Poetry and Music
Julyen Hamilton and Wilbert de Joode
8, 9, 10 Jan 2016
"........ I bought a lullaby for Dan once
brought it from behind the lime trees
wrapped it in crispy paper and solid string and said
'here you go Dan, here you go m'man, here's a lullaby for you'
he said ' you're sweet, by I don't need it' "
(Excerpt from 'Dan')
(NB: SUNDAY 08 + 09 DUET, 10/01 JULYEN HAMILTON WILL PLAY SOLO)
WILBERT DE JOODE is a veritable research scientist of bass pizzicato and bowing techniques. A self-taught musician, he has been playing the double-bass since 1982. He began working in groups that improvised within a jazz framework. Other musicians were soon drawn to his idiosyncratic style, and in the mid 80s he played in groups led by Vera Vingerhoeds, Armando Cairo and Ig Henneman where he further developed his improvisation skills. He came into contact with such musicians as J.C.Tans, Rinus Groeneveld, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Han Buhrs (Schismatics) and Ab Baars.
De Joode is currently one of the most active bass players on the European improvised music circuit. His individual style and musicality transforms the double bass into an equal partner in the most varied ensembles. A personal tone colour, exploration of the outer registers, quirky improvisations and the use of gut strings contribute to an instantly recognizable and intriguing sound.
JULYEN HAMILTON has been involved with poetry since childhood, writing constantly since 14. Early influences were his study of the Metaphysical poets of the 17 century, while around him in contemporary Britain, an explosion of poetry was under way with the live poetry scene of the late 60s. Both streams served as a base from which he has written ever since.
Subsequently training and working as a choreographer and dancer, he has produced scores of solo dances in which text plays a central role; text which is composed on stage at the time of the performance and thus essentially from a body and mind in motion - a physicality in action and rhythm. This way of creating poetry links him to the ancient manner of the travelling poets and at the same time with the Beat poets of the American post war generation who proclaimed a physical base from which words might stem.
Julyen worked in the dance with many musicians, such as Michael Moore, Michael Vatcher, Barre Phillips, Wilbert de Joode, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger, Malcolm Goldstein.
In recent years he has begun to read poetry alongside several musicians as part of 'The River', a band initiated by Lily Kiara, playing a mix of acoustic folk/pop, poetry and improvised music. He also performed his poetry with double bass player Wilbert de Joode. In 2011 he released a full poetry cd titled 'The Edge of Letters' on the label Sibyl Sings.
Double Bass: Wilbert De Joode
Poetry: Julyen Hamilton
Lights: Sylvain Formatché
20h30 @ Carthago Delenda Est, Rue Sylvain Denayer 51, 1070 Brussels
Weekend Pass: 26,50€ (all shows + Artist Talk on 09/01)