Most of our CDs have been imported from Europe or Asia. They are not all shrink-wrapped, and I am not going to con you by wrapping them here just to make you think they have been sterilized in America. I guarantee that the CDs and the contents are all brand new and in perfect condition. Whenever I can, I use recycled shipping materials. They may not look as pretty on the outside, but they save money and keep the trash dumps a little bit emptier.
Thanks- Cliff, cdRoots
Force Majeure - Jokke Schreurs
Elegant Belgian guitarist, accompanied by upright bass and guitar, performs straight-ahead jazz in the lineage of Django, but certainly not hemmed in by the Gypsy's legacy. 9 pieces, most originals, with works by Piazzolla, Tchaikowsky, Coltrane and one trad tune filling out the set.
zee van azov - Kimiz
Johan de Baedts (Percussion), Myriam Fuks (Vocals), Christel Berghlevens (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet), Roman Korolik (Bass, Fretless Bass), Dirk Van Esbroeck (Vocals, Guitar), Jean-Michel Alexandre (Viol), Filip Vermeert (Guitar, Oud)
het meisje aan de toog - Balladeus
La Paloma Negra - Kadril and Alumea
Two ensembles, from Belgium and Spain, join forces in a musical trans-European express ride. Kadril is: Eva De Roovere (vocal, clarinet), Bart De Cock (bagpipes and nyckelharpa), Hans Quaghebeur (accordeon, keyboards), Harlind Libbrecht (dulcimer, mandolin), Peter Libbrecht (violin), Erwin Libbrecht (guitar, bouzouki), Dirk Verhegge (elec. guitar), Koen Dewaele (bass), Ron Reuman (drums) / Alumea is Sonja Palomo, Noëlla Palomo, Miguel Palomo (percussion) and Santiago Palomo (bagpipes).
Flemish Folk Music - Volume 1 and 2 - Het Brabants Volksorkest
The Brabant Traditional Music Band of Belgium presents Flemish folk dance music in a formal 'chamber' style
Carduelis - Amorroma
The band says: Carduelis Carduelis... the latin word for a "goldfinch" or "putter" in flemish, a songbird widespread in Europe and the sole vocalist on this disc.... For ages now it has been passing on its song, over the borders, averse to trends and free as... a bird. And although Amorroma's music is new, it contains that same centuries-old inspiration, passed on over the whole of Europe.
Charmes - Jaques Vandevelde
Sara VersoIl Matino - Sexteto Tanguedia
Le Jambon Faché - Trio Dor
Excellent Flemish new folk by a trio using violins, accrdion, clarinet and bass clarinet.
Sporen - Oblomow
Seven Evenings,Seven Mornings - Shantalla
Various - Cadans Der Getouwen
Balswaree - Twalseree
Second Skin - Snakes In Exile
Shantalla 1 - Shantalla
Ambrozijn (first CD) - Ambrozijn
This Belgian ensemble is one of those wondrous bands that make a simple description impossible. They can make music that is deceptively direct, using folk instruments like fiddle, guitar and accordion to produce straight folk melodies and dance tunes. But they can also jump out of the mold completely, advancing into difficult and complex new music full of unexpected rhythms and subtle dissonance.
Kadril 1 - Kadril
Brindiban - Jugalbandi trio
the label says: 'A subtle fusion between two great traditions of improvised musics: Northern India and jazz. Open minded, this trio plays an original and beautiful music. Indeed, all is deep and powerful in the second album of this intercontinental band, bringing the harmony of the piano to compositions written in the Indian complex rhytmic cycles.' Listen!
Chuva Em Po - Think of One
Camping del Mundo - Jaune Toujours
Boombal Vol. 1 - various
Live recordings of the Boombal, a live music and dance event spreading around Belgium, featuring some of the best dance bands in the country including Kadril, Goze, Follia, and many others.
