Fred Van Hove

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Fred Van Hove
Fred Van Hove in 2013
Fred Van Hove in 2013
Background information
Born (1937-02-19) February 19, 1937 (age 84)
Antwerp, Belgium
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsPeter Brötzmann

Fred Van Hove (born 1937) is a Belgian jazz musician and a pioneer of European free jazz. He is a pianist, accordionist, church organist, and carillonist, an improviser and a composer. In the 1960s and 1970s he performed with saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and drummer Han Bennink.


Van Hove studied musical theory, harmony and piano in Belgium.[1] He began an association with saxophonist Peter Brötzmann in 1966, playing on his early quartet and sextet recordings including 1968's Machine Gun album, and then as part of a trio with Brötzmann and drummer Han Bennink. Van Hove has since played in a number of duos, notably with saxophonists Steve Lacy and Lol Coxhill and with trombonists Albert Mangelsdorff and Vinko Globokar.[1] He has composed for film and theatre and taught local musicians in Berlin. He has held workshops in Germany, France, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and has held studios at the University of Lille III.[2] Van Hove has collaborated with a number of his fellow Belgian musicians and in 1996 he was given the title of Cultural Ambassador of Flanders by the Belgian government.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kelsey, Chris. "Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 June 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "A L'IMPROVISTE invite le duo de pianos HOV and HUS". Radio France. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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