Sub Rosa 497 / GER / 2020
Brussels-based string quintet BOW celebrates musical freedom. Juggling between their own written music and pure improvisation, the ensemble has worked since its creation on a personal and modern approach, digging into their instruments' capabilities and blending a large scope of influences. Its debut eponym LP, due to be released on Sub Rosa, gathers five instantly-composed pieces that were recorded live by Christine Verschorren in the Echo Collective studio in Brussels. During the day, BOW repeated musical concepts, textures, and interactive games. Then, during the night, with the machine already well-oiled and the musicians free of all expectations, the ensemble embarked out into the unknown, discovering with wonder unexplored sonic territories, delivering a deep and profound music woven with five strands of yarn. BOW is an ensemble made up of the musicians Margaret Hermant (Echo Collective) and Benoit Leseure on violin, Jean-François Durdu on viola, Marine Horbaczewski on cello and Cyrille de Haes (Otto Lindholm) on double bass.