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Médéric Collignon © Ph. Levy-Stab

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Médéric Collignon
France

Homecoming
Trumpet, jazz multivocalist

Médéric Collignon is known as the “enfant terrible” of French Jazz. This trumpeter, buglist, cornettist, vocalist and performer has accumulated experiences and multiple rewards such as : the Grand Prix of The Charles-Cros Academy (2006) and several “Victoire du Jazz” in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Médéric Collignon appeared in the French Jazz scene in the beginning of the 2000’s. Will-o’ the wisp, high speed and unpredictable, Médéric Collignon quickly established his mild madness and his musical hyperactivity. In a big band or in small ensembles, Médéric has shown himself to be a brilliant trumpeter and a talented improviser with his vocal and electronic experiments, using jazz as one component of an explosive collision of styles.

Aside from his mastery of rhythmic, harmonic and directional play, Médéric is also a brilliant composer. With great talent, he has adapted and rewritten “Porgy and Bess” for his energetic quartet “Le Jus de Bocse”, bringing much freshness and freedom. The result is disarming, a kind of artificial and multicolored opera, dense and powerful. With this project, Médéric won the French Revelation of The Year (Frank Ténot prize) at the Victoires du Jazz 2007 and they released a new album called, “Shangri-Tunkashi-La” in February 2010 which is a tribute to Miles from the years 1968-75. In July 2010, the band was awarded the Victory du Jazz as “Best Artist or Group of The Year.”

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Vincent Courtois

Vincent Courtois
France

Homecoming
Jazz composer, cello

Vincent Courtois is one of the most important improvising cellists in the world. Since 1995, when he made his debut as a solo artist, Mr. Courtois has made over 30 albums as a leader or featured soloist and recorded on many more albums as a sideman. Mr. Courtois’ classical training has endowed this cello virtuoso with precision, instrumental control and impeccable technique. His playing embraces freedom, precision and attention to the smallest details.

Vincent Courtois was born in Paris in 1968 and began playing the cello when he was six years old. He undertook classical studies at the conservatory in Aubervilliers and Paris while discovering jazz and improvisation. In 1990 Mr. Courtois formed his first ensemble, a quartet which would record and release two albums called “Cello News” and “Full Moon”. Both records garnered significant critical acclaim. In 1993, Mr. Courtois began to expand his reach as a bandleader founding the Pendulum Quartet featuring Julien Lourau and the band, Turkish Blend. A year later he recorded on the album “Marvelous” with American jazz luminaries Michel Petrucciani, Tony Williams and Dave Holland.

Vincent Courtois has led countless projects on tours throughout Europe, Asia and North America, recording many albums in the process. Musicians with whom he collaborated with during this time include: Noël Akchoté, Lucilla Galeazzi, Michel Godard, Marc Ducret, Dominique Pifarély, Cyril Atef, John Greaves, Dominique Pifarély, Ellery Eskelin and Sylvie Courvoisier, Sophia Domancich, François Merville, Marc Baron, the singer Jeanne Added, Ze Jam, Maxime Delpierre, Matthieu Jérome, Olivier Lété and David Aknin.

In 2008 Mr. Courtois recorded his first solo cello album, ”L’Imprévu,” and was named a knight in The Order of Arts and Letters (l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

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Ensemble Dialoghi © DYOD

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Ensemble Dialoghi

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The Ensemble Dialoghi (Spain) was formed in 2014 in Barcelona by a group of musicians motivated by a shared desire to raise questions about certain aspects of performance practice: are we being fully effective in our role as performers? Are we successful in connecting to our listeners and conveying the entire gamut of emotions contained in the score? The Ensemble Dialoghi, whose name symbolises a desire to communicate, feels the need to acquaint audiences with the building blocks making up the musical language of each era. By exploring this distinctive ‘musical code’ and placing it in its historical context, one can derive certain aspects from the score that may otherwise go unnoticed. This process has shown itself to be an essential tool for bringing us closer to the experience of our predecessors. The ensemble’s insistence on period instruments stems from the same intent. The instruments used by its members prove to be a fundamental tool for a rediscovery of the full expressive potential of the music. The nucleus of the ensemble is made up of winds and piano, which can divide into various groupings. Members of the ensemble have been performing together for many years, most notably as members of the Freiburger Barockorchester, Europa Galante, La Petite Bande and other European orchestras. The ensemble often performs in Europe, Canada, Japan and Singapore.

