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Christina Vantzou & ensemble - N°5 (album release) / EC Band • Studio STUK

Electroacoustic composer Christina Vantzou presents her fifth album with four piece ensemble featuring Lieselot De Wilde, Ben Bertrand and JAB

➤ Thu 9.11 - 19:30 (doors)
➤ Studio Manhattan - Adres: Kolonel Begaultlaan 21, Leuven
➤ €14 / €10 (reduction with STUK or KU Leuven Culture Card) - Tickets & info
➤ In collaboration with Kranky & Meakusma. With the support of Flanders and Ostbelgien.


19:30 doors + bar
20:15 EC Band
21:15 Christina Vantzou w/ Lieselot De Wilde, Ben Bertrand & JAB - N°5
+ ongoing video installation: Evan Ifekoya - Undercurrent 528

(live, 35’)

The EC Band is a collaboration between Luke Calzonetti (USA) and Stijn Wybouw (BE), both at the same time artist and musician. The duo brings improvisations with transcendental aspirations, supported by vast layers of electric bass guitar, haunting synth notes and sniffling percussion. Their first album will be released this Autumn on Meakusma.

(live, 50’)

Greek-American composer and filmmaker Christina Vantzou, who lives in Brussels, creates soft and highly refined music that floats between modern classical, ambient and sound art. Over the course of fifteen years she has built up her own audiovisual language and released four albums at Kranky (N°1 to N°4). Following recent releases like Multi Natural on Edições CN and Landscape Architecture with CV & JAB, Vantzou now announces her fifth album: N°5. Originating from a residency at STUK in February 2020, N°5 is based on recordings of no less than 17 musicians: from piano over winds and strings to synthetic music and field recordings. Vantzou interprets her role as composer as simply “one who joins things.” She describes how she, in close proximity to the Aegean Sea, worked mostly outside at a small patio table on the Cycladic island of Ano Koufonisi, to edit and mix the recordings. Between swimming sessions, something very intimate and autobiographical emerged, "almost like a first album". The Aegean sea water regularly sloshes against the rocks of her compositions, flanked by glottal groaning, uneasy, lyrical movements, glittering eddies of modular synth and languorous silences. Live, Vantzou (electronics, piano) brings the compositions to life together with John Also Bennett (bass flute, piano, synthesizer), Lieselot De Wilde (voice) and Ben Bertrand (bass clarinet).


Christina Vantzou: electronics, piano
John Also Bennett: bass flute, piano, synthesizers
Lieselot De Wilde: voice
Ben Bertrand: bass clarinet

N°5 will be out on Kranky on 11 November 2022

EC Band is presented on Meakusma Festival and in Studio STUK. This collaboration was made possible with the support of Flanders and Ostbelgien.

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➤ GETTING THERE: The Manhattan is situated next to the Vaart Leuven-Mechelen. / On foot : 20 min from Leuven train station / By bike: Cycle highway F8 and F3 / Public transport: Take the Outer ring road bus (line 600) and get of at stop Engels Plein / By car : parking Vaartkom.

➤ ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible for wheelchair users. The regular sanitary facilities are accessible by elevator. Unfortunately, there is no accessible toilet.

➤ STUDIO CAFÉ: Our café opens at 19:30. Come early, stay late.

➤ SAFER SPACE: Studio STUK aims to be an inclusive space for everyone. We take every form of intimidation seriously. Don't hesitate to talk to a STUK colleague or a person behind the bar.

Wed 9 Nov 2022 19:30


  • Kolonel Begaultlaan 21
  • 3012 Leuven


€14 (standard)
€10 (STUK Card or KU Leuven Culture Card)