The Royal Concert Band of Peer was founded in 1849 and is one of the oldest and largest amateur music associations of Belgium.
Despite our age, we are always searching for new challenges. Therefore, we extended the sound of wind music with electronics and called it Notes and Beats.
Together with Muze we give you a fresh musical breeze you have never heard before.
Cedric Honings (born 03/02/99) started with music lessons at the Academy North Limburg as a nine-year-old youngster. He received his first guitar lessons from Tom Van den Eynde and at the age of eleven he was taught by Karel Ooms. Since September 2014, he has been taking guitar lessons at the Conservatory of Maastricht in the Young Talent class led by Roman Krejci. Since September 2016, the beginning of his last year high school, he has started at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with a Credit Contract in the guitar class of Mrs. Antigoni Goni and in the music writing class of Mr. Wouter Lenaerts. Now, he is continuing his studies in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He has followed masterclasses with Jan Depreter, Pepe Romero, Ricardo Gallén, Roman Viazovskiy, Carlo Marchione, Oman Kaminsky, Allan Neave, Thomas Müller-Pering, Hans-Werner Huppertz, Fernando Espi and many others.
Cedric has won several prestigious awards; he was laureate at the “National Contest Nicolas Alfonso” during the Brussels International Guitar Festival, he won the first prize and the audience prize at the Princess Christina Concours in Maastricht and he also received the first prize at the famous Antwerp Guitar Festival. In 2015, he was awarded with a scholarship by the Belgian province of Limburg. Last summer, he got a scholarship of the Spanish city Santiago de Compostela to study there during the internship ‘Musica en Compostela’. Cedric played solo concerts and concerts with orchestra in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Spain and Luxembourg.
Cedric recorded his first CD in London in 2015. The internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer Roland Chadwick entrusted his new piece, consisting of 6 parts, ‘Tiny Wooden Gods’ to Cedric. The fact that this top guitarist wanted to work with Cedric is not only a great honor, but especially a recognition of Cedric’s talent.
For more information: www.cedrichonings.com
Frankenstein is a young and dynamic duo of childhood friends who uplift their DJ set with live drums. Frank Soogen pumps out the sounds while Stijn Vrijsen goes all the way on his drums. Stijn learned his skills from Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger) and also plays the drums at rock band 'SixHands'.
Last year, they started enhancing their sets with live saxophone. In their hometown Eksel they met Nina Boonen, aka SaxyBeanz, who adds the saxophone-spices to their performances.Nina has been a member of the Royal Concert Band of Peer since she was 12 years old, and she has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.
Frankenstein ft. SaxyBeanz will entertain you with sax-inspired dance music and the greatest saxophone hits from this moment.
My name is Joren Rubens, also known as Muze. At the age of fifteen my passion for music started growing. As a result I bought my first small dj-controller to enjoy myself in my living room at home. Soon the living room got replaced by a first gig. From that moment on music started playing a large part of my life. The amount of gigs increased along with the pleasure I experienced when performing. You could already see me at work at Genk on Stage, Baouzza and in Austria! I also won the first edition of The Hive at Versuz in november 2016. I hope to see you in the near future!
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Kevin Houben (40), born and raised in Peer, is a young and promising conductor and composer. At an early age he knew music would be his passion and profession. He studied at the Lemmens Institute, a Belgian conservatory of music (Leuven), with Leon Pétré to acquire a master's degree in trumpet, with Leo Ouderits for a first price in music theory and chamber music and with Edmond Saveniers for a master in conducting. Furthermore, he obtained a first price in composing (Jan Van der Roost and Kristien de Smedt) and polyphony (Jan Haderman).
As a conductor and composer he has already won several prices, proving himself to be a respected musician. However, he is not a standard one. He is willing and able to go beyond the beaten track (cf. Tomorrowland 2015), and therefore Notes & Beats is his playground. For more information: www.kevinhouben.be
The Royal Concert Band of Peer ("Koninklijke Harmonie van Peer") is one of the largest and most successful music associations in Belgium. Since the seventies, we have grown from a small, local wind band to an organisation that houses 3 orchestras: The main Concert Band (Harmonieorkest), the Youth Orchestra (Jeugdorkest) and the Mini Youth Orchestra (Mini-Jeugdorkest).