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Cristina Esclapez © DYOD

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Cristina Esclapez
Spain

Poulenc, entre ombre et lumière
Pianoforte

Cristina Esclapez pursued her graduate studies in piano performance with Ramón Muñoz in Murcia and Patricia Montero in Brussels, where she played the complete solo keyboard works of Haydn and Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. She subsequently decided to focus on her true passion, chamber music. She regularly performs with musicians Lorenzo Coppola and Vicens Prats, who have had a decisive influence on her career. She also shares her passion for chamber music with her students, whom she partners with in Barcelona and around the world. She is deeply convinced of the importance of this role which calls for the combined talents of a music coach, confidante, advocate, ally and improviser.

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Josep Domènech Lafont © DYOD

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Josep Domènech Lafont
Spain

Poulenc, entre ombre et lumière
Oboe

Josep Domènech teaches period oboe at the Amsterdam Conservatory (where he succeeded his teacher, Alfredo Bernardini) and at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. Josep is fascinated by period performance practice in repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to Gustav Mahler. He regularly performs with some of the best period orchestras, including the Bach Collegium Japan, Il Giardino Armonico, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, The English Baroque Soloists and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and he plays first oboe in the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées led by Philippe Herreweghe. He frequently gives masterclasses and lectures at festivals and conservatories throughout Europe and also collaborates with Pau Orriols, a maker of period oboes.

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Lorenzo Coppola © DYOD

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Lorenzo Coppola
Italy

Poulenc, entre ombre et lumière
Clarinet

Lorenzo Coppola studied period clarinet with Eric Hoeprich. He regularly performs with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande and La Grande Écurie. He shares his love of chamber music with artists such as Andreas Staier, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, the Zefiro Ensemble, the Kuijken Quartet and enjoys a special rapport with his colleagues from the Ensemble Dialoghi. He has recorded the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with the Kuijken Quartet, and the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with Andreas Staier. Very keen on conveying the full expressive range of the score, he loves to decode the musical vocabulary of each era, sharing it with audiences and his students. He teaches period clarinet at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona.

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Bart Aerbeydt © Karen Ketels

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Bart Aerbeydt
Belgium

Poulenc, entre ombre et lumière
Horn

Bart Aerbeydt regularly plays with period-instrument ensembles such as the Freiburger Barockorchester. He can also be heard with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Collegium Vocale Ghent and Concerto Kœln. As a soloist, he has performed the concertos of Mozart, Telemann, Handel and Graun. After studying modern horn at the Ghent and Antwerp conservatories with Luc Bergé and Rik Vercruysse, he studied natural horn at Amsterdam Conservatory with Teunis van der Zwart. He can be heard in many recordings such as the Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with Freiburger Barockorchester, of which Fanfare Magazine wrote the following : “in the new version the horn players are Bart Aerbeydt and Gijs Lauceulle, two of the best reasons to like this set.”

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Javier Zafra © DYOD

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Javier Zafra
Spain

Poulenc, entre ombre et lumière
Bassoon

Javier Zafra has held the position of principal bassoonist of the Freiburger Barockorchester for twenty years. He studied in The Hague with Donna Agrell, was part of the European Union Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman and performs with several other European and Japanese orchestras. For chamber music repertoire, he regularly partners with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov, among others. He has performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto on many occasions, most notably at Wigmore Hall in London and at The Lincoln Center in New York, where his performance was praised by a reviewer from The New York Times. Inquisitive by nature, he tirelessly explores the timbral properties of historic bassoons and loves to share his discoveries with audiences and his longtime performing colleagues. He teaches Baroque bassoon at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg im Breisgau.

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Georges Barthel

Georges Barthel
France

Poulenc, entre ombre et lumière
Flute

After studying modern and baroque flutes at the Strasbourg National Conservatory, Georges Barthel decided to entirely devote himself to musical practice on period instruments and joined the class of Barthold Kuijken and his assistants Frank Theuns and Marc Hantaï at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 2002, he was a finalist of the Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges where he won the public’s prize. Two years later, he finished his studies at the conservatory with highest distinctions.

Georges Barthel has performed and recorded in Europe and beyond as a member of several ensembles and orchestras, such as the Champs Elysées Orchestra (Philippe Herreweghe), Anima Eterna (Jos van Immerseel), La Chambre Philharmonique (Emmanuel Krivine), Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), Orkiestra Historyczna (Martyna Pastuszka), La Fenice (Jean Tubery), Les Siècles (François-Xavier Roth), Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (Jérémie Rohrer), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (René Jacobs), Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot), Australian Chamber Orchestra (Richard Tognetti) and the Zurich Opera (Fabio Luisi).

Since 2019, he has been teaching baroque flute at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main.

