As a child, Vansina became fascinated by a phantasmagoria of his grandfather. Years later, he made a play for the school of his own children. As an accompaniment, he used 'Exotica' by Martin Denny. The combination of the phantasmagoria and Martin Denny's exotic sounds created a magical and strange atmosphere. It gave Vansina the desire to elaborate this phantasmagoria to a full show with live music. Vansina however did not want to copy the music -the original is far too beautiful - and he asked his old friend and colleague Pierre Vervloesem, who has a great fascination for exotica genre, to update the music. The play is basically divided into short scenes that have been accurately put to the music as happens in film (the music of Martin Denny consists of songs of about 3 minutes maximum). Often the music gave them the reason to invent characters and events. Shadow and music are closely linked. Does the music accompany the shadows or is it vice versa, as a kind of video? Both perspectives or interpretations are possible. The two have the same importance and move together in an exotic dance.
"Mocht het al mogelijk zijn van het goeie te veel te geven, dan kwam het Bruno Vansina Orchestra dicht in de buurt. Al valt het te betwijfelen dat er van dit goede ooit genoeg kan zijn, want het orkest maakte een geweldige indruk. Zelfs in die mate dat de concurrentie later op de dag er haar tanden hopeloos op stuk zou bijten." -Koen Van Meel.
"Ik zelf heb enorm genoten van Bruno Vansina Orchestra, een project dat we met Klara zelf groot gemaakt hebben" -Chantal Pattyn.
"De premiŤres van de Belgische bigbands MikM‚šk en het Bruno Vansina Orchestra stonden er. De organisatie zal hen zeer nauw in de gaten houden" -Middelheim Jazz.
New cd 'Morning Forest aka Nose Up Bottom Down' is out!
Morning Forest / RAT 027Recorded and mixed at Studio Toots, VRT, Brussels, 2014.
Mastered by Uwe Teichert, Electropolis, Wemmel.
Artwork by Bruno vansina and Afreux.
Coproduction for Klara: Marc Weyts.
With the support of the Flemish Government.
The Bruno Vansina Quartet was on tour in Mexico for 3 successful concerts:6th in Centro Cultural Mexiquense Bicentenario Texcoco, 7th in Zynco Mexico City and on the 8th at the Eurojazz festival Mexico City.
In Texcoco around 600 people came to see the show, at Eurojazz around 2000 people! The experience was very particular. People off all ages attended the shows: children, parents, grandparents ... We signed hundreds of posters and cd's and took pictures with many women. We felt like rock stars!
For this tour Nathan Wouters replaced Jos Machtel.
This was our second stay in Mexico City. It was great to see our Mexican friends again. We even got to stay in there apartment in the center of the beautiful Coyoacan.
More crazy stuff happened. Bert Cools got his too nail pulled out by a Mexican doctor and limped for a week! Back in Belgium it was snowing, horrible!
Bruno Vansina's new album "Stratocluster" was release at C-Mine Jazz on the 13 th of April 2012. This production was suported by C-Mine Jazz, the Flemish Government, The W.E.R.F. and RAT Records. Both the album and the concert feature Steve Nelson (USA) -vibraphone player from the Dave Holland Quintet- and Bruno Vansina's Quartet (Bert Cools, Jos Machtel and Teun Verbruggen).
The Bruno Vansina Quartet (Bert Cools, Jos Machtel and Teun Verbruggen) recorded in Brooklin, New York at System Two. This recording featured Steve Nelson (USA) -vibraphone player from the Dave Holland Quintet- and was made possible by C-Mine Jazz, the Flemish Government, The W.E.R.F. and RAT Records.