For this summer they are moving online for the brand-new Virtual City Cinema, featuring a FREE event of the best of short films from from around the world from the WILDsound Festival https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com
Which is part of the “Experimental Music & Dance FEEDBACK Film Festival” from Toronto, Canada and Los Angeles, United States of America.
We’re bringing you fresh music! Our brand new videoclip-single is out there!
Find it on YouTube and all the music streaming services/online stores. Check out it onSpotify for example!
Welcome to “The City – (Translucent)”.
Come on in! Nobody will see you. Nobody cares.
All the inhabitants ignore each other despite living close to each other. Therefore they exist as if they were invisible. Just like the transparent buildings around them…
The inhabitants of the transparent city are manipulated by powerful claws pulling the strings from above. They are puppets who have released their autonomy. Not consciously, and therefore not free. Pedestrians pass without paying attention to each other. Musicians cannot play freely. Their movements and the way they perceive the world are controlled by the powers that dominate the world in which they live. Nobody listens to them, nobody sees them… until they decide to become autonomous and free themselves from this slavery.
The Power is characterized by an animal-female-like figure. An evil character that controls the puppetry above the transparent city. Her ferocious gaze floods this urban society with poison. A special feature of this glass world.
The woman trapped in the glass cube regrets that she gave up her freedom. Abandoned and alone, she undergoes a metamorphosis. She gets rid of her skin and turns into a Cyclops-like monster that sees everything but remains unseen. She elevates the art of camouflage “as a way to survive” and accepts the glass cage as a way to attain higher spiritual purity through her destiny.
The City – (Translucent) refers to modern society, in which conditioned puppets play the main role. Some adapt to the toxic environment, others break loose and others even dare to look beyond the invisible walls. This issue leaves you with the question: how much freedom should we be deprived of before we wake up?
Our videoclip “Smoke For The Clouds (Ahuirán’s Water) got a second nomination this month.
This time for the “Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival” from Canada/United States of America. The event will take place on 6th August 2020. The festival occurs in two cities: At the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto, Canada, and at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles, USA.
We are very pleased with this second selection. Hard work gets definitely rewarded because yes, we really worked hard on this videoclip and we loved the last result! (Thanks to the KASKA filmcrew and FD Films).
Just to be selected on 2 different film festivals from two opposite sides of the globe means a lot to us! Watch the behind the scenes through this link.
What kind of festival is this one?
The goal of this festival is to showcase the best of new experimental short films and independent music videos from around the world.
We want to showcase films that showcase true originality and talent from filmmakers from every corner of the globe. And also showcase new musicians who have made a music video and want it to be shown.
📣We are very happy to announce that our videoclip “Smoke For The Clouds (Ahuirán’s Water)” has been officially nominated for the “London Music Video Festival 2020” (LMVF)❗️ 📽🎉
This edition will take place on the 1st of July 2020.
📌Vote for our videoclip. Ask a link to vote through firstname.lastname@example.org
📌Follow the link once you receive it
📌Go to the category > #outdoor
📌Choose “Smoke For The Clouds (Ahuirán’s Water)”.
📌Click as many times as you want on the “+” symbol! (The sky is the limit!)
📌 Hit the “submit” button!
Thank YOU so much for your support! 🙏
Online Video Festival!
Follow the online festival from the comfort of your home on 1st July. Our videoclip will be streamed during the block of 14:00 Central European Time, 13:00 United Kingdom’s hour.
FABULAE DRAMATIS ANNOUNCEMENT! – NEW MEMBER! KRIS DEPUYDT – BASS.
We are very glad to welcome our new member!
Kris Depuydt is both guitarist and bassist. Moreover, he is also a sound engineer graduated from Piano Fabriek, Brussels. He works as a sound technician for a theater company.
Kris lives in Antwerp and met Teo, our drummer, during a jamming session. They had such good musical matching that his entry into the band turned out to be evident.
