Elko B.’s first solo album

So here’s the news we weren’t allowed to disclose in the last update: Elko B(lijweert) is releasing his first ever solo album on the 8th of February through Ekster! You can take a look at the artwork, read the tracklist and promo text and, most importantly, pre-order here.

The official record release concert will take place on 5 February at 1 pm (!) at Bosbar. This Saturday, 28 January at 4 pm (!), Elko will already play a semi-improvisation preluding a “displacement of works” by Luciano Mergo at said artist’s exposition at Haecken & Ooghen, Klapdorp 35, Antwerp.

Exactly one week later, on the 4th of February, Rudy Trouvé will play live at the same location for the next displacement of works.

Elko and Jeroen reunited at Radio Centraal this afternoon. Hear the result below.

Happy New Year

Although this website has been suspiciously silent for a while, Heaven Hotel’s key members certainly haven’t.

The follow-up record to “Pawlowski, Trouvé & Ward”, which came out ten years ago, has finally been released through Jezus Factory and Heaven Hotel. You can stream it and buy a digital copy here. Cd and vinyl copies are available through Jezus and should soon be stocked in our shop as well.

Elko Blijweert is featured as Elko B. on Ekster‘s eksellent (sorry) second instalment of its “Exo” compilation series. He is currently finishing the follow-up record to “Left Bank Drive” together with Joris Caluwaerts, Simon Lenski and Frans Van Isacker.

Rudy Trouvé has arranged and produced Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung‘s 25th anniversary album. On top of that, he is currently slaving away at the album’s artwork as well as the band’s new live visuals. The release date is set for the 12th of May and will be accompanied by a concert at De Studio in Antwerp.

Never busy enough, Mr. Trouvé also collaborated with Intige Taluure (aka Phlitman & Kang) on a cassette tape which was released in November of last year through Bananafishin’ Records. We will hopefully be stocking some copies soon.

Keep an eye on this website for some very exciting news which I’m not allowed to disclose as of yet.

While you’re waiting, enjoy the most recent Mixcloud episode of Elko & Jeroen’s “Het Kralenspel” radio show.

Happy New Year!

Godfather curates Antwerp city festival Exposed Music

On the 19th of November (this Saturday!), Heaven Hotel godfather Rudy Trouvé presents an event not to be missed. At Exposed Music, a guide will lead you from one unusual concert location to another, enabling you to witness special performances by – among many others – Elko Blijweert, Joris Caluwaerts, a children’s choir, Geert Waegeman, Teuk Henri and Daan Stuyven.

Find all info and book tickets here, and/or listen to Rudy himself explaining it all on Radio Centraal’s Het Kralenspel by clicking “play” below.

Tape Cuts Tape announce tour

Tape Cuts Tape (Trouvé – Cassiers – Thielemans) will be exploring (some of) the roads of Belgium and Holland this coming November.

Catch them sharing the bill with TaxiWars, Dans Dans or Robin Verheyen’s New York Quartet at one of the following venues:

11.11 Bozar, Brussel *
12.11 Muziekodroom, Hasselt *
13.11 De Zwerver, Leffinge *
14.11 Het Bos, Antwerpen *
15.11 El Negocito, Gent *
09.12 TAC, Eindhoven (NL) **
11.12 Parazzar, Brugge ***
  • *+ TaxiWars ism Autumn Falls
  • **+ Dans Dans
  • ***+ Robin Verheyen NY Quartet

 

As per usual, all these dates and more can also be found in Tourdates section.

Below you can listen to a relatively recent episode of Elko and Jeroen’s Het Kralenspel radio show (with Mauro Pawlowski joining them in the studio):

 

Rudy & Mauro play duo show at Oude Beurs – Mauro rushes off to Klappei

Tomorrow, October 1st, Rudy Trouvé and Mauro Pawlowski will play a duo set at Oude Beurs to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Radio Centraal’s “De Wolkenbreiers” programme.

This will happen at 8 pm sharp after which Mauro will rush off to Filmhuis Klappei where he will play a solo set after “Ashik Kerib”, his film of choice, has been shown to the audience.

Find the full addresses in the tourdates section.

Both events seem rather unmissable.

As was last Tuesday’s Het Kralenspel – another Radio Centraal show – featuring (albeit in spirit) a mystery guest mentioned in this very post:

 

Rudy Trouvé drops Chinese cat

The friendly folks at Jezus Factory Records have announced the forthcoming release of Pawlowski, Trouvé & Ward 2, the follow-up to the first volume which was released ten years ago.

Rudy Trouvé has dropped a digital single with accompanying video (featuring one of those funny Chinese cat dolls) as a nice little teaser for this joyful event.

You can preorder the album, which should come out late November/early December, by clicking here.

Below, you can listen to Elko & Jeroen’s latest episode of Het Kralenspel, featuring special guest Milan Warmoeskerken.

 

Pop monuments Rudy Trouvé & Daan share the stage, The Archetypes reunite

Another eventful weekend is coming up!

Tomorrow, Thursday 8 September, The Archetypes are reuniting for a one-off show at Café Cosmopolite in Antwerp. Miguel Sosa, Elko Blijweert and Jeroen Stevens will be improvising together for the first time in years. Scroll all the way down to see the flyer for this concert.

On Saturday, Rudy Trouvé, Daan and many others will be playing seperate sets at special (monumental) locations in the Dutch town of Bergen-Op-Zoom.

Info and links about both of these shows can be found, as always, in our Tourdates section.

Argentina’s finest Miguel Sosa of The Archetypes, Cassini Division and Strumpets fame was invited for a rare interview on yesterday’s Het Kralenspel radio show, which you can listen to below.

 

 

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Angels Die Hard live at Het Bos

Angels Die Hard will present their fresh LP “Mood Ring” this Friday at Het Bos in Antwerp. Also on the bill are Ulrika Spacek (UK) and Fake Indians (B).

Check out ADH’s latest video below to get in the right – wait for it – mood!

 

And here’s today’s episode of Het Kralenspel:

 

Rudy Trouvé in sound and vision

Some videos of Rudy Trouvé dancing and playing have surfaced on the internet. In chronological order:

Rudy dancing in slow motion to the music of The Mechanics at the Jazz Middelheim festival

#themechanics #slomo #dancingrudy #hiddenhiele @hielehiele

A video posted by @jeruenchen on

 

Rudy improvising in black and white with Karen Willems at the Bosbar

 

More Rudy in last Tuesday’s episode of the Het Kralenspel radio show which featured a track of his recent release on Luik Records (The Rimbaud Tape). Listen below!