In 2016 the birthplace of TOUR's grandmother in the small town of Zutendaal (Belgium) will be demolished. Once the epicentre of the village as a blacksmith and a cafe, the house now has to make place for yet another ambitious housing project. Inspired by the famous New Orleans jazz funerals and the Western European fanfare tradition, TOUR made 11 songs describing the life of his grandmother, the house and the village. An ode to his grandmother (who died 10 years ago) and a soundtrack to the demolition and burial of the house. A celebration of life and death.
Together with a 14 piece brass band (The Kroensel Krewe) and producer Micha Volders (Blurred Seasons, Meteor Musik, Fence) the songs were recorded live in the house on June 4th 2016. The album was presented as a jazz funeral at the house in November 2016.
The album is available on vinyl only via FONS Records.
released November 25, 2016
TOUR (vocals, ukulele), Terry Beks (bas drum), Bert Hornikx (snare drum & percussion), Lesley Troquet (wash drum, vocals), Harald Vanherf (vocals, percussion), Gert Stinckens (vocals), Loes Gerits (vocals, glockenspiel), Dienne Bogaerts (vocals, glockenspiel), Niels Hendrix (vocals), Tjeu Martens (trumpet), Jo Ieven (trumpet), Zander Dreesen (trombone), Kristof Huskens (sousaphone), Guy Cardeynaels (banjo), Carlo Nardozza (trumpet)
Recorded live in the Blacksmith's House, Sweet Valley, Belgium on June 4th 2016
Produced by Micha Volders
Released by FONS Records on November 25th 2016
With the kind support of Provincie Limburg / Cultuurplatform, C-mine Cultuurcentrum and Gemeente Zutendaal