Euforró plays forró, groovy dance music from the Northeast of Brazil. Their swinging rhythms and euphoric improvisations immediately put you in a summery party mood! Singer Alice Leal Loparic, with her Brazilian roots, has no trouble with the sultry Portuguese sounds and also plays the triangle, which is indispensable for forró. Jonas Malfliet handles the accordion with infectious enthusiasm and Antoon Kindekens, with his zabumba, is the beating heart of the rhythm section. You can’t sit still at that… Vamos dançar!
Violinist Shalan Alhamwy from Syria and Belgian accordionist Jonas Malfliet together form Damast Duo. Damast is Dutch for the fabric damask, which originates from Damascus, the capital of Syria, and became very popular in Europe throughout history. This kind of cultural exchange also takes place in the duo. Shalan enjoyed a classical violin course at the Damascus Conservatory, played with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, but also masters Arabic traditional music. Jonas grew up in the Western European musical tradition, but feels at home in many styles.
In 2018 the duo recorded their first album Safar, a musical journey between Syria and Belgium, and in 2020 they recorded Birds of Passage with Turkish-Kurdish singer Luna Ersahin and French-Venezolan guitar player Ray Riveros.
Jiraan – Arabic for “neighbors” – is an ensemble of twelve musicians of different nationalities, led by the Syrian violinist Shalan Alhamwy. In 2018 the collective resided in Belgium to work on a repertoire of Arabic, Syriac, Sufi, Turkish, jazz and baroque music.
Eros & Thanatos
In autumn 2018, Madam Fortuna organized the intercultural music project Eros & Tanathos. Seventeen musicians and actors with Western European, African, South American, Arabic and Roma roots resided in a remote location during the autumn holidays. Led by Wouter Vandenabeele and Luk Nys, they brainstormed around the theme Eros (vitality) and Thanatos (death).
Theatre company BlindeVink, led by Fabio Van Hoorebeke (Radio 2), produces innovative small-scale theatre productions and concerts for young and old(er) audiences.
Jonas Malfliet performs in the following productions as a multi-instrumentalist and actor: 24 Rozen (homage to Toon Hermans); Laat Ons Een Bloem (homage to Louis Neefs); Ik ben lekker stout (6+); Pieter Konijn (3+), De Spaanse Schaar (3+).
Het Eenzaam Ensemble tells stories of long lost memories. About sharing one last waltz. About a village chief watching his tribe sleeping under the old oak tree. About feeling reborn under the streetlights on a cold winter evening.
Jonas Malfliet’s compositions are accompanied by Joshua Dellaert on double bass and Joachim Thys on saxophone.
In 2017 Finnish singer Vilma Talvitie wrote Alla Katuvalon, and made lyrics on Jonas’ composition A la mémoire du passé. Both songs were recorded with Vilma and Het Eenzaam Ensemble in October 2017:
- A la mémoire du passé Jonas Malfliet / Vilma Talvitie 5:10
- Alla katuvalon Vilma Talvitie
Jonas played drums with Les Busiciens since 2006, and was also their manager. They’ve toured in Europe, Congo and China and recorded three albums. In 2017 Les Busiciens have stopped playing.