La Marquise - Milann and Laloy
Belgian duo of voice, guitar and diatonic accordion, along with friends on bass, drums and percussion. Listen to and Geisha
Dampf - TREF
The Belgian accordion trio becomes a quartet: Bruno Le Tron, Didier Laloy and Wim Claeys on the diatonic accordion and Frédéric Malempré on percussion. These 4 musicians hold an open conversation with traditional rhythms, jazzy harmonies, touching melodies and rocking grooves. Accordion trio n' drums extraordinaire! Listen! and Listen!
October Sunrise - Maarten Decombel
The melodic lines find themselves at the crossroads of jazz, bossa, flamenco and worldmusic. They are the starting point for an adventurous journey across the waves of imagination by a unique Belgian artist. Maarten Decombel on guitar, vocals; Louis Favre on drums and Rui Salgado on the double bass Listen
Tusschen de Twee - Oxalys and Els van Laethem
The poetry of Guido Gezelle revisited by Dick Van der Harst has new flavours. Forget the Flemish romantic decorum, those songs travel between the gypsy, flamenco, Brazilian and many more styles. Any cravings for heartwarming melodies or sparkling humour? Take your pick!
hip-pop-song-citadine poetry - Aux âmes etc ...
The stand-out feature of this project is that in a single poetic spirit it brings together younger and older artists whose media for expression are as varied as rap, hip-hop, urban poetry, the written word, pop music and so on. The common denominator is the swing and groove of the lyrics. It's a journey, an invitation to let yourself be carried along in a flow of words as they are spoken, read, sung or shouted, in French or in English, where poetry takes precedence over protest without obscuring the political power of the text: "Poètes, vos papiers!" ("Poets, your papers!") as Léo Ferré once proclaimed. Listen to Narcissus and Transmigrant
Nykelharpa Solo - Didier Francois
The Belgian nykelharpist performs works that a far ranging and challenge the limits of the instrument, from Erik Satie and JS Bach to Jobim and jazz. And his own compisitions stand up to the best of them. Listen to Nine
Accordion Samurai - Accordion Samurai
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Didier Laloy, Bruno Le Tron, Markku Lepistö, David Munnelly, and Riccardo Tesi: five of the world's great squeezebox players. They have all made a huge contribution to advancing the cause of the diatonic accordion, each in their own sphere: trad, folk, liscio, Irish music, jazz, film scores - the list goes on and on. In common with the characters pervading the imaginary universe of the Japanese, these players have succeeded in combining a variety of styles to create a bold and expressive musical experience. Ingeniously melodic, brilliantly tonal, an invitation to savour an intimate atmosphere or relish a session of wild dancing: these musicians with an impressive list of credentials offer us a spectacular and extremely beguiling event.
Chansons pour la fin d'un jour - Guletkin, Vandenabeele, etc…
Dreams through amazing stories of central Anatolia to the Brussels baths, evoked by the singing of the duduk, the clarity of the violin, the harmony of the saz and the subtle play of the double bass. Composed like the second chapter of the album 'Chansons sans paroles' (nominated by Belgian Klara Radio Music Awards 2007), this new album was born from memories of journeys to the heart of Eastern Europe bringing together two ambassadors of Turkish music, Emre Gültekin playing the saz a long-necked Ottoman lute and Ertan Tekin playing the duduk an ancient armenian wind instrument with double reed, and a virtuoso violinist Wouter Vandenabeele and the excellent double bass of Joris Vanvinckenroye.
