• Preparing Bozar

Preparing w Vincent Meessen a revised version of Sampling the Man of Memory, for Patterns for (Re)cognition, exhibited at Bozar, Brussels ( June 15th till September 10th 2017). – special thanks to Philippe Vandendriessche

Jan Vansina, godfather of oral history

Sampling the Man of Memory is a sound sculpture for a.o. 4 Nagra analogue tape recorders, starring the voice of Jan Vansina (see pic), the godfather of oral history, on his one-time encounter with pioneering Congolese visual artist Thela Tendu.

Jan Vansina passed away last February 8th 2017, the same day I had just started preparing for a new field recording trip to DR Congo, Uganda and Rwanda (with visual artist Isabelle Vigier). I was shocked by the news, but the sharp memory of Vansina’s generosity, fire and passion instantly encouraged me to never give up learning more about the underexposed and precious histories of the African continent.

Here a link to the Wisconsin University tribute page, in honor of Jan Vansina (1929-2017)

• Ishango & Isabelle Vigier

Over the moon to announce my newest collaboration with visual artist Isabelle Vigier. Traveling together to Ishango in DR Congo to gather inspiration for our new multi media performance commissioned by Dutch Electra Ensemble (premiere early 2018, tbc ) Starting point will be an in depth investigation of the African origin of mathematical thought. - Special thanks to Ivan Godfroid!

Ancient laboratories

• City of Sounds – NL

The City of Sounds exhibition at Atrium City Hall in The Hague (NL), the fruits of a collaboration with Slagwerk Den Haag, is now open. The expo is open up till January 26th, free entrance, most welcome !
open daily, except on sunday or public holidays
mo/tue/wed/fri 07:00 – 19:00
thu 07:00 – 21:30
sat 09:30 – 17h00
 
Commissioner: Slagwerk Den Haag
Sound sculpture: Aurélie Lierman
Visualization Expo: Bram Vreven & René Jansen
Graphic design: Ontwerpwerk

City of Sounds - expo view

City of Sounds is a new participatory project spreading the love for sound, the act of listening, field recording and composing – via numerous children workshops. All field recordings from those workshops are collected as an ever growing sonic map of The Hague. In parallel to this I was commissioned to create a portrait of The Hague, in the form of a new sound sculpture. Both the sonic map and the sound sculpture are now exhibited at Atrium City Hall.
 
• watch City of Sounds @ DH TV (Den Haag FM)

• special thanks to Matéo Osorio Lobato (photo) starring as the sweet voice over of my sound sculpture

City of Sounds - the voice

• New Slagwerk Den Haag commission

.. meanwhile slowly descended from my journey on sub alpine altitudes in Rwanda. It was a soft and gentle landing into the Lowlands.

Currently developing a brand new sonic sculpture and a new composition for a set of large African drums, field recordings and children choir! I’m so excited that both are commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag – one of my all time favorite music ensembles – and that both are to be premiered, early 2017, at this magnificent Richard Meier building (the City Hall of The Hague) as a part of City of Sounds.

Slagwerk Den Haag is spreading the love for sound by organizing many workshops and some fab contest for kids, all around the idea of listening and collecting sounds in the city of The Hague – Go and check out http://cityofsounds.nl

City of Sounds - a sonic portrait of The Hague

if u want to see more pics of the Richard Meier building, click on this one above