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THE MOON APPEARS WHEN THE WATER IS STILL ( g a b b r o records 2023)


During the fall of 2022, the many hours of music that were made along the coastline in 2021, were listened to again. Based on transcriptions of the music, together with the memory of the sounds during the journey, new compositions were written by Hanne.

In November 2022,  g a b b r o  went into the woods of Barvaux, Belgium. During a three day residency, Andreas, Raf and Hanne found time to come back together by exploring the written material and reflecting on their musical direction and identity. 

The result of this residency was then captured in the Jet Studio's in Brussels on 1st and 2nd of December 2022 by Staf Verbeeck.

"g a b b r o gets better with the years, like good wine. (...) The mood is tranquil, sensitive, gentle with the three instruments caressing each other's sounds in precious tender strokes. The deep sound of the baritone sax and bass clarinet are in stark contrast to the lightness of the music, yet it works well. It is obvious from the coherence of the sound, that all three musicians worked hard to have it right, to understand and feel how to move, even if all the pieces are largely improvised. Very precious music."
Steff Gijssels - The Free Jazz Collective

On 1st of March '23 'The moon appears when the water is still' came out as the first album on the new  g a b b r o records label and was released on bandcamp.

passed away yesterday in a whisperHanne De Backer, Andreas Bral, Raf Vertessen
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Hanne De Backer is a Belgian baritone saxophonist and artist based in Brussels. She is an energetic and versatile performer, mainly working in the field of improvised music and has left her mark on the European improv-scene in recent years. 

She is part of the Brussels saxophone-collective La Nuée, Antwerp underground Condor Gruppe, is often heard playing duo with people like Terrie Ex, Signe Emmeluth, Raphael Malfliet e.o. and lately is also seen and heard solo. She has been playing throughout Europe with her own projects and has been a welcome guest on different festivals like Summer Bummer Festival (Belgium), The Ex-40-Festival (the Netherlands & UK), Blow Out! Festival (Oslo), Music Unlimited Wels (Austria), Catalytic Festival (The Netherlands), Potentiale Festival (Germany), Taktlos Festival (Switzerland), Copenhagen Jazz Festival (Denmark), Saalfelden Jazz Festival (Austria), Berlin Jazz Festival (Germany)...

She has also been active in theatre with KVS, Zonzo Compagnie and  d e t h e a t e r m a k e r and more recent composed and performed the soundtrack of '21.02.2021 One day in the world, the world in one day', a theaterperformance from Nico Boon and produced by Arsenaal Mechelen. She is a founding member of Bookers & Hookers (2012-2016), a theatrical kamikaze-collective that brought literature and music to the public in the shape of anarchistic and dadaist evenings filled with unexpected guests and events. 

The latest project of g a b b r o resulted in Hanne De Backer’s first work as a moviemaker: in March ’21 she walked the whole Belgian coastline together with pianist Andreas Bral, Brooklyn based drummer Raf Vertessen, their instruments and a camel. Alongside the road, the trio played improvised sets based on their impressions and the physical challenges they endured. The journey was filmed by Seppe Van Grieken and recorded by Christophe Albertijn and afterwards directed and edited by Hanne into a 45’-musical and poetic documentary in black and white: AS WE WALK (2023).

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