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Cassiers, Lynn: Imaginary Band (Clean Feed)

Composer, vocalist and electronics artist Lynn Cassiers' new septet with Sylvain Debaisieux (soprano and tenor saxophone), Ananta Roossens (violin), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Erik Vermeulen (piano), Manolo Cabras (double bass) and Marek Patrman (drums) in their adventurous debut album blending improv, pop aesthetics, electronics, dreamlike voice, and solid playing.

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Lynn Cassiers-voice, electronics

Ananta Roosens-violin

Sylvain Debaisieux-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Niels Vermeulen- euphonium

Erik Vermeulen-piano

Manolo Cabras-double bass

Marek Patrman-drums

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UPC: 5609063004847

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF484
Squidco Product Code: 26022

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Dada Studios, in Brussels, on December 9th to the 12th, 2017, by Peter Soldan and Thibault Dupont.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

Lynn Cassiers writes:

"For the occasion of a Carte Blanche for Brosella Folk and Jazz Festival 2017, I put a 7 piece band together and wrote new music for it. A fresh new version of the 'Imaginary Band' that had been patiently sleeping in my head, had finally been born. The core of the band, a contemporary piano trio with it's roots deeply embedded in jazz, formed by the well known Erik Vermeulen Trio (Django d'Or) with Manolo Cabras and Marek Patrman on bass and drums. While the top of the band consists of a less obvious 'jazz' instrumentation, such as the violin, played by the all-round Ananta Roosens whom we may know from Gotham Project, Oba Loba, La Sieste du Dromadaire,..... and the euphonium player Niels Van Heertum that has been a prominent part of the Belgian Improv Scene for the last decade, being part of a vast number of ensembles and orchestras such as; Ifa y Xango, Book of Air, Solo, Chantal Acda, Platel/Cassol: Requiem pour L., .... Last member of this divers band is the young and talented Sylvain Debaisieux on tenor and soprano saxophones. Sylvain has been noticed on the jazz scene being part of Stéphane Galland & The Mystery of KEM, Pentadox, Eve Beuvens' Heptatomic, etc...

The music.

I wrote the music in order to give value to the wide range of timbres and dynamics of this band. I looked for structures that could offer enough freedom harmonically and rhythmically to the rhythm section and at the same time provide me a good platform to express the voice, through song and through merely sound. I looked for textures where the individuality of the different instruments could come to live, applying various kinds of approaches in improvisation to harmonic and non harmonic contexts. The result is a 'layered' music that rests on open structures, flirting with pop aesthetics as much as with free jazz and electronic improvised music while the rhythm trio pulls the repertoire through the history of jazz. Influences you might distinguish are Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, Frank Zappa, Annette Peacock, Ligeti, Miles Davis Quintet, and any band I've played in the last 15 years.(you can check on this website)

The lyrics.

Theme-wise, this album treats different subjects. It's about what it means to stand in this society today for me, or possibly for someone else around me. Rather daily issues than world problems. For instance the difficulties new medias may bring upon us, referring to new and old (mis-) communication, consummation, social pressure, control of the intellect. But also more classic issues that may include; loss of dear ones, existential questions and escapism. My approach to lyrics is, as it is to the music, a very free one. Although the ideas above lie on the basis of most of the texts, the lyrics often may seem to have no content. Built up by phrases that I like and with little determined information, they stay open for interpretation depending on the listeners imagination.

The record.

Our first record is out on Clean Feed the 11th of May! Recorded in December 2017 at DADA Studios by Peter Soldan and Thibault Dupont. Mixed and Mastered by Manolo Cabras. Album Artwork and Photography by Sophie Saporosi."

Artist Biographies

"Lynn Cassiers, born in Antwerp 1984. After studying at 'de Kunsthumaniora' of Antwerp, she received her 'Bachelor Degree in Music' in 2006 at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Her teachers were; Rachel Gould, Kristina Fuchs, Natasha Röth, John Ruocco and Eric Vloeimans and she attended masterclasses with guestteachers like; Jay Clayton, Dave Liebman, Mark Murphy, Ronan Guilfoyele, Billie Hart, Judy Niemack, among others.In 2001 Lynn was a laureate of the Axion-classics competition. In july 2005 she appeared as a semi-finalist on the 'Sure jazz-voice competition' of the Montreux Jazzfestival. Since 2008 she is a teacher vocal jazz at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Belgium.

