Anthony Braxton / Ghost Trance Music - Kobe Van Cauwenberghe
Guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, born in Antwerp, Belgium, is a committed performer of the music of today. In addition to his solo activities, he is a founding-member of the electric guitar-quartet Zwerm and is carrying out an artistic research project on the music of Anthony Braxton at the Conservatory of Antwerp.
As a soloist he released his first solo-album “Give my Regards to 116th Street” on the New York label Carrier Records in February 2015, receiving critical acclaim oa. in Wire Magazine. In 2017 he created the solo project “No [more] Pussyfooting” with live arrangements of music by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, which he toured extensively in several international festivals and venues. In 2020 he released his second solo album, Ghost Trance Solos, dedicated to the music of Anthony Braxton, on the London-based label All That Dust.
Balancing between notation and improvisation, Anthony Braxton’s “Ghost Trance Music” represents a unique body of “open works” that challenges traditional roles of composer, score and performer. In “Ghost Trance Music” Braxton’s entire fascinating musical universe comes together. You step into a ritual, guided by a melody without beginning or end, a stream of consciousness that serves as the central track leading you into the unknown. The Ghost Trance Music pieces are specifically designed to function as pathways between Braxton’s different musical systems, between notation and improvisation, between past, present and future. It allows for a plurality of musical practices to join forces, transcending traditional genre boundaries. It creates an arena in which Braxton helps curate intuitive experiences for both performers and listeners.