Jowan Merckx has played and worked with Capilla Flamenca, Zefiro Torna, E. Van Nevel, Ialma, Wannes Vande Velde, Laïs, Carlos Nunez, Helen Flaherty, Naragonia and many other bands, with whom he has toured all over the world. Jowan finds his happiness in early music, be it from the middle ages, the renaissance, baroque or divers European traditions. His own band Amorroma has established a highly respected place in the world of traditional music.
Sarah Louise Ridy gained her bachelor degree on pedal harp before gaining both bachelor and master degress on the baroque harp, an instrument she fell in love with during the World Harp Congress in Geneva. Sarah performs and appears in numerous ensembles, in Belgium as well as in Holland and other countries, mostly rooted in ancient music. She has performed as far afield as Israel, Greece, Slovenia and the United States, and also performs solo concerts. Sarah is always excited by the prospect of exploring new repertoire on the baroque harp and pushing the boundaries of what people expect from this ancient instrument. website
Elly Aerden (vocals) sings at Bodixel with the likes of Ludo Vandeau. They create a cross-over mix of world music and chanson. Together with Florejan Verschueren she stands at the root of Mairan (poetic folk with a pop attitude). She plays the piano and creates her melodies as the night falls. With her own group Eleonor she tries to bring her emotional experience and top musicians together to create a quirky project with Mediterranean and jazz influences, sung in Latin. Together singing experience. For Folklof she put together her own ballroom orchestra, the Folklove orchestra: heavenly folk, with world influences.
Vincent Noiret completed his education on the double bass in the medium of jazz before turning his attention to the world of traditional music, becoming a member of several bands with musicians such as Didier Laloy, Luc Pilartz, Pascal Chardome, Jowan Merckx, Ialma, Photis Ionatos, Steve Houben, Oscar Beek, Stephanie Blanchoud among others. In 1999 he started Tricycle along with accordionist Tuur Florizoone and clarinetist Kurt Bude (later replaced by Philippe Laloy). In 2006 he recorded with the group Amorroma the CD "Balance" on which he made a DVD with traditional dances of our regions. Vincent also worked for six years with Ghalia Benali, a meeting between western and eastern worlds. In 2010 he began a more personal programme called "Facing the ghost" with his own compositions in a style of jazz and world music. Most recently he has formed a duo, Nisia, together with percussionist Emanuela Lodato. Photo © Jean-Luc Goffinet
Vincent Grégoire otained degrees in romance languages from ULG and singing and chamber music from the Royal Conservatory of Liege, studying with René Jacobs and James Bowman. He is a specialist in Baroque music and has performed with prominent directors such as Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs and Sigiswald Kuijken, among others. He has performed throughout Europe, the USA, Israel and Colombia and has featured on more than twenty recordings and appeared in several productions of the Flemish Opera. He enjoys exploring new repertoire, from Schubert to jazz, also investing himself heavily in the research and preservation of the traditional musical heritage of Wallonia. This involves recording personal sources, collecting songs along with their histories and making decisions about their interpretation. As a choirmaster he founded and directs the Consort Henry Du Mont as well as medieval ensemble La Noeva. He also teaches at various conservatoires and academies.