MAY is the band of Fien Desmet (vocals, compositions), Lukas Somers (guitar), Gerben Brys (bass) and Olivier Penu (drums).
MAY equals sunday every day. A bunch of friends playing songs that shake your soul and invite you to listen to all the colours of the rainbow.
MAY released their first EP, called 'happily lost at sea', in November 2018.
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DEKALOG WITH FIEN DESMET & AMAZUMI
DEKALOG comprises of Producer Sonny Dhanowa and Songwriter Dan Roberts. This partnership’s signature sound runs through the core of their music with a style that heralds creativity, craft and artistic dynamism.
Just add talent in the form of singer Fien Desmet and rapper Amazumi to deliver a new musical chapter, their first album – ‘Een’.
DEKALOG encompasses a hybrid sound that puts a flavorful spin on the Alt/Pop and Hip Hop/Trip Hop genres; delving into different elements in each song to showcase every angle of the band’s talent and craft. Their music puts a dark spin on the Pop genre and really explores the full spectrum of raw emotion. Their musical style and lyrical content juxtapose the visceral aura that the sound articulates and makes a connection with every listener in ways that they can and can’t identify with. It’s an edge-of-your seat listening experience for all those who want to delve into what lies beneath.
Fien met double bassist Anneleen Boehme at the Royal College of Music of Antwerp, where they studied together. They found each other in a mutual taste in music, humor and literature, combined with their passion for jazz music. They have been working together as composers for theatre, and they composed and arranged the music for the most recent play of Tutti Fratelli, led by Reinhilde Decleir and Jan Sobrie.
Next to that, they formed their own band 'tumla', a never-ending musical adventure which they love to share with the audience. One voice (sometimes even two), one double bass and a lot of artistic fun. Tumla is currently creating a new performance for which Anneleen and Fien are writing music to accompany poems by W.H.Auden. They will be working together with a live illustrator, Astrid Verplancke.
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BIRDS ON A WIRE
Birds on a Wire is a strong female vocal ensemble, consisting of vocalists Amanda Kovac, Kimberly Dhondt, Hanne Peetermans and Fien Desmet. Together they arrange and rewrite pop-, jazz-, soul- and world-melodies for four voices, building their own repertoire. The fun of singing (together) is what binds them, and without avoiding big and little emotions, the four birds try to spin a yarn between fragility and power.
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Wolf Trio is a jazz trio led by alto saxophone player Marjan Van Rompay, with Wout Gooris on piano and Fien Desmet on vocals. Marjan and Wout write beautiful tunes filled with bright melodies, challenging voice and saxophone to grow towards each other, creating an intimate atmosphere. Fien adds lyrics, trying to integrate the music in different stories.
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In 2018, double bass player Federico Stocchi and drummer Daniel Jonkers won the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award, when graduating from the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Out of that opportunity, they built a band consisting of themselves, Sylvain Debaisieux on saxophone, Leo Engels on guitar and Fien Desmet on vocals. They create their own music that balances between rock and jazz.
Fien Desmet is working as a freelance composer/musical leader for theatre productions. She has been working with author/actor/director Jan Sobrie on numerous occasions.
Together with Anneleen Boehme, she composed, arranged and lead the music for the most recent play of the Antwerp based theatre company Tutti Fratelli ("Bloemen van een autist") which was written and directed by Jan Sobrie and co-directed by Reinhilde Decleir.
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