CO2 10/80 (2017)
CO2. There are always two sides to a coin. First: the C and the O are the initials of the name Cel Overberghe - the "2" relates to the fact that with Tom Van Overberghe alongside there are 2 Overberghes in this band. Second: as a chemical formula CO2 refers to the band as a laboratory. A laboratory of musical 'poisoners', because we love to think outside the box.
With this CD we celebrate the 10th anniversary of CO2 and the 80th birthday of painter, saxophonist and free jazz pioneer Cel Overberghe. In the mid 70s Cel was one of the founding fathers - together with Fred Van Hove a.o. - of W.I.M. or 'Werkgroep Improviserende Musici' and the legendary Free Music festivals in Antwerp.
For this festive occasion we are delighted and honored to have bassist Peter Jacquemyn and drummer Dirk Wauters on this CD, two musicians with an impressive track record.
Initiated by guitarist Tom Van Overberghe, the first concert under the name CO2 took place on December 10, 2007 at El Negocito in Ghent. Always curious about what was happening on the scene, the 'modus operandi' was to tune in to kindred spirits and invite them to our 'laboratory'. This resulted in our previous CD 'Intersections', released on El Negocito Records in 2012 (eNR007), featuring Paul Van Gysegem and Giovanni Barcella as 'compagnons de route'.
For quite a long period of time our musical adventures mainly consisted of hosting a series of concerts at Cafe Bato Batu and Cafe Do Re Mi in Antwerp. In addition CO2 also played memorable concerts at Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club in Liège and De Singer in Rijkevorsel where we opened for Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio.
From 2007 until 2017 we shared - and lifted! - the bandstand with the following musicians (in alphabetical order): Yusuke Akai, Christophe Albertijn, Giovanni Barcella, Rory Brown, Thomas Campaert, Gino Coomans, Patrick De Groote, Tsjok Declercq, John Dikeman, Ann Eysermans, Onno Govaert, Erik Heestermans, Gerard Herman, Peter Jacquemyn, Audrey Lauro, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Joe McPhee, Kris Nelissen, Antoine Prawerman, Kristof Roseeuw, Lazara Rosell Albear, Jasper Stadhouders, Paul Van Gysegem, Dirk Wauters and Pierre Michel Zaleski.
Artwork CD by Bart Van Overberghe
"Tom Overberghe biedt weerwerk met gitaarwerk dat vaak iets heeft van een wentelende klankmassa, vol excentrieke effecten die het ene moment herinneren aan Sonny Sharrocks fabuleuze soloplaat Guitar (1986) en het andere aan een spacey klankengenerator of zelfs op hol geslagen lunapark." Guy Peters in Enola
"INTERSECTIONS" by CO2 QUARTET (2012)BUY "INTERSECTIONS" ON ITUNES
BLUES WITH A VIEW / TOM VAN OVERBERGHE (2022)
I'LL BE SEEING YOU / S. FAIN - I. KAHAL (2021)
AS TIME GOES BY / HERMAN HUPFELD (2021)
SELVA OSCURA / 2021
VALSE SOLITAIRE / TOM VAN OVERBERGHE (2021)
GOODBYE PORK PIE HAT / CHARLES MINGUS (2020)
CONFINEMENT BLUES / TOM VAN OVERBERGHE (2020)
BLUES / TRADITIONAL
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH / SARABANDE (BWV 996)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH / BOURRÉE (BWV 996)
ERIK SATIE / GYMNOPÉDIE NO.1
ANTONIO LAURO / MARIA CAROLINA
CO2 & PETER JACQUEMYN AT BATO BATU (2013)
CO2 QUARTET - I REMEMBER SERGIO (2010)
CO2 QUARTET - INTERSECTIONS (2010)
THEME FROM HENDRIK CONSCIENCE / TOM VAN OVERBERGHE (1996)
S C H O O N S E L H O F   2 0 2 1
W I N T E R   2 0 2 1
F A M I L Y   2 0 2 0
A N T W E R P E N   2 0 1 9
S I N K S E N F O O R   2 0 1 9
P A R I S   1 9 8 6
S A L A   C O M A C I N A   1 9 8 6
C A N N E S   1 9 8 9
P O R T   O F   A N T W E R P   1 9 8 3
P O R T R A I T S
F I G U R A T I V E   W O R K S
2 0 2 0
2 0 1 9
E A R L I E R   W O R K
A B S T R A C T   W O R K S
2 0 2 0
2 0 1 9
E A R L I E R   W O R K
