Jaune Toujours + Bal Moderne

Maria-Clara Villa-Lobos created a Bal Moderne choreography on Jaune Toujours' Ici Bruxelles. In 2010, thousands of people in 12 cities danced to it at the same time, at the start of the Belgian presidency of the European Union. Lateron, Maria-Clara created a choreography on the song Hop On. The choreographies are regulary practised in Bal Moderne workshops; now and then, Jaune Toujours performs the songs live with Bal Moderne dancers on, and with dance enthusiasts in front of the stage.

20Sth - Collector's album - Singles & Extras

20sth, the collector’s album, comes as a hardcover booklet with 2 cd’s : all Jaune Toujours singles on one cd next to extra’s on another one, with plenty of previously unreleased tracks, such as live recordings featuring the Bravo Big Band (2015), the remastered debute-EP (1998) and even a "punky" demo from an early Jaune Toujours-constellation. All well illustrated with pictures from the Jaune Toujours history, from the early days 'till now.

Jaune Toujours' 20sth collector's album features pictures from the band's history, starting at the earliest beginnings. This was their first demos on cassette tape - remember those? They were packaged as match boxes and the first (1992) had a nude torso surprise in the centerfold. The line up of the band changed in between both demos, due to the passing of drummer Jaak Thielen. Artwork demo by Piet Maris, pictures by Roel Ruttens.

Piet Maris at 't Gesticht, Leuven in 1992. Yes, he had hair! And yes, that's a guitar he's holding! Piet picked up the accordion when his guitar went into repair and only came out if it years later. Talk about a game changer! This picture is taken from the collector's album '20 sth' and yes, it has a song on it from those early years. Leuven was the city where Piet studied and where he formed the first version of Jaune Toujours. He's standing outside the student house that also served as his recording space, called 't Gesticht (the Asylum). Picture by Roel Ruttens.

A lot of hair in this one also, clothes not so much... It just keeps getting better every day! This is Jaune Toujours in 1992 at Piet's student house/party cave/rehearsal and recording studio 't Gesticht (The Asylum) in Leuven. Angels in a centerfold-left to right: Jaak Thielen†, Piet Maris, Koen Peters, Sam Versweyveld. Sam still plays with Jaune Toujours occasionally, but he switched from bass to trumpet. Picture by Roel Ruttens.

This picture of the third - all stars - line up in the band's early years was also taken at 't Gesticht in Leuven in 1993. From left to right: Yvan DeBoeck - such a brilliant mind he was headhunted and now works and lives in the States, Pieter Van Hees - now one of Belgium's finest film directors, Olav Grondelaers - radio presenter at national radio station Klara, Piet Maris and Sam Versweyveld - both still going strong in various bands. Picture by Roel Ruttens

Jaune Toujours at the Roma-village of Rakusy, Slovakia-tour 1996. After Piet Maris had been invited to play accordion with Roma singer Laci Polhos on his tour in Belgium, he started making trips back and forth to his village, recording and making notes on the traditional Roma songs, that eventually became the Mec Yek repertoire. On this occasion Piet asked his band members to tag along for an open air concert. People often think of Roma as a travelling people, but actually most of them are sedentary. They often face fierce racism. Villages like Rakusy weren't even on the map, as they didn't officially exist. It had one electricity point, where every household would have to tap from. No sewage, no roads, no jobs and in school the children were treated like retards. Kosice, a town in Slovakia, also has a large Roma population and that's where Katia and Milka - singers with Mec Yek - originate from. Life in town was very different from what you see in the picture here. Still, their family had to flee, trying to find a way to escape the rampant racism. So proud of where they are now in life, with the next generation trampling at the gates.

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