Lynn is a singer that performs in the jazz and impro scene in and around belgium. For that she uses some small electronics. She's been performing with musicians as; Riccardo Luppi, Marshall Allen,Jack Van Poll, Leon Parker, Alexandra Grimal, Daysuke Takaoka, Manolo Cabras, Rudy Trouvé, Eric Thielemans, Pierre Perchaud, Nelson Veras, Erik Vermeulen, Joao Lobo, Giovanni Di Domenico, Oriol Roca, Brice Soniano, Bruno Da Silva ... She's part of Jozef Dumoulin's 'lidlboj', Octurn '7 Eyes', Riccardo Luppi's Mure Mure, Tape Cuts Tape, The Crappy Mini Band, The Bird,The Fish and The Ball(solo), among others

Collaborations; Giori Politi (audio-visual 'live' performance MAKA), Michiel De Malsche and GUSO(composition for symphonic Orchestra), Scoreman 'Urban Project', Festival D'Anères: Music For Charley Bowers, Michael De Cock/'T Arsenaal(Vliegen tot de hemel, Het einde van de wereld, Biechten), Brussels Jazz Orchestra,' Music From My Mothers Knees' (Octurn/Mira Calix/Boris Van Der Avoort), Stéphanie Pan, Raul Fernandez aka Refree(singer songwriter), Cabezas de Cera en Juan Pablo Villa , Pakyan Lau and others..."

-Lynn Cassiers Website (

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"Ananta Roosens is a violinist, trumpet player and composer who currently lives in Brussels. She is one of the founding members of La Sieste Du Dromadaire with whom she recorded the album 'Tango from a dromedary point of view' in 2013 featuring special guests Gerardo Jerez Le Cam and Iacob Maciuca for the recordings.

She has a duo with the French guitarist and composer Benjamin Sauzereau. 
She recently played with projects such as Lynn Cassiers' Imaginary Band, Fnussjen, Daniele Martini trio, Melingo, Lyenn, Along a Line and Wouter Vandenabeele to name a few ...picture by Andre Roseta

She has been teaching a 'Tango ensemble' course and 'Tango violin' at Muziekpublique since September 2016.
 She recorded the music of Giovanni di Domenico, such as 'Terra Che Cammina' with Mo(ve)ments Ensemble, and 'ARCO' in cooperation with Jim O'Rourke. She is currently a member of the portuguese band Oba Loba with whom she recorded several CD's and vinyls.
 She has written music for theater pieces such as Kurt Demey's La ville Qui Respire and for dance performances such as Fallen Thoughts and Trapped Inside by dancer and choreographer Satya Roosens of compagnie 'Studio Eclipse' with whom she has toured in Europe and Australia. With Satya, she gave the workshop 'Interaction between dance and music' for dancers in Lithuania, 2016. Together they wrote the theater piece 'Veni, Vidi, Venus' which will go in première in 2018.

With Jon Birdsong's project Spiral Consort, she has played 'shells' on festivals such as Urban Ritual Festival and AlbaNova Festival (2014).

Ananta toured as a multi-instrumentalist with Gotan Project (2010 & 2011) during their third world tour, presenting the album tango 3.0."

-Ananta Roosens Website (

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"Sylvain Debaisieux, tenor saxophone, born 1993 in Brussels.

Born in 1993 in Brussels, Sylvain Debaisieux ran very early into music thanks to his brother, a classical pianist and to his parents, classical and jazz lovers.

