Full CCB to listen to Wim Mertens
Celebrating 40 years of career, Wim Mertens offered to those who went to the CCB an extraordinary concert.
Accompanied by 5 musicians, he transported us to another world where, for moments, only dreams mattered. In an almost sold-out room, Mertens interpreted themes from the album celebrating his 40th career, Inescapable, The 40th Anniversary Box Set 4CD – with 61 compositions – 5 hours of Music, covering his work from 1980 to 2020, including 10 previously unreleased tracks and 2 new compositions.
It was some of these themes that dazzled the audience, such as “Struggle for pleasure”, one of several themes by the composer that has dazzled the rooms of the world with themes such as “Often a bird”, “Close Cover”, “Not at home” among so many others received a huge ovation from the Portuguese public.
Wim Mertens is a Belgian singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and musicologist. He studied Political Science and Social Sciences at the University of Leuven and musicology at the University of Gent. He also studied music theory and piano at the Ghent Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
He was a producer at Belgian Radio and Television and Radio 2, produced concerts by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Urban Sax, among others.
Mertens made over 60 albums, made the soundtrack for the movie Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, by Paul Cox, author of the book “American Minimal Music”, which addresses American minimalist music through the works of LaMonte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass.