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Gabbro: Granular [VINYL] (Dropa Disc)

The project of baritone saxophonist Hanne De Backer, originally a duo and extended to a quartet for this second album, with fellow baritone saxophonist Marc De Maeseneer, electric and experimental bassist Raphael Malfliet, and vocalist Agnes Hvizdalek, recording at the 2018 Summer Bummer Festival in Belgium, and at Rabbit Field Studio in That should be Hoboken, Antwerp.

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Label: Dropa Disc
Catalog ID: 008
Squidco Product Code: 28255

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Belgium
Packaging: LP
Tracks "Monday" to "Friday" recorded at Rabbit Field Studio, in Hoboken, That should be Hoboken, Antwerp, on August 25th and 27th, 2018, by Christophe Albertijn.

Track "Sunday" recorded at Sound in MotionŐs Summer Bummer Festival, in Antwerp, Belgium, on August 26th, 2018, by Nick Symons.


Hanne De Backer-baritone saxophone, bass clarinet

Agnes Hvizdalek-voice

Raphael Malfliet-electric bass

Marc De Maeseneer-baritone saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

Hanne De Backer is an Antwerp, Belgium-based saxophonist, known for his work with his own Gabbro project, and with The Ex, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Expats.

-Squidco 10/13/2021

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"Agnes Hvizdalek is an improvising musician originating from Vienna's experimental music scene and is based in Oslo and Vienna. From an early age, she has dedicated her life to new music and her fascination with the human voice. She celebrates this in her abstract vocal music, for which she has received international acclaim. Always exploring new horizons, Hvizdalek has engaged in numerous cross-disciplinary collaborations merging voice and visual and performance art, dance, theatre, film, writing."

-Agnes Hvizdalek Website (

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"Raphael Malfliet is an experimental electric bassplayer and composer based in Antwerp Belgium.

Raphael Malfliet was born in Dendermonde, Belgium in 1990 and grew up in Hamme. He started playing electric bass at the age of twelve. Wanting to pursue a life and career in music, Raphael attended the conservatory of Antwerp where he followed masterclasses with Larry Grenadier, John Hébert, Anders Jormin, Ben Allison and many more.

Raphael became active as a sideman in all kinds of projects of fellow students and won prizes with some of them: Leaven (Jazzcontest of Mechelen) & Space to Breathe with visual artist Joke Derycke and dancer Olivia Van De Peer (Champ's D'Action LabO #4

After graduating in 2014 Raphael left for New York for a period of three months to get inspired by the city and it's musicians. His experiences there made him become interested in contemporary classical music and composition, focussing intensely on how to connect those interests with free improvised music, he started to explore new sound possibilities on the electric bass using a bow and prepared techniques.

During this process he was lucky to have played with and learned from great musicians such as Mary Halvorson, Fay Victor, Carlo Costa, Todd Neufeld, Flin Van Hemmen, Sarah Bernstein, Pascal Niggenkemper and Michael Attïas.

Raphael is currently leading a New York trio which also features Todd Neufeld on guitar and Carlo Costa on drums and percussion. They recorded Raphael's first album as a leader in November 2015 and was released in September 2016 on Ruweh Records. Raphael is currently focussing on how to incorporate spatialism and the acoustic projection of sound and the perception of fore and background into his music."

-Raphael Malfliet Website (

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"Marc De Maeseneer studied with Frank Vaganée at the conservatory in Ghent. As a saxophonist he is at home in many markets, both jazz and world music or pop / rock, and his schedule is full: Olla Vogala (classical, folk, jazz), El Tattoo Del Tigre (mambo big band), The Whodads (surf mambo) , Backback (jazz), Lady Lynn & her Magnificent 7, Obatala, les Banquets Nomades, Gabriella Arnon (American singer / songwriter), Banda Azufaifo (project by Dick van der Harst), Caroussel (French Chansons), various foreign projects .. .

In between, he is a much sought after session / guest musician: Deus (rock), Eva De Roovere (rootspop), Tony Allen (afro beat), Maceo Parker (funk), Thou (rock), Magik Ballet Ensemble (jazz), Janez Detd ( rock), The Internationals (ska), The Revelaires (surf), Daby (s), Ngaari Laaw (s), Brussels Jazz Orchestra ..."

-Kunstenpunt (

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track listing:


1. Monday 2:45

2. Tuesday 6:34

3. Wednesday 5:19

4. Thursday 3:13


1. Friday 6:05

2. Saturday 7:04

3. Sunday 7:23
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"g a b b r o is a conglomerate of sounds and improvisation that centers itself around the baritone saxophone of Antwerp based musician Hanne De Backer.

Together with Marc De Maeseneer they released the first album in 2017, consisting of seven sonoric landscapes, recorded in the resonating space from Het Bos in Antwerp.

For the second album, Granular, g a b b r o expanded to a quartet consisting of vocalist Agnes Hvizdalek, electric bassplayer Raphaël Malfliet and saxophonist Marc De Maeseneer. The quartet played its first concert at the Summer Bummer Festival 2018 and recorded in the Rabbit Field Studio in Hoboken."-Gabbro

"While Gabbro, Hanne De Backer's baritone sax project, used a no frills duo concept for its debut album, things take a different turn on Granular. With Marc De Maeseneer again by her side, this album also involves fellow Belgian experimentalist Raphael Malfliet on electric bass, as well as singular vocalist Agnes Hvizdalek. Taken from studio recordings, as well as the quartet's performance at 2018's Summer Bummer Festival, Granular turns fragmentation and attention for detail, sound and space into an invitation to listen without prejudice and expectations. The result is a strikingly original impression of a universe full of unconventional techniques, which retains a balance between the highly personal and a remarkable openness, turning the granules of the title into a broader, organic whole."-Guy Peters

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