Karen Willems

Artist, Musician, and player

Karen Willems

Artist, Musician, and player

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'THERE ARE THOSE WHO CONFORM AND THOSE WHO CONFRONT AND NEVER STOP TRANSFORMING'.

The Belgian drummer/percussionist is active in various fields. Started as a drummer in rock and pop bands such as Zita Swoon Group, Jan Swerts, Pascal Deweze, Yuko, Novastar, Mauro Pawlowski and others.

With a number of musicians she built up a tradition within improvised music and sound art: Eric Thielemans, Jean DL, Benjamin Glorieux, Jürgen De Blonde, Aidan Baker, Stijn Dickel, Elms Willdick, Kreng, Kaboom Karavan, Jürgen Augusteyns, Rutger Zuydervelt, Frederik Croene, Zwerm, Fred Frith..

Willems is also active in theater, dance and contemporary music productions and worked with Ultima Vez (Invited), ChampdAction (Hold Your Horses, Vokal Trakt, Platform K (Sculpture), Bl!ndman [drums] (Herman Kolgen-Train Fragments), Kopergietery ( Buzz), ..

Willems started a first project in 2012 under the moniker 'INWOLVES'.

Since 2020, there is ‘TERRE SOL’ a mission of searching, feeling and letting go, the spontaneous game with adventure and connection as underlying key motifs.

With a sheer endless arsenal of sounds, ideas and objects, she moves between collage art, shamanism and a kind of futuristic ritualism.

Man, machine and nature keep on interacting in constantly transforming constellations.