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The first time I played with Alec was in a Brazilian popband. When we did our first rehearsal I was tuning my drums while Alec was arranging his setup and almost unconsciously we were musically communicating, we started creating music without being aware of it. These first 5 minutes made such a big impression on me that when the concerts with the popband were over I contacted Alec to see if he was interested in trying some things in duo. My first idea was to restart my band Vanishing Pictures and to work with Alec on some basic ideas. At that time Alec was living in Koekelberg, Brussels. A house facing the Parc Elisabeth near the Basilique du Sacre Coeur. He invited me there and told me there was a rehearsal room with drumkit. When I arrived I was a bit surprised, the rehearsal room was a small, cold cellar full with junk, the drumkit had seen better times, skins that had been humid, a floortom with two legs only, a snaredrum with a stuck snare system, ... But when we started playing the magic happened again, instant report ! We played for half a day, didn't work on the ideas I had but just improvised. At the end of the day it was clear that this was not just the basis for a new edition of Vanishing Pictures, it was much too strong and stood completely on it's own. We had such a good feeling that we decided to meet again. So the week after we met again, same place, same equipment. For recording we used a basic Zoom recorder.
So if you are into state-of-the-art recordings and equipment, you're at the wrong place. But if you are looking for joyful improvisations using every sound possible, developing every idea possible and taking it wherever it wants to be taken ... then don't look any further, you have arrived and are very welcome to join us !

Dirk Wachtelaer

PS more news about Vanishing Pictures will follow


released June 5, 2016

dirk wachtelaer : drums
alec ilyine : guitar

Recorded in Brussels, March 2014

Photo cover by Jan Weynants, K-meel from his Skullpture series.
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Dirk Wachtelaer Belgium

Dirk Wachtelaer has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He has been active in many genres but his main focus has always been on improvisation and experimentation. He has played with Paul Schutze, Toshinori Kondo, Stevie Wishart, Phillip Clemo, and many others. He recorded 3 solo albums and leads the ensemble Vanishing Pictures, creating music that vanishes when you try to label it. ... more

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