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Antoine Pecqueur © Léa Crespi / Flammarion

© Léa Crespi / Flammarion

Antoine Pecqueur
France

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Speaker, journalist, musician

Antoine Pecqueur is a musician and journalist. A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, he plays the bassoon in various orchestras: Les Siècles, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Anima Eterna, Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique and Linea. He plays both period instrument repertoire as well as contemporary creations. 

Antoine Pecqueur also works as a journalist, specialising in politics and cultural economics. After having worked for Le Monde, he now works for RFI, Mediapart-Le Crieur and France Musique. He is the editorial director of “La Lettre du Musicien.”

He is the author of four books: Atlas de la culture (ed. Autrement), Les espaces de la musique, l’architecture des salles de concert et des opéras (ed. Parenthèses), Les plus beaux opéras du monde (with the photographer Guillaume de Laubier, ed. de la Martinière) and Les écrans sonores by Stanley Kubrick (ed. du Point d’exclamation).

Come On Feet

Quan Bui Ngoc © Chris Van der Burght

© Chris Van der Burght

Quan Bui Ngoc
Vietnam

Come On Feet
Choreographer, dancer

Quan Bui Ngoc started his dance training as a child at the National School of Vietnam and joined the Ballet of The Hanoi Opera until 1996. In 1997 Bernadette Tripier invited him to France at Istres Dance School. He met Alain Platel in 2002 and started working with him on Wolf. He continued this collaboration and danced in vsprs (2006), pitié! (2008), Out of Context-for Pina (2010) and C(H)OEURS (2012). He worked with Alain Platel as choreography assistant for nicht schlafen (2016) and Requiem pour L. (2018). In 2011 he joined the Australian Dance Theatre for the tour of Be Your Self. With Daniel Hellmann he recently created K. and Untold with 3art3 from Zürich. Together with Lisi Estaras and Alain Platel, he united 300 townsfolk of all ages and backgrounds in an unprecedented performance of Le Sacre du Printemps first in Ghent (2018) then in Valladolid (2019). 

Quan has created pieces in collaboration with other dancers. He choreographed a memorial piece with 200 children for the city of Ieper, he created a show called Parallell Lines with prisoners in Bruges and he created the performance The Roof for the Ho Chi Minh Opera in Vietnam. Quan regularly gives workshops in different countries and works as a coach for other dancers and companies.

For the festival Dansand! and deSingel Antwerp, he created the performance ‘Come On Feet’, a collaboration with musicians Bert Cools and Stijn Cools and the group Chicago Footwork.

Bert Cools © Felipe Pipi

© Felipe Pipi

Bert Cools
Belgium

Come On Feet
Guitar

Bert has been talking music since his childhood with the guitar as his instrument. He received the Erasmus Jazz Award for “Best Musician” in 2010, the Gent Jazz Award in 2016 with Hoera, the Klara Prize in 2019 for best album of world music with “Merope Naktes” and the Klara Prize in 2020 with the Machtelinckx Cools Gouband Badenhorst Quartet. He is mostly active in the worlds of improvisation, electronic, folk and world music. In addition to his concerts all over the world and his compositions for his own groups of Merope, Hooray, Book of Air Vvolk, he also regularly plays as a sideman in the international groups such as the Danish group Efterklang and American group Sam Amidon. In 2013, he founded the platform called granvat with his brother Stijn Cools.

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Stijn Cools
Belgium

Come On Feet
Drummer, Sound Engineer

At the age of 10, Stijn began his studies in piano at the Academy of Music. A few years later, he switched to playing drums and took jazz lessons with Billy Hart and Dré Pallemaerts. Before studying music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels with Stéphanie Galland, he received degrees in scenography and architecture. In 2012 and 2016, he won the Gent Jazz Award and in 2020, the “Toots Thielemans Jazz Award.” He is prolific in diverse projects and styles. Besides his passion for the drums, Stijn experiments with electronic music and works as a sound engineer (for recordings and mixing). In 2013 he created the platform called granvat with his brother Bert Cools.

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Joffrey Anane
Belgium

Come On Feet
Dancer

The artistic performances of Joffrey Anane, whose artist name is Jay, are situated somewhere in the middle of urban underground dance and the world of theatre. In 2018, Jay played in seven theater productions in Belgium: “Short Stories” by Osei Bantu, “Aangenaam Ik Ben Ish” by Ish Ait Hamou, “Malcolm X” by Junior Mtombheni, “Beauty And The Beast Musical” and “Popcorn” by Randi Devlieghe. Jay is the cofounder of the platform called Osei Bantu, an urban art collective inspired by dance, the DJ, music, art and spoken word with influences from their own ethnicity and other cultures. Jay’s artistic journey ranges from theatre, to television, dance battles, actor play, to being a dance assistant for choreographers and directors.

