04.12.2023 > 28.01.2024 | Sound creation residency – Thanas Kas (De/Al/Be) | Transonic Lab Essaouira (Ma)

04.12.2023 > 28.01.2024 | Sound creation residency – Thanas Kas (De/Al/Be) | Transonic Lab Essaouira (Ma)

Music is nothing other than sounds that we have structured and to which we have defined a scale. There were forbidden harmonies, privileged instruments, codes and censorships and over time, our ear, too, adapted to other sound colors. New instruments and recording tools have been built, and music, now, more than ever, is everywhere. My exploration begins with these thoughts and the desire to return to a primal creative audio state.

Essaouira, the romantic city of wind and surfers will be my destination for this European Pepinieres residency in partnership with Transcultures and its alter label Transonic.

I will begin this intimate and contextual journey with an instinctive writing, a sort of “spontaneous poetry” that I will dress with sounds, human, animal, plant conversations and if the walls of the medina can sing, I will collect their hidden stories.

Each place is full of sonic mysteries that I like to translate through the musical medium. This involves integrating sounds taken from everyday life in this environment and this rich Moroccan culture into sound pieces intended to constitute the material for publication on the Transonic label in early 2024

Thanas Kas (De/Al/Be)

Thanas is a Belgian multi-instrumentalist musician of German and Albanian origin. As a young teenager, he explored noise and psychedelic rock and formed the music group Antichronique with his brother Milaim, then he decided to study this art more deeply at the Jazz studio. in Antwerp and at Jazz Bxl.

Not being very satisfied with teaching and too curious to discover other music, he then traveled to Argentina, India, Mexico and studied at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako and at the School of La Dernière Trumpette in Ouagadougou in West Africa to immerse yourself in traditional music. On his return, he created the independent Brussels label Matilemstudio.

A professional drummer, he explores this instrument in more than ten groups and, more recently, practices other instruments such as acoustic guitar, percussion but also electronic treatments. He devotes himself to his solo project, Grand Than, which combines poetry, song and soundscapes.

He is also part of the world music quartet Les Frères Barezzi, the Oriental/flamenco group Rihhal Duo with Karam Al Zouhir and Guillaume Vanespen’s contemplative/meditative music project Ocean Voices Duo..