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 Gladys Harlow, Bonnie Kane, Joel Switzer, Thomas Milovac, Jules Vasylenko, Sean Hamilton, Dylan Houser, Juozas Milasius, Gaile Griciute, Jelena Glazova, Lauri Hyvarinen, Ilia Belorukov, Konstantin Samolovov, Boris Shershenkov, Irakli Sanadiradze, Johannes Sarjasto, Madis Zilmer, Roomet Jakapi, Villem Jahu, Yuri Landman, Otto Kokke, Thijs Troch, Benne Dousselaere, 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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