Hargawaan Por Shail, the third Varkenshond album is now in pre-order at Aguirre records !
INFO: With hard to identify instruments Varkenshond creates ritual and tribal madness in the veins of early Silvester Afang and Zero Kama. Varkenshond was founded in 2006 in Antwerp, Belgium while the to-be members were studying Maggergergorian spiritual philosophy with Wim Vanaeghe, Thomas “Gergeti” Kreuzfeld and Koera Mönggüm Sorgan.
They released a cd in 2007, the result of a series of therapeutic music sessions led by G. Karkaronga, and a cassette in 2013, a selection of songs and meditations recorded with local musicians in Brasil, Belarus, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Russia.
Their new album Hargawaan Por Shail is a collaboration with an animal communicator, flute player, and percussionist Yori Yoki. It consists of Támoldut and Maggergorian vocal and instrumental traditional music from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. The album includes the first recording ever of the instrument “Life Hooter” and an atmospheric electric version of Qéfelni.”
° Edition of 150 copies
° Hand-assembled glossy sleeves
° Mastered by Kris Delacourt
Edition of 15 copies inside a hand-sewed velvet fabric. Includes, besides the record, a silver grey little pocket with an almost unreachable treated rabbit bone, an ancient piece of wood and a wooden amulet to initiate a ritual.
Gaudeamus the most beautiful and oldest new music festival in The Netherlands has nominated me to become their new artist in resident for upcoming season 2017-2018 and beyond. Humbled, honoured, excited, inspired, encouraged to discover more, to refine more, to share more. Huge gratitude for allowing me to flourish with your support: new ideas for new work and new collaborations already sprout… To be continued !
Proud to share the news that our improv collective Varkenshond (BE/NL) will be releasing its third album this Autumn 2017, via Belgian record label Aguirre Records. No audiocassette release this time, yet a nice little step back into analogue history. All is to be issued on good ol’skool vinyl in a limited edition of 180 pieces only. Live Varkenshond performances will happen from December onwards in both Belgium and Holland. Dates will follow.
My artistic residency at Lijiang Studio is coming to an end. Tomorrow is my last full day and last chance to make some fieldrecordings in rural Yunnan. Fridaymorning I may witness a Dongba ritual, in the afternoon I’ll be flying to Shanghai for an extended weekend of fieldrecording in a urban environment. Next Tuesday I’ll be crossing the Pacific Ocean direction Montalvo Arts, California, USA for my second artist residency this summer.
• Click here for pics from my travels to Beijing, Lijiang, Lashihai, Dali, Shaxi & Shanghai (July/August 2017)
• Read here more about Asia On Tape, an offspring of my ongoing project Africa On Tape