Jonas Van den Bossche is a Belgian guitarist now based in Estonia. He embraces contradiction and change, which enables his improvised playing to flow seamlessly from noise to melody to silence and back. He has been exploring noise, free jazz, and improvised music on guitar and drums for well over a decade. He especially enjoys the surprises that come from collaborating with other musicians. In recent years, Jonas has performed with David Rothenberg, Juozas Milasius, Gaile Griciute, Jelena Glazova, Lauri Hyvarinen, Roomet Jakapi, Taavi Kerikmäe, Villem Jahu, Juhan Vihterpal, Ted Parker, Hello Upan, Hannah Harkes, Yuri Landman, Otto Kokke, Thijs Troch, Kasper Van Esbroeck, Sigfried Burroughs, Thomas Betsens, Filip Gheysen, and Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson.
Known in the indie and experimental music scenes (as a guitarist, bass player, and drummer) in Belgium, his transition to Estonia has been in parallel with the development of a new acoustic project. His songs deal with the difficulties of change and persevering hope. The instrumentation is both romantic and sparse—primarily featuring guitar, violin or cello, and drums—giving the music a cinematic quality. Perhaps best described as ‘beautiful songs for sad people’, Jonas’s songwriting and melodies paw at the listener’s emotional core.
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