Besides

Category:ensemble
2009
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Actual/previous members:Toon Callier, Jutta Troch, Jeroen Stevens, Fabian Coomans, Sam Faes, Marieke Berendsen, Nele Geubels, Romy-Alice Bols, Jasper Braet

Biography

Nonstandard instrumentation, fresh sounds, contemporary chamber music in a brand
new package, humoristic, interdisciplinary, performance art, searching for other ways
of presentation…

Those are the basic ingredients of Besides: an ensemble of nine musicians sharing
a passion for the performance of new music in its widest sense. With the tradition
of written music as a starting point, an important part is always reserved for live
electronics, performance and improvisation when brainstorming for new program
concepts.

The individual musicians each work in very different fields of the musical spectrum:
ranging from rock to electronic music, from sound design to music theatre,
composition and even festival organization. This fact, together with the uncommon
combination of harp, saxophone, drums, violin, cello, flute, e-guitar, piano and
electronics, gives Besides its unique signature sound. The creation of new repertoire
will therefore only be possible through constantly looking for cooperations with
composers, sound artists and specialized performers.