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Leading Belgian ensemble Goeyvaerts String Trio needs your support to realize their upcoming CD recorded w/ Vox Luminis vocalists!
514 backers pledged £14,932 to help bring this project to life.

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Goeyvaerts Trio plays pop song!

Posted by Challenge Records Int. (Creator)

Stabat Mater’ is officially released! On march 20 the album was presented during the official release concert in Willebroek, Belgium! So far, the album has been received very well. A Belgium journalist wrote about one of the concerts "A very successful concert [...] by one of the best Belgium string trio's (Internetgazet). One of their next concerts in Leuven is completely sold out!

Goeyvaerts Trio plays pop song! 

The Goeyvaerts trio made a promise. When they would reach £5000 before a specific day they would play a popsong, chosen from your suggestions on their Facebook page. The goal was reached and now it is time to keep this promise with "Renaissance Affair" from Hooverphonic. Click here to watch their version of this pop song!


All the rewards have been send, so your reward should get to you soon! The download links for the album are send via email, so in case you should have received this but you did not, please let us know! The birthday video’s are being made and will be send in April!

Yours sincerely,

Goeyvaerts Trio & Challenge Records

Only one week until the release!

Posted by Challenge Records Int. (Creator)

We are excited to announche that the release of the pioneering new album ‘Stabat Mater’  is just one week away! In one week you can hear Stabat Mater from Arvo Pärt in just intonation and the world-premier-recording of Ivan Moody’s Simeron yourself!

Video of the recordings 

If you cannot wait until next week here is a video The Goeyvaerts String Trio made from the recordings. In this video they talk about their project and you can hear a sneakpeak of the recordings! Goosebumps guaranteed!

Update about the rewards 

If you backed us for a copy or download of the CD we will send it next week to you. The CD's will be send from the Netherlands, so when you receive it exactly, depends on where you live. The people who backed us for an invitation for the release concert should have received their invites a while ago, in case you did not confirm your presence yet, please do so! The birthday video’s are being made as we speak, so in case that was your reward you will receive them soon!

Upcoming concerts 

We would like to inform you about the upcoming release concerts once more: 

19th March '14 20u15 / Sint-Pietersbandenkerk, Lommel (Belgium) 

20th March '14 20u00 / Sint-Niklaaskerk, Willenbroek (Belgium) Official release! 

21st March '14 20u00 / St-Quintinuskathedraal,Hasselt (Belgium) 

27th March ’14 20u00 / Abdijkerk Vlierbeek, Leuven (Belgium) 

15th April ’14 20u00 / Kasteel Heeswijk, Heeswijk (The Netherlands)

Yours sincerely, 

Goeyvaerts String Trio & Challenge Records

Report from the recording!

Posted by Challenge Records Int. (Creator)

 It has been a while since our last update, and.. The recordings are now finished!  Below you will find the report from the writer of the liner notes: Piotr Furmanczyk .

The release is planned for the 22nd of February. Of course, all our backers who chose for a copy or download of the cd, will receive their reward by then!

Further, we would like to inform you about the upcoming release concerts:

19th March '14 20u15 / Sint-Pietersbandenkerk, Lommel (Belgium)

20th March '14 20u00 / Sint-Niklaaskerk, Willebroek (Belgium) Official release!

21st March '14 20u00 / St-Quintinuskathedraal, Hasselt (Belgium)

Our backers who chose the release concert as a reward, will receive their invitation within two weeks.


Report from the recording:

October 17th 2013, Beaufays, recording the STABAT MATER

Goeyvaerts String Trio (Kristien Roels, Kris Matthynssens and Pieter Stas) and three voices (Zsuzsi Toth, Barnabás Hegyi, Olivier Berten) are recording Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater under the watchful ‘ears’ of the sound engineer Piotr Furmanczyk. And I, the author of the liner notes, was invited. 

Kris and Piotr, the sound engineer were standing outside the small Church of Beaufays’ abbey when I arrived. A cold wind brushed the leaves of the old chestnut trees. Kris introduced me to Piotr. It was one of the first dull grey days of autumn but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. 

It was a long drive to Beaufays, a small village about 10 km beyond Liege. The old Augustin abbey is privately owned now. The church is still used by the parishioners and musicians, apparently. Every building has the same scale of the village. 

