Wim Van Hasselt

Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet & Flugelhorn

Koen Plaetinck

Percussion & Electronics

The Alliance

the necessity

A rare synergy emerges when the unique lyricism of trumpeter Wim Van Hasselt is combined with the boundless creativity of percussionist Koen Plaetinck.

Inspired while recording as joint soloists with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, these former student-colleagues and soul-mates resolved to form a musical duo.

A limitless faith in each other’s musical ability, an unconditional mutual respect, and a friendship of many years join to form an exceptional symbiosis with a single, unequivocal, shared conviction: authenticity, beauty and creativity must be the sole objective.

As a counterweight to the sometimes fleeting and trivial professional daily tasks, the project has one all-embracing motivation: a search for depth, and the experience of a creative process that fuses uncompromised music-making, authenticity and renewal.

In dialogue with various carefully-selected composers and visual artists, while exploring all the limits of their extensive instrumental inventory, they passionately recount their personal story.

A new Alliance, named


“The imaginary is what tends to become real.” - André Breton

Imaginary Mirror

A new reality for trumpet, percussion, electronics & unexpected visuals.

Equipped with a variety of trumpets, a ridiculous array of percussion instruments, and far too many electronics, Wim Van Hasselt and Koen Plaetinck combine to create an entirely new musical space.

Presenting brand-new commissions as well as arrangements, they stretch the boundaries of classical music into a unique world of sounds and visuals, infused with traditional music, electro-underground, improvisation and - above all - their own vivid personalities.

What if dreaming became reality? The imaginary tangible? When living a fairy-tale the fantastic is the concrete...

Inspired by the electrifying philosophy of the Surrealists from the roaring 20’s, they create a stage full of thoughts - in place of stories - their music literally surrounded by compelling visuals.

They drown the audience in colour and sound.

You will not need a manual.

Imaginary Mirror

The beauty of music. Nothing less, nothing more?