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Artists overview

Toasaves

In the footsteps of Wannes

Toasaves means “home land” in the Antwerp dialect, the cosmopolitan city where Wannes grew up and came into contact with all kinds of cultures, leaving a mark on his musical quest.

The ensemble brings together artists with different backrounds and travels through ancient music (trecento, Flemish polyphony, Sephardic music) and Eastern music (Greece, Turkey, Afghanistan). Toasaves will present their album in April 2022.

 

Musicians on tour :

  • Tristan Driessens (lutes, concept, arrangments, artistic direction)
  • Raphaël De Cock (vocals, bagpipes, Jew’s harp)
  • Harald Bauweraerts (hurdy-gurdy)
  • Miriam Encinas (vielle, dilruba, medieval flutes, frame drums)

Albums

Press

“With a lot of creativity, openness, and using all the human affinities within the group, we can do some really fabulous things” (Tristan) Tristan Driessens discovered the ûd (oriental lute) through Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian music. From 2009 to 2012, he stayed in Istanbul to improve with his master Necati Çelik. Back in Belgium, he obtained a master’s degree in Turkish ûd at the LUCA School of Arts and in Musicology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Today, he is recognized in Belgium as one of the main references in ûd and Turkish classical music (makam). He collaborates with Tcha Limberger, Derya Türkan, Kudsi Erguner and Emre Gültekin, and he is the artistic director of Ensemble Lâmekân and Refugees for Refugees. His other projects are Tristan Driessen’s Soolmaan Quintet, Seyir Trio, La Compagnie d’Elias.

 

Raphael De Cock is a multi-instrumentalist, singer in various traditional styles, and is part of Belgian and internationals musical projects. With Remi Decker he co-founded Griff, a band in which he plays numerous bagpipes and flutes. In 2009 he formed the duo Nadisuna with Vladiswar Nadishana. He sings and plays the gaita (Galician bagpipe) in the ensembles Neboa and A Contrabanda. With the trio Osuna (Emre Gültekin and Thomas Baeté), he plays the Siberian zither (chatkhan) and does throat singing. He joins in with the Irish-Scandinavian project Northern Lights and organizes multi-ethnical workshops with Waira in schools. Actually, he was invited by Graindelavoix to join the Belgian-Italian vocal project Muntagna Nera, and Melancholia.

 

Harald Bauweraerts is a musical jack of all trades. In addition to playing the electro-acoustic hurdy-gurdy, he is enthusiastic about all sorts of analog synthesizers, effects, percussions and sequencers. Harald strives to achieve a beautiful and harmonious symbiosis between the analog and numeric world, between acoustic and electronic, and between light and dark. Through the ages, from one culture to another.

Achievements: Lais, Embrun, Trio Pilartz/Gielen/Bauweraraerts, Eurosong, Eriksson/Delqroix, Orgamusa, Aedo, Beatball, Woodshakes, Dansa Del Sol, Harald,…

Miriam Encinas grew up in a family of musicians: «Els Trobadors» and «L’Arc en el Cel». Her innate musicality combines the fresh perspective of a performer raised in a traditional music environment with the rigor and precision of her academic training. She studied the recorder with Sara Parés at the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona. Later she studied early music with : Pedro Memelsdorff, Christian Curnyn, Pia Elsdorfer, and percussion with Pedro Estevan. In 2001, she began studying Viola de Gamba with Cristian Sala and since 2013 Dilruba and Afghan music with Daud Khan Sadozai. As a professional musician, she is a member and has collaborated with: Evo, Mos Azimans, Via Artis Konsor, Joi de Trobar, l’Ham de Foc, Ensemble l’Albera, …

RnR Magazine (UK)
04/09/2023
Dave Haslam

« …unorthodox, adventurous, mind-bendingly original and absolutely fasscinating. » ★★★★

Songlines (UK)
11/04/2023
Tom Newell

« …an exciting and beautiful journey into a perhaps not entirely fictional lost world. » ★★★★

World Music Charts Europe
23/03/2023

« Zwerver » is #13 in the World Music Charts Europe top albums in February and March

Jazzmania (BE)
17/03/2023
Claudy Jalet

« …an exciting journey back in time and certainly a lot of sounds to (re)discover for many of us. »

Musiczine (BE)
16/03/2023
Filip Van der Linden

« An excellent album »

BRF (BE)
06/03/2023
Markus Will

« Historical Flemish songs show amazing parallels to oriental folk tunes – when they are played with oriental instruments. The Belgian collective Toasaves succeeds in building an amazing bridge in this way. »

ROOTSTIME (BE)
02/03/2023
Dani Heyvaert

«…a musical feast that demonstrates from start to finish how much music can transcend any man-made boundary.»

