|Flat Earth Society
Web site: http://www.fes.be
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Collaborations come in many shapes and sizes. It's sometimes difficult to put labels on artists and place their sounds in the printed medium. Peter Vermeersch, the maverick musical 'mad scientist' creator behind Flat Earth Society, has produced an impressive body of multi-faceted music which defies categorisation. Big band to modern classical, jazz to experimental, soundscapes to the absurd, music for theatre and silent films, contemporary concertos of cascading colour.
John Watts is also an artist competent in many styles. Pop, poet, political, singer/songwriter, film-maker, humorist, multimedia artist and raconteur; all labels which could theoretically apply to his wide range of talents. Originally known for being the leader of Fischer Z, Watts has been recording in multiple styles and across a wide range of instrumentation for three decades, resulting in seventeen albums which have collectively sold over two million copies.
The combination of these two forces is every bit as exciting as you would expect. Watts' love of creative chaos set off against Vermeersch and his band's broad-palette musicality, make for an original and potent artform.
Spike Jones to Spike Lee, Chopin to deadpan, Velvet Underground to The London Underground, Martian dustmen to Marshall Dillon. It's all here; music, words, atmosphere and imagery. So bring down the lights and roll out the Big band. “Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Flat Earth Society with John Watts.”
PETER VERMEERSCH composer, clarinet
STEFAAN BLANCKE trombone
BENJAMIN BOUTREUR alto sax
MICHEL MAST tenor sax
BRUNO VANSINA baritone sax
BERLINDE DEMAN tuba
BART MARIS trumpet
MARC MEEUWISSEN trombone
KRISTOF ROSEEUW double bass
LUC VAN LIESHOUT trumpet
PETER VANDENBERGHE piano & keyboards
TEUN VERBRUGGEN drums & percussion
PIERRE VERVLOESEM guitar
WIM WILLAERT accordion, voice
TOM WOUTERS clarinet, xylophone, vibraphone