Jonas Van den Bossche is a Belgian guitarist and drummer, formerly based in Estonia, now based in the United States. He explores music both through written songs and improvised playing.
Jonas 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 in Europe, Russia, and the U.S. with Konstantin Samolovov, Boris Shershenkov, Ilia Belorukov, Irakli Sanadiradze, Joel nobody, Sean Doyle, Thomas Milovac, David Rothenberg, Juozas Milasius, Gaile Griciute, Jelena Glazova, Lauri Hyvarinen, Madis Zilmer, 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.
Jonas’s composed 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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