Kris played for the first time with Fabulae Dramatis on Saturday 11th January 2020 in Jeugdhuis Asgaard, Gent.
We are looking for EXTRAS for one filming session of our next videoclip. This is for the single of our new upcoming album.
Are you interested? Check out the practical info here below and feel free to contact us for more specific information!
Acting experience is not needed by the way! Come as you are!
Where: Antwerp (outdoors) specific info through PM
When: Saturday 16th November 2019 from 15:00 to 17:30
In the meantime some sneak peek of the raw shots that are already taken on the first filming session and a picture of the “making of”…
We hope to see you the next session to take part of our crew.
Film direction and camera: Philippe Van Beeumen https://www.beum.be
Camera: Vera Snykers
Script: Isabel Restrepo
Making of images: Marc Vandenbruaene
You were a big part of my life, Fabulae Dramatis and I played an integral role in yours. I knew the pieces fit, but now it’s right time to turn the page and go separate ways and chase separate goals. So long! And thanks for all the fish”.
This year has passed – perhaps, a little faster than it should have but it was colourful and fruitful time for us. Just a year ago, we set off to the open sea of possibilities putting together a plenty of shows and playing everywhere we could, to tighten up the bonds between the members of our live line up, and to make the female fronted stage notice rookie on the block. During this year we’ve played with several fantastic bands from Belgium and from abroad, including even some from across the ocean.
We all knew that as much as Solar Time’s Fables’ live representation was pretty fresh and as field tests showed, it worked well, it was a right time we started developing something new. The meetings were set, the brainstorming commenced, the directions were taken. The first meetings between our members determined that we want to work towards another concept album, which is to merge various cultural references from our diverse backgrounds and is to be vaguely based on a rather obscure Russian novel dating from the 1940.
At this point it feels like we aim simultaneously at several moving targets. First, the series of short clips preceding something slightly bigger has been launched. More will come, and we are not yet ready to tell what this is about, but we can for sure promise for it to be a feast of visual designs in the theatrical style we are known for. You can follow this series here.
Second, we will be eventually publishing some videos of live shows as reminiscent of Solar Time’s Fables live programme. A full DVD is not promised, but certainly some insight into how our live shows look like for those who unfortunately still had no opportunity to see us live. Everyone from all over the world who supports us – we’re thinking of you and consider it a small present from our side!
Finally, and this is most exciting part for us. Not only the brainstorming and first sketches of the coming album have been put together. While the work on the album as a whole is at the embryonic stage at this point, we have already managed to compose and finalize a few new songs, one of which, namely a piece right from the middle of the coming album has been recorded and is to be released as the first sparrow of the spring in the coming season.
It will be different. It will be conceptual. It will be progressive in our spirit. And this time we worked exclusively with the same line-up as we do our lives shows, with the production by Bart Van Lier already known by producing our second album.
These are the news – for now. A full studio report alongside with the release date of our new eye and ear-candies will come soon.
And we hope your summer will be just as exciting and colourful as ours.
The end of 2018 is nigh, and we feel it is high time to give you some insight regarding what’s cooking within the sound-proof walls of our artistic hideout in the depths of Belgian Antwerpen. As many of you perhaps noticed, – from the distance of the internet, or intimately during one of our many shows, it’s been a terribly busy year for Fabulae Dramatis.
After fulfilling our initial plan of band-seasoning shaped in solid dozens of shows all over the country in the past year, we’ve made a small step further and focused on opening for international acts, such as UK’s Incarnadine Coven and USA’s Maension or performing at more performance or theatre-based events, such as 4Fold in Antwerpen.
We intend to keep the tradition up further and already set a few more shows, for instance, together with Hamlet’s old mates of UK’s Spiral Key who will happen to be on a small Belgian/Netherlands tour in April. However, we feel that the project is ready for the further steps in its growing process, so we have entered a negotiation phase with different power
s in the music world, and currently our plans extend to do a few mini-tours abroad, so keep your ears peeled, Fabulae Dramatis circus might soon appear in your country or may be even in your city!
