Musician Mariske Broeckmeyer and author Astrid Haerens found each other in their shared love of experimental music, improvisation and jazz. Around artistic common ground, they started a conversation that has never ceased.
It led to Oerhert, an immersive and intimate listening performance that combines Haerens' poetry debut with Broeckmeyer's music. Joining hybrid cellist Jasmijn Lootens, they now dig even deeper into the crossover between poetry, spoken word, performance, sound art and music. They present their new album.
Primal Deer (album release)
Astrid Haerens (voice, lyrics), Mariske Broeckmeyer (keys, vocals, electronics), Jasmijn Lootens (cello, electronics)
After her recordings in trio, quartet and septet, Eve Beuvens now resolutely opts for a solo album entitled Inner Geography. For this she drew inspiration from iconic albums such as The Piano by Herbie Hancock, Solo Monk by Thelonious Monk, Live in Rio by Keith Jarrett, as well as works by Abdullah Ibrahim, Paul Bley, Masabumi Kikuchi and Dollar Brand.
It resulted in eight very personal songs, alternating between sober impressionism and profound introspection.
Mariske Broeckmeyer impressed in the fall of 2021 with By Virtue Of The Absurd and a JazzLab tour where experiment and song alternated in a musical adventure as cinematic as it was intoxicating between surprise and recognition.
In 2022, the music was followed up on the digital EP The Tyranny of Temperance.
Astrid Haerens impressed with Oerhert, which was described in a **** review in De Standaard as '(...) a convincing debut in which Haerens makes us feel what it means to be a young woman in these times.' She was the only Flemish to be nominated for the Herman de Coninck Prize for the best poetry collection of the past year.
photo Eve Beuvens © Marta De Gracia
photo Oerhert © Kelly De Block