BASta is a one man band by double-bass player and composer Joris Vanvinckenroye.
Joris creates his work through recording himself and layering the sound to create an orchestral ambience in his own cinematic fusion style. Elements of classical music, rock, jazz and folk are combined to reach an organic whole.
Joris is also the founder and composer of Aranis, a group from Antwerp that has won several prizes in the last few years, including the Youth and Music Prize for Chamber Music, the Klara Trophy for the most intriguing concert and the Mano Mundo public award. Aranis has produced 2 CD's and are producing a 3rd in 2009 and have toured throughout Europe, occasionally teaming up with other musicians such as flute-player Toon Fret and 'multi-musician' Jan Marmenout. The popular Belgian newspaper De Tijd described Aranis as: "In-between the finesse of classical music and the excitement of pop".
Joris studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp and as well as his work with BASta and Aranis he has an exceptional range of experiences. He was a founder and composer of Troissoeur during which time he worked and toured with Sandy Dillon, Daniel B and Satoshi Takeishi. He has played for the tango musicians of Lunfardo, and toured with the orchestra of Bjoerk and Robby Lakatos. He has composed for theatrical productions such as Oerd, a production directed and played by An De Donder, and he also often teaches classes in improvisation and musical creativity.
For Antipode, Joris/BASta will create a cutting edge new work that drives the movement with clarity, dynamism and power.