The same cold lingered inside the warmth of the heating system is not yet sufficient. I greeted Kristien and Pieter and in the center of the church Pieter’s stool, his cello and a methodical bush of microphones. Every single one had been meticulously put in its exact position like during the first recordings in July. I was invited to witness the final recordings of the Stabat Mater but I had no other function then to be there. So I listened, tried to read and wrote from time to time some sentences to capture the day in words... 

Almost twelve o’clock. Sound check. The first bars of the Stabat Mater fill the emptiness of the old church. Piotr is upstairs in a small room surrounded by high tech and church paraphernalia. The trio plays in a triangle around the microphones and another Pieter (Peeters), a photographer is doing his job. The instruments sound warm and almost sigh... like when the light is low and the nerves prick and tingle...

The descending notes of the first bars swirl and fall in the still chilly air like autumn leaves. The white and gilded saints witness undisturbed the sadness the music bears. 

Later the tapes are run in the sound engineer’s secluded room. It has to be perfect in C major or A or... Recording sessions are compared; Piotr has a sharp ear.

The church cooled again. The heating is off because the system is too noisy; the ventilator would hum in the background. Recordings again. Piotr, the sound master rules here.

The best take of the trio’s introduction is chosen: sound, tempo, pitch and ‘niceness’. Carefully looking for perfection in with the disagreeing chords - typically Pärt, and how they resolve.

About 2 pm the singers join the trio. Greetings and then a lunch break. The heating system is on.

The cold abated. The trio and the singers are standing in an ellipse around the microphones facing each other. It is over 3 p.m. when I write this bit and the long introductory ‘amen’ rings. The acoustics are wonderful. The church is filled immediately with grandeur of the voices ringing and then the trio alone again. From heaven to earth or something. 

Stabat mater. Piotr is satisfied and now they’re going to take the part they couldn’t record in july. The soprano solos. Her voice resounds in silver and seems to hesitate a little before it dissolves. The most beautiful reverberation I’ve heard. They play and sing with some interruptions. Little mistakes, smiles but above this the concentration. For them, I don’t exist, nothing exists outside the music. Fascinating to witness. I brought a book but cannot bring myself to read it. Even fragmented the music is compelling. Every take, they go for it, every time the focus and the music that takes hold of the space and the time around me.

The cold crept back in slowly. One only realizes this when one shivers. It will be five o’clock soon but this is not a day at the office and everyone but me is still absorbed. All I do is enjoying the music and write a little. Finally I’ve taken to my book; reading is my homework... 

I wander between my reading Badiou, my inspiration for the following productions, and listening Pärt. Time has stopped being time. Until finally there is a break. The drone of the ventilator is infusing a necessary bit of warmth. Time for a cup of soup, tea or coffee. Time for a chat. 

Challenge Records asked for interviews. They offer some relief. The singers have been interviewed in the early afternoon. Now it is time for the trio. We sit in the small room behind the church, the vestry. There is a table and some chairs but with all of us there, it is crowded. Pieter the photographer who also filmed the recordings, now captures the interview. Then I decided the sound engineer is to be interviewed as well. Piotr, gives his first conversation ever.

Then we listen to the recordings of the afternoon while darkness settles over Beaufays. The little room upstairs is warm and stuffed with the musicians and the apparatus for the recording. Is it perfect enough, where is who not accurate, doesn’t it sound sloppy? ‘26’ has to be re-recorded as a whole and here and there just one or two bars. 

All the concentration again to get the ‘sound’. This just intonation is unforgivable for the slightest slip of focus. There is a difference between the perfection and sound but the dividing line is thin. Yet it works for me (now the only member of) the audience , even after hours of listening to the takes. 

My computer ran out of power. I write this bit in November and I forgot when we ate but I didn’t forget the music. (Actually we picnicked in vestry.) I remember how the whole afternoon had been filled with a strange warm atmosphere and the divine music chopped up in parts. And every time again there was the same magical beauty. Anyway, I had lost track of time when the singers and the strings could finally please the sound engineer. And then they decided to play the whole Stabat Mater through. It had to be done, so it felt.

Then around eight thirty in the evening, the Goeyvaerts String Trio and the singers began a unique performance. The concentration was palpable. The church transformed into a space beyond earth yet too sad to be heaven. It was heavenly... I wish you were there. 

