ESNS 2022

January 19–21 2022
Action WBM
Groningen (NL)

Artists from Wallonia
and Brussels

ECHT!

ECHT! is a band from Brussels. Inspired by the concepts that you can find in electronic music and effects of musical production, they steal those languages and apply them to their music. With their totally home-made sound they play their set like a DJ.

Commander Spoon

The Brussellians of Commander Spoon interlace their eclectic wealth of influences into an energetic jazz sound, respectfully demolishing walls between jazz, hip hop, rock and electronica.

Ascendant Vierge

Since 2019, Goth-Pop singer Mathilde Fernandez and Casual Gabbers’ Producer Paul Seul have been working together under the alias ascendent vierge. The unique sound they create through their collaboration is a progressive but distinct hybrid between Gabber and Pop featuring Mathilde’s ethereal vocals in French.

Charles

It only took the 20 year old Charlotte Foret a debut single to kickstart her career as Charles: “Wasted Time” was an instant hit. With the EP “Falling While Rising” she confirms her musicial identity. Thoughout the 6 tracks Charles tackles autobiographical and universal themes. She does not limit her to one genre as with her unique and versatile voice she gets away with every musical direction : alternative pop, indie rock, grunge, ballad. She’s deep and dark but also airy and luminous. Dark outside, soft inside. Listening to Falling While Rising is falling down, getting up and starting all over again.

Neptunian Maximalism

NEPTUNIAN MAXIMALISM, a.k.a. NNMM is a community of multi « occultural
engineers » (*Genesis P-Orridge) with a variable geometry/line-up. This project was initiated by Guillaume Cazalet (CZLT ; SOL KIA ; ZAÄAR) and the veteran saxophonist player Jean-Jacques Duerinckx (ZAÄAR ; Ze Zorgs) in Brussels in 2018, especially during a residency with the two drummers Sebastien Schmit (K-Branding) and Pierre Arese (AKSU). The result was a bifacial entity, sometimes calling for a primitive voodoo trance with percussive intonations,dominated by rhythm and a savage movement, sometimes towards a psychedelic meditation with prophetic and spiritual accents resting on an amplified drone music where time is explored, harmony, the power of the tonic and its iridescent harmonics, durability, weight, ruin.
 

From this residency were born a trilogy album called ÉONS released on I,Voidhanger Records, dedicated to the Sun, the Moon and the Earth and a first album, The Conference Of The Stars, released on the label Homo Sensibilis Records, mixing drone metal and spiritual free jazz, animated by a cosmic and psychedelic energy.

SUSOBRINO

Field Recordings, percussion, electronic spice and acoustic instruments. These are the ingredients chosen to create the perfect Belgian Bolivian. His didactic study for percussion and rhythm was the focus of his new album “La Hoja de Eucalipto”that brings alive a more active and aggressive part of Susobrino. The Bolivian Indiana Jones presented his first serene EP “Mapajo” in 2018. An EP fully made of his field recording trip to Bolivia.

Since then he achieved a double win for the Champion Sound Beat Battle , got Most Promising Artist at Red Bull Elektropedia Awards and already played Sfinks, TAZ, Bouge B, Gilles Peterson's Worldwide at Leysin and recently Listen! Festival & a LEFTO showcase NCHTWNKEL at AB...

Dorian Dumont

On "APHEXions", the Brussels pianist with French roots Dorian Dumont – key member of the electro jazz band ECHT! – is expressing his love for one of his greatest musical heroes: Aphex Twin. Contrary to what one would expect, there are no electronics involved in this album, but he carefully transcribes a wide selection of Richard David James' music to grand piano, giving the songs a whole new dimension. Rave classics like Polynomial-C and Xtal are being stripped to the core while on tracks like Nannou, Kesson Daslef or Fingerbibb he stays truthful to the minimalistic aesthetics from the original tracks.

Professional activities

Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques has been a partner for many years of Eurosonic-Noorderslag, one of the most important European meetings in the music sector. We teamed up with VI.BE et Sabam For Culture under the Belgium Booms flags to support the artists of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation who are scheduled to play.

Usually scheduled in Groningen, the Netherlands, the festival was held online for the second consecutive year due to sanitary measures. Conferences and panels were held during these three days. Our director Julien Fournier also participated in a talk about the MEWEM Europa mentorship program.

To compensate for the lack of in-person and on-site exchanges, we have also opted for a virtual reception in collaboration with Austrian Music Export.

Shows from belgian artists (ascendant vierge, Charles, Susobrino, Neptunian Maximalism, ECHT!, Dorian Dumont, Commander Spoon, The Haunted Youth, Aili, Chibi Ichigo, Meskerem Mees, Mooneye, K.ZIA, Naima Joris, Pothamus, Psychonaut, Sylvie Kreusch) are now available online.

 

Rewatch the shows from Belgium artists at ESNS 2022

Professional activities

Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques has been a partner for many years of Eurosonic-Noorderslag, one of the most important European meetings in the music sector. We teamed up with VI.BE et Sabam For Culture under the Belgium Booms flags to support the artists of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation who are scheduled to play.

Usually scheduled in Groningen, the Netherlands, the festival was held online for the second consecutive year due to sanitary measures. Conferences and panels were held during these three days. Our director Julien Fournier also participated in a talk about the MEWEM Europa mentorship program.

To compensate for the lack of in-person and on-site exchanges, we have also opted for a virtual reception in collaboration with Austrian Music Export.

Shows from belgian artists (ascendant vierge, Charles, Susobrino, Neptunian Maximalism, ECHT!, Dorian Dumont, Commander Spoon, The Haunted Youth, Aili, Chibi Ichigo, Meskerem Mees, Mooneye, K.ZIA, Naima Joris, Pothamus, Psychonaut, Sylvie Kreusch) are now available online.

 

Rewatch the shows from Belgium artists at ESNS 2022

ESNS

Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) is a non-profit, European artist only, 100% showcase festival and music conference. Selling out each year ESNS attracts over 4.000 professional delegates, including 400 international festivals, and showcases around 350 European artists for over 40.000 visitors total.

By day an international music conference takes place in the conference centre, De Oosterpoort, with 150 panels, keynotes, interviews, workshops, dinners, pitches, parties, presentations and meetings on the latest developments in the European and international music, media, production and interactive industry. 

By night, during the two showcase festivals (Eurosonic and Noorderslag), musical talent has the chance to present itself to an international audience of music lovers and professionals. Eurosonic is the stepping stone for European acts, taking place in 40 different locations throughout the city centre of Groningen from Wednesday till Friday.