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David Kinkela
Belgium

Come On Feet
Dancer

David, whose artist name is Rabbadance, is a dancer and choreographer with Congolese and Angolan roots. He has been celebrated for his impressive dance videos and has won the Afrohouse Battle Whatsupp in Brussels. Rabba is the organiser of Afroblood, VoodooHype and the group, Afrohouse Voodoogang. With movement he is able to demonstrate that various styles of underground dance come from Afro culture.

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Samantha Mavinga
Belgium

Come On Feet
Dancer

Samantha Mavinga, whose artist name is Mavinga, is a dancer, choreographer and model. She is one of the Belgian female leaders of the underground dance industry and has won numerous competitions: Juste Debout Spain, Hip Hop International Belgium, World Of Dance London, Timiss Festival Belgium, SDK Italy, Me against the World Germany, We Wanna Dance Belgium, The Notorious IBE Holland and Red Bull Dance Your Style Belgium. She has worked as a professor for dance training at Tremplin Hip Hop and has been choreographer and dancer for Les Ardentes, One Nation, Bejart Ballet IX Symphonie, MTV and the EMA/BRIT awards, among others.

Mpanya Boule © Michel Corbiere

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Boule Mpanya
Congo/Belgium

Come On Feet
Dancer

Boule Mpanya grew up in Kinshasa. He met Paul Kerstens, the Africa work coordinator in Congo of KVS (Royal Flemish Theatre, Brussels) who offered to use his skills for the project Coup Fatal with Fabrizio Cassol and Alain Platel. For two years, he went on a world tour with Coup Fatal giving more than one hundred performances. The collaboration with Platel continued in 2016 with Nicht schlafen, a performance based on the work of Gustav Mahler.

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Raquel Suarez Duenas
Belgium

Come On Feet
Dancer

Raquel has been dancing since she was a child and learned the secrets of the trade in the streets and in dance battles. She also has a lot of experience in the theater domain. Battles: Just standing finalist Antwerp (2019), Brussels Jewelry winner with the company ‘cultural disintegration’ at Bozar, Finalist JFB in Lille YouTube: Rakel vs Wesley rakel (2014), and Finalist in the Battle Raw Circle Antwerp (2014).

Theater: Au Fil Du Temps with the Company Corpeaurelles (2018); Wipcoop at KVS (2018), Strasbourg Leuven: Be House creation “Metis” and “Desintegration” (2017), Graduate of “1000 pieces puzzle” (2017) at the Zinnema Brussels, and Participant in the 3rd edition of Tremplin Hip Hop ‘lezart urbain’ (2015).

Hendrickx Ntela

Hendrickx  Ntela
Congo / Belgium

Come On Feet
Dancer

Dancer and choreographer from Liège of Congolese origin, Hendrickx Ntela practices several styles of dances: Hip Hop, Krump, Kuduro, AfroHouse etc … She works as a freestyle dancer, choreographer and teacher within the collective One Nation 100% female. For example, she worked with Brahim Rachiki or Grichka, a true pioneer of Krump in France and was a finalist at the World Krump Championship in Germany in 2014. She took part in many Belgian and foreign cultural projects in the field of urban dances. Thanks to these exchanges and connections, she was able to acquire professional experiences, including the organization of a battle in Liège and the Krump Date event in Brussels. She is the founder of the Drickx Konzi collective, and of Gully Fusion, an international women’s group krump. In 2019, she joined the Tremplin Danses Hip Hop group and in this context became co-choreographer and performer of the piece “Au Fil du temps” by Cie Corpeaurelles. That same year, she was a trainer for the Nuits de la Danse festival in Dakar and broadcast a first stage of her creation “Blind”.

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Chromatic spaces: a mode of light

Catalina Vicens © Kurt Van der Elst

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Catalina Vicens
Chile

Chromatic spaces: a mode of light
Medieval portative organ, percussion and concept

Praised for her lyricism, virtuosity and emotional playing, Chilean-born early keyboard player Catalina Vicens has performed in main concert halls and early music festivals in Europe and the Americas, and is invited to give recitals in some of the main collections of original historical keyboard instruments of the world. Today, Vicens combines an international career as a soloist and dynamic researcher and is known for her work with medieval keyboards working alongside luthiers who are specialised in the development and reconstruction of organs from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. She also regularly works alongside composers and other artists. Her latest solo album ‘Organic Creatures’ has received worldwide acclaim.

