Benjamin Lew – Le Personnage Principal Est Un Peuple Isolé
Renaissance man Benjamin Lew was and artist and writer who also served up cocktails to Brussels’ flourishing experimental scene in the early 1980s. Though he didn’t identify as a musician, he began creating little musical worlds on an analogue computer, eventually collaborating with Steven Brown on the 1982 album Douzième Journée: Le Verbe, La Parure, L'Amour and four subsequent albums for Marc Hollander’s eminent Crammed label (plus one for Belgian peers Sub Rosa) throughout the 1980s. In Le personnage principal est un peuple isolé, Stroom collects definitive scenes from the Lew story and his unique vantage / vision: pillowy percussion, warm reeds, non-western melody and instrumentation, playful synthesization, concrete composition and contribution from the likes of Vini Riley, Gilles Martin and Hollander, among others. Inspired by Satie’s furniture music, books, and modern dance innovators like Pina Bausch and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.