Aspen Edities

Out now: this here empty room by Frederik Leroux

This here empty room
Frederik Leroux

‘This here empty room’ is a collection of thirteen miniature compositions for solo acoustic guitar and solo piano. Pieces i until vii are played by Frederik Leroux on steel-string acoustic guitar, pieces viii until xiii are played by pianist Heleen Van Haegenborgh.

This album is another exploration of the acoustic space, as you might expect from Leroux. What is new is the purely composed nature of the music, giving Leroux full control over the soundworld he wants to create. The music is intimate, quiet, small and slow. The pieces can almost be seen. The playing with light and darkness, opaqueness and translucency, makes the album a space. The recordings are very natural, prese...

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Out now: dance of the hermits by Karl Van Deun

Dance of the hermits
Karl Van Deun - guitar

In 1992, Karl Van Deun wrote a series of short pieces for solo guitar. Somewhere in the back of his mind was the music of Jimmy Wyble and his art of "two-line improvisation," a method of approaching guitar pieces from counterpoint. Bill Frisell was also constantly on his mind, as Van Deun was working on a thesis on the legendary jazz guitarist at the time.

To these influences he responded intuitively and he captured the musical atmosphere in typical Van Deun compositions. The music sounds exciting and personal. In addition to abstract characteristics, the pieces have clear influences from fingerpicking, blues and swing.

Now a selection was made from this fine series that has...

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Out now: 'dissolution of the other' by Poor Isa

Poor Isa's second album is out now: 'dissolution of the other'. Again, banjo and woodblocks are the scarce ingredients. Read the first reviews.

"This is the good stuff. Delicate yet strong, relentless yet restrained. No melodrama, no fluff. Just layers of sound
that, in their relative simplicity and lack of narrative arc, suggest something much more mysterious
than a modal banjo duet. Stay this course, and Poor Isa could become Aspen Edities crowning jewel."

a closer listen

"Totaal indruisend tegen de huidige consumptielogica en net daardoor zo subliem."



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Aspen Label Night at otoro

On 19 June 2022, a new space for music opens in Roborst: otoro.

On this opening day we are present with concerts by Leroux + Van Isacker + Vanderstraeten and Karl Van Deun.
There will also be an expo with paintings by Naninga Lens.
And Aspen prepares dinner.

16.00 Welcome + expo
17.00 Concert 1 
18.30 Concert 2 
Main course

Concerts + dinner: €30
Reservations: aspenconcerts@gmail.com

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NEW ET ALIA RELEASE: harmoniums by Gebruers + Troch

Seppe Gebruers - harmonium
Thijs Troch - harmonium

Although they are rather known as pianists, Seppe Gebruers and Thijs Troch discovered a new challenge in playing the harmonium. In origin the harmonium was a European invention where it was used as an alternative for the bigger and more expensive pipe organs in smaller churches. As a duo - on two harmoniums - they freely improvise pieces as if they were composed and the other way around. The both of them are members of the collective called troika.

'Harmoniums' is released on cassette, including download code and unique postcard by Sjoerd Paridaen & Laura Vana van.
Limited edition: 100 ex.