THE COLORIST ORCHESTRA & HOWE GELB

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Howe Gelb's (Tucson, Arizona) muziek wordt vaak Americana genoemd, maar is vaak moeilijk onder één noemer vast te leggen, het best kan je het omschrijven als een mix van lo-fi, rock, folk, blues, noise en jazz. Naast een lange lijst albums met Giant Sand (1985-2018), bracht Howe met regelmaat solo albums uit, en zijn er tal van spin-offs en andere projecten die om Gelb draaiden (o.a. OP8, Giant Giant Sand, The Band of Blacky Ranchette, Arizona Amp and Alternator); Gelb is een Cultfiguur, zijn muzikale zwerftocht en zijn kunde als songschrijver geven hem een indrukwekkende credibiliteit in de Internationale muziekwereld. Zelfs al is hij voor velen een raadsel, hij blijft een onovertroffen troubadour, een tekstuele meester en is door zijn adembenemende stem en sprekend charisma een artiest om live steeds opnieuw te herontdekken. Het mag dan ook niet verwonderen dat hij eerder samenwerkte met Vic Chesnutt, Bonnie Prince Billy, M.Ward, Isobel Cambell, PJ Harvey, Victoria Williams,….

Aarich en Kobe ontmoeten Howe Gelb in 2017 tijdens een jazz-festival in Luik (Mithra Jazz). De zin naar avontuur, aangemoedigd door wederzijdse muzikale vrienden, stuwt de behoefte om samen te creëren. The Colorist Orchestra graaft in het eindeloze repertoire van Gelb en reconstrueert songs naar steeds veranderende en onorthodoxe Colorist klankwereld. Nieuwe arrangementen worden geboetseerd in de hoop Howe’’s timbre en vertelkracht van nieuwe kleuren te kunnen voorzien. Maar ook instrumentale Colorist Composities worden onder de loop genomen en versmelten tekstueel en melodisch met het Howe Gelb’s universum.

Dat The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb elkaar ontmoetten is geen toeval. Daarom net is het een samenwerking om te ontdekken en te koesteren. Een momentum ‘ on stage’ om naar uit te kijken.

Howe Gelb: (Vocal & Guitar), Kobe Proesmans (wooden drums & orchestral percussion), Aarich Jespers (flapamba, angklung, spaak & melodic percussion), Sep François (melodic percussion, hammered mbar), Wim De Busser (grand piano, prepared piano, keys), Tim Vandenbergh (double bass, electric bass), Gerrit Valckenaers (bass clarinet, stones, mirrors, glass bowls, electronics), Jeroen Baert (violin), Karel Coninx (viola) & Jo Francken (sound/wizard).

Howe Gelb (Tucson, Arizona)’s music is often defined as Americana, but can’t be pinned down into one category. His music is best described as a mix of lo-fi, rock, folk, blues, noise and jazz. He created an impressive amount of albums with Giant Sand (1985-2018), released numerous solo albums, and has
multiple side projects (e.g. OP8, Giant Giant Sand, The Band of Blacky Ranchette, Arizona Amp and Alternator). Gelb is a cult figure, a true musical explorer and a skilled songwriter, which awards him with impressive credibility in the international music scene. Howe Gelb, although a mystery to many, is the ultimate troubadour with unmatched writing skills, with a breathtaking voice and striking charisma. He’s a multifaceted live artist to be discovered, over and over again. It comes as no surprise that he collaborated with artists such as Vic Chesnutt, Bonnie Prince Billy, M.Ward, Isobel Cambell, PJ Harvey, Victoria Williams,…. Aarich and Kobe met Howe Gelb at a jazz festival in Liège (Mithra Jazz). Their shared thirst for adventure, encouraged by mutual musician friends, drives their need for a joint musical adventure.

The Colorist Orchestra digs into Gelb’s endless repertoire, reconstructs and translates his songs into the ever evolving and unconventional Colorist language of sound. They sculpt new arrangements around Howe’s timbre and storytelling, and paint them in exciting new colors. They also revisit instrumental Colorist compositions, and let melody and lyrics melt into Howe’s extraordinary universe. An encounter between The Colorist Orchestra and Howe Gelb was destined to take place. It’s an absolute must to discover and cherish this collaboration. It’s an on stage momentum to look forward to.

Howe Gelb (Vocals & Guitar), Kobe Proesmans (wooden drums & orchestral percussion), Aarich Jespers (flapamba, angklung, hammered mbira & melodic percussion), Sep François (melodic percussion, hammered mbar), Wim De Busser (grand piano, prepared piano, keys), Tim Vandenbergh (double bass, electric bass), Gerrit Valckenaers (bass clarinet, stones, mirrors, glass bowls, electronics), Jeroen Baert (violin), Karel Coninx (viola) & Jo Francken (sound/wizard).

Howe Gelb (Tucson, Arizona)’s music is often defined as Americana, but can’t be pinned down into one category. His music is best described as a mix of lo-fi, rock, folk, blues, noise and jazz. He created an impressive amount of albums with Giant Sand (1985-2018), released numerous solo albums, and has
multiple side projects (e.g. OP8, Giant Giant Sand, The Band of Blacky Ranchette, Arizona Amp and Alternator). Gelb is a cult figure, a true musical explorer and a skilled songwriter, which awards him with impressive credibility in the international music scene. Howe Gelb, although a mystery to many, is the ultimate troubadour with unmatched writing skills, with a breathtaking voice and striking charisma. He’s a multifaceted live artist to be discovered, over and over again. It comes as no surprise that he collaborated with artists such as Vic Chesnutt, Bonnie Prince Billy, M.Ward, Isobel Cambell, PJ Harvey, Victoria Williams,…. Aarich and Kobe met Howe Gelb at a jazz festival in Liège (Mithra Jazz). Their shared thirst for adventure, encouraged by mutual musician friends, drives their need for a joint musical adventure.

The Colorist Orchestra digs into Gelb’s endless repertoire, reconstructs and translates his songs into the ever evolving and unconventional Colorist language of sound. They sculpt new arrangements around Howe’s timbre and storytelling, and paint them in exciting new colors. They also revisit instrumental Colorist compositions, and let melody and lyrics melt into Howe’s extraordinary universe. An encounter between The Colorist Orchestra and Howe Gelb was destined to take place. It’s an absolute must to discover and cherish this collaboration. It’s an on stage momentum to look forward to.

Howe Gelb (Vocals & Guitar), Kobe Proesmans (wooden drums & orchestral percussion), Aarich Jespers (flapamba, angklung, hammered mbira & melodic percussion), Sep François (melodic percussion, hammered mbar), Wim De Busser (grand piano, prepared piano, keys), Tim Vandenbergh (double bass, electric bass), Gerrit Valckenaers (bass clarinet, stones, mirrors, glass bowls, electronics), Jeroen Baert (violin), Karel Coninx (viola) & Jo Francken (sound/wizard).

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