Tierra - Osvaldo Hernandez Napoles
Osvaldo Hernandez Napoles is a Mexican musician who has lived in Belgium for more than 20 years. After playing and recording with different multicultural groups in a number of countries, Osvaldo composed original works for this first album, on the theme of the Earth living on borrowed time. The different pieces in which poetry intertwines with melodies are served by a range of instruments from diverse indigenous and Afro-Latin American traditions, blended with Arabo-Andalucian and Armenian tones. Osvaldo is accompanied by three musicians from very different backgrounds: Patricia Van Cauwenberge (Belgian) on different percussion instruments, including the Argentinean bombo, the Peruvian cajón, the Brazilian pandeiro, Venezuelan maracas, and so on. Karim Baggili (Jordanian-Serbo-Croatian-Belgian) on the Arab oud, the acoustic guitar and vocals. Vardan Hovanissian (Armenian) on the doudouk and different Armenian flutes. Listen
Elegie Berbere - Gansan
Elégie berbère is a unique collaboration of Belgian and Moroccan musicians, born out of the love of an instrument - the ribab - and the sound of the Berber music of South Morocco. This is a marriage between ribab and violin of Bouhssine Foulane and the soprano saxophone of Ludovic Jeanmart, joined by a fine ensemble of guitar, bass, percussion and drums. Listen to 'Elegie Berbere' and 'Tamount Ifassen'
The All Weathers Country - Turlu Tursu
On this third album, Turlu Tursu doesn't play anymore arranged traditional tunes, but proposes a repertoire made of highly groovy compositions. To go on with their very personal sound, this trio kept in mind the various traditions of accordion from all over the world (from the Brazilian Forro to the Italian tarantella, through oriental modes, Swedish music, and many more). If the themes played by Fabian on accordion remind us the tradition of this instrument, his choruses make anyone thinks to electric guitar or Hammond organ. Nicolas' bass is filled with astonishing melodies, and Etienne's way of playing drums is very emotional, although incredibly powerful. The Indian bamboo flute played by Fabian took a very important place in this new repertory. An dynamic album with a profusion of ideas, true to the reputation that the trio built in its concerts. Listen
Rozz - Milann and Laloy
The Belgian accordion and guitar duo forms a quartet with Thierry Rombaux (bass) and Didier Fontaine (drums) and pushes into rock territory on this 2011 release. Listen to Color, Tik averechts and Toy's Sweat
Hour of the Wolf - Aurelia
The hour of the wolf is the hour just before dawn. It is the hour where most people die, when sleep is deepest and where dreams and nightmares are most real. In creating their third CD, Aurelia went in search for this state of mind whereby these underlying currents of emotions were used to outline their compositions and arrangements. This resulted in an introspective but very caleidoscopic palette of compositions and acoustic sounds. Besides their usual lineup (violin, acoustic guitar and percussion), you can also distinguish the sitar, banjo, harmonium, piano and ethnical vocal sounds.
Roqueforte - Aranis
The basic Aranis line-up is enriched with percussion. This gives the music a rough edge, but also adds a certain sens of beauty to it all. Dark melodies exchange with threatening rythms, raw solo pieces contrast with complex improvisations. With guest musicians David Kerman (percussion), Stefan Wellens (viola) and Pierre Chevalier (piano). For people who love classical, jazz, folk, world, film and rockmusic and everything in between, this ensemble offers adventure and confusion.
Gone for a Walk - Follow the River
A Belgian trio of guitars, bass and drums present a suite of songs composed over a period of several years, compositions that illustrate an open and original world where improvisations replace words. The members of this trio are active on both Belgian and international jazz scenes with The Garrett List Ensemble, Animus Anima, Deep in the Deep, Tomassenko, Rêve d'éléphant, The Riffing Society, Pierre Verloesem, Turlu Tursu .
Diversions - Thierry Crommen
The Belgian harmonica master and an ensemble of guitars, bass and piano.
Lea and Kash - Karim Baggili
Karim Baggili's fourth album merges together new compositions and unique musical sounds. Music critics have said that his music "is captivating and vivid with precise and elegant arrangements" Listen
13, chemin des mandarines - Klezmic Zirkus
At 13, Chemin des Mandarines, a poetic song crosses the nearby rue des Pierres. One can hear in the far, the frantic brass of a freylach, the eclectic sounds of Montreal, some ritornellos with their memories still full of eastern Europe. A journey in Klezmic Zirkus 's contrasted world. Here or there. Yesterday or today. Eyes half shut or wide open. It doesn't matter, the intensity does. As years have been passing by, Klezmic Zirkus (Aurélie Charneux : clarinets and compositions, Julien de Borman : accordion, Adrien Lambinet : trombone, Pierre Greco : double-bass and guitar, Wouter Roggemans : drums) has created its own idiom, which has patiently matured during some 150 public performances. Klezmic Zirkus finds its identity between tradition and modernity, structure and improvisation. Its unbridled rythms apeal to the body, its soulfull melodies to the heart, its sometimes elaborated structures to the mind. It's musicians' sincerity and synergy are delightful to see over and over. Listen
Eisherz - Deux accords diront
It's been ten years since the foundation of deux accords diront, 10 years that Anne Niepold and Aline Pohl have been creating their universe. Their motto? Adventure! Not trad, nor jazz, nor classical, nor world but a mix of all and none that creates a genuine and funny performance - fascinating, surprising, spontaneous, free. Eisherz (heart of ice) tells the story of the heart through the music: its beats, its palpitations, its arhythmias, crises and arrests - its restarts, its humors - some dark, some light - its 'take heart!'
