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16 october 2018

CAFe Budapest, Hungary (Untitled #0)

17 october 2018

Reigen-Live, Vienna, Austria (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)

18 october 2018

Unterfahrt, München, Germany (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)

24 october 2018
Handelsbeurs Ghent, Belgium (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
25 october 2018
De Singel Antwerp, Belgium (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)
02 november 2018
De Schakel, Waregem, Belgium (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)

23 november 2018
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Untitled #0 - cd release concert)

4 december 2018
Auditorio León de Greiff, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia (The Oyster Princess)

5 december 2018
Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Bogota, Colombia (Boggamasta)

6 december 2018
Teatro Mayor - Teatro Estudio, Bogota, Colombia (Terms of Embarrassment)

 

2019

02 april 2019
CC Diest, Diest, Belgium (SS Belgenland and The Oyster Princess)

13 june 2019

NDR Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany (The Oyster Princess)

14 june 2019

NDR Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany (The Oyster Princess)

 

 

 

 

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by Guy Peters

Billy Wilder said it best: “Don’t be boring”. While nearing its 20th birthday, Flat Earth Society is still sailing the seas of unease. Since 1999, Peter Vermeersch’ band has walked along several axes with the demented defiance of a tightrope walker. The band consists of fifteen voices, each of them filled with personality in its own right, yet retains the vision and focus of a hardcore collective madness.


They’re also steeped in many traditions – Ellingtonia, daily routine, Zappa, big city frenzy, absurdism… – yet succeed in turning them all upside down and inside out. And finally, there’s that unrelenting tension between the disjointed, the provocative, the surreal (even short story master T.C. Boyle couldn’t think of these song titles!), and the authentic, the heartfelt and the committed. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the album’s title track commemorates the victims of the terrorist attack on the Maelbeek metro station in 2016.


Playing the two-headed Untitled #0 front to back, you’re once again struck by how much FES’ music has in common with the art of cinema. Not only because its language references several generations of soundtracks, but because the band, like an expert movie director, are experts at telling a story and use every single device at their disposal to excite, fool and surprise the audience.


Like its predecessors, Untitled #0 is filled to the brim with a striking range of images, from the sassy clickety-clack of high heels over a sun-drenched Riviera strip (“Ape, Spies & Apps”) to the tightly controlled Marx Brothers-chaos that pops up with well-timed frequency; the pumping, high-octane ride of “La Malle-Valise de l’Heimatlos du Sleeping” (a title only Vermeersch could come up with), the raucousness of album closer “A. Maximum”, and the brooding moments of cocktail jazz interspersed with tales of seedy misconduct.


Vermeersch contributed fourteen compositions and pianist Peter Vanderberghe four, one of them an arrangement of Gershwin’s “Summertime”. If the elasticity of the evergreen wasn’t already tested to its limits, FES completely ravages it, to finally present it in an aviary with a taxidermist’s eye for detail and realism. And we didn’t even mention a visit from Tommy Cooper, a meditation on Polish tripe soup and a rumor about the only woman in the band hypnotizing a gorilla.


With Untitled #0, Flat Earth Society once again succeeds in building a compendium of hidden traps, treacherous swindle and musical debauchery. It’s right there in front of you, dangling its resources with a wicked grin. Of course, it might all be a trick of the eye as well, another instance of getting fooled by a devious, unreliable storyteller. And perhaps it will even remind you of the late great Misha Mengelberg’s creed: “Music doesn’t exist; at most it’s an illusion”. Words to live by.


Compositions by Peter Vermeersch and Peter Vandenberghe, recorded by Raf De Clercq at the VRT Toots Studio in 2017. Mixing and mastering by Oz Fritz (known for his work with Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Iggy Pop, Bob Marley and many others).

 

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Flat Earth Society & David Bovée

David Bovée was the first FES guitarist from 1999 till 2003. After four years he left the band to develop his own project "Think of One" (BBC Radio 3 World Music Award in 2004 and 2007). Whether they worked with throat singers from Greenland, Gnawa musicians from Morocco or Brazilian virtuosos, they achieved an exciting melting pot of music. David knows the Maracutu, Frevo, Ciranda and Coco music through and through.

World music was never really Vermeersch' thing, but when ‘Theater aan Zee’ (TAZ) invited both men to embark on a project with an ensemble of Gambian musicians in 2013, the experimental urge couldn’t be ignored. They traveled to The Gambia where they lived and worked with local musicians for several weeks. 