Catalina is harpsichord/research lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Vicens performs and records regularly as a member of ensembles of medieval, renaissance, baroque and experimental music in Europe, USA and South America. She is the artistic director of Servir Antico, with whom she aims to shed light on the less-known repertoire and intellectual heritage of the humanistic period (13th-16th centuries).

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Lisa Goldberg

Lisa Goldberg
Australia

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Scent and glass artist

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Print maker, textiles and scent artist

Lisa is a musician and an artist. As an artist, glass, scent, textiles, and printmaking are her main materials of expression. During her music studies and while training extensively as a bassoonist both in Australia and Europe, Lisa kept up a parallel interest in live drawing and painting. 

In recent years, Lisa has taken up glass-blowing. With its numerous qualities, its ability to represent both fragility and strength and the opportunity to provide many textures derived from its transparent light bearing vibrancy to its compact dense colour-absorbing possibilities, she finds glass a particularly exciting medium.

Her printmaking, textile design and glass work take inspiration from nature; the way a landscape transforms through the impact of the ocean, wind, sun and rain. Over many years the delicacy of line, texture and colour inherent in the wear and tear on the land, rocks, trees and mountains provide an endless inspiration for contemplation and meditation. 

In these productions for the ARTONOV Festival, Lisa is pursuing an interest in synaesthesia, looking at the connections between colour, sound, scent and perception. The scents used are part of a connecting force that represents both musical modes and how they relate to the other senses. She is making glass sculptures, lino prints, and dyed fabric that include text as inspiration and reference both musical concepts and the history of the buildings which will house the performances.

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Michaël Grébil Liberg

Michaël Grébil Liberg
France

07/10 | Chromatic spaces: a mode of light
Plucked and bowed medieval string instruments

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Composer, dramaturge, poet, interpreter, medieval string instruments

Michaël Grébil Liberg is an artist of multiple facets whose research manifests through music as a composer, improviser and performer, as well as in the production of poetic and visual essays. On stage he explores solo music from medieval repertoire to contemporary, experimental & electroacoustic music and is a performer and improviser of various repertoires from the music of Guillaume de Machault to the music of Morton Feldman, John Cage and Brian Eno. He regularly collaborates as a performer with ensembles such as Hesperion XXI (Jordi Savall), Alla Francesca (Brigitte Lesne, Pierre Hamon) and Servir Antico (Catalina Vicens). As a composer, he has explored sound dramaturgy for dance and theater, most notably with Michel Vinaver, Gilone Brun, Clyde Chabot and Opiyo Okach. Today, he is creating and searching for his own path binding musical, poetic and cinematographic objects. His last visual essay has been invited to be shown at film festivals in Granada and Genoa. All these inner worlds gather in a sort of alchemical workshop which he calls “The Inner Chapel Initiative,” where he meditates on the nature of time, the depths of the unconscious, the unity of things rather than their mechanical reproduction and searches for an aura to save in this world; seeking the secret flower of otherness in a mirror.

Silhouette

ART'uur © Els Vandenberghe

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ART’uur

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A rare synergy emerges when the unique lyricism of trumpeter Wim Van Hasselt is combined with the boundless creativity of percussionist Koen Plaetinck.

Inspired while recording as joint soloists with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, these former student-colleagues and soul-mates decided to form a musical duo. A limitless faith in each other’s musical ability, an unconditional mutual respect, and a friendship of many years join to form an exceptional symbiosis with a single, unequivocal, shared conviction: authenticity, beauty and creativity must be the sole objectives. As a counterweight to the sometimes fleeting and trivial professional daily tasks, the project has one all-embracing motivation: a search for depth, and the experience of a creative process that fuses uncompromised music-making, authenticity and renewal.

In dialogue with various carefully-selected composers and visual artists, while exploring all the limits of their extensive instrumental inventory, they passionately recount their personal story.

A new Alliance, named ART’uur.

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Koen Plaetinck © Els Vandenberghe

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Koen Plaetinck
Belgium

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Percussions

Koen Plaetinck has been a permanent member of the percussion section of the Rotterdam Philharmonic for 10 years, and regularly performs as a guest with many other orchestras including MusicAeterna, the Royal Concertgebouworchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Koen Plaetinck specialises in Historically-Informed Performance Practise on timpani in orchestras such as Anima Eterna Brugge, La Petite Bande, B’Rock, Insula Orchestra, Correspondances, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Il Gardellino and Concerto Köln. 

He has appeared as a soloist with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Het Kamerorkest, Percussion Group Brussels alongside Keiko Abe and alongside Wim Van Hasselt with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

In 2019 he founded the duo ART’uur together with trumpet player Wim Van Hasselt. ART’uur’s debut recording ‘Imaginary Mirror’ will be released by Channel Classics Records in 2020.

