The duo followed a path which was mirrored by Machtelinckx's quartet with Joachim Badenhorst, Hilmar Jensson and Nathan Wouters. Just as the quartet's second album increased the distance between pivotal points, Linus' second album, a collaboration with guitar and banjo player Frederik Leroux and percussionist Øyvind Skarbø, also stepped out into less familiar terrain. The sound palette became more eclectic and the improvisation and exploration became more pronounced, an evolution which continues with this new quartet.
Ruben Machtelinckx and Thomas Jillings choose for this recording to share, compose and perform their fragile musical concept with these two interesting musicians Øyvind Skarbø and Frederik Leroux. The goal is to use free improvisation as a tool, not as a genre.
Earlier this year, Ruben Machtelinckx recorded his debut album, 'Faerge', in Copenhagen.
The music is played by guitarists Ruben Machtelinckx and Hilmar Jensson, Joachim Badenhorst on reeds and Nathan Wouters on double bass.
These atypical occupation produces a distinctive and soothing sound. Strong melodies and earthy progressions form the basis of the compositions that often have a melancholic undertone.
Linus, a duo of two composers and improvisers, brings the listener into a bubble.
The intense sound of tenor saxophone and acoustic baritone guitar produces melodies that take you on a journey of simplicity, purity and longing.
The Amygdala trio was formed at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp under the leadership of saxophone player Kurt Van Herck. In their search for music in which melody and contemplation are the key ingredients, they were influenced by the music of Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem as well as by some old indian mantras. By combining those two styles, Amygdala succeeded in creating a very varied yet cohesive repertoire, in which tradition and innovation went hand in hand.
Sgt. Fuzzy, a band that combines influences from jazz, rock, ambient, electronic and noise music, which features some of Antwerp's most promising young musicians.
Karl Van Deun and Ruben Machtelinckx mostly work together on own compositions and they also make arrangements of existing pieces, always with lots of room for improvisation. The pieces of Karl and Ruben are influenced by blues, minimalism and more contemporary music. Both musicians play the acoustic and semi-acoustic (jazz) guitar, slightly amplified and sometimes with special effects.
Phynt plays music. Their music is timeless. It's not modern,it's not old school,it's not straight ahead,it's not avand garde, it's not traditional,it's not jazz but yet it is,it's beyond boundaries... It is. If you really need to label it, place it in the "good music" category. his trio has a real personal and unique sound. These dedicated and serious young artists,being broad minded, have assimillited a lot of different influences.