"Plucking is dancing on strings for an ensemble of skillful or hesitant fingers." (Karl Van Deun)
Karl and Ruben mostly work together on their own compositions but also make arrangements on existing pieces, always with room for great improvisation. The pieces of Karl and Ruben are influenced by blues, minimalism and contemporary music. Both musicians play the acoustic and semi-acoustic (jazz) guitar, slightly amplified and sometimes with special effects.
This duo is a must for every guitar lover !
Karl Van Deun works since the eighties as composer / guitar, banjo and bas player in different formations and genre from jazz to folk music, bluegrass, western, swing, country, bigband, fingerpicking, .... He was on stage, making music with musicians like Mal Waldron, Erwin Vann, Pierre Vandormael, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Kurt Van Herck, Dre Pallemaerts, Philip Catherine, and many others. Due to hearing problems (hyperacusis) Karl stepped back but kept on composing and playing.
In 2006 Kurt Van Herck trio dedicated the cd "Le Mariage" to himn, with some of his compositions.
Ask Me - Don't Ask is the first full album that Karl Van Deun not only has composed, but in which he also plays al the tracks himself in duo with young musician and master student Ruben Machtelinckx. All compositions on the album are representative of all the different styles and periods of Karls rich lifework.
released September 22, 2014
Karl Van Deun - Accoustic guitars, Banjo & Compositions
Ruben Machtelinckx - Accoustic guitars & Banjo
Recorded April 5 and 6, 2014: The Rabbitfield, Belgium
Engineer: Christophe Albertijn
Artwork & Silk-screen print: Marijke Loozen / Smeraldina Rima