'Porous structures' is the debut album of Ruben Machtelinckx' new quartet. The album recently won the Klara award for Best Belgian cd Jazz.
From the jury report:
They remain true to the credo that adorns the album: ‘We become aware of the void as we fill it.’ In times when stillness has become pure luxury, Porous Structures is a welcome surprise. This album was released by the record label Aspen Edities by Ruben Machtelinckx and Niels Van Heertum. It is a beautiful object that has been put together with the utmost care and vision and that further strengthens the music.
About this release:
2019 a fruitful year for Ruben Machtelinckx. This project is the last part of a triptych: in the spring Poor Isa, his duo with Frederik Leroux, released its
debut album; in the summer he came out with the cassette ‘Sualme’ with field recordings, improvisations and compositions; the winter appears to be
the proper season for the crystalline music of this quartet.
Joachim Badenhorst is an old acquaintance, he was already part of Machtelinckx’ rst quartet, Machtelinckx/Jensson/Badenhorst/Wouters, in
this new project he plays reeds and he sings. Bert Cools plays steel-string guitar for this occasion - just like Machtelinckx. Toma Gouband is the
percussionist of the band, with his peculiar choices in sounds and materials.