Ann Eysermans studied at the Brussels Conservatory, where she obtained her Master's degrees in Music Writing [harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition] in 2004 and Jazz [double bass] in 2007. She plays double bass and harp [improvisation, experimental compositions and her own work] with various groups such as FENNA, Fnussjen, r.naakt.i and DUO. At ChampdAction makers platform she is artist in residence and performer in several productions.
From 2010 to 2014 she has been working on an intermedial doctoral research [FWO, VUB, KCB, ChampdAction]: P - TRAINS [Astrin Phosphora]. This research project resulted in her 'Doctoraat in de Kunsten' [with congratulations of the jury], obtained at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Many graphic scores from this audiovisual project are performed by different musicians and ensembles, both nationally and internationally.
Her unbridled fascination for trains is still reflected today in new tape compositions with train sounds, train poems, images and videos in which moving electric trains and old diesel locomotives appear for various projects. In FOR TRAINSPOTTERS ONLY (2021), a collection of sound stories that evolve and transform over time, one will discover departing and stopping trains as a preliminary announcement or as a sound object that evolves above soft chorales and abstract text fragments.
The visual aspects within her intermedial work have gradually become more important. Paintings, graphics, photography and video are all part of her conceptual works, which often have a philosophical undertone. ULTRACONTRAPUNKTUS is a large-scale project in formation involving the auditory, the visual and the textual.
Ann currently works at MATRIX [Centre for New Music] as artistic director within the educational activities. In addition to all these artistic activities, she is continuing her studies in Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Photography: Philippe Cortens