Our guest tonight is Guy Segers.
Guy Segers is known to thousands of progressive music lovers for being a member of one of the most important and influential RIO acts, initiators of the Belgian school of the genre, Univers Zero. However, Guy's activity in the field of music isn't limited by that fact. One way or another, all his life is inseparably linked with music. To throw more light on his musical past and presence, Guy will come to talk about it and let listen us to some of the projects he is involved in.
Here a short list : Electric Maybe Band, Uneven Eleven, Emergent Sea, Acid Mother Temple, Gurumaniax, Morton Object, Present, Univers Zero, The Morton Folk Gang, Pierre Vervloesem, Daniel Denis, Frank Balestracci, Finnegans Wake, Rascal Reporters, Simon Steensland, Tim Hodgkinson,....
Eclectic Maybe Band : E-Forks And Ornaments (The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes - 2018)
Uneven Eleven : Mineral Knot (live in Brighton - 2013)
Univers Zero : Dense (live Brussels - AB - 1983)
Tim Hodgkinson : Hold to the Zero , Imagine (Each In Our Own Thoughts - 1976)
Guy Segers : Disquiet (unreleased - 2017)
Morton Fork Gang : Conference Of the Birds (Botanique - Brussels - 1991)
Mani Neumeier, Makoto Kawabata, Daevid Allen & Guy Segers : Bulbous Temple (live Zappanale Festival - Bad Doberan - 2009)
Simon Steensland : Elephant (A Farewell To Brains - 2014)
Emergent Sea : Comme A La Radio (with Brass Section - live - 2014-09-12)
Guy Segers : A Beast Trophy (unreleased - 2017)
Univers Zero : Heatwave (encore) (live in Victoriaville - 1997-05-18)
GUY SEGERS BIOGRAPHY:
1965 - Start to play the bass.
1968 - Plays in various local rock bands.
1970 – Meets Roger TRIGAUX with whom I form an innovative rock group with our own compositions.
1973 – Birth of the group “NECRONOMICON” with Roger TRIGAUX, Daniel DENIS, Claude DERON and Guy DENIS. Playing our own compositions, mostly influenced by Tony WILLIAMS “LIFETIME”, “MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA”, Miles DAVIS and Manfred MANN’s “CHAPTER THREE”, among others.
1974 - Creation of the group "UNIVERS ZERO" with Daniel DENIS, Roger TRIGAUX, Claude DERON, Vincent MOTOULLE, Patrick HANAPPIER and John VAN RYMENANT.
1978 - Play with the "WIM BIG BAND" with Fred VAN HOVE" including occasional guests such as Peter BRÖTZMANN . Evan PARKER, Peter KOWALD, Albert MANGELSDORF, and numerous Belgian musicians including some of UNIVERS ZERO.
1978 - First concerts abroad with UNIVERS ZERO, including reunion concerts with the French band "ART ZOYD"
1979 - Live concert with the experimental project "MUSIQUE FLEXIBLE", including Marc HOLLANDER, Vincent KENIS, Denis VAN HECKE, Franck WUYTS.
1979 - Recording the second UNIVERS ZERO album "Hérésie" with Daniel DENIS, Roger TRIGAUX, Patrick HANAPPIER and Michel BERCKMANS, followed by a European tour.
1981 - Recording of the third UNIVERS ZERO album "Ceux Du Dehors" with Michel BERCKMANS, Patrick HANAPPIER, Andy KIRK, Daniel DENIS, and Thierry ZABOITZEFF, Jean-Luc AIMÉ, Jean DEBEFVE, Ilona CHALE as guests, followed by a European tour.
1981 - Played in the electric jazz group "DEFORMATION" including Alain ROCHETTE and Daniel DENIS.
1982 - Tour with the group "PRESENT", with Roger TRIGAUX, Daniel DENIS and Alain ROCHETTE.
1982 - Recording the one side single vinyl "Triomphe Des Mouches" by UNIVERS ZERO and tour with the band.
1982 - Recording of "Influences" a title by UNIVERS ZERO on a compilation for "Recommended Records" with among others, Robert WYATT, The RESIDENTS and ARTZOYD.
1983 - Recording of "Crawling Wind" a UNIVERS ZERO extended single and touring with the band.
1983 - Meet and jam with KRÄLDJURSANSTALTEN in Sweden.
1983 - Co-founder of the improvisation group "LIQUIDATION TOTALE" with Daniel DENIS, Franck WUYTS and Michel DELORY, playing a kind of Tony Williams - Miles Davis direction.
1984 - Start mail exchange of work on tape cassette with the American band "CARTOON".
1987 - Plays with the group INTERACTIONS including Mark BOGAERTS and Garrett LIST
1986 - Recorded as guest on "Happy Accidents" CD from the group "RASCAL REPORTERS"
1987 - Plays with PRINCESSE MANSIA M'BILA's Congolese band.
1987 - Plays with the punk rock group HU-YENG
1988 - Plays with "THE MORTON FORK GANG", with Geoff LEIGH, Joe HIGHAM, Daniel STOKART, Jan KUIJKEN, Mark BOGAERTS and Daniel DENIS.
