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Hanne De Backer

Hanne De Backer is an Antwerp based saxophone player and performer. She is an energetic and versatile improvisor and founder of  g a b b r o , a fluid collective of musicians and other artists that confront free improvisation with unexpected locations and its inhabitants. So far,  g a b b r o  has been playing and recording in empty exhibiton-halls, old sewage systems, parking lots, laundrettes, the prison of Antwerp, on roofs and mountains and, for the last project, along the Belgian coastline.  g a b b r o  has released two well-received LP's on two Belgian labels: 'gabbro'  (El Negocito Records, 2017) and 'granular' (Dropa Disc, 2019).


Article: Album Review

Steve Swell: Dances With Questions

Read "Dances With Questions" reviewed by John Sharpe

American trombonist Steve Swell plays to the strengths of his talented cast of improvisers on the sprawling multifaceted Dances With Questions, a three-CD box set which documents his three day residency at the 2019 Krakow Jazz Autumn. The center piece is the 70-minute title cut for a dozen musicians, but the album also includes two discs ...


The moon appears when the water is still

Label: g a b b r o records 001
Released: 2023
Track listing: passed away yesterday in a whisper tomorrow's parties the moon appears when the water is still oblivious to the other dancers I go about it in my own way women gone missing


Dances With Questions

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Ullmann Harnik Swell Strom; Brano Zingaro Holmlander Nilssen-Love; Emmeluth Ullmann Swell Nilssen-Love; Trzaska De Backer Holmlander Strom; Zingaro Brano Coudoux Harnik; CD2: Holmlander Harnik Trzaska Ullmann; Brano Swell Coudoux Emmeluth; De Backer Zingaro Strom Nilssen-Love; Ullmann Swell Coudoux Holmlander; Trzaska De Backer Harnik Nilssen-Love; Zingaro Emmeluth Brano Strom; Finale Everyone; CD3: Dances With Questions.


Article: In Pictures

Festival Music Unlimited 35 In Wels, Austria

Read "Festival Music Unlimited 35 In Wels, Austria" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik

A collection of photos from Music Unlimited 35 Festival in Wels, Austria from November 5, 2021 to November 7, 2021 featuring Tumido Orchestra, (Susanna Gartmayer, Irene Kepl, Noid, Manu Mayr, Alexander Kranabetter, Thomas Berghammer, Lukas König, Mario Stadler, Bernhard Breuer, Gigi Gratt), Gabbro 4, (Hanne de Backer, Agnes Hvizdalek, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Raphael Malfliet), Irreversible Entanglements, ...


Article: Live Review

Citadelic 2021

Read "Citadelic 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley

Citadelic Citadelpark Gent, Belgium August 16-18, 2021 Your scribe took a three-day slice out of the six-day Citadelic festival, which had returned to its accustomed Citadelpark following a switch of location in 2020. He arrived for the second half of this 14th edition, catching three or four acts ...



Label: Drop Disc
Released: 2019
Track listing: monday tuesday wednesday thursday friday saturday sunday



Label: El Negocito Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Sterna Paradisaea; 821 DARK; For The Souls Of Nauru; Minor Swing; We’ve Seen Life On Mars!?; Kraveel Bos; Hellh Olé


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