They didn’t have to look hard for inspiration. In The Gambia, they saw the country leader Yahya Jammeh parading the streets of Banjul. The escort consisted of a number of hummers and majorettes, in uniform and with batons. As a proper dictator, he literally sprinkled money on the streets from one of the hummers open roof. The "Boggamasta" (a corruption of the Dutch word ‘burgemeester’, which means mayor) considered himself almighty, would rule for a billion years, and did not shy away from killing political opponents or prosecuting homosexuals.

It would be unfair to focus the Boggamasta story only on African countries or The Gambia;
Boggamasta’s are everywhere, In politics, in crime, at the petanque club, in the music world, in the economy and let’s face it, also deep inside ourselves.

Bovée and Vermeersch went to work, wrote numbers and came up with raw and critical lyrics, instruments and cast were adapted: An exuberant repertoire, direct, energetic and frenzied music: feverish, delirious and groovy, and lots of electro!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOGGAMASTA is:
David Bovée (guitar, vocals & electronics), Peter Vermeersch (bassclarinet, vocals & electronics), Mirko Banovic (electric bass), Kristof Roseeuw (double bass &violin), Peter Vandenberghe (keyboards & piano), Teun Verbruggen (drums & drumpads), Wim Segers (percussion), Berlinde Deman (tuba & vocals), Benjamin Boutreur (alto sax), Michel Mast (tenor sax), Martí Melià (tenor sax), Bruno Vansina (baritone sax & flute), Bart Maris (trumpet), Thomas Mayade (trumpet), Peter Delannoye (trombone), Marc Meeuwissen (trombone)

 

Listen to the Boggamasta

 

 

 

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WORLD CRUISE 1927

The Red Star Line ship S.S. Belgenland sailed the world six times. Recently 16 rolls of film of its third voyage in 1927-1928 surfaced. They turned out to contain an amateurish recorded and put together travelogue of the Olsen family. The footage has been professionally restored, Peter Vermeersch reworked it and provided music.

 

 

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WDR 3 JAZZ MEETING - June 18, 2016 (2 minute tracks)

 

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Homage to Zappa or not, he's dead anyway

CD TERMS OF EMBARRASSMENT - Now available

Flat Earth Society & Mauro Pawlowski

 

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3 new albums and 12 digital reissues:

a collectors item for fans of the non-genre.

Peter Vermeersch, the no-nonsense artist, clarinetist, saxophonist, keyboardist, composer and producer, seduced many music lovers worldwide with Maximalist! (Igloo + 1984), X-Legged Sally and Flat Earth Society. We could (or should) wait until his death to release the rather pompous "Peter Vermeersch Anthology", and sell millions of cd’s to deeply moved fans. But we don’t. Igloo Records is now releasing 3 unpublished albums, 12 digital reissues, a poster and unseen photos. All this in a beautifully designed cardboard box.

F E S XL S #Thebox includes:

3 unreleased cds

7 cds of Flat Earth Society: Live at the Beursschouwburg, Bonk, Larf, Minoes, Trap, The Armstrong Mutations, Answer Songs

5 cds of X-Legged Sally: Slow Up, Killed by Charity, The Land of the Giant Dwarfs, F.I.R.E.D., Bereft of a Bliss Full Union

+ many extras

A summary of a prolific career through 15 albums, of which 3 unreleased:

 

Boat & Berg
Flat Earth Society, a speaker and a soprano singing the fate of an iceberg in 1912. From her spectacular birth (it's a she) in Jakobshavn to her unmarked disappearance in the north atlantic ocean, and in between some incident with a luxurious ocean liner. Boat sank, berg melted, the universe will not budge.

 

Call sheets, Riders & Chicken Mushroom (live recordings 2000-2012)
Flat Earth Society at its best: 15 tracks from 13 live concerts.
With a.o. Jimi Tenor, Uri Caine, Ernst Reijseger, Toots Thielemans, Wim Opbrouck.

 

How many miles, how many hours of waiting and how many soundchecks go into this live compilation? Forgotten. But playing for all kinds of audiences, each time as if it’s for the first or the last time, often seeking out the danger and embracing coincidences, it stuck. During that 15-year voyage we encountered other musical travelers, joining us for a part of the road. And with a little luck, there was the occasional recording, two tracks, live. The next compilation can be expected around 2030.

 

X-Legged Sally compilation (1986-1997)
XLS was the first avant-garde jazz-rock group in Belgium and they were the first to slice down this description. 19 tracks have been remastered for this occasion.

 

After 25 years this compilation comes from the time machine, about the last traces of analog times. Still the music of XLS sounds fresh and unshaven, rowdy and disruptive where it should, hilarious and dark where it could, but always honest and absolutely free. Above all: always.
XLS ran almost every possible musical infection and thus became immune to trends.
Not available on vinyl.

 

F E S XL S #theBox will be officially presented at Jazz Brugge on October 2, 2014.

 

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