On the other side of the creativity coin, a lot is happening as well. Following a curious streaming show in Mexico that featured Solar Time’s Fables previously unreleased live and studio footages, covering almost the entire album, we proceeded to work on the next music videoclip based on the song “Smoke For The Clouds (Ahuirán’s Water)”. The music video is to be shaped as an artistic short film and features a variety of guests, including a blast-from-the-past – Wesley Beernaert, who did growlings on the album and Latvian-Romanian film maker, who will take care of post-production. The video is being directed by Isabel as a part of her film-direction studies extravaganza, which she’s going through at this moment, and it promises to be in the spirit that Fabulae Dramatis is known for: imaginative, authentic and story-telling.
Even more curious news come from the song-writing side of our work. Yep, you guessed it right: we started working on the new album. However, the release is not to be expected anytime soon. While we might drop in a new song or two in the coming year, there are still a lot of pieces of the puzzle that need to find their places, as the album is going to be far more than merely a collection of songs. At this point we’ve had a couple of collective writing sessions and brainstorms and we’ve thought through the concept (and yes, you guessed again: it is going to be a concept album in best progressive rock/avant-garde traditions!). The themes, snippets of lyrics and designs and the big idea behind it are ready to be brought to the physical existence and we’ll be working through it in the course of the next months, although not in the rapid pace, as we’re still busy finishing the li(f)ve circle of Solar Times Fables and intend to give our current live programme at least one more year of going before crawling into a recording studio again.
We are not quite ready to reveal too much details, but it is going to be based on Slavic and South-American traditions and myths set into the contemporary world and concerning such subjects as social segregation, sexual deviancy, emotional isolation and other first world problems seemed from the perspective of an outsider. Unlike on the first two albums, this time we intend to work in more cooperative fashion with the entire band involved in song-writing and arrangements.
On this positive note, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and stay on your positive and creative side and hope we’ll see you soon and shake your hands in person on one of our shows in the coming 2019!
Dear friends, followers, music lovers and passers by,
The season of shows is coming towards a vacation time, as we’re having a few weeks of rest from extensive gigging, and now it feels like a right time to have some flashbacks – for those of you, who due to your geographical location couldn’t attend our shows.
It has started in a curious way, as sometimes the unexpected changes can play in one’s favour. In case of Fabulae Dramatis, it has been exactly this way, perhaps from the start. After the release party, and with the departure of the session drummer Sepp, whose duties with his own band seemed to have clogged the opportunities of our further cooperation, we’d appear stranded. The very next week after, we gathered up at our usual rehearsal hub in Antwerpen, to discuss the further cunning plans and meet up with Miro Svetlik, not so young, but energetic and aspiring sound engineer, who’d help us setting up technical tits and bits of the backline. We could never expect the solution for our line up gap problem to literally knock at our door – in shape of two stranger seasoned souls, musicians who happened to rehearse next door and wanted to listen to our work, and then appeared to be brilliantly interesting and interested, which consequently lead for one of them – drummer Teo Dimitrov – to fill the vacant drum chair in Fabulae Dramatis. The result was there, the line up was unexpectedly full again, the momentum was gained, and the first rehearsals were set.
Adding Teo to Fabulae Dramatis’ ranks changed the band’s sound to feel more like progressive rock, moving it a little away from the metal side, while still maintaining a reasonable heaviness and Isabel’s signature growlings. After merely two rehearsals together, I sensed we were ready to go, when I told the unsuspecting freshly recruited drummer that our first show is, in fact, already booked and is due in two weeks. I knew this would motivate the band to work more effectively, and wasn’t wrong, as we have had our live set prepared and steady in time to take off for what would become the first in the set of many live shows in Belgium during the springtime.
The following shows were lovely and kept us on a road for more than a month, with some weeks break to follow up with another month of sweaty concerts. Some of the shows from this season stuck in my memory, so I wanted to share these experiences with you, as certain episodes are still fresh.
