THE DEMAGOGUE REACTS! (Vandendriessche-Flush-Michiels) squeeze the sounds of Saxes, Bassclarinet, Flute, Hammond Organ, Drums, African percussion and even Didgeridoo into their exciting and original trio.
No clichés here, the musicians just take off and invite you to follow...
The Demagogue Reacts! departs from the usual Hammond/drums jazz trio tradition, avoiding the clichéd blues licks and rhythms, working more in the spirit of the Young/Williams 'Lifetime' concept. Johan Vandendriessche is no conventional drummer, but brings a musical style born out of his fantastic sax-playing to the kit. The freedom inherent in this trio format means that every performance is a journey with a new destination...
CREDITS for Johan Vandendriessche & Paul Flush include:
Quincy Jones, Toots Thielemans, Philippe Catherine, John Surman, Clare Fischer, KathrynTickell, Billy Eckstein, Nick Brignola, Harry Edison,Teddy Edwards, Art Farmer, Soft Machine-bassist Hugh Hopper, Ian Carr, Nancy Wilson,
European Community Jazz Orchestra, ACT-bigband o.l.v. Michel Herr, Harmonie van de Luchtmacht, West Deutsche Rundfunk-bigband, BRT bigband, BRT jazzorkest o.l.v. Etienne Verschuere, BRT Filharmonisch Orkest, Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen, International Jazzconcours van Hoeilaart, BRT-jazzorkest Frank Zappa Tribute.
The Tube Sessions: Madonna, Eartha Kitt, Grandmaster Mel, Eddy Grant, Billy Preston.
Supports: Horace Silver, Don Grolnick, Billy Cobham
With Full Circle: Ronnie Scott's Club, Leuven Jazz Festival, Bracknell Jazz Festival,
Theatre Music: The Canterville Ghost,Brave New World, O'er the Hills, The Wizards of Jazz, Moby Dick, Lord of the Flies, EnglishTea Party, The Tokyo International Theatre Festival, The Comedy Theatre Leningrad, The Münchener Biennale.
With John Kenny: Khoumo International Chamber Music Festival, The Athens Concert Hall, The Russian Composers' Union.
Milkshake Banana, Randy Crawford, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Debbie Harry (Blondie), Clouseau, Claude Mauranne, Johan Verminnen, Dirk VanEsbroeck, Claude Nougaro, Raymond V.H.G., The Drifters, The Platters, Tony Christie,The Four Tops, Olivia Newton John, The Walker Brothers, Shirley Bassey.
Johan and Paul feature heavily on Marc Moulin's album 'Top Secret' (Blue Note)
Frank Michiels plays with Clouseau, Mauranne, Will Tura, Isabelle Antena, Johan Verminnen, French cult group Niagara, violinist Jean-Pierre Catoul etc., and was a founder member of the Belgian group Milkshake Banana.
Frank is also an ethnomusicologist and travels frequently to Africa to study. The results of this can be heard with his own group Isiro, with Dan Lacksman; ethnic music combining with new-age and pop.
Frank is currently very busy with a prestigious international project in partnership with renowned videoartist Walter Verdin.