Guido Piccard

Guido Piccard is a Flemish instrumentalist and composer of folk and dance music. As the Flemish folk magazine Goe Vollek once printed, ‘a multi-instrumentalist like Guido Piccard has nothing more to prove’.

In addition to music, Piccard, a native of Spalbeek, was also fascinated by the field of medicine and practiced as a general doctor for 15 years. His musical career began with work as a guitar and bass player in folk and blues bands in his region.

Piccard was a member of the Flemish folk band, Slemp, from 1983. Later, in the mid to late 1980s he joined a group of Flemish singers and dulcimer players conducting fieldwork in Limburg. He also became active in workshops throughout the lowlands, including The Netherlands and the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallonia.

Piccard is still an active performer and has played at concerts and festivals throughout Western Europe, in countries including Belgium, France and Germany. He currently performs with several groups: the Irish band Éishtlinn, the Flemish quartet Iduna and a folkdance ensemble Papaver.

A multi-instrumentalist like Guido Piccard has nothing more to prove.

He has recorded a number of albums since the 1990s such as Vingerspel en voetenwerk (1994) with the Limburgs Dansorkest, De wentelsteen with Flemish dulcimer players Michel Terlinck and Cooperation and a double CD of Belgian folk music for Anvidis, Paris under the direction of Hubert Boone. In addition he was featured on the Hommel Dulcimer for the piece Hommelage for Dirk Veulemans’ 2004 album The Weasel is Living on the Lofts Now, which is a compilation of compositions from 1990 to 2003.

As a composer, Piccard is also successful. During the 1990s many of his compositions were published in Schudden aan de notenboom which contains 180 tunes. His works have been recorded by numerous bands and ensembles such as Kadril, Copagnie d’Anvers, Ashels and Ensemble Galilei. His music can be heard on the Sono Luminus label. His compositions include Iris, which was release on the 2005 album Comas by the Comas and on the album From Whence We Came by the Ensemble Galilei, which was praised by The Washington Post for their ‘energy, splendid ensemble, good humor and imagination…..virtuoso technique, an instinctive feeling for the idiom, and the courage to improvise’.

.....virtuoso technique, an instinctive feeling for the idiom, and the courage to improvise.

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