RADIO WDR (DE)
01/03/2023
Babette Michel

« ZWERVER » review on the show « Early Music of Europe and the Orient » on German radio WDR

Mixworldmusic (NL)
27/02/2023
Ton Maas

« Thanks mainly to the strong, complex and varied arrangements, this re-creation of Van der Velde’s songs turns out beautifully. »

Lira (SE)
24/02/2023
Rasmus Klockljung

« Zwerver is an hour of equally hyper-virtuous and ever-changing music from this debut band, and it’s a delight to listen to. »

Folk Magazine (BE)
25/01/2023

« ZWERVER » review in the Belgian Folk Magazine

RADIO PROGLAS (CZ)
16/01/2023

« ZWERVER » review on the Czech radio Proglas

RADIO PANIK (BE)
14/01/2023

Interview and « ZWERVER » review on « Djiboutik », Radio Panik.

MUSIK GLOBAL (DE)
13/01/2023
Fredi Hallauer

« This album should already be on the list of the best albums of this year. »

MUSIC FRAMES (BE)
11/01/2023
Mattie Poels

« Toasaves excels in sublime instrument control, coherent performances and vigorous ensemble playing. »

Folker (DE)
10/01/2023

« ZWERVER » review in the German magazine Folker.

NEW FOLK SOUNDS (NL)
08/01/2023
Bart Vanoutrive

« As to how to connect (musical) worlds, this ensemble clearly has what it takes! »

HR2 KULTUR (DE)
05/01/2023

Interview and « ZWERVER » review on the podcast « Musik grenzenlos », radio HR2 Kultur.

3BBR (AU)
01/01/2023

« ZWERVER » review on « Continental Drift », radio 3BBR.

KEYS AND CHORDS (NL)
28/12/2022
Marino Serdons

« Pleasant surprise from Belgian music collective »

EKULTURA (HU)
23/12/2022
Galgóczi Tamás

« I know that nowadays it is fashionable to be cosmopolitan and to combine the cultures of different landscapes, but only a few manage to realize all this with such inspiration as the Toasaves band »

DE SUBJECTIVISTEN (NL)
20/12/2022
Jan Willem

« A truly timeless and boundless beauty »

RADIO 1 (BE)
19/12/2022

« ZWERVER » review on « Time Out », Radio 1.

RADIO PRVI (SI)
12/12/2022

« ZWERVER » review on the podcast « Etnofonija », radio PRVI.

DEMÉSENLLÀ (ES)
07/12/2022

« ZWERVER » review on the podcast « Demésenllà »

Upcoming concerts

20/04/24 Costa (Antwerpen, BE)
28/05/24 Theater Vooruit (Boechout, BE)
29/05/24 Museum Vleeshuis (Antwerp, BE)
31/05/24 Vrijetijdscentrum de Schelde (Antwerpen, BE)

Past concerts

20/01/24 CC Leopoldsburg (Leopoldsburg, BE)
17/01/24 Your Roots Are Showing - Ireland's Folk Conference (Dundalk, IE)
11/01/24 CC Zwaneberg (Heist-op-den-Berg, BE)
24/09/23 Voci Audaci-OSA (Ascona, CH)
09/07/23 PARK, festival Abdij van Park (Heverlee, BE)
08/07/23 Brosella (Brussel, BE)
20/01/23 De Warande ( Turnhout)
27/11/22 Muziekclub 't Ey (Sint-Niklaas )
26/11/22 Muziekpublique- Album Release (Brussels , BE)
23/10/22 30cc (Leuven, BE)
07/08/22 Festival Dranouter (Dranouter, BE)
25/06/22 Sint Baafsabdij (Gent, BE)
16/04/22 AMOR (Antwerpen, BE)