Wed 22.01.20

The Colorist Orchestra & Gabriel Rios


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Following on from Emiliana Torrini, The Colorist now joins forces with cosmopolite Gabriel Rios

The Colorist Orchestra always follows unpredictable musical paths, full of adventure and experiment. The eight-member collective around Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans  stands out and enthralls due to a doubly innovative vision: on the one hand there is the unique collaboration with a particular singer-songwriter and, on the other hand, a combination of uniquely applied classical instruments with rather unusual & eclectic equipment.

The fundamental idea behind The Colorist Orchestra is the re-working, the ‘rearrangement’ of a specific artist’s repertoire. Just like a colorist does with a film or a comic strip, new arrangements for existing compositions come about and lead to an ‘acoustic live remix’ or ‘inverted karaoke’ as it were. Those fresh songs are then performed live in an exclusive series of concerts.

The ensemble has already previously joined forces with Emiliana Torrini (Iceland), Cibelle (Brazil), Lisa Hannigan (Ireland), Sumie Nagano (Sweden) and Howe Gelb (USA) and this time extended an invitation to cosmopolite Gabriel Rios. 

Kobe Proesmans (wooden drums, calabash), Aarich Jespers (percussion, flapamba, anklung), Sep François (melodic percussion, hammered mbira, spaak), Wim De Busser (grand piano, prepared piano, keys), Tim Vandenbergh (double bass, electric bass), Inne Eysermans (electronics & undefined objects) Jeroen Baert (violin), Karel Coninx (viola)

Keto: the hypnotic orchestration of Leah Sanderson, offers a fresh and quintessentially English take on 21st century folk. Her effortless, shape-shifting sound has earnt her support slots with Low, Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin, Simone Felice and seen her perform at the prestigious Glastonbury performing arts festival.  Gaining support from BBC 6 music's Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe and KEXP, amongst others, her self-released debut album, Blackened Pool, a collection of timeless, minimalist songs, was released last year to critical acclaim.

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Kurt Overbergh: ‘It should be mandatory for artists with real balls to have their oeuvre handled by The Colorist.’

For fans of Gabriel Rios, Stef Kamil Carlens …
In the press ‘A vibrant, colourful collection of classical and contemporary collisions.’ – ‘****’ (The Guardian over TCO & Emiliana Torrini)
‘Het resultaat is bij vlagen groots en spannend, dan weer klein en ingetogen, maar altijd wonderschoon en betoverend.’ (3 voor 12 over TCO & Lisa Hannigan)


Met momenten zeer intimistisch en op bepaalde tijden opdwepend en meeslepend. Zeker aanrader . Blij dat ik erbij was .
Tony F
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Following on from Emiliana Torrini, The Colorist now joins forces with cosmopolite Gabriel Rios

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After Emiliana Torrini, The Colorist now gets together with cosmopolitan Gabriel Rios


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