27.04.2024 | Transonic Night @ Nuit du Beau Tas Festival – NBT#14 | Le Lac (Brussels)

27.04.2024 | Transonic Night @ Nuit du Beau Tas Festival – NBT#14 | Le Lac (Brussels)

Dedicated to the diversity of sonic explorations, Transonic was initiated in 2012 by Transcultures (artistic director: Philippe Franck) and has developed a catalog of Belgian and international references as well as discoveries of emerging audio singularities. In addition to publications associated with sound arts in different formats, this “alter label” offers hybrid audio events.

In April 2024, Transonic and Transcultures are once again joining forces with Nuits du Beau Tas (after having done so regularly since the launch of this ‘indisciplinary’ initiative by musician/artistic director Pierre-Jean Vranken, which brings together various places and curious audiences in Brussels) for this fourteenth edition which will highlight honor both the references of contemporary and experimental music as well as emerging talents who escape traditional categories.

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Alain Wergifosse (Be)

Video artiste et musicien expérimental belge ayant résidé 30 ans à Barcelone, Alain Wergifosse a participé à d’innombrables projets sonores en solo et avec des groupes tels que Obmuz, Macromassa et Specop (en Espagne). Pendant 10 ans, il a créé les sons et musiques interactives pour Marcel.lí Antúnez (fondateur de La Fura dels Baus).

Il a  co-organisé les festivals LEM et NoNoLogic à Barcelone et  publié 3 albums : “Deep Gray Organics” en 1999 sur le label Geometrik (Es), “Flux & Densités” en 2020 et le CD (+ livret) “Spectres & Neons” en 2022, tous deux édité par  le label Transonic (Be).

En 2010, il a composé la musique du film “Petite anatomie de l’image” d’Olivier Smolders. Il a réalisé de nombreuses vidéos et installations immersives et sonores régulièrement soutenues par Transcultures (et les festivals City Sonic et Transnumériques), la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et aussi, entre autres, par/pour le KIKK, Recyclart (Be), Zone Libre, les Pépinières européennes et Vidéoformes (Fr), ainsi que des concerts et des ateliers d’expérimentation sonore et visuelle.


Paradise Now (Be/Fr)

Sous le nom de Paradise Now, Philippe Franck développe, depuis le début des années 90, un trajet artistique multiforme dans une démarche prospective et volontiers collaborative. Il a réalisé de nombreuses musiques de chorégraphies, expositions, performances interdisciplinaires, vidéos (notamment pour Régis Cotentin, Hanzel & Gretzel ou encore Thomas Israël), dispositifs multimédia (avec les artistes numériques, Philippe Boisnard, Marc Veyrat, art2.network).

En 2014, Philippe Franck a co-réalisé le film Bernard Heidsieck, la poésie en action (qui a également fait l’objet du livre-coffret DVD Variations sur Bernard Heidsieck).

Outre ses collaborations avec la performeuse holistique Isa*Belle (plusieurs installations et performances corps/son depuis 2005), Paradise Now travaille également avec les musiciens électroniques Christophe Bailleau (le duo Pastoral), Gauthier Keyaerts (au sein de Supernova), Stephan Dunkelman, Christian Leroy, Didié Nietzsche, la vocaliste/performeuse Maja Jantar ainsi que plusieurs poètes (dont Ira Cohen, Gerard Malanga, Werner Moron, Eric Therer, Catrine Godin, Habiba Sheikh…).

On retrouve ses productions discographiques notamment sur les labels Transonic, Optical Sound et Sub Rosa.


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.

“Dans la Mogador”, his first album under his own name, has just been published on the Transonic label.


Pierre Berthet (Be)

Pierre Berthet studied percussion at the Brussels Conservatory in the 1980s under André Van Belle and Georges-Elie Octors. Concurrently, for two years, he spent a significant amount of time in a bell tower playing the carillon and listening to environmental sounds.

Through listening to various music and attending improvisation classes taught by Garrett List, composition classes by Frederic Rzewski, and courses by Henri Pousseur at the Liège Conservatory, P.B. rediscovered the natural inclination he had since childhood: striking, rubbing, shaking, or throwing various objects to hear the sounds they produce. Additionally, the sound of water droplets falling on different materials has always fascinated him immensely.

He gradually shifted towards extending objects or instruments with steel wires of varying lengths leading to barrels, likely influenced by musicians, visual artists, and performers whose works with wires of different lengths impressed him: Jim Burton, Alvin Lucier, Terry Fox, Paul Panhuysen, Ellen Fullman, among others.

He also learned a great deal by regularly playing for nearly a decade in Arnold Dreyblatt’s group, “The Orchestra of Excited Strings,” as well as in a duo with Frédéric Le Junter. Since 1990, he has been conceptualizing, creating, and exhibiting sound and visual installations. Inspired and adapted to the places where they are exhibited, these installations also comprise the materials he uses in his concerts.

Since 2010, he has happily performed by request a composition by Tom Johnson for 5 sound pendulums titled “Galileo.” More recently, he has begun motorizing dry plants and shaking them. He collaborates with Rie Nakajima, a player of moving objects. Their project is named “Dead Plants and Living Objects” or “Plantes mortes et objets vivants.”