Innerwoud brings a beautiful mix of ambient, drone and neoclassical. The project is led by contrabass player Pieter-Jan Van Assche en was formed in 2014 in Ghent, Belgium. Musical layers are built live together and merge with the different sounds that the contrabass produces which results in a melancholic journey. For this new album he worked together with soprano singer Astrid Stockman. She studied singing and piano at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven. She played roles such as Venus (Venus & Adonis, Blow) and Belinda (Dido & Aeneas), Suor Angelica, Donna Elvira (Transparent – Laika), and many many more.
Haven is an interdisciplinary collaboration between several young makers.
At the end of 2016, Aïda Gabriëls directed the performance Medeamaterial, a contemporary revision of the well-known epos that relies on themes such as love and betrayal. The framework for this creative process was provided by music theater Transparant. Soprano Astrid Stockman and double bass player Innerwoud created the music and their story was performed on stage by choreographer / dancer Lieselot Vanderroost.
After a series of performances, including a successful passage at the BRDCST festival (Ancien Belgique) in 2017, Consouling Sounds decided to release the music on vinyl and CD. Haven takes cue from Mediamaterial, but is in effect an entirely new piece for which Aïda Gabriëls wrote the libretto herself. The version now played for the occasion of the album is a new powerful performance with focus on the selected music from the album Haven and elements from the original performance. The music is now also supported by motion expression by Lieselot Vanderroost. The whole is a search for the boundaries between despair and hope, light and darkness, hatred and love.
Haven will be released on December 14th and pre-orders are available here. Listen to ‘Elegy II’ exclusively here: