The Antwerp & Brussels-based collectief reFLEXible was founded in 2001 by Joachim Devillé (trumpet, flugelhorn), Thomas Olbrechts (alto saxophone), Stefan Prins (piano, objects and live-electronics) & Nicolas Rombouts (double bass), who left the collectief early on. As a trio the collectief reFLEXible, kept on focussing on free improvised music (or instant composed music) often combined with other media as dance, performance, video, and film.
The members of this collective all have very different backgrounds - it’s exactly this diversity which gives the collectief reFLEXible its unique sound and character. Since its founding, the collectief reFLEXible has realized several projects; created live soundtracks for “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang and interpreted graphic scores by Logothetis and Cornelius Cardew. It created performances such as "Liveness::Part of the Game", conceptualized by Thomas Olbrechts and worked on the meta-composition "More or Less" by and together with Austrian composer/performer Karlheinz Essl.
The ensemble forms the musical core during the work-in-progress performance "One by One" by Joachim Devillé and last but not least the collective performs compositions by Stefan Prins such as Ventriloquium. This composition was especially written for the collective and the Antwerp-based ensemble for contemporary and experimental music Champ d'Action, and reflects the intensive and fruitfull long-term collaboration with Champ d'Action that started in 2004. The piece premiered at Transit Festival, STUK Leuven in 2006 and was recorded and broadcasted by Klara radio.
Collectief reFLEXible worked the last five years in different ad hoc settings or at long-term projects with Fred van Hove, Peter Jacqemyn, Bart Maris, André Goudbeek, Dirk Wauters, Tatsuya Nakatani, Assif Tsahar, c.r.i.m.e., John Russell, Horacio Curti, Scott Rosenberg, Paul Hubweber, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, Steve Swell, Building Transmissions, Geographique, Aeyelen Parolin, Kayoko Minami and many others. Besides these different collaborations and projects, they perform regularly as a trio in Belgium and abroad.
In 2008 collectief reFLEXible was in residency at STEIM(Amsterdam). Furthermore the collaboration between reFLEXible and the ensemble for contemporary and experimental music Champ d’Action is being renewed and will be structural between 2010-2013. In fall 2008, the Italian label Amirani Records released Realgar, a recording made live at “q-O2” (Brussels, 15 September 2007), featuring Joachim Devillé (trumpet and flugelhorn), Thomas Olbrechts (alto saxophone) and Stefan Prins (live-electronics).
Important projects in 2008-2009 include "Black Mass Project" in which reFLEXible, for the occasion enlarged with Matthias Koole on electric guitar & Ann Eysermans on double bass, plays live-music with the homonymous animation film made by Joachim Devillé. In 2009 collectief reFLEXible will be featured at Ars Musica Festival 2009 (Théâtre Marni, Brussels), will perform at the Concertgebouw Brugge (playing Stefan Prins's Ventriloquium, together with Champ d'Action and will perform in many other places in Belgium and abroad.
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