Belgian composer and saxophone/clarinettist Joachim Badenhorst (°1981 Antwerpen) is a performing and recording artist active on the creative music scene in Europe, the US and Asia. After years of conservatory training in jazz improvisation and new music, he has since divided his time between Belgium and cities in the US and Europe, collaborating and recording worldwide with established new and experimental music ensembles and artists, while incessantly exploring the visceral elements of sound. He also leads his own projects ranging from solo improvised performances to Carate Urio Orchestra.
Badenhorst is artistically interested in semantically, conceptually, intrinsically, and formalistically integrating ideas from various different art medias into his musical compositions. He also takes deep interest in revealing the inherent relation between contemporary and "ethnic" musics, having collaborated with traditional musicians from Turkey and Japan, and toured in China with reinterpreted traditional Chinese music.
Increasingly, Badenhorst is contemplating the evanescent site specificity of sound as well as the relation between space and sound. He is also delving into a re-imagination of the boundaries between improvisation and composition, of abstract sound explorations and harmonic passage, and continues to attempt at a personal aesthetic language that interact with different spaces and engage with different audiences.
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Joachim Badenhorst : Creek At Rice Fiemd (Kitakata - Santé Loisirs - 2016)
Watussi : Gar (Watussi Star Geiser - Klein -2019)
Watussi : Dana (Watussi Star Geiser - Klein -2019)
Rawfishboys : Nek aan ek (Fengling - W.E.R.F. - 2017)
Carate Urio Orchestra : Iron Bird (Lover - Klein - 2016)
Carate Urio Orchestra : År Antiphon (Lover - Klein - 2016)
Zero Years Kid : Sterke Vrouwen ( - Eotracks - 2019)
Zero Years Kid : Alles komt wel uit ( - Eotracks - 2019)
Joachim badenhorst : live at Radio panik 2019-02-19
Watussi : Aves (Watussi Star Geiser - Klein -2019)
Joachim Badenhorst is the artistic director of several ensembles in Europe and the U.S. He is the composer and arranger for the seven piece ensemble Carate Urio Orchestra, the Icelandic Quintet Mógil (with Icelandic folk texts and poetry) and the acoustic chamber new music trio Baloni.
Badenhorst is a member of several groups led by world renowned musicians such as the Han Bennink Trio, Tony Malaby's Novela, Thomas Heberer's Clarino trio and Kris Davis' Infrasound.
Since 2010 Badenhorst has been developing his solo programme consisting of improvisations and compositions for solo acoustic and electro-acoustic wind instruments.
Badenhorst released three critically acclaimed solo albums: 'The Jungle He Told Me' (SmeraldinaRima 2012) , 'Forest//Mori' (Klein 2014) and ‘Kitakata’ (Santé-Loisirs 2016).
Badenhorst was invited by the Flemish government as representing artist-in- residence in the Comacina Island in Italy (2012) and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2013). He has received invitations to curate music festivals, and has been artists-in-residence at Dommelhof Neerpelt (2014), Brand! Festival (2015) in Belgium and Ftarri in Tokyo, Japan (2015).
Furthermore Badenhorst performed and recorded with world renowned musicians such as Dave Douglas, John Butcher, Ernst Reijseger, Fred Van Hove, Peter Evans, Marc Ribot, C. spencer Yeh, Simon Nabatov, Terry Ex, Shazhad Ishmaily, Didier Petit, Jim Black and many others.
Joachim appears on over 50 cd's on internationally acclaimed record labels and founded his own record label KLEIN in 2013.
Badenhorst was awarded Rising Star Clarinet of 2013 in the Annual Downbeat Critic's Poll (USA), and was chosen Clarinet Player of the years 2011, 2013 and 2015 by international jazz critics in the Annual Intruso Critics Poll (Argentina).
Dance: Projects with dancer Yoh Morishita in Urbanguild, Kyoto, Japan 2014; the Japanese dancer Kana Nakamura at Kiosque Flottant, Paris 2014; the dance production 'Exit/Entrance' (Studio Wambach) 2003.
Film: Badenhorst composed and performed new music for the films `Hrísey` by Rie Iwatake in 2016. `The Field` by Bie Michiels in 2015. `L’homme qui marche` by Nikolaas Demoen in 2014. `Zero de Conduite` at De Beursschouwburg, Brussels 2014. Bolzano Film Festival, Italy in 2013. Art Cinema Off Off, Ghent in 2008.
