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Choreomanic: May everyone move and create in freedom!

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Pestilence`s Joost Van Der Graaf Explores Medieval Dancing Plagues with experimental prog/funk project Choreomanic.

The band saw the light when the world came to a halt in spring 2020. With cancelled tours and no local gigs, musician Joost W. Van Der Graaf started writing music in which different influences from his past came together.

As soon as the material was there he reached out to some great players to record with him. Once mixed and mastered at Nutsville Noiselab, The Hague, the album Choreomanic was a fact. Joost Van Der Graaf has long been fascinated by the concept of Choreomania and the Medieval Dancing plagues. With today’s reality the phenomenon seems to have become relevant once again!

This project is not only a musical statement but also a call to action against (cultural) oppression. May everyone move and create in freedom!

All music & lyrics by Joost W. Van Der Graaf

Thijs Ronteltap: Keys

Jeroen Verberne: Trombone

Tommie Freke: Saxophone

Gidon Nunes Vaz: Trumpet & Bugel

Koen Herfst: Drums

Joost W. van der Graaf: Bass, Sampling, Voice & Percussion

Michiel Eilbracht: Mix & Master

Horn melodies on Away From The Sun based on original ideas for guitar and keys, by Andy Judd & Thijs Ronteltap All horn arrangements by Tommie Freke.

Produced by Michiel Eilbracht & Joost van der Graaf

Track-list:

1. This is not a drill

2. Spun Sugar

3. What you get

4. Red flags

5. Choreomanic 02:17

6. Walk with urgency

7. Off with the figurehead

8. Time To Let It Out 02:08

9. Calling God

10. Take the money give it to me now

11. Story about the moon

12. Away from the sun

The track Time To Let It Out,

The album features twelve bass-orientated tracks experimenting in realms of prog, funk, and everything else on the planet that has musically inspired Graaf over his thirty-plus year career. The full length’s lyrical concept explores Choreomania, an uncontrollable urge to dance, especially in a frenzied, convulsive manner also known as the Medieval Dancing plagues. Graaf explains in further detail:

«In 2019, I became pretty obsessed by the mysterious dancing plagues of the middle-ages. I started reading different studies, learning about the different theories about the cause. It’s still one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in history! One of the theories that made the most sense to me is that people had been suppressed by the ruling class (church, inquisition) for generations. There was collective fear of God and let’s not forget about the black plague! So there was this anxiety relief at a certain point that became infectious and caused convulsions and psychotic dancing, resulting in exhaustion, dehydration, and even death».

«It spread across Europe and there were large gatherings in towns and villages with frantically dancing people, accompanied by traveling musicians and all kinds of interested parties. These things sometimes became true festivals with people selling food, etc. With today’s reality, the phenomenon seems to have become relevant once again! This project is not only a musical statement, but also a call to action against (cultural) oppression. May everyone move and create in freedom!».

Joost Van Der Graaf grew up w,ith metal on his mind, but also with beautiful things like Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Zappa, and King Crimson…. In the past he was either co-creator and/or bassist with

Creepmime, Ichaos & Dew-Scented. At this present time he is also a proud member of Dutch iconic metal act Pestilence, appearing on the album Exitivm.

Horn melodies on Away From The Sun based on original ideas for guitar and keys, by Andy Judd & Thijs Ronteltap All horn arrangements by Tommie Freke

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6703 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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