V.O.F The Ballroomquartet

Ballroomquartet is a unique Belgian band with an exceptional sound and unusual instrumentation.One of the most innovating & eclectic sounds in Belgium

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The Ballroomquartet was set up in 2001. In december 2009 they released their third full-album which was produced by Blixa Bargeld from Einstürzende Neubauten & Nick Cave. The press were almost unanimously laudatory about their work. The albums ‘Surfing Sufi’, ‘Soundmanifest’ & ‘Ballroomquartet’ harvest good write-ups as well in Belgian as in Dutch and German newspapers & magazines. The band is not short of airplay either and the filmic qualities of their music did not pass unnoticed with television -and documentary makers. Their third album forced a breakthrough in the Belgian music scene and brought the band to a lot of famous festivals in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and France. The rather unusual combination of instruments and influences endows The Ballroomquartet with one of the most original sounds in Belgium. These citizens of the world of music blend loads of exotic sonorities into their repertoire. The sound of their acoustic instruments – accordion, mandolin, violin, double-bass and drums – is distorted in every possible way thus producing a cinemascopic mixture of dance, trance, eastern world music, roots and rock. Effects, synthesizers, vocoders and all sorts of electronical devices endow their tunes with a contemporary and sometimes even experimental personality. The members of The Ballroomquartet are Andries Boone (mandolin, violin, bulbul-tarang and voices), Rony Deprins (accordion, synths, theremin, vocoder and voices), Michaël Donckers (electric bass and clarinet) and Geert Mariën (drums & percussion). The wide diversity of influences result in an unheard musical cross-breeding that could be localized somewhere between the London suburbs and the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. Without any doubt The Ballroomquartet has one of the most eclectic, original and innovating sounds in Belgium. David Bowie consider himselves as a fan of their work and doesn’t hesitate to mention their name in interviews. In october 2008 The Ballroomquartet was invited by the famous French composer Yann Tiersen to play at the concerthall 'La Cigale' in Paris on the Montmartre Filmfestival. In the Summer of 2010 they performed @ Les Ardentes Liège & The Folk and Roots Festival @ Rudolstadt in Germany.

In 2011 they've made the soundtrack for 'LENA' the second film from director Christophe Van Rompaeye,who made a big entrance with 'Moscow,Belgium' in 2008.

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  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2010


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