Leuven has embraced us in its historical music club Libertad, a small venue with firm reputation, and a house for many live shows on local stage, a fantastically cosy venue with serious, for its size, sound. While the guys were searching for always hard-to-find parking possibilities in this students’ capital of Belgium, I sat in the bar enjoying the unexpected Rishloo blasting from the speakers, which appeared to be set to play by the progressive rock loving lady behind the counter, whose musical erudition wowed me to the point of having spent solid forty minutes of chatting with her after the show. The house was packed, and we were happy to see some familiar faces travelling from other cities to see us live once again.
Trix of Antwerpen, one of the central venues in the city has invited us to play an after party for folk metal bands Arkona and Korpiklaani, who were on their European tour, so we were honoured to accept the offer. The show went smooth, with some gothic-looking ladies giving Isabel quite a sensual dance partnership on stage during our metal tango Roble Para Corazon, and a tight bunch of cheering intoxicated crowd of metalheads enjoying their progressive metal afterparty. Teo, for whom it was the first show on the bigger stage after years of hiatus was wee nervous during the makeup fuss in the backstage but did a great job in the end!
Freshly built musical club De Stam in Limburg province was rememberable for several reasons. It was the where we first met and shared the stage with the fantastic symphonic metal band Cathubodua. I was surprised by the size of the crowd, impressive, given the venue’s location, and also about has quickly this place has been established to quite an attractive live venue, as I still remember the place under construction back in 2013 with love.blood.live tour with Transport Aerian, when we have had happen to play in the same town. The owners and the organizers did a great job with setting up a comfortable stage, sound and overall nice place to be, with necessary blackbirds singing their throats out in the small field right outside the venue’s front doors!
The less bright day in our musical journey was the appearance on Femme Rock Battle, organized in the depths of Wallonian suburbs by the dutchy individual, who is mostly known as the founder of the homonymous festival, supported by otherwise respectable LeCercle. I must say, I despise musical contests in general, firmly believing Bela Bartok’s quote that competitions are, in fact, for horses, and not artists; but we’ve decided to give it a shot anyway. The murky clouds of that-kind-of-day has started to assemble right upon the arrival, when we’ve encountered a friendly but slightly irritated crowd of Luxembourg musicians, who have informed us that there is still no certainty in line up schedule, sound, and other conditions sine qua non. Sulky boys and girls of inevitably soon-to-be-favoured Solitude Within sat in their van parked nearby, as the atmosphere started to gain the electricity of impeding kerfuffle. Brief examining of the stage revealed a lone semi-dysfunctional drum kit whose worn out heads felt like mountain pass miniature upon the touch, and a several dust-covered boxes that would later pretend to be monitors. The sound tech, who showed up later looked slightly nervous about the situation, and the fact that he wouldn’t speak any word of English, while nearly none of the present musicians were francophone did not help. There was a lot more of what I could say regarding the quality of this event, but I will leave it behind the curtains of obscurity for ethical reasons. However, we had our fun on stage, played a solid set and the crowd seemed to be very supportive, regardless of.
After taking a two week break we continued our adventure, this time including, among the others, legendary Gent’s Asgaard, one of the most acknowledged metal stages in the region, and it was quite an honour to headline the evening, being supported by young proggy aspirants of BufferState. After the show, I’ve had my obligatory spinal tap moment, tripping on a wet grass and slipping down waist-deep into a stagnating canal on the way from the venue, which caused quite a damage to my concert clothes, moral and hygienic state, for the rest of the road home. I give my kudos to Daniel who had to put up with my slightly muddy looks and the unbearable swampy stench that had been flooding the car all the way home.