Theater: Badenhorst performed as an actor in the theatre productions Het Offer (Company De Tijd) in 1991 and Naar Macbeth (Company Blauw Vier) in 1994. As a musician Badenhorst worked in the Theater productions Chamber Music (Theater Veenfabriek 2009), Sharing The Same Shade (Theater Veenfabriek 2007), Smekelingen (Theater Veenfabriek 2006), Strandwandeling (2006), Noah (Theater de Spiegel 2004-2005), Don Giovanni (Theater Walpurgis 2004-2005).
Ethnic Music: Badenhorst composes music for ancient Icelandic poetry and folk texts in his project Mógil, and has worked with traditional Japanese Koto player Mme Hirabayashi at The Honen-In temple, Kyoto 2006; the Turkish sufi group Baba Zula at Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent 2006 and toured China with a trio reinventing traditional Chinese songs in 2012. He released two site specific recordings: Katakata, a solo recording using field-recordings from China (2016) and Klein Journal-01 - a reworking of field recordings from Western China.
-Classical clarinet with Sabine Uytterhoeven, Stedelijke Muziekschool Hoboken and private lessons (1990-1997)
-Pop/Jazz clarinet with Kurt Budé, Kunsthumaniora, Antwerp. (1998-1999) -Bachelor Degree jazz-clarinet with John Ruocco, Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands (1999-2003).
-Master Degree jazz-clarinet/saxophone with John Ruocco, Michael Moore, Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands(2003-2005).
-Workshop Jazz and Creative Music in Banff, Canada with Dave Douglas, Don Byron, Greg Osby and Mischa Mengelberg (May/June 2005).
ENSEMBLES Joachim leads his own projects Carate Urio Orchestra, Mogil, Red Rocket, Os Meus Shorts, Rawfishboys, Equillibrium, International Trio, Red Rocket, Baloni and is currently also working as a soloist.
Furthermore Joachim performed and recorded with world renowned musicians such as Dave Douglas, John Butcher, Ernst Reijseger, Fred Van Hove, Agusti Fernandez, Simon Nabatov, Peter Evans, Noël Akchoté, Fred Lonberg Holm, John Hollenbeck, C. Spencer Yeh, Ellery Eskelin, Ralph Alessi, Steve Swell, Terry Ex, Shahzad Ismaily, Hilmar Jensson, Jim Black, Michael Brecker.
Equilibrium trio USA and Canada tour 2016
Carate Urio Orchestra USA tour, USA 2016
Nordische Klang Festival, Greifswald, Germany 2016
Jazzlabseries tour, Belgium 2016
Unerhort Festival, Zurich, Switzerland 2015
Artist in residence at Ftarri, Tokyo, Japan 2015
Belgian Jazzmeeting, Bruges 2015
Zomer jazzfiets tour, Groningen, Netherlands 2015
Iceland tour 2015
Konforntationen Festival, Nickelsdorf, Austria 2015
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2015
Ghent Jazz Festival 2015
Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Slovenia 2015
Carte Blanche performance at Bimhuis, Amsterdam 2015
Takltlos Festival, Zurich 2015
Artist in residence at the Brand! Festival, Mechelen 2015
Music curator of Museumnacht Oostende 2015
Brussels Jazzfestival 2015
Winter Jazzfest, New York 2015
Solo tournee China en Japan 2014
Ecouter à L'instant Festival, France 2014
Carate Urio Orchestra, Middelheim Festival, Middelheim 2014
Molde Jazz Festival, Molde Norway, 2014
Orleans Jazz Festival, Orleans, France 2014
Solo perfromance on Stanser Musiktage, Stans, Switserland 2014
Dolajazz Festival, Lillehammer, Norway 2013
Belgian Jazz Meeting, Liege 2013
Météo Jazz Festival, Mulhouse, France 2013
Follow The Sound Festival, Antwerp 2013
Curator of the Garlic and Jazz Festival, Antwerp 2013
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Holland 2013
Banlieues Bleues Festival, Paris, France 2013
