Pierre Vervloesem

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Pierre Vervloesem is a Belgian avant-garde guitar player and producer, and has been described as Belgium's Frank Zappa.

Career[edit]

After playing in a handful of experimental rock bands in the early 1990s, Vervloesem joined avant-garde band X-Legged Sally at the invitation of Michel Mast. During that collaboration, he appeared on the band's albums: Slow-Up (1991), Killed by Charity (1994), Eggs and Ashes (1995), and The Land of the Giant Dwarfs and the live swan song Fired (both 1996).[1] Since then, he has been a musical partner of Peter Vermeersch in many musical expeditions, both as a performer and as a producer, for example in A Group and the theatre production Weg (by Josse De Pauw). Together Vervloesem and Vermeersch produced the first LP by Antwerp rock group dEUS.

Vervloesem has also released several solo LPs where he experiments with unusual instruments (e.g. shaking a crate of empty beer bottles as percussion) and unfamiliar sounds to create what are essentially quite simple songs. One of Vervloessem's main influences is revealed by a song on the 1994 release Home Made,[2] consisting of one minute of silence in memory of Frank Zappa. But tellingly, the same album also contains a cover of John Barry's composition "Ski Chase", from the soundtrack of the James Bond film, On her Majesty's Secret Service. In 2002, Vervloesem released an album of cover versions of John Barry tracks.

Playing style[edit]

Vervloesem's guitar playing style has been associated with that of: Nick Didkovsky, Fred Frith, Zappa, Nels Cline, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Home Made (1994)
  • Fiasco (1996)
  • Chef d'Oeuvre (1999)
  • John Litton Baraï & Pierre Vervloesem - Zala Zala (2000)
  • ...plays John Barry (2002)
  • Grosso Modo (2002)
  • Rude (2005)
  • Not Even Close (2008)
  • Kings of Belgium - Unchained Melodies (2009)
  • CACA - Sketches of Pain (2010)
  • John Koenig (2010)
  • Codswallop - Grotesque (2010)
  • Kings of Belgium - Très fort (2011)
  • Ray Pinson - On dirait du singe (2012)
  • Silence Science (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pierre Vervloesem | Music Biography, Streaming Radio and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  2. ^ Home Made CD cover, catalogue reference C7-006

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