ici maintenant la pouf! - Turdus Philomenos
The record label says: This happy and sonorous bunch of crazy musicians is back with a new musical banquet as only they can provide. A varied menu of sweet and spicy flavours, served on multicoloured cloths. A delicacy to enjoy as a cure for moroseness. A festive and spontaneous music which dawdles without dilly-dallying, which slips whithout falling, which jumps and bounces as it rises up into more solemn spheres. A music where one will find buzzing instruments, funny melodies and singing musicians. A good old Belgian compromise between rural funk and little swing, nontraditionnal folk music and questionable klezmer, field reggae and gooses' ragga... In short, a music which beats around the bush to go straight to the heart, the body, and everything else. Listen
Cycles - Basta!
Joris creates his work through recording himself and layering the sound to create an orchestral ambience in his own cinematic fusion style. Elements of classical music, rock, jazz and folk are combined to reach an organic whole. Listen
Doumale - Issa Sow
When Issa Mbaye Diary Sow (1947, Talbakhlé) first played the nianiooru (or riti), he was a young Fulani shepherd. Each time his herd was grazing, he would start at the "violin", developing a passion for the melancholic sounds he had heard his uncle play. He did not yet know that it would dictate the course of his life. Today, having collaborated among others with the National Orchestra of Senegal, Baaba Maal, Malick Pathé Sow, Youssou N'dour ... Issa has become one of the stellar players of this emblematic instrument of Peulh music. Upon his arrival in Belgium, he showed a keen interest in many different musical repertoires and different types of violins. This fascination quickly earned him the friendship of a Belgian musical icon of the instrument, Wouter Vandenabeele (Ambrozijn, Olla Vogala ...) with whom recording an album was only the next logical step. A dozen violinists have joined him in the project. The result is a CD that focuses particularly on the music of Issa and the traditional repertoire of West Africa, but has a variety of instruments, artists and sounds. There are about twenty musicians, such as Malick Pathé Sow, Bao Cissokho, Oumar Ka, or Mola Sylla Abou Diouba. Music in all its beauty, pure and rhythmically haunting.
Traduzca - Karoline de la Serna
When Karoline expresses herself in writing, she does so in order to liberate herself, release herself, cry, laugh, and quite simply to live. When her words are transformed into music, she opens the heart and mind. It is Karoline's desire to be true to herself through her music. Listen
Assim - Dick van der Harst
Contemporary wind instrument sounds and Indonesian gamelan music are just a little of what this Belgian composer uses to create this work, performed by the ensembles Zefiro Torna and Het Nieuw Gents Stadblazerscollectief. Listen http://wwww.homerecords.be/mp3/assim/Track02.mp3
Calligraphie - Cardamome
A Cardamome performance is a musical journey that awakens in us images, stories and emotions. Cardamome is the balanced sound of a 'classical' trio for the benefit of another music. It combines ingredients from jazz, classical music and world music in order to create a personal universe that speaks to each and every one of us.A universe where the imaginary takes wing.