1989 - Plays with the Celtic Folk band SUZIE SOFTWARE & The PERIPHERALS with Alan WARD ex UNIVERS ZERO violinist, but also Michael DEVLIN, Steve SHAW and Suzette O'BRIEN on vocals.
1989 - Plays in concert with the group X-LEGGED SALLY.
1990 - Release of "Toujours Plus A L' Est" by UNIVERS ZERO on a compilation called "Enneade", with amongst others, the group MAGMA
1990 - Rejoins the ethnic-jazz group GALILEO'S LEFT WING with Luk MISHALLE, Danny DE CORT and Dirk WACHTELAER
1990 - Rejoins the group ANOUK & COMMENTS.
1990 - Participates to a few concerts with the mega group THE SIMPLETONES including numerous Belgian and English musicians.
1991 - Founds ARGONOTE with Alan WARD, a management agency principally focused on promoting Belgian artists.
1991 - Playing with the somewhat sarcastic / "tongue in cheek" band NEW VIVOLA, with compositions and direction(s) by Johan DE SMET
1992 - Creates CARBON 7 a record company with Alan WARD.
1992 - Plays with X-LEGGED SALLY, this time including Pierre VERVLOESEM and Jean-Luc PLOUVIER.
1993 - Play and produce the CD "Live" from GALILEO'S LEFT WIND.
1993 - Play a few titles on Daniel DENIS' solo album "Les Eaux Troubles"
1994 - Creation of "CARBON 7 Distribution" for Belgium.
1994 - Becomes member of the Rock group "GUTS !", including Fabienne VANDENPLAS, Arianne PLUMEREL, Luc VAN LIESHOUT, Eric LEMAÎTRE, Matvei BILIS, and Thierry CARCAN.
1994 - Play bass on the CD "Each In Our Own Thoughts" by Tim HODGKINSON including some unreleased titles from HENRY COW with Dagmar KRAUSE on vocals, but also Chris CUTLER, Lindsay COOPER, Bill GILONIS, Rick WILSON among others.
1994 - Produce and plays as guest on "Home Made", the first Pierre VERVLOESEM" solo album.
1995 - Releases "Onde Crépusculaire", a composition initially written for Univers Zéro, on a compilation by "Cuneïform Records", under the name of DOCTOR ZERO, with the participation of the group DOCTOR NERVE.
1995 - Participates in the reforming of the group PRESENT with Roger TRIGAUX, Daniel DENIS and Réginald TRIGAUX.
1996 - Produce and play bass on "Ardense" the first CD from rock band "GUTS!", with vocals in French.
1996 - Rebirth of UNIVERS ZERO with Daniel DENIS, Andy KIRK, Marianne DENOÏA and Kaat DE WINDT
1997 - Play a unique concert with UNIVERS ZERO at Victoriaville Festival in Quebec - Canada.
1997 - Play with Andy KIRK & The Heatmakers a very good cover band with a mixed repertoire including Andy's compositions and songs from Peter Gabriel, Police, Pink Floyd, U2, Deep Purple, Simple minds, and jimi Hendrix among others.
1998 - Play bass on the CD "Certitudes" by PRESENT.
1998 - Play a few gigs live with FAITH.
2000 - Start composing new material with the aim to bring out a solo CD.
2002 - Produce and play bass on the CD "Grosso Modo" from Pierre VERVLOESEM, with Peter VANDENBERGHE ..boards, Charles HAYWARD on drums, and Peter VERMEERSCH as guest on Clarinets.
Partly composed, and partly improvised, a successful way of keeping intact the energy of live music.
2005 - Play a live concert as guest with KK NULL electronic devices, Seijiro MURAYAMA on drums and Eric LEMAÎTRE on guitar.
2006 - Play bass, and do some vocals on Modified Reality by Franck BALESTRACCI, produced and released on my label. This is the first work thru the channel of internet. I recorded myself as well than the guitarist Réginald TRIGAUX and the violist Marianne DENOÏA at home, and send it to Franck who finalised the all work at home as well.
2007 - Played as guest on Acoustic Camera by Karl Off aswell than Dirk DESCHEEMAEKER, Jan KUIJKEN, George VAN DAM, Charles LOOS, Félix SIMTAINE, Jean-Louis RASINFOSSE
2007 - Recording of "Agakuk" a composition by Henry KRUTZEN on which I worked a personnal bass line. Also Morgan AGREN and Réginald TRIGAUX appear as guests on this track.
2007 - Played as guest on 2 compositions that will be on the next 48 CAMERAS album.
2007 - Played live as guest with SIBEL and her band. A repertoir made of Turkish music.
2007 - Played on a composition by Brian BURMANN for a theater performance.
2007 - Played on a compostion by Nick GREY that will be released on a next album.
2008 - Play on a live version of La Faulx released as a bonus track on a remastered version of 1313
2008 - Played live for two concerts with Yoshida TATSUYA from RUINS, and Kawabata MAKOTO from ACID MOTHER TEMPLE
2008 - Join a new band under the name of PURPLE VISHNU, with Michel DELVILLE (Synth-Guitar), Frank VAN DER KOOIJ (Acoustic and electronic Saxophone), Ivo SANS (Drums). Already two concerts have been done under this name, and are expecting some feedback for more... The music is a mix between own compositions and destructured "Rock" covers.
