WÖR - photo by Mattias De Smet

WÖR (Belgium)

MUSIC OF LATE BAROQUE FLEMISH MASTERS PERFORMED NOWADAYS A BIT WILD STYLE

THE FOLLOWING QUESTION CAME FROM THE ACOUSTIC QUINTET THEMSELVES: “IS IT SEXY TO PERFORM FLEMISH MUSIC OF THE 18TH CENTURY NOWADAYS? “ AND THEY ANSWERED THEMSELVES: “ IF IT SOUNDED GOOD BACK THEN, WHY NOT TODAY?“

We might be talking about music for chimes, chamber organ or dance parades from Flemish authors, whose names are not familiar to us, don’t worry. The band WÖR is not the band that that perform ancient music seriously keeping poker face all the time. The five member Flemish band perform ancient music mixed with jazz, folk, Irish melodies. With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their innovative arrangements and superb musicianship shine an inventive spotlight on these long forgotten tunes. Playing saxophone, fiddle, accordion, guitar and bagpipes, these five young Belgian musicians will rock your socks off and stir your soul.

Photos: Mattias De Smet