Listen Closely Festival, Vienna, Austria 2013
Jazz Dag, Amsterdam, Holland 2013
Jazzahead Festival, Bremen, Germany 2013
ISTH Festival, Amsterdam, Holland 2013
Storm Festival, Ostend 2013
Solo tour in the U.S.A. 2013
Artist in Residence at Rataplan, Antwerp 2012-2013
Dutch Jazz and World Meeting, Amsterdam, Holland 2012
Szeged Jazz Festival, Szeged, Hungary 2012
Follow The Sound Festival, Antwerp 2012
Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Aarhus Jazz Festival, Denmark 2012
Bolzano Film Festival, Bolzano, Italie 2012
Dranouter aan zee Festival, De Panne 2012
Cornelia Street Café, New York, USA 2012
Eurojazz Festival, Mexico City, Mexico 2012
Solo concert in Prince Albert, South Africa 2011
Follow the sound festival, Carte Blanche Joachim Badenhorst, Antwerpen 2011
Umbrella Festival, Chicago, USA 2011
Airwaves Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011
China Tour Joachim Badenhorst Trio 2011
Euro Jazz Festival, Athene, Greece, 2011
Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007
Undead Jazz Festival, New York, USA 2010
Vision Festival, New York, USA 2010
Hong Kong and Guangzhou jazz festival Joachim Badenhorst Trio, China 2010
Gent Jazz Festival 2010
Australie tour with Vehere Trio December 2009
North sea jazz festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2009
Womex festival, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009
Budapest Jazz festival, Hungary 2009
Follow the sound festival, Antwerp 2009
Mexico Tour in 2008 and 2009
Reykjavik jazz festival, Iceland 2008.
Airwaves Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland 2008.
Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2007.
Jazz Middelheim 2007.
Hellenic festival, Epidaurus amphitheater, Greece 2006.
Honen-in tempel, Kyoto, Japan. 2006.
North sea jazz festival, The Hague, Netherlands in 2005, 2004 and 2003.
2016 Carate Urio Orchestra ‘Lover’ - Klein
2016 Joachim Badenhorst Solo ‘Kitakata’ - Santé Loisirs
2015 CBG ‘Erasing Borders’ - Trytone
2015 Badenhorst/Peck ‘The Salt of Deformation’ -KLEIN/Tubapede
2015 Mogil ‘Korriro’ - Mogil music 2015
Kris Davis’ Infrasound ‘Save your breath’ - Cleanfeed records
2015 Frantz Loriot’s Notebook ensemble ‘Urban Furrow’ - Cleanfeed records
2015 LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst ‘The elephants journey’ - Cleanfeed records
2015 Baloni ‘Ripples’ (LP) - Cleanfeed records
2014 Joachim Badenhorst ‘Forest//Mori’ -KLEIN 03
2014 Joachim Badenhorst, Gerard Herman & Instrumenten - Klein 04 /Opgewarmde groenten
2014 Baloni ‘Belleke’ -Cleanfeed records
2014 Os Meus Shorts II - Bankrobber records
2014 Equillibrium ‘Liquid Light’ - Songlines
2014 Ruben Machtelinckx Group ‘Flock’ El Negocito Records
2013 Carate Urio Orchestra 'Sparrow Mountain' (KLEIN)
2013 Badenhorst-Butcher-Lytton 'Nachtigall' (KLEIN)
2013 Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion - A Mirror to Machaut (Songlines)
2013 Watussi (Listen Closely)
2013 Ruben Machtelonckx group 'Faerge' (el negocito records)
2012 Han Bennink Trio Bennink # Co - ILK
2012 Joachim Badenhorst solo 'The Junle He Told Me' (Smeraldina-Rima)
2012 Thomas Heberer`s Clarino Cookbook - Red Toucan.
2011 Baloni Fremdenzimmer - Cleanfeed.
2011 Tony Malaby`s Novela Novela - Cleanfeed
2011 International Trio Donkere Golven - de Werf
2011 Joe Hertenstein`s Polylemma Selftitled - Red Toucan
2011 Thomas Heberer`s Clarino Klippe - No Business and Cleanfeed
2011 Equillibrium Walking Voices - Songlines
2011 Mogil i stillunni hljomar - MogilMusic
2011 Christian Mendoza Group Arbre-en-Ciel - De Werf