At +50.92509° latitude and +03.84800° longtitude Niels Van Heertum recorded his first solo record, in the well-known warmth of his living room, in a windmill in the East of Flanders.
On the one hand the record explores the sonic possibilities of the euphonium, tuba and trumpet. On the other hand it creates a place without haste. Pure intervals are superposed and moved in order to avoid tension and agitation. Meanwhile the amplified horns circle around the rounded windmill room forming a dense woven web of sound.
Niels Van Heertum makes music of many sorts: he was co‐founder of the improvisation collective Ifa y Xango, is a member of Linus + Økland / Van Heertum and granvat’s Book of Air: vvolk, and plays with Chantal Acda, Norberto Lobo’s Oba Loba and En avant, marche! a theater piece by Alain Platel, among other things.
Now for the first time, he comes forward with a solo album. The record is part of JK’s Kamer, a series of solo performances by granvat that focuses on the sound of the instrument itself as its repertoire, and is co‐released by Smeraldina‐Rima and granvat.
released January 13, 2017
All music improvised by Niels Van Heertum on euphonium, tuba, trumpet and electronics on February 3th 2014 at the Thienpontmolen
This record is part of JK’s kamer, a series of solo performances by granvat
Production by Bert Cools and Stijn Cools
Recording and mixing by Stijn Cools
Mastering by Uwe Teichert
Photograph by Sergej Prokudin Gorski
Graphic design and screen printing by Levi Seeldraeyers
Words by Sanne Huysmans
On the other hand, if I don’t think about what comes next, I mustn’t even hurry and I can linger in this moment a little longer
LP version of this album, comes packed in an offset discosleeve, a three colour screen printed open sleeve, and a screen printed PVC outer sleeve. Edition of 400.