I was born in Antwerp, September 14, 1964 and grew up in a loving and artistic family. Both my grandfathers played in dance orchestras and jazz big bands before and after the Second World War. My father Cel Overberghe (1937), who is widely known as a painter, musician and poet, was part of the art movement G58 in his early twenties. G58 was a group of Antwerp abstract avant-garde artists who gained notoriety with their exhibitions in the late 1950s at the Antwerp Hessenhuis. My uncle was the world-renowned pianist Fred Van Hove (1937 - 2022) who was one of the founders of the free jazz and free improvised music movement in Europe in the late 1960s. My mother Josephina Van Hove, Fred's sister, belonged to the first batch of students at the Antwerp Fashion Academy when it was founded by Mary Prijot in 1963. I am the elder brother of artist Bart Van Overberghe (1967) who creates screenprints (monoprints) and works in acrylic paint on paper.
From the age of 8 to 18, I took music and guitar lessons at the Halewynstichting in Antwerp. In my later years I attended a number of jazz and improvisation workshops.
In 1983, after secondary school, I enrolled at the film department of the Hoger Sint-Lucas Instituut in Brussels, now Luca School of Arts, where I took lessons with filmmakers such as Guido Henderickx, Marc Didden and Dominique Deruddere. I did not complete my film studies, however, but, encouraged by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, I opted for a more practice-oriented approach and started working for the Antwerp film collective Fugitive Cinema which was led by the leftist 'enfant terrible' of Belgian film Robbe De Hert (1942 - 2020) and his companion Luc Pien (1953). At Fugitive Cinema I was assistant director on the full lenght documentary film “Janssen en Janssens draaien een film” (1990) and writer-director of the episode about Hendrik Conscience for the film “Elixir d'Anvers” (1996). I also composed the soundtrack for my episode. In addition to working at Fugitive Cinema, I have also worked on numerous national and international feature films such as “Taxandria” (1994) by Raoul Servais, “Gaston's War” (1997) by Robbe De Hert and “Left Luggage” (1998) by Jeroen Krabbé with Isabella Rossellini in the lead role.
In 1997 I directed the much acclaimed documentary film “A Portrait of Mal Waldron” about the legendary American jazz pianist and composer Mal Waldron (1925 - 2002) and accompanist to some of the most important jazz musicians and singers, including Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Jackie McLean to name a few. I consider this film a key work in my artistic career.
For many years I have also worked as stage technician and lighting designer. In 2003 I co-directed the theater performance “Het Jack Sels Project” with actors Jos Verbist and Koen De Sutter.
In 2007 I took the initiative to form a band with my father which I called CO2. The C and the O are the initials of my father's name - Cel Overberghe - the "2" relates to the fact that with me alongside there were 2 Overberghes in this band. As a chemical formula CO2 refers to the band as a laboratory. A laboratory of musical 'poisoners', because we loved to think (and play) outside the box. With CO2 I organised numerous concerts and produced two CDs. The first one - "Intersections" - was released in 2012 by El Negocito Records with Paul Van Gysegem on bass and Giovanni Barcella on drums. In 2017 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of CO2 and the 80th birthday of my father with our second CD “CO2 10/80” with Peter Jacquemyn on bass and Dirk Wauters on drums. In the course of our existence as CO2 we played with renowned musicians such as John Dikeman, Onno Govaert, Audrey Lauro, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Lazara Rosell Albear and Jasper Stadhouders.
Currently I am working on a solo project and occasionally devote myself to painting and (analogue) photography. - Tom Van Overberghe
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