Aspen is not just a label. From time to time we organize events with artists we believe in.
Two Aspen Events already took place in Antwerp (Zuiderpershuis), with music by Dans les arbres (NO/FR), Nils Økland Band (NO), Veder (BE/NO), Niels Van Heertum solo.
At the beginning of this summer we organized a night filled with music (by Raphael Vanoli (DE/FR/NL), Rawfishboys (BE/DK) and Niels Van Heertum (BE) and food (by Bei Wen Tan) at one of the Aspen headquarters in Roborst (East Flanders, BE).
Now we invite you again in Roborst, at the end of summer:
On Sunday 1 October Linus+Økland/Van Heertum/Zach presents its new album 'mono no aware'.
Before the concert, Sanne Huysmans wil present 'Rafelen', her debut novel that has just been issued by Houtekiet (in Dutch).
-- Sanne Huysmans --'Rafelen' -- book presentation --
Sanne Huysmans recently debuted with 'Rafelen', a subtle but staggering novel about the fate of the universe and an individual human being. For this occasion she compiles and comments on fragment in which happiness and sadness almost touch each other.
Sanne Huysmans (1988) studied political sciences and philosophy, educations that fed her natural interest in the community and the communality of things. 'Rafelen' is her debut novel.
-- Linus + Økland/Van Heertum/Zach -- 'mono no aware' -- CD/LP release --
Ruben Machtelinckx: guitars, banjo
Thomas Jillings: saxophone, synth
Niels Van Heertum: euphonium
Nils Økland: hardanger fiddle
Ingar Zach: percussion
Ruben Machtelinckx and Thomas Jillings have been musical companions for years, a partnership of two composers and instrumentalists which carries the name Linus. On this album and for this concert they collaborate with violin player Nils Økland (NO), euphonium player Niels Van Heertum (BE) and percussionist Ingar Zach (NO).
The unusual instruments played by the guests – Zach being a master of the gran cassa, Økland playing the Hardanger fiddle (a traditional Norwegian instrument similar to the violin) and Van Heertum's euphonium producing deep brass tones – complement and enhance the typical Linus sound.
On this album five musicians come together, sometimes as distinct individuals, other times as a lush unison.
The acoustic quintet employs measured doses of electronica, without ever losing its simplicity.
This summer the band played a highly appreciated concert at Jazz Middelheim.
With 'mono no aware', Linus + Økland/Van Heertum/Zach touches upon a heartbreaking but life-affirming sense of passing.