On Solitude and Joye


Lots of cool projects are in the pipeline this year. I’m working on some exciting new collaborations with ClubMéd’s programme of Gilles Joye’s music.

The great Hans Memling left us two portraits of composers from Bruges, one of the equally famous Jacob Obrecht, and then an other one of the virtual nobody Gilles Joye. Or was he?

Archives show that this priest certainly had a reputation in Bruges, or better, he had a “certain reputation”…

Living openly with his concubine Rosabella and getting in fights with the church authorities, he seemed to have been less pious and serious then Memling’s portrait would like you to believe.
Not very much music from Gilles Joye has been left over, and it has never been honored with a concert program or a CD recording… doesn’t that sounds like a perfect mission for ClubMediéval?
Also, getting to know Joye’s music will be like a musical DNA test for me; Joye is my mother’s maiden name, and her family is from Bruges.

I’m also developing my first ever solo programme, aptly titled On Solitude. It’s a journey through 8 centuries exploring the emotional nuances of eenzaamheid. Very relevant for the way we live today. Watch this space to see how things develop!

On a less positive note, as those of you who live in Belgium surely know by now, Flemish austerity politics is making life hard for the cultural sector. But we’re not giving up! I hope to see you at one of the next events. We all need the arts and the arts need you!

Here’s a few concert highlights for the next couple of months.
See the full list at

Wishing you all a splendid spring season,

Musically yours,

Sat Feb 22 Lachrimae: Hathor consort Sint-Vincentiuskerk, Knokke-Heist Details
Sat Feb 29 Dhrupad Fantasia:
Hathor consort
Bozar, Brussels Details
Thu Apr 2 Bach: Johannes Passion Lemmens institute, Leuven Details
Tue May 19 L.E.D. Luceat eis, domine Bozar, Brussels Details
Sun May 24 Joye: Rosa Bella: ClubMédieval Concertgebouw, Brugge Details


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