Jan Swerts

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In his teenage years Jan Swerts was mesmerized by Wim Mertens, Philip Glass and Keith Jarrett. More recently, neoclassical composers such as Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson, but also singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Mark Hollis had a profound impact on his music.

Weg (Gone or A way – released in 2010) was a nostalgic journey through dark streets of his past, only escorted by a sparse piano and a thin voice. Humo, Knack, De Morgen, Radio 1 and Klara…all showered the album with praise. And they repeated this acclaim when Swerts released Anatomie van de Melancholie (Anatomy of Melancholy – 2013), a collection of gorgeous songs inspired by gloomy artists like Luc De Vos, Patricia De Martelaere, Johan Heldenbergh and Jotie T’Hooft.

In September Swerts will display the post-apocalyptic world that is Schaduwland (Shadowland): the soundtrack of a zombified existence after the great catastrophe, the musical score of his horror year 2014. On stage the voyage through Shadowland will be a long, final convulsion: from a whirling and sweltering opening, past a decaying and airy electronic mid section to an extremely desolate ‘piano no man’s land’…

– Kevin Imbrechts (Illuminine): guitar & elektronics
– Gianni Marzo (Marble Sounds, Isbells): guitar
– Karen Willems (Inwolves, Zita Swoon, Yuko): drums
– Beatrijs De Klerck (Illuminine, DadaWaves): violin
– Cedric Murrath (Hooverphonic): violin
– Sam Faes: cello
– Joeri Vaerendonck: double bass
– Jan Swerts: piano & voice



Anatomie van de Melancholie