Melanie De Biasio

Much lauded since the release of No Deal, her second album in 2014, Melanie De Biasio is pleased to announce details of a new composition Blackened Cities released on 20th May through Play It Again Sam.

Revered in her native Belgium and often refereed to as the Belgian Billie Holiday, the classically trained flautist and vocalist was heralded by Gilles Peterson on the release of No Deal as one the most exciting artists in the jazz world. A series of reworkings from various artists curated by Peterson resulted in the acclaimed No Deal Remixed album. Together with long-term musical associates, pianist Pascal Mohy, Pascal Paulus on vintage synths, Samuel Gerstmans on double bass and drummer Dre Pallemaerts, Blackened Cities continues to see De Biasio mine an extraordinary vein of immersive splendour.

Taking inspiration from a post-industrial landscape, a backdrop of unexpected hope rediscovered in cities such as Manchester, Detroit, Bilbao and De Biasio's home city of Charleroi, Blackened Cities emerges… As De Biasio says "I don't think anyone, including me, was expecting a 25-minute piece which wasn't a successor to No Deal, or anything other than a collection of new songs. I followed what the music told me, like a gut feeling."

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Melanie De Biasio releases her 25 (24:16 to be precise...) minute masterpiece, Blackened Cities, today. The composition takes inspiration from post-industrial landscapes, cities such as Manchester, Detroit, Bilbao and De Biasio's home city of Charleroi. Places that Melanie unexpectadely rediscovered hope. The album is available from here.
Famous pianist/artist Jamie Cullum has recommended Melanie De Biasio in a piece for NPR. Read the post in full here. Jamie had this to say of Melanie - "She comes from a jazz and classical background — she's a flute player, she's an improviser &...