BOW celebrates musical freedom. Gathering 5 string players with different musical background the quintet juggles between written music and pure improvisation, digging into the instruments’ capabilities and blending its large scope of influences. BOW built its experience on various collaborations, from scoring movie to theater plays or AV shows. 

 
   

BOW debut eponym LP out NOW on Sub Rosa.


« its slow majestic flow reminded me also of Arvo Pärt. That's all I could make of it. From these four releases, this would be the one to return to for repeated playing a few more times »
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« The quintet delves deeper in hopes of emerging stronger, not from certainty but from the acceptance of uncertainty. »
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"Bryanbaum variation" released on 7K!

« The preliminary taste of BOW was the appearance of “Bryanbaum Variation” this May on the excellent 7K! compilation String Layers. This variation, shorter than the album version, makes a fine introduction to the quintet’s reverent, almost holy style of play. » 
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Line-up
Margaret Hermant – Violin
Benoit Leseure – Violin
Jean-François Durdu – Viola
Marine Horbazweski – Cello
Cyrille de Haes – Double Bass


BOW released it's first eponym LP on SEPTEMBER 2020
Sub Rosa

Its debut eponym album, due to be released on Sub Rosa, gathers five instantly-composed pieces that were recorded live by Christine Verschorren in the Echo Collective studio in Brussels. During the day, BOW repeated musical concepts, textures, and interactive games. Then, during the night, with the machine already well-oiled and the musicians free of all expectations, the ensemble embarked out into the unknown, discovering with wonder unexplored sonic territories, delivering a deep and profound music woven with five strands of yarn

 "This string quintet may be new, but the players are no strangers to collaboration. Their debut album is split between modern composition and improvisation, although the juncture is hard to identify as the line that separates them is blurred.The first taste of BOW was the appearance of “Bryanbaum Variation” this May on the excellent 7K! compilation String Layers. This variation, shorter than the album version, makes a fine introduction to the quintet’s reverent, almost holy style of play. Beginning with a note from the double bass ~ the least expected of the stringed instruments ~ the track proceeds to wander darker places in search of light. The cello, violins and viola wait patiently as the main theme seeps in without fanfare,catching the heart off-guard. They’ve learnedfrom the best, and honor the aforementioned players with their own memorable offerings.The glissandos that launch the thirteen-minute “Edda” expose the quintet’s improvisational side. The introduction seems like an intentional tune up, an expulsion of timbres producing the light chaos from which order will emerge. By the end of Side A, nature’s fury has been tamed like the indoor cloud of the cover art. In an additional inversion, the performers appear as shadows while the cloud becomes a luminary. Irony is implied whenever a musical piece is named “Silence;” this is how the set draws to an end. As the closing composition, the track rises from silence, but also leads the listener to silence, setting the conditions for contemplation. Shadow cannot exist without light, nor can light refuse to produce shadow. BOW takes a daring leap by closing in a koan. Eschewing answers, the quintet reflects the conundrum of a generation so sure someone must be right that they miss the conversation. The quintet asks its listeners to delve deeper in hopes of emerging stronger, not from certainty but from the acceptance of uncertainty" 

Richard Allen / A closer listen 



Music By Bow featuring Aidan Baker
Video directed & created by:
Florian Guibert
Title : Bryanbaum variation


The creation of  Bryanbaum variation’s Music video came about through trial and error in a very organic process. The piece is fully realised
in CG using an algorithm, whereby commands are given for the animation to take place allowing for a realtime interaction between the machine
and the artist in order to shape the final result.  The aim of the process was to create a sensorial connection between the sound and the
image, and to create an image which enhances the auditive experience without taking over the music.

Florian Guibert is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brussels, Belgium. Evolving from visual art to music, his research in both mediums feed each other. The interaction between music and image has always been at the heart of his creative process. Using music as a guideline has been the focal point of his experimentations since the beginning of his graphic practice. His past work has been reckognized and acclaimed by festivals worldwide.




7K Presents

STRINGLAYERS Album release date: May 29th 2020
Digital release
unreleased tracks from 18 artists from all over the world to pay homage to the main instruments of classical music,a compilation dedicated to strings.

From the impetuous power of the British ​Simon Goff to the poetry of Belgian​ Echo Collective,The classic reverie of the cello by ​Dobrawa Czocher(Poland),​Damla Bozkurt​(Turkey)and​ Laura Masotto(Italy).From the sonic research of the americans ​Bryan Senti and​ Darian Thomas to the vivid colors of Vito Gatto (Italy)
passing through the experiments of ​Hior Chronik​(Greece),​Ceeys​(Germany),​Effe Effe(Italy)and ​Zeynep Ayse Hatipoglu(Turkey),
“String Layers”
gives a sound cross-section of the expressions of the ​Violin family​ which have accompanied our trials and tribulations since 1500

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Icarus Records presents
ICARUS ​TAPES #1:
BOW, Icarus Live Session #59​, a live performance
 recorded for ​the ​Icarus Radio Show.
 One afternoon in March, a Ghent studio at the edge of an arm of the Scheldt river, the 5 musicians of BOW settle down and get ready. After a glance and a deep breath, the 5 fellows leap into the void. BOW takes the gamble for this recorded radio session to improvise its music entirely. With five years of shared musical experience under their belts, the musicians know each other well and understand how to compose in real time. A contrapuntal cell is improvised, a texture sculpted, unexpected sounds arise, the musicians exult and focus on keeping the tension alive without ever breaking it. Immobile, they travel. Experienced, they know what they play. Improvising, they discover, along with the listeners, what they will play. Icarus Live Session # 59 by BOW is a true allegory of the string: tightened to its proper tension to both sound correctly and respond subtly to the attacks of the Bow.

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"Allegory of the Jam Jar"
 by Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts.

Soundtrack for the multiple-award winning short movie "Allegory of the Jam Jar" 
Jens Bouttery - Compositions, percussion, piano, singing.
with BOW.

Made in 2015 in collaboration with A team Production
With: Peter De Graef, Louis Talpe, Maaike Cafmeyer
 Screenwriter & Director: Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts
 Producers: Hendrik Verthé & Kobe Van Steenberghe
 Co-producer: Frank Van Passel
 Cinematography: Robrecht Heyvaert
 Sound: Gedoen Depauw
 Art Direction: Stijn Verhoeven & Myrthe Douma
 Costume: Sofie Callaerts
 Hair & Make-up: Dorien Biesmans
 Editing: Kwinten Gernay
 Music: Jens Bouttery
(featuring: BOW)

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Collaborations

Myrdinn de Cauter & BOW quartet
"In memoriam"Laurent Plumhans Cyprès record Quatuor MP4 / BOW
Bordeaux Fête le Vin 2016 Dirty Monitor / BOW
SMOKE ON THE WATER
Dirty Minitor / BOW / Mélanie de Biasio / Mochélan / Kid Noize
Théâtre de l'Ancre Charleroi
Les Villes tentaculaires
Emile Verhaeren / Nicolas Mispelaere Théâtre de l'Ancre
Theâtre de la parole "Rêver debout"


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