Ingar Zach (NO), Ruben Machtelinckx (BE) & Frederik Leroux (BE)
Ingar Zach (NO)
Ingar Zach is one of a number of Norwegian avant-garde jazz musicians who are identified with scenes in Oslo and round the Trondheim Music Conservatory in the mid-to-late 1990s. Previously playing with Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag and ‘Harnihomba’ Zach is a free jazz drummer with a propensity to slip effortlessly into something more non-idiomatic. Zach displays a good balance between industriousness and subtlety, much like countryman Paal Nilssen-Love.
Ruben Machtelinckx (BE)
Ruben Machtelinckx is one of Belgium’s best contemporary musicians. A respected composer and guitar player with a unique sound, Machtelinckx plays with a trio (Machtelinckx/Jensson/Badenhorst/Wouters) and a duo (Machtelinckx/Linus). In both he puts his idiosyncratic stamp upon the music courtesy of some virtuoso guitar and banjo playing. He has collaborated with Peter Evans, Iva Bittova, Ingar Zach, Jakob Bro, Joachim Badenhorst, Gerri Jager and many more. Machtelinckx is not one to waste time; releasing 5 albums in 3 years (plus a new split EP with Frederik Leroux, ‘When The Shade Is Stretched’). He is co-founder of the label Aspen Edities.
Frederik Leroux (BE)
Frederik Leroux is one of the hidden secrets of the Belgian jazz and improvised music scene. Over the years, he created a modest, humorous, surreal universe where his music thrives at its best. His trio (Leroux/Landfermann/Burgwinkel) released their first album in 2012. Other frequent collaborators include Kris Vanderstraeten, Heleen Van Haegenborgh and Frans Van Isacker.