Evok - Dietrich
Unusual pop music with some folk inspiration from Belgium. Jeuc Dietrich sings and plays percussion, hurdy-gurdy, Irish bouzouki, guitars, melotron, cellos, drum and electronic programming. Anik Faniel is the second vocalist and plays electric bass, percussions, bass drum, hurdy gurdy. They are joined by a nice cast of musicians playing Arabic percussion, pipes, drums and strings. Listen
Songs from the river - Tom Theuns
Belgian singer/songwriter takes a logical creative step after 20 years of collaborations with musicians from throughout the world. Listen
Horror vacui - Aurélie Dorzée
The Belgian composer, singer, violionist, pianist and glockenspielist presents a solo tour-de-force. She writes: "Horror vacui unfolds itself almost like a fairy tale, like a circus girl balancing above a world of fantasy containing stories of a half fish, half womanbeing, of a young child being drowned, of the fear of emptiness... Into our ear she whispers her soul, melodies and songs while her voice and violin are debating and melting together in a strong, direct and mysterious music."
Zumurrude - Tri a Tolia
Turkish voice - Iraqi qanun - Belgian cello. One language. The songs are composed by Melike and Osama. Osama also arranged the music, together with one of Belgium's finest cellists, Lode Vercampt, who has put his own stamp on this originally eastern music.
Some Music About Your Garden - Emmanuel Louis and the Gardening Group
Belgian quartet of Emmanuel Louis (guitar, vocals), Emmanuel Godinot (flute), Martin Lauwers (violin), and Marine Horbaczewski (cello) present folk-chamber music with a touch of jazz that they have been performing in the gardens of Europe (really, this is their preferred venue). It's gentle but complex, bringing composers like Satie to mind.
Hirondelles - Geneviève Laloy
Both in winter and summer colors, going upstream or landing on a desert island, the lyrics, the notes and the crotchet rests are those countless swallows, passing by unnoticed but never to be forgotten, braving thunderstorms and distances, leaving and coming back, their wings laden with foreign scents. Enchantment, warmth, energy, imagination, generosity, childhood spirit, feelings, poetry... Hirondelles ("Swallows") is a mixture of songs, which comes down through the seasons without mentioning them, dealing with life, death, travel, quest, enthusiasm, now in winter colours, now in summer colours. Hirondelles urges on to flying away, everybody choosing their own way.
Si la terre... - Genevieve Laloy
Belgian singer and flautist Geneviève Laloy offers this recording as 'songs for children.' Perhaps, but this is not 'kid's music' by any definition. This largish ensemble of Sophie Cavez (diatonic accordion), Philippe Laloy (flutes, alto sax, voice), Vincent Noiret (bass), Stephan Pougin (percussion), Paul Prignot (guitars) and Jacques Verhaegen (voice) offer a diverse sound, powerful, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous.
Wang Wei 4tet - Wang Wei Quartet
Compositions by Belgian artist Emmanuel Baily, performed by a quartet of guitar, percussion, saxophone and cello, with guest flautist on 3 tracks. Listen to Au monastère de Po-Shan, Frogs and Birds
E40 - Dazibao
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The second release by this wonderful Belgian ensemble will surely garner as much acclaim as their previous CD, Alma. The diatonic accordions of Sophie Cavez and Jonathan de Neck are still in the forefront, musically and compositionally, but this 2007 release offers a more confident ensemble sound, a little richer in jazz roots while still solidly enthralled the folk roots of their region. Exceptional music from an exceptional ensemble, once again.
Hypnogol - Aurelia
The second ring by the trio Aurélia: Aurélie Dorzée (violin, alto, voice), with Tom Theuns on guitars and vocals; Stephan Pougin on percussion. Guest musicians Michel Massot (tubas) and Sara Salverius (accordéon chromatique) fill out the ensembles unique, edgy sound in this slightly skewed tale of the sea.
Import Export - Les Ballets C. De La B.
This is a live recording of the songs and music as they are performed this theater production directed by Koen Augustijnen. With Steve Dugardin (altus) and the Kirke String Quartet.
