Beat Love Oracle, the spin off quartet of Hardscore made its public appearance on Monday 26 June.
The acclaimed artist Lukas Vandenabeele was celebrated in Deinze, and BLO was invited to present four short interludes during the eulogies.
Myself on marimba, Frank Debruyne on saxes, Stijn Deldaele on 6 string bass and Ronald Dhaene on drums performed 4 pieces from the first set specially composed for this particular line up.
It became clear that the uncommon quartet has indeed the potential to bridge the still standing gap between music which is considered ‘classical’ and music called ‘non classical’ ‘or contemporary’. The four featured pieces are all rather virtuosic, but at the same time -as several members of the audience told us afterwards- very accessible. Which was and currently is one of my main preoccupations as a composer.
The Beat Love Oracle band lacks instruments like piano or guitar, which makes it for me as a composer fairly difficult to solve the problem of harmony. I opted to replace the common fundament made by chords, by a very intricate interplay between melodies, rhythms and metra, while keeping in mind the goal of the band: finding a fine balance between my needs as a composer and the possible needs of a rather uninitiated public.
For that’s what BLO wants to do: play. Not only in established venues, but in locations which attract an audience less steeped in the intricacies of contemporary (classical) music.
(as you can see in the photos, we played our concert in the council chamber of the recently built city hall…)
We still have to cover ground in order to match the humor obvious in the titles of the pieces (‘Don’t Count on Us, Get Your Foot in the Bar, Just Thumb Luck, to name only a few…) and the envisaged ease of playing often demanded nowadays and which is our goal too. Though it’s nice knowing there’s progress to make.
For the moment I have composed ten pieces for this band. And I’m deeply hoping to be able to make two more. The other members of the band also plan to enlarge our repertoire.
The next two events with this band are both in October: 6th in Trefpunt Ghent and then 23rd In the Handelsbeurs Ghent, during en event planned for the retirement of the Rector of University College Ghent, Bert Hoogewijs.
Hardscore, the mother band, starts rehearsing for the last songs of Carbon Fixation in the beginning of July. We’re slowly moving towards the first official presentation of a project which has been three years in the making. Tomas Hendriks is continuing his incredible work on the visuals. The vocal chords of Annelies get each day more in tune with the wide ranging lines I offer her to sing, and all the other band members study hard to make each other’s live as pleasant as possible, musically speaking of course 🙂
Have a nice summer folks!