He began to play the saxophone at the age of 8, and started to learn improvisation during workshops at Libramont when he was 13 years old. There and in different academies of music, he has been getting to know people who allowed him to grow musically : StÈphane Mercier, Bart Defoort, Pierre Vaiana, Bo Van Der Werf, Bernard Guyot, and many others... In 2011 he started his bachelor degree at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, which opened him new doors. It is also offering him a lot of opportunities, especially playing with his elders and teachers but also with other young musicians. This allows him to perform regularly on the young Brussels stage and to discover the enjoyments of artist life.

He is selectioned at 18 to be part of the "European Saxophone Ensemble" project, directed by the french saxophonist Guillaume Orti and touring all over Europe.

In the past, was also involved in the following bands: Tribute To Keith Jarrett' American Quartet, Joachim Caffonnette Quintet."

-Jazz in Belgium (

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"Niels Vermeulen (1978) is a composer, multimedia artist and educator living in Utrecht.

He started his studies at the HKU where he studied composition (music technology department). After 3 years he went to the Royal Conservatory to study classical music, theory and education (Music Music department). Within the study Vermeulen chose to focus on leading composition workshops. He followed, in addition to his studies, various trainings from renowned makers of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Eventually he graduated as music maker / workshop leader at the Société Gavigniès of Renee Jonker.

After his studies Vermeulen worked for many cultural organizations as workshop leader and maker. He worked for Yo-Opera, Papageno Foundation, Buitenkunst Foundation and various youth theater schools. He also gave trainings in collective production processes at music schools and centers for the arts.

During these years he recorded his record label Samekh Records, which released an eclectic mix in the field of world music and electronics. Vermeulen himself produced electronic music in the laptop quartet Sobchek and later in Technoband GardenFest.

After giving workshops during the Artistic Reflective Week at the Conservatory in Groningen, Vermeulen decided to work in Groningen more often. He started as a teacher with courses of 'creative teaching', 'improvisation for classical musicians' and 'advanced group dynamics'. He also started the Creative Ensemble in which students from all departments and years were represented.

Through a scholarship, Vermeulen was able to report to the International Master of New Audiences and Innovative Practices (NAIP) in 2013. The NAIP is a cooperation between Conservatories (eg Iceland Academy of the Arts Reykjavik / Royal College of Music Stockholm / Prince Claus Conservatory of Groningen / Royal Conservatory of The Hague) and gives the student the opportunity to map out their own route within an extensive network. Because of the flexible design, continuous mentoring and international context, the NAIP is very suitable for curious lifelong learners.

Vermeulen eventually obtained Cum Laude's Master of Music title with a Multimedia Artistic Research Project on serendipity (entitled: The Unexpected System ).

After his master, Vermeulen continued his job as an educator in the field of group dynamics and cross-doctor at the Prince Claus Conservatoire, the NAIP Master and the Master Art Education in Groningen. He is also involved in various projects in which music, theater and visual arts come together. As a musical director, he was responsible for VOID SPACE, together with director Marcel Sijm, a performance at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam for 100 orphaned elderly people. For TivoliVredenburg he is workshop leader for the Pronkstukken Projects in which young people together create new work in response to a classical composition.

As a multimedia artist, Vermeulen is part of electronics duo HexBlack, together with Jurgen van Harskamp. He also makes reflective drawings & electronic music under the name THUS."

-Niels Vermeulen Website (

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"Erik Vermeulen (born 15 October 1959 in Ypres, Belgium) is a Belgian jazz pianist. He entered the Belgian jazz scene when he was 22 with his trio. At the time, it featured Heyn Van de Geyn on bass and Dré Pallemaerts on drums. Soon after that, he started performing with different jazz bands and musicians including the Frank Vaganée Quartet, Erwin Vann Quartet and Peter Hertmans.

He performed with international stars like Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, David Schnitter, Art Farmer, Bob Mover, Teddy Edwards, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Michael Moore and Barre Phillips.

He was often a soloist with the BRT jazz orchestra. In 1998, he represented Belgium in the European Radio Union Big Band in Stockholm.

During his career, the musicians from his trio have changed: Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and Félix Simtaine, then Philippe Aerts and Dré Pallemaerts, Otti Van Der Werf and Eric Thielemans.