Crossing the strings - Leo
Second solo album is a trip to 'Melodyland.' It all begins with a voice, a guitar and a songwriter - Belgian artist Leo. Steel strings, nylon strings, vocal cords...plain and simple songs at the crossroads of folk, blues and pop. Melody is the mainline. Songs about love, life and death, hometown, laziness and childhood days. Some tunes are low-key, in a 'close to the bone' form, others offer subtle arrangements with a little choir, cello, violin, flute, mandolin, double bass or drums
The luckless lands of the North - aNoo
aNoo is a group led Brussels based Finn, Anu Junnonen. Anu started playing piano at the age of seven and added flute a few years later. She got the kick for jazz in her teens from playing saxophone and jamming with friends, with whom she also created a local junior big band in order to perform modern -tunes and Finnish compositions. She is accompanied by accordion, trombone, acoustic bass and drums on a set of original and unusual songs. Listen
Nocturne - Soetkin Collier
Soetkin Colliers first CD is a collection of songs about love, hope, despair and faith in a dark and romantic setting. She is accompanied by Tom Theuns on guitar and Didier François on nyckelharpa (Swedish key-fiddle). She contributes her own compositions along with personal arrangements of traditional songs from Flanders and Sweden. A recording of stark beauty and powerful moods.
Chansons sans paroles - Wouter Vandenabeele
The Belgian violinist, arranger and composer (a member of Ambrozijn and Olla Vogala and occasional contributor to Laïs) presents a 2007 recording of small pieces performed in small ensemble settings
Cryptonique - Fabian Beghin and Didier Laloy
The record label says: 'This extraordinary duo presents a new repertoire based on the meeting between the chromatic and diatonic accordion. Didier Laloy plays lyrically, but and with a lot of swing. He is reserved and dynamic, but always subtle, with an eye for the smallest details. Fabian Beghin has his own dynamic sound with a wide scope on the world. Together they search for the perfect marriage between the force of Beghin's accordéon chromatique and the lyrical poetry of Laloy's diatonque. A cutting edge adventure.'
Belovodia - Floes
A Celtic-rooted sound drives this Flemish ensemble, in original and dynamic songs performed by a great band and a fine lead singer. Soetkin Collier (voice), Philip Masure (guitar, voice), Silvie Moors (voice), Guido Piccard (cittern, guitar, épinette), and Toon Van Mierlo (accordion, cornemuse, sax) - Listen!
King Size - Tricycle
The record label says: 'Some people call it 'jazz', others say 'world' or 'imaginary'... the choice is up to you. The music of Tricycle is an energetic, comprehensible creation with a visual character. Tricycle addresses himself to a large, curious and adventurous audience. The original compositions of the band, tinted with nostalgia, evoke, in a blithely and subtly way, the old stereotypes.' - Tuur Florizoone, accordion, piano; Philippe Laloy, saxophone, flute; Vincent Noiret, bass. Listen!
Gardadvergur - Deux accords diront
Two talented girls with diatonic accordions, Anne Niepold and Aline Pohl, Deux Accords Diront, with some twenty nimble fingers and about hundred ounces of perfectly working brains, which make it quite easy for them to create, compose, play and record the music they love. The two generous and meticulous 'poulettes' (as they refer to themselves) have prepared twelve exciting and innovating titles, neither trad, nor jazz, classical or world. Add some musette, bewildering melodies amd adventurous improvisations, sprinkle everything with a sense of humor and they prove that the 'braces piano' is as fit as a fiddle!
Krakalin - Ambrozijn
This Belgian ensemble is a house favorite and this 2006 release is as good as what has come before. using true roots and lots of innovation, this acoustic ensemble of Tom Theuns (guitar, vocals), Wim Claeys (diatonic accordion) and Wouter Vandenabeele (violin) is always vibrant and always exploring the boudaries of their tradition. Tom Theuns says: 'Somewhere by the side of a river, Krakalin, the city you've always dreamed about, where romances, nightmares, visionary illusions, runaway grooms, strange sects, broken hearts, boxes of fireworks and stories of brave sailors are washed upon its shore.'
