Poor Isa
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Ruben Machtelinckx: banjo, woodblocks Frederik Leroux: banjo, woodblocks

Poor Isa, the duo of Ruben Machtelinckx and Frederik Leroux, has a very remarkable instrumentation. The combination of prepared banjo and woodblocks expresses a surging condition in which silence and sound are equivalent. From improvisations, elements are magnified, isolated or developed further until rippling compositions arise in which subtle and hardly audible sounds come to the surface. In spring 2019 they released ‘Let’s Drink The Sea And Dance’, a wonderful bundle of nine compositions on the Belgian label Aspen Edities. Their second album is expected in the fall of 2023