Happy New Year, I know it’s a bit late but better late then never!
So what have I been up to?
Celebrating the last days on earth and celebrating that nothing happened (those Maya’s..) ..
with the Jacquelines we’re preparing the release party of our first CD! Check www.thejacquelines.be for more info! You can still order tickets. It’s on the 24th of january. After this release concert there will be a little FNAC-tour around Flanders. At the end of this year we will do a tour in the major Cultural Centers in Belgium and a little club tour at the end of March. For the rest we will play at some nice festivals during the summer!
The new videoclip from the new single of The Jacquelines is also online now. Check it here.
with Shakara United we are finishing the recording we did last October. Around April the CD will be there. Now they are still mixing and mastering like crazy! We will also make a video clip out of one of the songs we recorded and it will be from a tune that I wrote. That’s great and I’m honored! Really curious how it’s gonna look like. On 17th of February we will play the support act of Ebo Taylor, one of the great living legends of Afro Beat, at Trix, Antwerp. For more info check the ‘concerts‘ page. For the rest we will do some release concerts @ De Roma, Antwerp and in Charlatan in Ghent. Come and check it out. We have some crazy, funny music.
with Krema Kawa we are recording a new single. This Monday we did the drum tracks bass, keys, guitar and also some percussion. Gonna be a fun song! Also probably we will have new tour dates in March. Probably back to the Balkan! Looking forward. During the summer we will play some nice concerts in Belgium and probably also in Madrid and stuff. The warmer the better.. Still a lot of things to be confirmed.
I’ve been writing some new arrangements for wind orchestra and mixed choir. I’ll do 10 of them for the concert the orchestra will do in November. Fun work!
I’m also planning a recording session with Jelle Van Giel Group somewhere around April. Hope it will work to get all my (soooo busy) musicians together and record the music. We will play a concert @ De Lokerse Jazzclub on february 2nd. Join the good vibes! Check it here.
in between I’m teaching my students how to hit the drums and working a lot for school, studying classical 4-part writing, orchestrating sonatas from Mozart, Tchaikovsky .. to symphonies, learning to conduct, writing a lot for Kris Defoort and trying to write some big band arrangements. Fun but loooots of work!!
That’s it for now. Stay tuned and hope to cu soon at one of the concerts!
All the best,