Finally, our spring season of shows has been closed on the remarkable charity event, set up in The Other Side by BMU, as a part of the European charity shows in effort to raise money for cancer treatment for Bret Hoffmann, a fellow metal singer. According to the last news, Bret has passed away, succumbing to the disease, despite all the efforts, but I still find it significant that such solidarity on metal stage exists. The show was energetic. Band line up was inspiring with Cathubodua and Fat Bastard headlined the evening, with our sad absence on the reportedly brilliant performance of the latter due to the extreme late hour!
These are but sparkles of memories of some of our live appearance, but I must wrap up my story, to leave out some for the imagination. We had a good time supporting Solar Time’s Fables, but we want it to be just a start of the journey, as we’re working towards the possibilities of hitting other European countries, so that you, dear followers could also have an opportunity to drop by one of our shows and shake our hands in person, rather than watching us, separated by the fourth wall of computer screens.
We’re happy to welcome this 2018 with a lot of changes since our release concert on 30th September 2017.
We already had our first live session and interview of the year on 9th January during the Durango Sessions of Radio Benelux. Thanks to Marc Haselaars for the invitation and the warm welcome, by the way! During that session we officially presented our new drummer, Teo (Todor) whom we met during one of our rehearsals. It’s quite a nice story, and you might find out more about it by clicking on this link of the Benelux Radio interview.
We are very happy to have found him and to continue our growing process with him. We created a very special conexion with Teo since he joined us because it happened in a very spontaneous and friendly way. He’s our “cookie monster” as you might see on the picture and by the way, it’s not only because of his T-shirt. He’s a beast on the drums with a gentle heart. Here you have his own words:
Teo: “Hi guys, my name is Todor (Teo) Dimitrov and I was born in Bulgaria but I have been living in Belgium for sixteen years now. I play drums since I’m 16 years old, but seriously from around 2013. My influences are Dream Theater, Sepultura (old one), Metallica, Pantera, Machinehead, Deep Purple, Megadeth and mostly Tool. I am also listening to a lot of jazz, fusion and folklore music. I’ve played drums for the bands “Intro” a rock band from Bulgaria, “Taaloor”, a rock band from Belgium and since 2014 I play for “BicepHalous” a metal band I co-founded. I’m very excited to have met Fabulae Dramatis. Their style and the intricate parts from almost all their songs are challenging for me and I’m really happy that I have the chance to learn and play such amazing music!”
So, in order to become a live band, we learned how to complement each other, since we had plenty of instruments and voices that were performed by guest musicians in our studio album. We made the live transition process happen and we embraced some necessary changes. First of all we needed to find a fixed drummer, since Sepp Coeck was playing with us only for sessions. As you might have noticed, Isabel makes the growling voices, sings some Isadora’s lines, plays saxophone and djembe live. Hamlet sings some harsh/growling voices as well. In that way we managed to replace Wesley and Isadora’s absence. The fact is that our dear Wesley has a busy artistic and personal life and Isadora lives too far from us (Norway). So she will sing with us sporadically as a guest singer.
We have a lot of good plans for this year and we hope we can continue offering you gigs and sharing our music with you. Keep tuned and thanks for following us!
Visit Radio Benelux to discover more nice music! https://www.radiobenelux.be
On 30th September we had our album released party at JH Den JOC in Olen, Belgium.
We must say we had a blast! Together with our friends from the bands Solitude Within and Elusion we enjoyed our music and shared with the public a great evening full nice surprises.
We are very happy that our dear Isadora Cortina was also able to come from Norway and sing with us. No doubt that this evening will last long in our minds as the very time we shared together the stage to bring the whole Fabulae Dramatis’ concept to the audience.
Thanks to the public who joined us during this important moment for us. We hope we could offer you more concerts in the near future.
Special thanks to:
The event organisators, Sepp Coeck and Debby Van Der Zande for such a valuable work.
Lander Delien from Den JOC for giving us the opportunity of playing in the venue.
Miro Svetlik for his support on the visuals.
Erik Vochten for the nice photography and logistic work.
Sarah Claes and Tatjana Van Raemdonck for their backstage support.