In 2011 his debut solo recording, Notenbüchlein, appeared on the Fuga Libera label. Koen Plaetinck is a Marimba One artist.

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Wim Van Hasselt
Belgium

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Trumpet

Wim Van Hasselt is a Belgian musician currently based in Switzerland, regularly performing in Europe, North and South America and Asia. He has been invited to perform as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Sophia Philharmonic and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, among others. For many years he played in the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Playing under such renowned conductors as Mariss Jansons, Bernhard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Ivan Fischer, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann and Claudio Abbado proved to be crucial to his musical development.

In addition to his solo performances, he places a central focus on chamber music – most recently as a founding member of the international brass quintet Brass United, and in the duo ART’uur with percussionist Koen Plaetinck.

Wim Van Hasselt has released several albums for Channel Classics Records, which have received numerous awards, including the Prix de Salon from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as an Editor’s Choice from the renowned Gramophone magazine describing him as “an exceptionally fine player with all the equipment in his armoury to delight, surprise and challenge the listener at every turn.” Wim Van Hasselt is a Yamaha Artist.

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Fresques

Jeanne Mordoj © Géraldine Aresteanu

© Géraldine Aresteanu

Jeanne Mordoj
France

Fresques
Circus artist, creator and director

In the world of performing arts, Jeanne Mordoj follows her path as an indomitable artist. Creator and performer, she advances to the edge of theater, cabaret and circus arts, zigzagging on the line of the agreed and reasonable. In constant transformation, she listens to her instinct, appropriating in a singular way the unsuspected treasures of fairground shows.

The bearded woman (Eloge du Poil – 2007), the hen-woman (La Poème – 2012), the extralucide illustrator (FRESQUES – 2019), the floating artist (L’Errance est humaine – 2018), the half-human half-cat creature (Le Bestiaire d’Hichem – 2018); all these characters assert themselves as free-spirited, generous, savage, malicious and serious phenomena. Strangers so much like ourselves, riddles so close to us.

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Mathieu Werchowski © Géraldine Aresteanu

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Mathieu Werchowski
France

Fresques
Violin

Born in 1973, Mathieu Werchowski, a musician, leads two parallel careers : one as an improvising violinist operating in the field of today’s music and the other as a composer and sound creator.

Armed with his violin or viola, he often ventures into unexplored territories of his instruments and lets them sound in unusual ways. His affinity for creation and liberty have led him towards the world of improvisation. He has played solo in different ensembles on five continents and has been credited with a rich discography of eight albums published in France, Portugal, Great Britain and New Zealand. 

His most regular collaborators have been or are: Jérôme Noetinger, Lionel Marchetti, Anne- Julie Rollet, John Russel, Ute Völker, Bertrand Denzler, Jean Sebastien Mariage, Xavier Charles, Cirque ici-Johann Le Guillerm, Caroline Engremy, Dominique Regef, Heddy Boubaker, Fabien Duscombs, Frédéric Cavallin and David Chiesa.

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La fabrique des lumières

Karin Vyncke

Karin Vyncke
Belgium

La fabrique des lumières
Choreographer, dancer

In 1979, Karin Vyncke started as a professional dancer with Reinhild Hoffman and Gerhard Bohner in Bremen (Germany). From 1982 – 1988, she worked in France with the Compagnie Maguy Marin where she produced her first choreography.

In 1988 she started her own company in France. In ’92 she returned to Brussels where she received project grants from the Flemish Community and support from CC De Vooruit in Ghent and GC Pianofabriek in Saint Gillis. Between 1988 and 2008 she made sixteen full-length creations. The main themes usually revolve around power and powerlessness. 

Karin Vyncke is fascinated by the confrontation between dance and the visual arts. In her ‘Shorts dances,’ she mixes different disciplines and experiments in less conventional spaces.

Now she works as a freelancer on different projects in theater, circus and does some video work with children. As a performer, teacher, visual artist (collagist) and her Shiatsu practice, she enjoys the diversity of life!

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Stretch + Timemonochromes

Isabella Soupart © Stéphane Cardinale / Sygma via Getty Images

© Stéphane Cardinale / Sygma via Getty Images

Isabella Soupart
Belgium

Stretch + Timemonochromes
Choreographer, dancer, director, visual artist

Isabelle Soupart is a choreographer, dancer, director and visual artist based in Brussels. She was awarded the Choreography Laureate Prize SACD (Belgium 2019), nominated for the Total Theater Awards (Edinburg 2019), recognised as the Talented Woman Artist of the Year White & Case (Brussels 2019), nominated for the Maeterlinck Prize for Critics (Brussels 2019), The Rolex Mentor and The Protégé Arts Initiative (New York 2007). 

