Wed 04.04.18

The art of being zen: Tomoko Sauvage + Niels Van Heertum

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BRDCST: Slow Life music. From minimalism to ‘Musique Hydromantique’.

BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness. The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST.

Back in the day, Japanese musician Tomoko Sauvage swapped her land of birth for New York in order to specialize in jazz piano. That’s where she developed an adoration of Alice Coltrane and Terry Riley. Enter: her love of meditation and minimalism. She has now been living in Paris for 15 years, where she explores her fascination for the sonority of water. With the assistance of French (!) porcelain (!) bowls filled with water and underwater microphones, Sauvage creates a sound pallet that ‘is soothing and sensual, like a long hot bath.’ (The Wire). Her latest album ‘Musique Hydromantique’ is the living proof of that. The Wire: ‘This is meditative music for optimal contemplation.’

Young Belgian euphonium-player Niels Van Heertum is one of the most interesting ‘voices’ of late. Van Heertum is active within improvisation, pop and theatre circles and released his first solo album at the start of ‘17 under the tongue twister ‘JK’s Kamer +50​.​92509° +03​.​84800°’. This - according to Humo - ‘knappe onthaastingsplaat‘ alternates between ambient and improvisation, and was released via the label/collective g r a n v a t (see: the likes of: hoera., AAN/EOP, book of air,...). Van Heertum is also a part of the 18-member improv g r a n v a t  project VVOLK and of Veder (with Joachim Badenhorst) too.

Some holy places have just that little something extra. Such as the Saint John Coltrane Church in San Francisco or the Sai Anantam Ashram just outside of Los Angeles that was established in the early ’80s by Alice Coltrane. After the death of her husband, Mrs John Coltrane recorded a series of influential albums for Impulse! Records at the end of the ’60s, only to then turn her back on the music industry at the end of the ’70s. She became a spiritual leader and changed her name to Turiyasangitananda.

In her so-called ‘forgotten years’ she did record various pieces that bordered musically between gospel and Eastern percussion. The recordings only circulated on cassettes within her own community until Luaka Bop got a hold of them and officially re-released them in ’17. With success, too. The Wire praised the album as ‘Reissue of the Year’ and Pitchfork hailed it as ‘Best New Reissue’.

Entry is free of charge according to the principle ‘First come, first served.’
This also applies to those with a Limited BRDCST Festival Pass.

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