian adventure whose consequences are still felt today. Besides the band, Ex is also active as an improviser with Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, Jaap Blonk, Ab Baars and Kaja Draksler, and also played on the most recent ICP album, Komen & Gaan (2021).
Han Bennink recently celebrated his 80th birthday and seizes the opportunity to play a number of concerts with one of his favorite companions.
Interested in collecting (feedback) culture and cultural objects, plitt t’s computer music performance will be exploring materials from a work in construction, making use of computers, recorders and speakers.- "the Reunion" (working title) plays with the idea of resemblance, questions about the ambiguity of the real and and borrows its title from what in his eyes can be the most intriguing, humble, resonating and touching highlight of reality TV culture.
“Small percussion objects, not too big and not too expensive. They don’t make a lot of noise, so can be played at any moment in your cohousing”
The percussionist Andrés Navarro presents a gathering of pieces composed by himself, Christian Wolff and Eric Griswold.
Gamelan and industrial sonorities are acquired by playing instrument/objects, found on the streets and studio spaces of Brussels.
Two Pin Din is Andy Kerr (NoMeansNo) and Wilf Plum (Dog Faced Hermans).
Two electric guitars, two voices, no rhythm section, lots of rhythms.
Simplicity and inventiveness to the power of two.
Inspired by the ultra-lettrist approach to sound poetry and its reliance on 'the scream' and 'the breath' being the building blocks of their art, hogobogobogo will present a performance of live-electronics, concrete sounds and non-standard synthesis techniques. Bringing to sound/life a system developed in Bergen (NO) during the summer of 2022.
Maria Komarova is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice can be situated on the borders of performative arts, scenography and installation. She is interested in creating spatial settings that call the spectator to be more attentive and playful towards everydayness. Her works give new frames to objects by technically repurposing them and emphasizing their sonic and visual potential.
In her sound performances, Maria works with diy electro-acoustic instruments (so-called bugs) and found objects, letting them temporarily inhabit the site and interact with each other.
David Neaud has been developing a multidisciplinary work for the last twenty years combining installation, audio art and object theater in the form of stage devices commonly called "dispositifs à jouer”.
He unveils his discoveries, explorations, sonic and visual findings in tinkered configurations, adapting to the hazards of an ongoing process where the improbable mastery of systems summons tension, suspense, and miniature catastrophe.