The Concert Band (main orchestra) as well as the Youth Orchestra have meanwhile acquired international recognition and belong to a select group of top wind music bands in the world.
For more information: www.harmoniepeer.be
Jolien Thijs was born in '86 in a family where music was a passion.
This influenced her to study solfège, piano and percussion at the NIKO.
She found inspiration in teachers such as Johan Thaens and Nico Camps and in 2004 she took the leap to the Lemmens institute in Leuven.
There, she further explored the art of the keys with Frans Van Beveren and Joop Celis.
With this classical background as a basis, she continued to develop and refine her own language and her possibilities. This as a piano accompanist and later on as a singer as well.
Openness towards diverse musical genres made her into a versatile performing musician, who manages to touch her listener with her empathy time and again.
This way, she contributed to a number of musical projects, such as a CD of Carlo Willems, and she sings as a permanent singer with The Jazzoline Orchestra, Camping Esmeralda and Ritm Stix.
Driven by her passions, she uses her qualities as a teacher to tap into the creativity of every person.
For Jolien, music is a language in which she cannot only express herself, but in which the indescribable is voiced.
Sportiva Peer is a dance- and gymnastics club that began 28 years ago. We started out as a club for gymnastics, but eventually we brought dance into our club as well. After all these years, the dance teachers still put their heart and soul into the weekly lessons for youngsters between four and twenty-five years old. Since last year, we also have the opportunity for women onder than 25 to dance in our weekly “Ladies dance class”. All of our 130 dance members train really hard throughout the year. In May we show what we’ve learned during our show, which we’re already organizing for the eight time this year. Last year we have already performed at Notes and Beats III, but this year we're bringing it to the next level: more dances and more interaction with the other artists! Lore Rutten, Sofie Driesen, Sofie Renette, Eveline Kerkhofs, Valerie Kerkhofs, Tine Claes and Tessa Schepers are training really hard to give everything they have to make Notes and Beats IV a fantastic edition again.
After her general musical education and a violin training in Tirana (Albania), Ana received her masters’ singing and violin – both magna cum laude - at the Luca Lemmens Institute in Leuven (BE).
She attended master classes ‘singing’ with – amongst others - Jard van Nes, Axel Everaert, Alexander Oliver, Leandra Overmann, Udo Reinemann at the Amsterdam Conservatory (NL), Ermonela Jaho, Tara Venditti and Diane Forlano. She completed her transition to lirico spinto soprano, whilst adding new roles to her repertoire.
Ana sang main roles in opera’s like “Die Zauberflöte” and “La Clemenza di Tito” (W.A. Mozart), “Die Fledermaus” (Strauss), the opera “KET” (K. de Jonghe, world première), “Hänsel und Gretel” (Humperdinck), “La Périchole” (Offenbach),“La Scala di Seta” (Rossini), “Lo Speziale” (Haydn), "David" (Reissiger) and “Béatrice et Bénédict” (Berlioz), “Carmen” (Bizet), “Les Noces” (Stravinsky), “Dido and Aeneas” (Purcell), “Salomé” (Strauss), “La Bohème” (Puccini) and “Cossi fan Tutte” (W.A. Mozart).
Ana has focused on performing in opera’s, oratorio, Lied recitals, experimental music theatre, sometimes blended with own creations of contemporary classical music. This brought her to all parts of the world, including Japan, Australia and Canada.
In recent years, Ana has been working closely together with opera houses, music theatres, producers and ensembles such as: National Orchestra of Belgium, La Monnaie-De Munt(Brussel), Le Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, the Flemish Opera, Spectra ensemble, LOD, Walpurgis, Transparant, Zuiderwind ensemble, Blindman, Aquarius, ‘t Arsenaal, Silbersee, Haftcraft, Kryptos Quartet, Goeyvaerts Trio, Jeugd & Muziek Vlaanderen.
Ana is a musical jack-of-all trades who dares to take on different musical disciplines thanks to her amazingly wide and warm vocal range and great improvisational skills.
She’s currently freelance musician at the Opera of Flanders (Ghent & Antwerp), and steady soloist at the Camerata Sancti Pauli (Antwerp).
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