7/12/2023 – 20:00
Tradition and innovation go hand in hand with the remarkable duo NAAN consisting of Suzan Peeters (accordion) and Nathalie Van Meirvenne (flute). These young musicians blend traditional folk melodies with free improvisation, yielding extraordinary results that challenge the audience both in style and form.
Nathalie Van Meirvenne (°1997) obtained her Master’s degree in performing classical music with high distinction at the KASK & Conservatory of Ghent in January 2020, where she studied flute with Myriam Graulus and Dorine Schade. She also obtained a postgraduate degree in Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with high distinction in September 2022. She is currently exploring (classical) singing, the sound possibilities of bass flute and traverso, folk, improvisation, music theater and is part of the sound painting ensemble ‘Safety Last’.
Suzan Peeters (°1999) is a Brussels-based accordionist, experimentalist and improviser from Belgium, constantly looking for new timbres and sound textures within her accordion. She experiments with the acoustic sound possibilities of the accordeon and likes to create the illusion of a synthesizer sound, using the bellows in a very extensive way. The combination with objects like a vibrating massageboard as well as live electronics, make the line between accoustic and electronic even more blurry. Besides making her own music, Suzan likes to play classical contemporary repertoire as well and is part of the free improvisation quartet VALS/E.
For the third edition of the Oorstof & Klankhaven concert series at Rataplan, drummer Lukas Jouck of the Strange Meeting collective invites guitarist Arto Van Roey and accordionist Suzan Peeters. This brand new trio will perform together for the very first time.
Arto Van Roey already earned his spurs in diverse groups and projects such as the jazz-funk-hip-hop formation 2 Times Nothing, the coaching project Walter Jr. in Werkplaats Walter and conceptual projects such as Meander and Rhizoma. At the closing party of the multidisciplinary space Onder Stroom in Antwerp, he was part of the improvising orchestra Strange Meeting Large Unit, where he left a deep impression with his highly expressive guitar style.
In only a short span of time, the Brussels-based accordionist Suzan Peeters’ has become a very prominent figure in the experimental and new music scenes in Belgium. With her original approach to the instrument and use of diverse non-musical objects and electronics, she’s been developing a highly distinctive aesthetic of solo performance. This year, she performed in venues such as STUK, De Bijloke, Klankhaven and was invited for residencies at Ancienne Belqique and QO2.
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