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 ART’UUR
WIM VAN HASSELT, Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet & Flugelhorn
KOEN PLAETINCK, Percussion & Electronics.

“The unbearable lightness of existence: heavy and light at the same time, where cheerfulness tingles and smiles triumph.”

Smile Again

A new album, a new experience.

In this entirely self-written album Koen Plaetinck and Wim Van Hasselt combine their virtuoso instrumentalism with futuristic soundscapes and electronic grooves. Their mesmerizing melodies, uplifting beats and compelling lyrics dare to express, among other things, delicate and sensitive themes of life.

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

Imaginary Mirror

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

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.

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