Philippe Grisar

Yours sincerely,

Goeyvaerts String Trio & Challenge Records

New interview with Goeyvaerts String Trio about Kickstarter!

Posted by Challenge Records Int. (Creator)

It has been 2 weeks since our project went successfully funded on Kickstarter. We have been enjoying the ever-growing interest towards our album. In this period we were quite busy: we gave an interview to the Malaysian radio, Dutch Radio 4 and we've started working together with the University of York on the intonation topic. They are doing a big research on it and the head of the department is coming to our recording in October. Estonian Forbes journalist Tarmo Virki supported us on Twitter, while Flanders Music Centre published an article about our successful campaign. "Already known as a rocking ensemble, they also proved to be an example of an enthusiastic entrepreneurship!", exclaimed Flanders Music Centre.

Moreover, Challenge Records interviewed us recently about the progress we've made so far. In this interview read about: that happy moment we realized we overreached the goal, which pop cover we will publish as a part of a promised challenge, and what is the status of the recording.

1. What is your impression from your Kickstarter campaign? 

The overall impression is very good. What started as a challenging exchange of ideas on a terrace in Amersfoort ended up in a succesfull creative way of making people sharing and experiencing with us. 

2. Did you expect such a global success?  

First we were attracted by the possibities of the global network of Kickstarter. We expected some international support, but at the certain point we were really impressed by the support of Arvo Part on one hand and on the other hand by the surprising Staff Pick and Project of The Day on the Kickstarter platform. For us it's not only the funding, but also the mental support and interest in our program and our way of working. It's also a great support for our label Challenge Records, who always believed in our adventurous way of working. 

3. On the day the fundings passed £ 10 000, where were you and how were you watching the progress? 

Kris: I came home on the 15th of August at about 8.30 pm after celebrating my mother's 85th birthday. At that moment I thought my computer was a pinball. I watched the screen with my eyes open until midnight. Waking up at 6 am, little nervous, I realized we did something unbelievable.

Kristien: I was in Warsaw and travelling back to Belgium by car, and such a welcome home after a long trip in the car gave a boost of energy. Luckily I had a bottle of Cava in the fridge. 

Pieter: I was driving back from a rehearsal with Vox Luminis. At that moment a colleague of mine phoned to say the counter was moving like crazy. Arrving home I was watching Kickstarter site until 2 am in the night to see our goal reaching. At that time my bottle of Cava was empty. 

4. How did you celebrate it? 

Next rehearsal was not really a rehearsal. 

5. Which big media/ press was interested in the campaign? 

There was international interest by classical music magazines on their websites like Pizzicato,, Arvo Part's facebook page, Malaysian radio, all important Dutch media (Radio 4, Mpodia), Belgian media (Klara, Cobra, local newspapers) 

6. What other great possibilities/connections/new projects did this campaign bring you? 

It's difficult to describe the impact at this moment. First of all, it creates a flow of positive energy to all the people involved in this project. Some of the opportunities came out of the rewards, like our biggest supporter who not only wants a house concert, but really believes in us and wants to do more than this. Another very interesting connection now is the University of York, that wants to attend our recording and wants to study our case of intonation choices by string instruments. Funding a project like this is a premiere in Belgium, so our succesfull funding was followed intensively by the music scene. 

7. How is the recording going? 

All the elements we want to show come out as planned. So we are very happy with the progress so far. (more details coming soon)

8. When will you publish the pop song cover and what will the song be? 

We have contacts with the world famous rock/popgroup that is based in Sint-Niklaas (our hometown). We have song in mind, but we are in first place thinking about a nice sequel to our clapping video. So, it will be more than a cover. 

Thank you! Merci! Grazie! Spasibo! Danke!

Posted by Challenge Records Int. (Creator)

We are successfully funded! And it is all thanks to you, our worldwide backers! It is thanks to Kickstarter Staff for their love and support in promoting our project on their front webpage and in the newsletter. Special thanks goes to Jaap Roell for his generous support.

Here we made a "thank you" video-card for you all. 

Our happiness is beyond expression! It is amazing to see such a global support and love of our project! 

We will keep you updated on how the recording goes and when we will start sending out your rewards.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to us via personal message or as a comment.

Sincerely yours,

Goeyvaerts String Trio & Challenge Classics