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Tourdates 2023: 12/03/2023 - Kunstkrak - Belgium - Geraardsbergen 01/07/2023 - Gooikoorts - Belgium - Gooik 09/07/2023 - Abdij van Park - Belgium - Heverlee Fall 2023 tour: October 9-15, 2023 2024: tours planned 15/02/2024 - 03/03/2024 & 09/05/2024 - 19/05/2024 03/03/2024 - Kerksessie - Belgium - Kortrijk-Dutsel
BIPOLAR BOWS BRINGS A MOSAIC OF CLASSIC AND TRADITIONAL, JAZZ, BLUES AND FUNK, FROM BALKANS TO APPALACHIA FOLK, AS A STRING DUO, MOTTLED WITH IMPROVISATIONS FROM THE DEEPEST CORNERS OF THEIR CURIOSITY-DRIVEN BRAINS. The French-Belgian duo Bipolar Bows was born from a study project between cellist Toby Kuhn and violinist Lotte Remmen which outgrew its first purpose to grow in to something more than the sum of its parts. They first met in 2016 in Slovenia when Toby jumped in as a bassist for Lotte's band Old Salt; many jams and practice-sessions later they were a duo. Bipolar Bows gave the pair an outlet for the explorations of styles, traditions and techniques and adapting them to their instruments. In 2019, after much urging from friends and peers, they decided to bring their work to the stage and share beauty and delight with their public, a mosaic of music ranging from classical to traditional, to jazz, blues or funk, from the Balkans to Appalachia, always highlighting improvisations from the deepest corners of their brains. Bipolar Bows has performed around Belgium since its debut in the 2019 Fiddlers on the Move festival (Gent), and further abroad in the Kavč and Floating Castle festivals in Slovenia, live on Bulgarian radio, or at the Umefolk festival in Sweden (2020). In December 2020 they released their debut album ‘Krunčhug’. In February 2021 they were chosen to be the winners of the first ‘Flanders Folk Awards’ for ‘most promising band’.
BIPOLAR BOWS – KRUNČHUG
KRUNČHUG is what happens if you give each other a ‘crunchy hug’. The album is the result of a special artistic encounter, which grew into a musical symbiosis in which Toby and Lotte push their instruments to the limit. "Krunčhug" takes you from Balkan, through classical music with funky improvisations, to dreamy compositions and European folk. All this with only a violin and a cello. The album was recorded in January 2020 during a live concert in Room 13 studio by Leander Meuris (Young Partners in Art), mixed by Adam Pietrykowski (Canada) and mastered by Pieter Dewagter (Equus). It was released on CD and vinyl on November 14, 2020 and on the streaming platforms on December 19, 2020. Reviews: WINNER OF THE FLANDERS FOLK AWARDS 2021 - MOST PROMISING BAND Bipolar Bows were convincing with their energetic playing and original arrangements that break open the genre in fresh, idiosyncratic ways in which the jury saw a lot of potential. — Flanders Folk Awards Jury. This musical couple plays with a lot of guts – even a bit of swagger – and it pays off: the listener regularly has his ears heated. Partly because Bipolar Bows moves at the intersection between folk, jazz and classical, their flaming and extremely tight interplay evokes warm memories for me of the unsurpassed Greene String Quartet and the legendary American fiddler Richard Greene. — Ton Maas - Mixed World Music. You may believe me or not, but something that happens very rarely happened here: I have played this record at least twenty times now and the more I hear it, the better it gets. — Rootstime.be - Dani Heyvaert. The worlds they open up are extraordinarily colorful and fascinating [...] atmospheric creations with a classically inspired starting point, through various musical traditions, and with hunger for experiment and improvisation. The two instruments reach out to each other with an orchestral boost, even in the smallest pianissimo, revealing an impressive dynamic range. — newfolksounds.nl - Bart Vanoutrive. A piece of greedily listenable crunchy chocolate and bipolar bows that make the sparks fly! — Le Canard Folk - Marc Bauduin. Link to FULL reviews Music:
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