About

Biography

Lynn Cassiers is a Brussels based singer in the European new jazz and improv scene. In Belgium she has worked with leading contemporary jazz ensembles such as Octurn, The Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Mäâk. She is known as the singer of bands like Tape Cuts Tape (Trouvé/Cassiers/Thielemans), Lilly Joel, Oba Loba, Alexandra Grimal’s ‘Naga’, Jozef Dumoulin & Lidlboj, among others. Lynn performs solo, as a freelance musician and leads her own projects: Imaginary Band(clean feed 2018) and YUN. Recent collaborations include some new duo’s: ‘Konbini’ (with Pak Yan Lau), ‘Frankly Honest’ (with Hilde Holsen) and ‘On The Edge Of Memories’ ( with Sylvaine Hélary).

Raised in a musical family and despite her early roots as a teenage singer in her brother’s cover band, Lynn was introduced to jazz and jazz improvising at an early age. She studied Jazz vocals at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and had her first bands in that musical environment. Though soon enough her curiosity for contemporary music and other art forms drew her to the realm of ‘improvised music’ and ‘sound art’. She integrated a small set of electronics that ever since has grown organically around her musical needs. Today, Lynn’s work hints a wide variety of styles including free jazz, pop, rock, noise, film music, folk and ambient. With the only concern that it should communicate, she likes to stimulate deviations and ambiguity, that allow the music to be vulnerable and very dynamic at the same time.

Besides singing and live performing, Lynn has made music for theatre, silent movies and ‘live projections’. She performed around the world and had the honour to play with artists such as: Marshall Allen, Toshimaru Nakamura, Salia Sanou, Leon Parker, Lyenn, Akira Sakata, Vincent Glowinski a.k.a. bonom, Bruno Chevillon, Marc Ducret, Airelle Besson, Benoît Delbecq, Théo Ceccaldi, Gilbert Nouno, Nelson Veras, Pierre Perchaud, Oriol Roca, David Soler, Zingaro, Norberto Lobo, Joao Lobo, Erik Vermeulen, Manolo Cabras, Niels Van Heertum, Giovanni Di Domenico, Gerda Dendooven  HSBG, Liu Heng, Brice Soniano, Daysuke Fuwa, Olifa Hsieh, Sylvain Lemêtre, Michael De Cock,…

Lynn has a unique style, manipulating her voice and creating abstract sound textures accompanying bands or herself alone. In that way she has been part of contemporary jazz and improvised music bands in the ‘underground scene’ as much as in the more ‘established scene’ around Europe. Her work has been warmly reviewed by the press in Europe and beyond: “…One of the most remarkable voices of our Improv Scene…”(Enola magazine, read on: ‘press’)

Lynn Cassiers studied at ‘de Kunsthumaniora’ of Antwerp and received her ‘Bachelor Degree in Music’ in 2006 at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Her teachers were; Rachel Gould, Kristina Fuchs, Natasha Röth, John Ruocco and Eric Vloeimans. She attended masterclasses with guest teachers like; Jay Clayton, Dave Liebman, Mark Murphy, Ronan Guilfoyle, Billie Hart, Judy Niemack, among others. In 2001 Lynn was a laureate of the Axion-classics competition. In july 2005 she appeared as a semi-finalist on the ‘Sure jazz-voice competition’ of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Since 2008 she is a teacher vocal jazz at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Belgium.

Discography

  • Wrapped In ‘Don’t Scare Isn’t Life Human’(New Oh Records, 2008) compilation Vinyl, Denmark

  • Mrs. Okkido ‘Mrs Okkido’(b.y_records, 2008) CD, Belgium

  • Lidlboj ‘Trees Are Always Right’(BEE JAZZ Records, 2009) CD, France

  • Octurn ‘7 Eyes’(Octurn, 2009) CD, Belgium

  • The Crappy Mini Band ‘Licking Forward’(LMALC Records, 2010) CD, Belgium

  •  Michael De Cock and Brussels Jazz Orchestra ‘Vliegen Tot De Hemel’(DavidsFonds, 2010) book + CD, Belgium

  • Pierre Perchaud ‘Par Quatre Chemins’(Gemini Records, 2010) CD, France

  • Riccardo Luppi’s Mure Mure ‘Live In Milan’(el Negocito Records, 2010) CD, Belgium

  • Tape Cuts Tape ‘Pagan Recorder’(HeavenHotel Records, 2010) vinyl, Belgium

  • Michael De Cock and Brussels Jazz Orchestra ‘Het Einde Van De Wereld'(DavidsFonds, 2011) book + CD, Belgium

  • Manolo Cabras & Basic Borg ‘I Wouldn’t Be Sure'(el Negocito Records), CD, Belgium

  • Tape Cuts Tape ‘Black Mold'(Rough Trade/Jesusfactory), Vinyl + CD, Belgium/U.K.

  • Lynn Cassiers ‘The Bird, The Fish and The Ball’, solo (RATRecords), CD, Belgium

  • Arkala, ‘Eksoh'(ArkalaRec, 2015) Digital Release, U.K.

  • Norberto and Joao Lobo Sextet ‘Oba Loba'(SilentWater, Shhhpuma), Vinyl+ CD, Portugal/Belgium

  • Tape Cuts Tape ‘Lost Footage'(HeavenHotelRecords), Vinyl + CD, Belgium

  • Lilly Joel ‘What Lies In The Sea'(Sub Rosa, 2015) CD, Belgium

  • ‘Spring Encounter In Hangzhou'(Yuefu Xin Records, 2016) netrelease, China

  • Oba Loba ‘Sir Robert Williams'(three:four records), Vinyl, Switzerland

  • Lynn Cassiers ‘IMAGINARY BAND’, septet(Clean Feed records, 2018)

  • Jozef Dumoulin & Lidlboj ‘Live In Neerpelt'(el Negocito records, 2018)

Booking

Lynn Cassiers’ Imaginary Band: Aubergine Artist Managemen: maaike@aubergineartistmanagement.com

Tape Cuts Tape: VOX-Artist Management & Booking Agency. Dieter Craeye: voxconcerts@skynet.be

Links

http://www.aubergineartistmanagement.com

http://www.subrosa.net

http://www.ratrecords.biz

http://www.elnegocitorecords.com

http://www.heavenhotel.be

http://www.silentwaterlabel.com