Ghost Trance Septet at Rainy days, Luxembourg
© Kobe Wens        

 nocturne   SMAK MUSEUM
Jan Hoetplein 1, Gent


concerts during the evening opening of the museum with exhibitions+
De Kleine Catalogus van de Collectie van S.M.A.K.
* Splendid Isolation
*Barzakh Lydia Ourahmane
* Prijs van De Vrienden v/h S.M.A.K.
* Healing the Museum Artist in Residence Grace Ndiritu
* Broodthaerskabinet



Ghost Trance Project is the result of a research project dedicated to performing and exploring the different interpretational possibilities of Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music (GTM) in both solo as group contexts.

Balancing between notation and improvisation, Anthony Braxton’s “Ghost Trance Music” represent 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. Originally inspired by the Native American practice of the Ghost Dance ritual, where surviving members of Native American tribes would attempt to communicate with their ancestors through transcendental ghost dances, 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.

20H: Kobe Van Cauwenberghe's Ghost Trance solo

Ghost Trance Solos explores the full extend of Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music compositions in the context of a solo performance. In order to generate what Braxton refers to as a field of activities in a solo-context, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe developed an intuitive set-up using loops and live-electronics to have several layers of musical material develop simultaneously and spontaneously.

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe -electric guitar, voice

21H: Kobe Van Cauwenberghe's Ghost Trance Septet plays Anthony Braxton

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe invited a group of musicians to take a collective deep dive into Braxton’s musical wonderland and further explore the unique communal aspects of Ghost Trance Music (GTM) and its implications for the interpreter. In the summer of 2021 the Ghost Trance Septet recorded four GTM-compositions, covering the entire spectrum of the four different ’species’ of the GTM system. After a great concert at the Rainy days festival in Luxemburg and with the full approval of the master Anthony Braxton himself (see picture above), the Ghost Trance Septet is ready to share live this amazing wor.  

The musicians of this Belgian-Danish septet have excellent reputation, whether in the art of improvisation, the interpretation of new music, or both. Braxton's work is made for exploratory instrumentalists with such expertise. After the Ghost Trance Septet's performance at the rainy days Festival on November 13, 2021 in Luxembourg, the composer (who was booked for a trio concert at the festival) was sitting in the audience and could hardly contain himself with emotion and excitement. Understandably so. I dare say he had never experienced his GTM concept from the listener's perspective as varied, elaborate and fluid as on that day. The Ghost Trance Septet does everything right on this production. Whereby "right" is not meant in the sense of correctness, which Braxton dismisses in his recommendations to performers above, but in the sense of astonishing creative, daring, lustful, sensitive, and thrilling. How to play Braxton? Whoever holds this album in his hands can put a very convincing answer on the record player. Over and over again. - - Excerpt from Timo Hoyer’s liner notes. (Timo Hoyer is author of the book Anthony Braxton – Creative Music, Wolke Verlag, Hofheim 2021)

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe - electric guitar, nylon string guitar, electric bass, synths, voice
Frederik Sakham - double bass, electric bass, voice
Elisa Medinilla - piano
Niels Van Heertum - euphonium, trumpet
Steven Delannoye - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Anna Jalving - violin
João Lobo - drums, percussion



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