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For Trainspotters Only - Ann Eysermans
Antwerp-based Ann Eysermans was born in 1980 and has been involved with music and visual arts from an early age. She studied at the Brussels Conservatory of Music, earning her Master degrees in music writing (harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition) in 2004 and jazz (double bass) in 2007 with B. Denolf. Between 2010 and 2014 she completed an intermedial doctoral dissertation at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with Peter Swinnen and philosophers Kathleen Coessens and Jean Paul Van Bendegem as promoters. It prompted her to study philosophy as well. Eysermans' activities are by no means limited to composing. On bass, harp and viola da gamba she improvises and plays her own work with various groups. Together with bassist Frederic Lyenn Jacques she forms R naakt I, in which she connects poems with compositions, miniatures, graphic scores and improvisations. In 2016 she founded the experimental trio FENNA, together with clarinetist Frans Van Isacker and percussionist Nicolas Chkifi. In 2019, DUO also came about: here Frans Van Isacker plays clarinet and alto saxophone, Eysermans on harp and music boxes. Other collaborations include Fnussjen and Zwaan. Eysermans is also 'artist in residence' at ChampdAction, where she develops her own projects and participates in numerous productions as a musician and performer. She is also artistic director of the educational activities at MATRIX [Center for New Music]. She was also one of the co-organizers of Chaque moi, a series of concerts, exhibitions and performances in Heist op den Berg.
TEKST 1 For EUROPALIA's TRAINS & TRACKS theme, Ann Eysermans is developing several projects for EUROPALIA in co-production with ChampdAction and in collaboration with NMBS, Cinematek and the record label Cortizona. For this first part of the two-part project FOR TRAINSPOTTERS ONLY, Eysermans developed a FUGA for 4 diesel locomotives. Subject, counter subject, divertimenti, dominant and tonic pedal sound from four speakers set up in the four corners of the hall. The four-part counterpoint full of hissing, snorting and thundering engine sounds is the sequel to PRELUDE for 2 diesel locomotives and harp, which will later resound live in the Centrale Werkplaats in Mechelen as part of EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS. The second part of the concert is set in 1975. During a filmed train journey (film Cinematek, recorded from the train's wheelhouse), the listener is introduced to the characteristics of line 25, explained in a secure manner by an instructor from the SNCB. Among these unique images, the sounds of four different diesel locomotives of the SNCB can be heard, accompanied by a harp on the adjacent track.
TEKST 2 "We depart from Brussels North station, platform 10, and respect the speed imposed to exit the station. For tracks with even numbers, the departure signals are on the right. The set of switches and signals allows us to reach lines 50, 27, 161, 36 and 27D on the left side. To the right we get access to line 25." We note the year 1975. We are tracking uninterrupted from Brussels North to Antwerp Central station. During this train journey (recorded from the train's control room), the listener is introduced to the characteristics of line 25, explained in a secure manner by an instructor from the SNCB. Beneath these beautiful images, the hissing, snorting and thundering sounds of four different diesel locomotives of the SNCB can be heard, accompanied by a harp on counter-track. Mechanical sounds of the locomotives merge with experimental playing techniques of the harp. "The film has now come to an end. While rewinding, you can stop at the places of interest and rewind until these places are properly memorized. Keep using the film until the images seem completely familiar to you. Only then will the study trips be useful. Stop and rewind the film."
coproduction ChampdAction & Europalia
vinyl FOR TRAINSPOTTERS ONLY (label Cortizona) available on the 12th of March!