Robin Verheyn spent a month at Thread from mid-November to mid-December 2018, playing saxophone, writing songs and collaborating with kora and djembe players in Tambacounda.
Robin’s own words about his time at Thread:
‘‘At Thread I worked on a number of projects. I wrote a new composition for string quintet and saxophone called Jour et Nuit a Sinthian, which was inspired by a the piece Une Nuit à Monte Carlo by the Belgian composer Karel Goeyvaerts and of course by my surroundings in Sinthian. I also worked on a new piece for string trio, piano and saxophone that is inspired by the Madonna painting by Fouquet. Both of these pieces will be premiered in Belgium in 2019. And of course I got the chance to work with some great local musicians, including kora players and singers Boubacar Sissoko and Vieux Sakho, which resulted in concerts in Tambacounda and in Sinthian. I also studied the djembe and sabar drumming traditions, which has inspired to write new work for my jazz groups in NYC. More collaborations with local musicians are currently being planned for 2019.”