2008 - The band Purple Vishnu change its name into The MOVING TONES, and has been rejoined by Catherine SMET (Keyboards).
2008 - The MOVING TONES play 3 concerts with Benoît MOERLIN (Electronic Vibraphone, Marimba) as guest.
2008 - Play Bass as guest on the track "Agakuk" from the CD "Blue" by FINNEGANS WAKE. The two other guest are Reginald TRIGAUX (Guitar), and Morgan ÅGREN (Drums).
2009 - Played live as guest with SIBEL and her band. A repertoir made of Turkish music, including a part of a composition of mine.
2009 - Made a concert of totaly improvised material with Geoff LEIGH on flutes, saxophones, percussion, vocals, electronics, Michel DELVILLE on guitar and Ivo SANS on drums. Reinforced by Frank WUYTS on melodica.
2009 - Played at Zappanale Festival with ACID MOTHER GURU GURU GONG including Daevid ALLEN (Guitar, Vocals), Makoto KAWABATA (Guitar) and Mani NEUMEIER (Drums).
2009 - Played the first concert of the band EMERGENT SEA in Belgium, including Fabienne VANDENPLAS (Vocals), Eric LEMAÎTRE (Guitar) and Danny VAN HOECK (Drums).
2009 - Recorded new stuff with original members of the German band GURU GURU including Ax GENRICH on guitar, and Mani NEUMEIER on drums.
2010 - Played live with ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE replacing Tsuyama ATSUSHI who couln't do this European tour including Italy, Belgium, England, Germany, France, Spain.
2010 - Release of the CD "Psy Valley Hill" by GURUMANIAX.
2010 - Tour with the German band GURUMANIAX, including the original members of GURU GURU, Ax GENRICH and Mani NEUMAIER.
2010 - Record with Phil MINTON, Audrey CHEN, Teun VERBRUGGEN, Peter JACQUEMYN for the label Sub Rosa.
2010 - Play live with Phil MINTON, Audrey CHEN and Dirk WACHTELAER.
2010 - Play several concerts in Belgium with EMERGENT SEA.
2010 – Release of the CD “Iridule” by the Italian band YUGEN, appear as guest.
2011 - Play a few gigs with old friend Gianni MANENTE on drums.
2011 - Concerts with EMERGENT SEA including the last with Eric LEMAÎTRE (RIP).
2012 - Record a bassline on a song by Tanar CATALPINAR.
2012 - Compose "Déchirement Périphérique" in memory of Eric LEMAÎTRE.
2012 - Restart EMERGENT SEA with Andy KIRK.
2013 – Record material for an album with Roland BINET (Flute) , Andy KIRK (Guitar, Keyboards), Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums)
2013 – Tour with UNEVEN ELEVEN in trio with Makoto KAWABATA and Charles HAYWARD.
2013 – Release of the Vinyl “Pink Lady Lemonade” by ACID MOTHER GURU GURU GONG.
2013 – Last concert with EMERGENT SEA;
2013 – Release of the CD “A young Person's Guide To” by ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE.
2014 – Release of the CD “Passions” by Roland BINET.
2015 – Release of the double CD “Live At Café OTO” by UNEVEN ELEVEN.
2015 – Release of the CD “A Farewell To Brains” by Swedish Simon STEENSLAND (including Morgan ÅGREN), appear as guest
2015 – Release of the Vinyl “Live At Café OTO” by UNEVEN ELEVEN.
2015 – Release of the CD “Dreamprovise” by Roland BINET. With Andy KIRK (Keyboards, guitar), Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums).
2015 – Release of the CD “Barriers by Brian BURMAN, appear as guest.
2016 – Two studio sessions with ECLECTIC MAYBE BAND. Including Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums), Catherine SMET (Keyboards), Andy KIRK (Keyboards, Guitar), Joe Higham (Saxophone, Doudouk, Electronics), Franck BALESTRACCI (Soundscapes).
2017 – Recording sessions for the piece “A Beast Trophy” in studio with Sigrid VANDENBOGAERDEN (Cello) and virtual with Dave NEWHOUSE ((Baritone Sax, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet).
2017 – Recording session for the piece ”Disquiet” in studio with Roland BINET (Flute), Ariane PLUMEREL (Violin), Sigrid VANDENBOGAERDEN (Cello), Dirk WACHTELAER (Drums), and virtual with Stephan Köhr (Bassoon, Contrabassoon), Dave Newhouse (Alto & Tenor Saxophone), Ángel Ontalva (Guitar).
2018 - Recording session for the piece “Elipse Sealed” virtual with Stephan Köhr (Bassoon).
2018 - Recording session for the piece “Are You Out Of My Mind ?” virtual with Dave Newhouse (Baritone Sax).
2018 – Release of the CD “The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes” by ECLECTIC MAYBE BAND.