Dans Dans

Live Act Instrumental Alternative Instrumental Jazz Psychedelic
Dans Dans - Instrumental Alternative Instrumental Jazz Psychedelic Live Act in Antwerpen

Dans Dans Short Info

Dans Dans is the utterly unique musical collective featuring Bert Dockx (frontman of the acclaimed Flying Horseman), Frederic Jacques (bassist for the great Mark Lanegan and himself a formidable songsmith and singer under the Lyenn moniker) and Steven Cassiers (a sought-after instrumentalist who has collaborated with the likes of Dez Mona and DAAU). Since their debut in 2012, the trio has been astounding listeners with music impossible to pin down in a single genre. Instrumental, atmospheric, hypnotic, delicate and wild: Dans Dans tirelessly construct their own musical universe and time and again demonstrate why they are one of the most intriguing bands currently working in Belgium and far beyond.
Although until recently the band was known for their imaginative covers of the work of other artists (Nick Drake, Ennio Morricone, Ornette Coleman, David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, …), on the fourth album - the blazing, magnificent Sand - nearly all of the compositions are their own. And as always, for these three natural-born musicians, the compositions are merely a jumping-off point for the improvisational exploration of an unheard spectrum of musical landscapes and emotions. Improvised, but with a flawless ear for an unwavering narrative logic and infectious melodies.

Sand was produced by the indispensable Koen Gisen who provides a sound that is transparent, deep and urgent. Recorded in barely four days’ time, played live (without overdubs) in a single small room, the sound of this album is like a journey through a foreign land that you'll never want to leave.

In the words of the award-winning author and Dans Dans-admirer Peter Verhelst:

On SAND, you'll find highly spatial music, music that takes you places you've never been before, for the simple reason that they hitherto didn’t exist, or at least not in that way, where everything can be utterly transformed in an instant. One second you’re standing in the desert with your arms outstretched to grasp the breathtaking canopy of stars, and the next second you’re nestled in the voluptuous cushions of a shisha lounge, smoking a hookah, following which a herd of wild mustangs storms past you, and then suddenly you find yourself in a mosh pit. The music is cinematic, but also literary: every time you listen, new stories effortlessly come to mind.
As quirky and capricious as the music may be, SAND is dreamier than their previous records. At times lethargic, pensive even, or vulnerable, at times exhilarating, driving, ecstatic, now raw and abrupt, momentarily whimsical, and then again melancholy, consistently generous, intuitive, hypnotic, but never pretentious, slick or predictable. Perhaps nocturnal is the best description: because at night everything is sultrier, more seductive, sharper, more intoxicating, more random, looser in the hips, but also more soothing for the battered soul.
The last song closes with a witty sample from Hitchcock’s film ‘Shadow of a Doubt’: ‘Sit down!’ a male voice commands. To your amazement, you discover that there you are, shaking your hips, listening to Sand. In your own living room.

From garage jazz, psychedelic blues and ecstatic noir soundtracks to spacey rock-‘n-roll: a lot of labels get thrown at Dans Dans and they’re all appropriate to a certain extent.

Dans Dans is the utterly unique musical collective featuring Bert Dockx (frontman of the acclaimed Flying Horseman), Frederic Jacques (bassist for the great Mark Lanegan and himself a formidable songsmith and singer under the Lyenn moniker) and Steven Cassiers (a sought-after instrumentalist who has collaborated with the likes of Dez Mona and DAAU). Since their debut in 2012, the trio has been astounding listeners with music impossible to pin down in a single genre. Instrumental, atmospheric, hypnotic, delicate and wild: Dans Dans tirelessly construct their own musical universe and time and again demonstrate why they are one of the most in...

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Dans Dans on Tour

  • 10 | 03 | 2017 Belfast, N.IRL Brilliant Corners
  • 11 | 03 | 2017 Dublin, IRL Opium Rooms
  • 13 | 03 | 2017 Bucharest, RO Control Club
  • 14 | 03 | 2017 Ljubljana, SLO Cankarjev Dom
  • 15 | 03 | 2017 Maribor, SLO Narodni Dom
  • 16 | 03 | 2017 Budapest, HUN Opus Jazz Club - BMC
  • 25 | 03 | 2017 Eeklo, BE N9
  • 30 | 04 | 2017 Aalst, BE Dwarsligger
  • 22 | 05 | 2017 Maastricht, NL Muziekgieterij

