The Colorist Orchestra have had the honor of working live with:
Sumie Nagano (Japan/Sweden - Bella Union) 2014
Cibelle (UK/Brazil - Crammed Disc) 2014
Emiliana Torrini (Iceland - Rough Trade) 2015.
Lisa Hannigan (Ireland- PIAS) 2017.
Howe Gelb (USA) 2019.
Gabriel Rios (BE) 2020.
The Colorist Orchestra, formed in 2013, is an unusual pop/chamber music collective founded and led by Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans. The fundamental idea is to rearrange the repertoire of an invited singer-songwriter. The unorthodox use of classical instruments in combination with a variety of musical objects is the foundation of The Colorist’s sound.
Inspired by the works of Harry Partch, Moondog, Kronos Quartet, Talking Heads and Steve Reich a.o., songs are 're-colored' resulting in a 'acoustic live remix’ or ‘an inverse Karaoke’. The eight-piece outfit is characterized by its members: Kobe Proesmans (percussion, calabash), Aarich Jespers (percussion, flapamba), Sep François (melodic percussion, hammered mbar), Wim De Busser (grand piano, prepared piano, keys), Tim Vandenbergh (double bass, electric bass), Gerrit Valckenaers (bass clarinet, stones, mirrors, glass bowls, electronics), Jeroen Baert (violin), Karel Coninx (viola).
Kobe and Aarich make their compositions with each particular instrumentalist in mind. With a background in percussion, they choose for multi layered grooves and a filmic approach, aiming to create specific atmospheres supported by their set-up on stage, which resembles an ever changing wooden installation. With an array of different sounding objects as the red line trough every collaboration, the Colorist Orchestra defines its way of recoloring while searching for the thin line between pop, classical and underground music. They also compose for theatre and film.
Rumoer - Griet De Blende (BE)
Aarich & Kobe's passion for colouring sounds is a microbe! An ongoing process also researched within their #Labo's separate from the stages and concerts. The Colorist Orchestra have set up a project called 'LABO' in which Kobe and Aarich experiment in a laboratorium, together with other musical talents.
Labo#1 Wouter van Veldhoven:
The thin auditive line between Eccentric & Popular is for the Colorist Orchestra a never-ending labyrinth. Aarich and Kobe invite Wouter van Veldhoven with his old tv's, radio's, sequencers and tape recorders in a room to plunge into active research. The result is
live recorded as a possible step up for new arrangements or
compositions. The everlasting journey...
Labo#2 George Smits
Invited by Joris Caluwaerts, a new TCO lab # took place, this time inspired by the versatile musician and visual artist George Smits.
Together with Sep Francois Joris, Kobe and Aarich worked with quirky sound objects, archive material and sound recordings of George Smits sound objects.
Honoured to be invited by Pieter Theuns and his B.O.X (Baroque Orchestration X) for an instrumental getting together.
Sharing the same love for non-judgmental musical adventures Aarich and Kobe look forward to weave this baroque instrumentation of Box together with their more percussive oriented background. In research, for more upcoming Instrumental work Aarich and Kobe asked Tim Van den Berghe to make new arrangements based on this very rare put-together orchestration. How the old meets the new on this everlasting journey.