JAZZ, ROCK, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND BACK: A JOURNEY
In his jazz compositions Karel Van Marcke tends to combine several musical styles and compositional techniques. Two decades of jazz music – with his own bands Jambangle and Chroma – brought Van Marcke to his ultimate passion: composing classical music. The Belgian radio station Klara acknowledges him as one of the current leading Belgian classical composers.
The approach of combining styles and techniques paid off in 2000 and 2005 with the award of the composition prize BAP Sabam at the European Jazz Contest in Hoeilaart and in February 2004 he was guest composer at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels for the Belgian Jazz Composers’ Week.
He was musical director with musical theatre pieces such as De Zotte Koning (‘mad king’) and Mijn Kapellekensbaan (‘my chapel road’).
In recent years he has been composing mainly classical music.
Karel Van Marcke has written music for
- the Eurostar London
- Flemish Radio Orchestra
- Concertgebouw Bruges
- Luxemburg string quartet
- Belgian Marine Orchestra
- National Orchestra of Belgium soloists
- Royal Conservatory in Brussels
- a piano solo concert tour
and many other different projects
I Fratelli (2020). Karapetyan Brothers.
composer: Luk Callens. arrangements: Karel Van Marcke.
worldpremiere on 2020, July 24.