Since 1995, Erik has toured and recorded with the following bands: Bart Defoort Quartet, Ben Sluijs Quartet, Manu Hermia Quartet and Marta Mus.

Since 1995, he has been a member of the Ben Sluijs Quartet, with whom he recorded four CDs. The last one, Flying Circles, is part of the CD box "The Finest in Belgian Jazz" (released on De Werf).

In 1997, he recorded a CD with his band Icarus Consort (consisting of Erwin Vann, Pierre Bernard, Nicolas Thys and Stéphane Galland). The project emphasis is on improvisation.

Performing solo or in duo with Pierre Bernard, Daniel Stokart or Eric Thielemans, led to the founding of the "Groundwork" collective (2000).

In 2001, he recorded his CD "Songs of Minutes" with Salvatore La Rocca and Jan De Haas. In the same year, he recorded the album Stones with Ben Sluijs and made recordings with the project "Rrauw" of Eric Thielemans, with Barre Philips and Jean-Yves Evrard.

In 2002, he got to know Eric Surmenian (double bass) and Marek Patrman (drums). With this trio, he recorded Inner City from the CD box "The Finest in Belgian Jazz".

These days, Erik Vermeulen is teaching jazz piano at the Antwerp and Ghent conservatories.

In November 2003, he received the Belgian Golden Django for musician of the year."

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"Manolo Cabras, bassist. Born in Cagliari 1971. He starts his musical studies as a classical violinist at the Conservatory of Cagliari where he also attends the course Experimental Composition.

After a few years he discovers the bass. He takes lessons with Dave Holland and with Attilio Zanchi.

In 1996 Manolo receives the degree 'High Qualification for Jazz Musicians' in Siena (directed by Furio Di Castri). He takes part in workshops of Marc Johnson, Miroslav vitous and Palle Danielsson.

In Italy Manolo appears on various jazzfestivals at the side of; Enrico Rava, Roswell Rud, Maria Pia De Vito, Tino Tracanna, Roberto Cipelli ,Gianluca Corona, Augusto pirodda, Alessandro Diliberto, Massimo Ferra, etc...

In 1998 he moves in Holland where he plays with musicians like; Eric Vloeimans, Rob Madna, Ferdinand Povel, Marc Murphy,Jasper Blom, Ack Van Rooyen, Jesse van Ruller, Eric Inneke, Wim Bronnenberg, Wolfert Brederode, etc... .

In 2003 Manolo gets involved in the Belgium jazz-scene. He plays and/or records with the 'Ben Sluijs Quartet, 'Toots Thielemans Quartet', Manuel Hermia' trio,'Chris Joris Quartet', 'Frederik Desmyter Quartet (feat. John Ruocco)', 'Pierre Vaiana Quartet' and 'Erik Vermeulen trio', Eve Bouvens Heptatomic.Or on freelance-base with musicians as: Jozef Dumoulin, Bert Joris, Bart Defoort, Erik Thielemans and many others.

Appart leading his own bands, Manolo Cabras Quartet, and Basic Borg, he is also involved in several projects as coleader ,among wich: Augusto Pirodda quartet, Alexandra Grimal quartet, Riccardo Luppi's Mure Mure, Sweet Cut, Bad courrency, Visioni Sonore, Skunk trio, Filippo castellazzi quartet, Triotonik, Malm."

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"Marek Patrman, is a Czech drummer, born 7 February 1971, plays drums in the Stéphane Mercier 4tet, Ben Sluijs Quartet the Erik Vermeulen Trio, Augusto Pirodda Quartet, Manolo Cabras Quartet, Stéphane Mercier 4tet."

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Track Listing:

1. 71% 0:26

2. Water Fall 4:31

3. Korrels 3:01

4. Busy Chick 3:09

5. Gugu 4:04

6. Namekian Color 4:17

7. Kapitein Antonio & Toutes Les Gares 5:33

8. Frillin (The Cartoon Madness) 0:35

9. We Talk 4:43

10. 7 Ways of a Hermit 4:07

11. A Full 6% 1:21

12. Shelf 8:32

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