When hearing Eléonor, you'll recognise the echos of Madredeus. The sound is unmistakably Southern European, though approached from a whole other tradition. Which one?

Belgian singer Eléonor blends folk, roots, jazz, neo-classical music and fado into a winding road across different traditions, cultures and genres. Her warm, sensitive and malleable voice weaves it all together into a very subtle and poetic style of world music.

Projects

° Eléonor likes to cooperate with different choirs. Currently, they are working together with ‘Malaika’ in Lokeren (the choir conducted by Kristien Heirman) and in Beveren Eléonor has joined in with ‘Resolut’ (conducted by Liesbet Van Reeth). They perform together as well: Resolut as the supporting act for an Eléonor concert and in the end they perform a few songs together with the band.

° Elly Aerden joins Zefiro Torna in the production ‘Balsam – a titillating herbal lab’. The compositions from the program Balsam bear names such as Mirto, Charbel, Alchemilla/Lady’s mantle, Artemisia absinthium or l’Immortelle. They resound in the company of traditional songs from Sardinia, Old Norse Edda songs about the Yggdrasil or tree of life, spiritual songs from Hildegard von Bingen and close-knit 14th-century Ars Subtilior music. They refer to texts of the Song of Songs, the Laura verses from Petrarca’s ‘Canzoniere’ or Baudelaire’s collection of poetry ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’.

Balsam pulverizes, soaks, ferments and distils in an immeasurable search for the quintessence of mankind.

The production Balsam sees the daylight following the elaborate concert tours and international acclaim of Les Tisserands, in the spirit of the Cathars en O, Monde Aveugle!, songs for the Apocalypse. The hybrid collective consists of musicians coming from a wide range of musical genres such as old, traditional, ethnic and jazz music. They find each other in their love for singular vocal and instrumental nuances, in their delicate musical preferences and in their engaging performance. The programme was selected by REMA, the European Early Music Network.

ReZipe
Theatric chef Peter De Bie creates imaginitive productions that are all aboutsmelling, feeling, seeing, hearing and tasting. Together with companions Jo Roets and Michiel Soete of the internationally renowned Theatre of Senses – LAIKA – he conceived an immersive global concept built around herbalism. During the concert, the audience finds itself in an alchemical and mysteriouslaboratory where it can discover pills, elixirs, syrups and unguents. They are created live on stage by a cook-performer, and served by artists while theBalsam-music simmersand enchants.
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Elly Aerden vocals, tromba marina
Philippe Laloy soprano saxophone
Jowan Merckx recorder, bagpipes, percussion
Raphaël De Cock kaval, zhytar, hardanger fiddle, guimbarde
Christophe Morisset serpent, sackbut, bass tuba
Jurgen De bruyn lute, theorbo, vocals, artistic direction
Els Van Laethem composition, musical advice

° Apart from Eléonor Elly Aerden has joined hands with Moralia. Classical voices perform sixteenth century polyphony which is brought to a contempary interpretation by Eléonor. From time to time classical voices of Moralia merge together with Eléonor’s musicians and voice Elly Aerden into a beautiful melange of sounds. Check out the clips on YouTube.

Moralia, this is: Lieven Deroo (lead, bass), Jan Peters (tenor), Henk Pringels (tenor), Bart Uvyn (altus), Elly Aerden (composer, mezzo-soprano), Wouter Vandenabeele (violin), Lode Vercampt (cello), Florejan Verschueren (grand piano, clavecin)

Reviews

"Highly recommended work of musical art"

Belgium's Eleonor mixes folk, roots, jazz, neo-classical, fado, and pop and weaves it into beautiful delicacies lead by her emotive vocals. The ten-track album features a variety of instruments, including the double-bass, bass, guitar, piano, drums, oud, accordion, and cello. The soulful, "Salve," is a ballad with strong ties to French jazz and neo- classical influences. The piano adds a nostalgic ambiance to most of the songs. However, Eleonor's voice moves the songs into greater dimensions with such ease and fluidity. As a whole, there are plenty  of calming grooves here. Anyone into great music with great vocals will like it. Everything comes together in just the right proportions for it to be a highly-recommended work of musical art.
Matthew Forss

  

"Erros"

Der Gedanke an die lateinische Sprache dürfte bei nur wenigen euphorische Glücksgefühle freisetzen; zu tief sitzt die Erinnerung an qualvolle Stunden mit Vokabelpaukerei. Es ist eine Herausforderung, die lateinische Sprache lebendig oder gar emotional klingen zu lassen; dennoch wagt sich die flämische Sängerin Elly Aerden alias Eléonor auf ihrem neuen Album Erros an die tote Sprache heran. Das Ergebnis hat nur wenig mit Lateinunterricht zu tun. Das ist nicht nur ihrem warmen Timbre geschuldet, sondern auch den Genres, derer sie sich zur Vertonung der lateinischen Texte bedient: Fado, Pop und Jazz, detailverliebt ausgearbeitet vom Produzenten Jo Francken, vom Bassisten Vincent Noiret und vom Oud-Spieler Karim Baggili. Ein Hinhörer!
Veronika Schreiegg

Read the full review (in German) on Radio Bayern.

 

"Originele kamerfolk"

Bij het horen van de openingstrack Ego te denk je even een cd van Madredeus te hebben opgezet, maar even later besef je dat je hier vanuit een andere muzikale traditie benaderd wordt. Maar welke dan? Erros klinkt onmiskenbaar Zuideuropees. De accordeon en de strijkersarrangementen klinken als de bekende Portugese band, maar de bas klinkt daarvoor te droog en te jazzy. Erros van Eleonor blijkt toch een heuse helemaal Belgische plaat. Eleonor is een Vlaamse formatie rond zangere Elly Aerden waarin ook violist Wouter Vanabeele, bekend van onder meer Ambrozijn, speelt. Zangeres Elly Aerden heeft een hang naar de middeleeuwen. Je kent haar wellicht van Bodixel, Mairan, Amorroma. Voor Erros zocht ze deels teksten in het Latijn over de grote thema’s. De poëzie over liefde, geluk, hoogmoed en melancholie zette ze zelf op muziek en gedrenkt in een eigentijdse, maar toch archaïsche aandoende stijl waarin fado het meest prominent doorklinkt. Maar ook de traditie van de chanson en wat jazzinvloeden zijn hoorbaar in deze bepaald onalledaagse cross-over. Daarmee is Eléonor toch ook weer typisch Vlaams. Ik dacht dan ook dat dit een productie was van het roemruchte Home Records uit Luik, waar veel platen verschijnen die laveren tussen klassiek jazz en wereldmuziek, maar de kamerfolk van Eleonor werd in eigen beheer opgenomen. Origineel, melancholisch en prachtig.

Jos Schuring

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