Hantrax, Yip and De Malsche
Hantrax (Bio) (www.hantrax.com)
Hantrax is the alias of Antwerp based composer, performer, and pianist Han Swolfs (1984). Renowned for his live electronic performances and imaginative piano stage productions, his shows are kinetic, atmospheric, hypnotic, and cinematic. A multi-faceted musician who is both enigmatic and kind. Hantrax traverses music categories with whimsical ease from classical to jazz to experimental electronic music.
As a composer, his music in spirit is experimental, taking seemly incompatible influences and mixing them into his self-invented musical language. He breaks the rules of genres, cross-pollinating styles at will into his oeuvre of dark ‘undanceable’ dance music. His ingeniously crafted compositions reimagine standard forms. Old and new technology is an integral part of his process, exploring the possibilities of analogue and digital systems, music machines and recording systems. Dubbed the illustrious prince of the Antwerp underground, Hantrax creates transformative music championed by connoisseurs and barbarians alike.
His collection, which includes his piano compositions and his electronic work, is available on Palermo Records, Ekster label, Roulete Records, Jack playmobile, and Jheri tracks. Off stage, Hantrax can be found hosting a modernist music program called Klankmeanders with his father, Hendrik Van Geel, on Radio Central and can be heard on his radio show titled Headroom on the Word Radio, that exposes innovative music of all categories.
Working at the intersection of the arts, Hantrax has been involved in numerous creative collaborations and productions. Highlights include work with visual artists Anne-mie van Kerckhoven, Pieterjan Ginckels and Arocha – Schraenen, as well as performances for the theater company Abattoir Fermé and for the classical orchestra of Michiel De Malsche as a soloist. Hantrax continues to build a music sphere of relentless experimentation that constantly defies boundaries and pushes the parameters of sound and performance.
Hantrax realized from a young age that he wanted to pursue a life of music above all else. He began his music journey, studying the cello at the age of 9, and then quickly gravitated towards the piano, beginning formal studies at the age of 12. He followed intensive classical piano training with Dorothea Haers and jazz piano with Christoph Erbstosser. Along with private instruction, he attended the prestigious Antwerp Jazz Studio.
In parallel, during his volatile adolescent years, he was captivated by electronic synths, hip-hop, anarcho punk, new wave, fine-tuning his own style, figuring out how to command the stage, performing in underground off spaces, concert halls, and festivals.
Michiel De Malsche (bio) http://www.michieldemalsche.com
Michiel De Malsche (1982) is a Belgian composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound designer. He studied classical composition at the conservatories of Rotterdam and Ghent. His contemporary music has been performed all over the world and he has composed/produced dozens of soundtracks for contemporary dance, theatre, movies and documentaries. He wrote music for Arte, BBC 2, Canvas, The Brussels Philharmonic, De Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Krisztina De Châtel, Mala, Sturm Und Klang, I solist Del Vento, The Flemish Sinfonietta and many others. Besides his work as a contemporary classical composer, he is active as a studio musician/producer in the world of electronic music.
Adilia Yip (Bio) https://www.adiliayip.com
Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Adilia Yip is a marimbist/percussionist and artistic researcher based in Belgium. Her lyrical, unique marimba sound has led to various interdisciplinary music projects and collaborations. As a soloist, and the founder of Duo Antwerp (bass clarinet with marimba) and The Bracket Percussion Ensemble, she was invited to perform and present her projects at international festivals, prestige venues and institutions, to name a few: The Festival de Musica de Canarias, Radio Klara, Belgian Music Days, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, aNOther Festival Vienna, Sfinks Mixed Festival, TEDx. In 2018, Adilia has obtained the Doctoral in arts degree (PhD) from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the University of Antwerp, with artistic research project “Inventing New Marimba Performance from the West African Balafon Practice”.