Ann Eysermans is a composer, performer and conceptual artist. She plays harp and double bass within various groups such as Fnussjen, DUO, r.naakt.i and FENNA. She was artist in residence at ChampdAction from 2007 to 2023.
In 2004, she obtained her Master degrees in Muziekschriftuur and Composition and in 2007 Double Bass (jazz) at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. From 2010 to 2014, she has been working on an intermedial doctoral research project focusing on experimental music, trains and phosphorescence: P - TRAINS [Astrin Phosphora]. This research project resulted in her 'PhD in Arts' [with congratulations from the jury], obtained at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Many graphic scores from this audiovisual project were performed by various musicians and ensembles, both nationally and internationally.
In 2021-2022, she created FOR TRAINSPOTTERS ONLY for the Trains & Tracks festival (Europalia), in which her Prelude and Fugue for 4 diesel locomotives and harp were the main thread in a concert with harp and locomotives (on stage), a series of film concerts and a vinyl record released by the Cortizona label. In 2023, her new album MOONLIGHT SHADOH will be released, also by Cortizona. Ten new compositions for, about and with her dog Shadoh, contain his usual sounds – including barking, smacking, drooling, whining, shaking himself, eating and drinking – sounding over the harp, viola da gamba, organs, noise and beats.
Her visual work includes paintings, videos, poetry, photography and objects. Each medium used is at the disposal of an underlying idea (as essence) being expressed. In November 2023, together with Reinout Vanvinckenroye and Esther van Waalwijk, she will create the exhibition We Are Nowhere And It's Now, at Artisjok Gallery in Lier.
Since 2017, Ann has been staff artistic project leader at MATRIX (Centre for New Music). She currently teaches 'Creative Project' (the final projects in the master's programme in classical music) and the course 'Artist in society' at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Since 2018, she has been studying philosophy at the Free University of Brussels (VUB).
Photography: Philippe Cortens