Past Gigs Dans Dans

  • 02 | 2017 Roeselare, BE Café Cirque
  • 02 | 2017 Opwijk, BE Nosta
  • 12 | 2016 Hasselt, BE MOD
  • 12 | 2016 Gent, BE Handelsbeurs
  • 12 | 2016 Amsterdam, NL Bitterzoet
  • 12 | 2016 Nijmegen, NL Merleyn
  • 12 | 2016 Utrecht, NL Ekko
  • 12 | 2016 Brussel, BE Botanique
  • 12 | 2016 Eindhoven, NL Axes Jazz @ TAC
  • 12 | 2016 Bergen Op Zoom, NL Gebouw T
  • 12 | 2016 Antwerpen, BE Het Bos (SOLD OUT)
  • 12 | 2016 Antwerpen, BE Het Bos (SOLD OUT)
  • 12 | 2016 Sint Niklaas, BE De Casino
  • 12 | 2016 Kortrijk, BE De Kreun
  • 11 | 2016 Kopenhagen, DK Stengade
  • 11 | 2016 Nyon, CH La Parenthèse
  • 11 | 2016 Aarhus, DK Tape
  • 11 | 2016 Bern, CH Punto
  • 11 | 2016 Kiel, DE Kulturforum
  • 11 | 2016 Lübeck, DE CVJM
  • 11 | 2016 Flensburg, DE Orpheus Theater
  • 11 | 2016 Leuven, BE STUK
  • 11 | 2016 Baden, CH Royal
  • 11 | 2016 Hamburg, DE Birdland
  • 10 | 2016 Groningen, NL Sounds of music
  • 10 | 2016 Cologne, DE Philharmonie
  • 10 | 2016 Oslo, NO Bla
  • 06 | 2016 Bergen, NOR Nattjazz
  • 04 | 2016 Bremen, DE Jazzahead
  • 11 | 2015 Tilburg, NL Paradox
  • 10 | 2015 Utrecht, NL Rumor 81
  • 10 | 2015 Amersfoort, NL Fluor + POLAR BEAR (UK)
  • 10 | 2015 Antwerpen Rataplan + POLAR BEAR (UK)
  • 10 | 2015 Gent Vooruit + POLAR BEAR (UK)
  • 09 | 2015 Brussels Recyclart + POLAR BEAR (UK)
  • 09 | 2015 Leffinge Leffingeleuren Festival
  • 09 | 2015 Bergen Op Zoom, NL Gebouw - T
  • 07 | 2015 Brugge Cactus Festival
  • 07 | 2015 Ljubljana, SLO Jazz Festival
  • 07 | 2015 Rotterdam, NL North Sea Jazz Festival
  • 06 | 2015 Chiny Fête de la Musique
  • 05 | 2015 Essen, DE Pact
  • 05 | 2015 Berchem Eglantier
  • 04 | 2015 Venlo, NL Grenswerk
  • 04 | 2015 Brussels Botanique
  • 04 | 2015 Diksmuide 4AD
  • 01 | 2015 Kuurne Jazz Kuurne
  • 01 | 2015 Hulst, NL Hulst Cultureel
  • 12 | 2014 Hasselt MOD
  • 12 | 2014 Heist o/d Berg De Living
  • 12 | 2014 Den Haag, NL State X - New Forms
  • 12 | 2014 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
  • 12 | 2014 Gent Handelsbeurs
  • 11 | 2014 Brugge Cactus
  • 11 | 2014 Antwerpen Trix
  • 11 | 2014 Opwijk Nijdrop
  • 11 | 2014 Eeklo N9
  • 11 | 2014 Rijkevorsel De Singer
  • 11 | 2014 Brussels AB Club
  • 11 | 2014 Leuven Stuk
  • 11 | 2014 Oostende Vrijstaat - O
  • 11 | 2014 Diest Cour & Jardin
  • 11 | 2014 London, UK The Garage
  • 11 | 2014 Deventer, NL Burgerweeshuis
  • 10 | 2014 Kortijk Parkjazz
  • 10 | 2014 Skopje, MC Skopje Jazz Festival
  • 09 | 2014 Vlieland, NL Into the great wide open
  • 09 | 2014 Heusden, NL Misty Fields
  • 09 | 2014 Antwerpen Cinema Zuid
  • 08 | 2014 Groningen, NL ZomerJazzFietstour
  • 07 | 2014 Nijmegen Valkhof Festival
  • 07 | 2014 Gent Ghent Jazz
  • 06 | 2014 Eindhoven, NL Psych Lab
  • 06 | 2014 Gent Ham Sessions
  • 06 | 2014 Mechelen Dijlefeesten
  • 04 | 2014 Ieper Hypnoiz
  • 04 | 2014 Gent Handelsbeurs (with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog)
  • 04 | 2014 Brussel Beursschouwburg
  • 04 | 2014 Antwerpen Cartoon's
  • 02 | 2014 Gent Vooruit
  • 02 | 2014 Utrecht, NL Fading Trails Festival
  • 01 | 2014 Tilburg, NL Paradox
  • 01 | 2014 Brussel De Markten
  • 01 | 2014 Amsterdam, NL Brakke Grond
  • 01 | 2014 Groningen, NL Eurosonic

Discography Dans Dans

  • 2016 Sand Album | Unday Records
  • 2014 (Live at) Roma Mixtape | Unday Records
  • 2014 (Live at) Worm Album | Unday Records
  • 2014 3 Album | Unday Records
  • 2013 I/II Album | Unday Records
  • 2012 s/t Album | self released

Media

  • Video Freedom Suite
  • Video Dans Dans - Zephyr
  • Video Dans Dans - Take A Close Lo...
  • Video Dans Dans "Au Hasard"
  • Video Dans Dans - TV Dreams (offi...

Origin

  • Antwerpen BE

Founded

  • 2009

Members

  • Bert Dockx Guitar, Cassettes
  • Frederic "Lyenn" Jacques Bass, Synths
  • Steven Cassiers Drums, Percussion, Synths

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