As a transdisciplinary artist, she regularly collaborates with visual artists, composers and architects. She has created performances and visual works at the expense of several disciplines. Although her work takes various forms, from the creation of video to live performance, musical theater and opera, choreographic writing is at the center of her work. Her quest for a specific writing not based on the rules of contemporary dance, has led her to meet dancers/performers who embody other stories of movement. She is regularly invited to museums.She has been revealed to the general public as an actress in the movie Le Fils des Frères Dardenne and she played for the Franco-Chilean director, Raoul Ruiz and the Berlin film director, Maria Speth.

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Guy Vandromme
Belgium

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Concept, musical direction

Guy Vandromme is a pianist in the fields of musical theater, dance, working as a soloist, accompanist, conductor and artistic director. After starting his career in the studio of La Monnaie, he was one of the main driving forces behind the program of the European Cultural Capital of Bruges 2002, was program director at deSingel and launched a new festival Talklang in South Tyrol. He works intensively with the writer Eric de Kuyper, the sound-designer Adriaan Severins, the vocal performer Maja Jantar and the choreographers Raimund Hoghe and Isabella Soupart. His main objectives are to innovate the listening formats of music in public spaces, to collaborate with contemporary artists and to explore the possibilities to bring the richness of culture to isolated communities. More recently he launched ACT2 a curatorial platform with Bert Schreurs. Since the release of his solo CD with the music of John Cage, he has been invited by Wandelweiser Records to be a partner for the coming years.

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Popaul Amisi
Democratic Republic Congo

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Dancer, performer

Popaul Amisi is a dancer, choreographer and performer based in Paris. Popaul Amisi was trained in dramatic arts and painting at The Academy of Fine Arts at Kinshasa before training as a self-taught Hip-Hop member of the Art-Con dance group. He participated in Kata Dance, a very popular Congolese reality show and the talent show Super Star. He stands out for his extraordinary talent and his ability to make each of his magnetic performances a fascinating voyage through different styles of contemporary, urban dances as well as modern and traditional African dance. He collaborates as a dancer with the choreographer and performer, Ula Sickle, and the Belgian choreographer and visual artist, Isabella Soupart.

Kayoko Minami © Danny Willems

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Kayoko Minami
Japan

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Dancer, performer

Kayoko Minami is a Brussels based dancer/performer. After having graduated from Nihon University College of Art and collaborating with choreographers such as Shinji Nakamura, Jan Durovcik, Pierre Darde in Japan, she moved to Belgium with help from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists 2005-2007 and studied at the former Royal Conservatory Antwerp in Lier. Since then, she has worked at Cie Toula Limnaios in Berlin and collaborated with choreographers such as Tino Sehgal, Ugo Dehaes, Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki, Mokhallad Rasem, Randi De Vlieghe, Colette Sadler and Ana Torfs. In 2019, she joined the performance of “Stretch in Museums” by the choreographer, Isabella Soupart.

Meri Panjupää

Meri Pajunpää
Finland

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Dancer, performer

Meri Pajunpää made her debut as a dancer at Nurmijärvi and Helsinki before continuing at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, MTD (2004-2008). Since then she has worked with many choreographers including: Francesco Scavetta, Sanna Myllylahti, Arno Schuitemaeker, Jenni Kivelä, Vera Tussing, Peter Savel, Sarah Bostoen, Theo Clinkard, Olga de Soto, Isabella Soupart and Bára Sígfúsdóttir. She has created several personal works and collaborated on “Splitting/Maierhof” with musicians Ruben Martinez Orio, Hanna Kolbel, and Primoz Sukic (2016) and has worked with visual artists Carita Savolainen (2017) and Simon Verheylesonne (2018). Alongside her career as a performer, Meri teaches contemporary dance for different companies and institutions in both Belgium and Finland.

Sara Tan © Danny Willems

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Sara Tan
Singapore

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Dancer, performer

Sara Tan lives and works in Europe. After obtaining her Bachelors degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) in the United States, she continued her studies at the contemporary dance school, Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels. She has traveled for many years with the French company, Kubilai Khan Investigations, as well as with artists and choreographers like Eszter Salamon, Thierry de Mey, Anne-Linn Akselen, Isabella Soupart and t.r.a.n.s.i.t.c.a.p.e. She continues working on future performances with the choreographers Michèle Noiret, David Drouard and Isabella Soupart.