Accordion n' drum n' bass - Turlu Tursu
Turlu Tursu attack the accordion traditions of the world with a mix of clever arrangements and spirited improvisations of standards from European music (Balkan, Celtic, klezmer) as well as musical forms from around the globe: Indian ragas, Arab maqams, music of the Caribbean and more. The accordion is vessel, the bass and drums the anchor. It's irreverent, agressive, witty and powerful. Listen
Promesses - Bradyaga
Contemporary roots music from Belgium by Naïra Mnoian (composer and pianist), Laurence Waters (voice), Cédric Waterschoot (guitar,bass), Walter Meneghello (clarinet and accordéon), Véronique Decock (violin) and Osvaldo Hernandez (percussion). Listen
Alma - Dazibao
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This Belgian quartet of accordions, guitar, ud and percussion offer some very fresh ideas, using local and global roots to produce original new music unchained to any genre. Highly Recommended! fRoots says: '...The three elements that make up Dazibao seem to have equally important contributions to make. Firstly there is the lead provided by the diatonic accordeons of Sophie Cavez and Jonathan De Neck. The way these two interplay and interact would make an interesting album in itself, but here they are superbly underpinned by Middle Eastern percussion from Jo Zanders and the assistance of Karim Baggili who alternates North African ud and flamenco guitar. Working within these margins they come up with some very inventive compositions and arrangements...'
Hors-piste - JC Renault and Didier Laloy
fRoots says: 'It would be interesting to have enumerated the many and various musical projects - albums, bands, concerts, recordings - that the hyperactive workaholic Monsieur Laloy has been involved in, in the past five years or so. It would make a long and impressive list. Here his diatonic accordeon is paired with Jean-Christophe's piano and compositions. The best description of this music would be modern conservatoire music with decided folk and worldmusic leanings. There is probably nothing to compare it with in Britain but it is a similar mould to the compositions of Carl Hession and Micheal O Suilleabhain in Ireland.This is thoughtful, enjoyable music.' Listen
Festina Lente - Aurelia
Belgian group Aurélia offers a thoroughly original if somewhat quirky sound made by Aurèlie Dorzée (violin, alto and kazoo), Tom Theuns (guitar and a completely unique voice, from the band Ambrozijn) and Stephan Pougin (percussion). The compositions are strong, and arrangements remarkably dense for a trio.
La est la question - Jean-Christophe Renault
Piano solos of original compositions by the Belgian musician. Listen
Doab - Jugalbandi Trio
You might expect something in the 'world-fusion-new-age' vein from the trio of Fabian Fiorini (piano), Suman Sarkar (tablas) and Fabian Beghin (bansuri flute and bell). But instead, what they offer is a solid, almost jazz approach, taking the ragas that are the root of their music and turning them into original, distinctly European new music. Listen
Barricade - Jaune Toujours
Andrew Cronshaw writes in fRoots: ' Led by singer Piet Maris, with his energetically-pumped small accordeon plus a hot rhythm unit of double bass and drums and a wild and incisive trumpets and reeds section, they have a very fully-formed, complete sound and rhythmic approach whose components and inspiration are difficult to pin down. Not like a fusionist thing where now you hear this influence, now another; this is so natural that it feels like it's always been there...'
Manuscrit Susanne van Soldt: Danses, chansons and psaumes des Flandres, 1599 - Les Witches
The source of this music is Susan Van Soldt's manuscript of the end of the 16th century, comprising dances, songs and psalms adapted to the virginal or the harpsichord. Aged 16 when she noted in this copy-book the pieces she probably enjoyed playing at home, Susan was a young protestant who had to leave Flanders for England with her family at this time of raging religious conflict between Christians. The majority of pieces in the manuscript are reductions for the keyboard. Contrary to what is usually the case, the Witches had therefore to imagine, on the basis of these reductions, the «original » versions for instrumental ensembles and hence recreate the tonal colours that we see in Brueghel's country fairs, weddings and village feasts. Claire Michon : flute, Freddy Eichelberger : virginal and organ, Odile Edouard : violin, Pascale Boquet : lute, Sylvie Moquet : viola da gamba, Mickaël Cozien : virginal, Françoise Rivalland : percussion and rommelpot.