musician, composer, music-therapist, music – coach, teacher…
I am a practicing musician, a music teacher and a music therapist.
Since 1984, I have been working as a music therapist at GielsBos , a community for people with profound mental or multiple handicaps.
Over the years, I have developed a unique method to allow these people to make music. IN 1997, I worked together with the Philharmonia Orchestra and GielsBos inhabitants under the direction of composer Duncan Chapman.
Together with the Drake research project in London and the University of York, I have been doing research in the field of using music and technology together with or by disabled people, resulting in multiple productions, workshops and seminars and culminating in a cooperation with Roland Benelux in 1995.highoy;.
From 1990 until 1997 I worked in the focusgroup of “music and disability”, and I am presently working together with FECO (First Europeon Color Orchestra).
Within Indigo, a development and observation centre for the disabled, I direct a music band project for autistic people.
As a music theory teacher at the violin school “Kortjakje”, I teach young children from the age of three onwards to develop musical attitudes.
I teach music therapy at the post graduate training program for creative therapy in Gent.
After finishing my flute studies at the Jazzstudio in Antwerp, I joined multiple jazz ensembles, e.g. Plymouth Jazz, Forest Jazzquintet, Blue Jazz Quartet, ... .
In 2004 I mastered at the “Conservatorium Rotterdam”; department Indian Music, major instrument bansuri (more info on this typically Indian instrument can be found a following separate chapter).
Presently I continue taking private lessons with Hariprasad Chaurasia, who was also my tutor at the Rotterdam Conservatorium.
Inspired by this world renowned bansuri master, I traveled to India (Mumbai, 2004) to continue studying North Indian Classical Music at the “Vrindaban Gurukul” academy.
From September 2OO4 onwards, I teach at the Jazzstudio Antwerp, department Indian Music.
In Juni 2005 I took part in the preselections for Eurosong 2005, which, together with “Peter & Co”, a disabled people music band, we won with the song “maak muziek uit je hart” (make music from your hart). In collaboration with PietRoelen, Helmut Lotti’s manager, we recorded a videoclip and cd of the song. On November 18, 2005 ,we performed the song at the European Songfestival for people with an intellectual disability in Grazz, and came out second place.
Music coach from Briezz. A new project for this music group.
To date, Erwin Van Gorp musical coach and accompanist of the pop group Briezz. Through a unique musical method. Briezz is a new, original music group and the first Orchestra of persons with disabilities that operates autonomously. They create their own compositions and lyrics and play fairly independently under the supervision of Erwin Van Gorp. Behind Briezz is a pronounced form of inclusion. For info: www.briezz.be: www.myspace.com/briezzbe