Johanna Willig Rosenstein © Danny Willems

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Johanna Willig Rosenstein
France

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Dancer, performer

Johanna Willig Rosenstein made her debut in contemporary dance at the Conservatory of Dijon at the age of 13. She then spent a year in a contemporary dance company in a Kibboutz in Israel and joined the Maslool Bikurey Ha’itim School in Tel Aviv with Naomie Perlov. In 2016 she joined the new company Le Marchepied in Lausanne and has worked with Cie Alias in Geneva since 2017. She has traveled to Poland, Argentina, Lithuania, Paris, Athens, Germany, France and New York for her projects. She is part of many creations, performs in dance festivals and works with Cie Motoperpetuo, Xocolat, and Alexandra Bachzetis. She is beginning a collaboration with the choreographer Isabella Soupart for the projects “Stretch in Museums” (MAD) and the “Steve Reich Project” whom she performed a solo with at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019.

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Fouad Nafili
Morocco

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Dancer, performer

Fouad Nafili began his dance career at an early age with B-boying and urban dance. He studied at The Conservatory of Music and Choreographic Arts in Salé before he left to continue his studies with the Marrakesh-based company Anania Danses, in which he joined the training program Al Mokhtabar II. He has been part of projects, creations and workshops in Morocco and Europe. 

Fouad has worked as a performer for the works of Michel Hallet Eghayan, Fanny Brouyaux, Taoufiq Izzediou, Radouan Mriziga, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Isabella Soupart and Chokri Ben Chikha. He also created a research solo in 2014 called, Sarab (Mirage). After graduating from the training cycle in the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Belgium, he is continuing training in the Master’s program “STUDIOS.”

Rueben Martinez Orio ©Danny Willems

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Ruben Martinez Orio
Spain

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Percussionist

Ruben Martinez Orio is a percussionist based in Brussels. He studied in Barcelona (ESMuC) and in Rotterdam (CODARTS). After moving to Brussels, he completed courses for the ManaMa degree in contemporary music with the ICTUS Ensemble. He regularly collaborates with the Philharmonic Orchestra, The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, ICTUS ensemble, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Bilbao. Interested in contemporary music, he reflects on its significance, searches for new concert formats and asks himself about the relationship between perception and listening, sound and movement, sound and image, etc. He has been programmed in different festivals like the Venice Biennial, MaerzMusik in Berlin and the 46th Internationale für Neue Musik Ferienkurse in Darmstadt and has worked with composers such as Luis de Pablo, Steve Reich, Pierluigi Billone, Michael Maierhof and Georges Aperghis. He has been invited to teach by SINAEM in Costa Rica.

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Luciana Elizondo
Argentina

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Viola da gamba

Luciana Elizondo began her musical studies at the School of Music of the National University of Rosario. Her training in early music started in the Pro Musica Antiqua ensemble of Rosario, directed by Cristian Hernandez Larguía, then continued in Europe with Ensemble Elyma, directed by Gabriel Garrido. In 2005 she received a scholarship to continue her education in Italy. In 2009 she graduated from the International Academy of Early Music of Milan, and in 2013 she received a Masters in Concert Interpretation at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Geneva. She received viola training with Juan Manuel Quintana, Rodney Prada, Vittorio Ghielmi and Guido Balestracci. Luciana has played with various early music groups such as Ensemble Elyma, Estro Cromatico, Festino Armonico, Glossarium, La Cecchina, La Venexiana, Ensemble Européen William Byrd and Ensemble Biscantores, with whom she performed in top festivals in Latin America and Europe. She has recorded CDs for EPSA, K617, Sony and Arcana. In her solo concerts, she has recovered the ancient Renaissance tradition of “cantare alla viola” (singing to the viola). She is viola teacher at the Music Conservatory Stanislao Giacomantonio in Cosenza, Italy.

Christine Veschorren

Christine Verschorren
Belgium

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Sound designer

Christine Verschorren is a sound designer who lives and works in Brussels. She was trained in sound at INSAS. Her first experiences have been carved by a path rich in concerts, trips and mobile recordings. Her professional career has led her to carry out a multitude of sound works from concerts, theater and dance to recording and mixing albums and film music (Rundskop-Tête de boeuf and nominated for the Oscars for best foreign film; Blush de Wim Vandekeybus). She has created musical and electroacoustic sound spaces as well as cinematographic and theatrical soundtracks with the concern of finding a narration using the double image and sound language through the sound space. She also produces, is the artistic direction of various recordings and creates compositions with the Mexican pianist, Déborah Silberer and a sound installation with the visual artist, Valérie Vogt.

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