BEYONDMUSIC
Gaëtan Casteels

ABOUT ME

The Brussels born Gaëtan Casteels started playing the double bass at the age of 19, at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. There he studied jazz with Jean-Louis Rassinsfosse and classical double bass with Ch. Vanderbrorght. He also lived in Spain for 5 years, where he studied with Horacio Fumero. Gaëtan also attended the master classes of Dave Holland, Christian McBride and specially Hein Van de Geyn.
He plays in various styles, mainly modern jazz with his own Quartet where he compose the repertoire too. He is also a member of Matouya, a duo with the nyckelharpist Marielle Vancamp with whom they explore a genre at the border of jazz and folk music.
Gaëtan composes also the music for the short movie « Haften » de J. de Leest and for the theatre.
He had played in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland with various groups.
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Honesty
  • Humor
  • Knowledge
  • Openness
  • Peace
  • Respect
  • Teamwork

Cultural background

  • Belgium
  • Spain

PROJECT MUSIC

4:22
Aval Allah
"Aval Allah" is based on the poetry of Kabir a 14 th century Bhakti(celebration of love) poet from India . His poetry has remained a pillar of unification of people divided in religious , caste , sex based divisions etc . While leading a music workshop with school children on an organic farm tour to help them understand nature of organic farming , one of the students started singing Kabir . "Dheerey Dheerey Hey Manna Dheerey Sab kuch Hoye , Maali Seenchey Sau Ghada Ritu Aye Phal hoye" which means Slowly slowly o mind , slowly all things happen , the gardener sows seeds in 100 pots and the seasons come and plants grow and ripen . This aptly captures the nature of organic farming where things are in harmony with nature. This is the opening verse of the song. The Aval Allah is a very important prose of Kabir registered in Guru Granth Sahib of the Sikhs as well . He describes the universal light which unites us all and thus pointing there cant be any good or any bad or differences . Kabir was neither a hindu or muslim , his birth is shroud in mystery , he was a weaver and his music became very popular and still remains . With help of Beyond music we have carried the energy of Kabir across various different parts of world , Kazakhistan , Belgium and Switzerland . We have given it ,a beautiful modern interpretation to his poetry . The song is an invitation to grow and feel united in our various differences . Its apt for the time we are living in .
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  • Indian
  • Rock
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Chanting
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Double bass
  • Kyl-Kobyz / Kobyz
  • Percussion
  • Belgium
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Switzerland
5:24
Seeds of love
"Seeds of love" is song written by Bhoomitra from his experiences with organic farmers . We all grow up surrounded by agriculture but there is a big disconnect in our society as to what is happening to the seeds which are the very essence of our food . Technologies to control seeds have been invented and poisons are being placed now inside the seed so that it doesnt replicate. Seeds of love expresses the work being done by an organic farmer , where he sows his love and grows with the earth . He wants to be with Seeds which will recreate themself , thus he will be free and strong . But in his path there are struggles and problems along his way but he keeps on going . Song also reflects on journey of a seeker along the path. Song is a fusion of classical indian music with western music . To give it a feel of a global collaboration, working with Raushan we have brought Kazakh traditional folk elements . Ariel Bart brings New york energy with her Harmonica . Gaetan brings the soft delicate yet powerful Double Bass kind of like Belgian beers and chocolate blends. Andreia brings Portugese adventure spirit with her percussions to this track . The mood of the son is soft and reflective .
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  • Fusion
  • Indian
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Double bass
  • Kyl-Kobyz / Kobyz
  • Ukulele
  • Adufe
  • Percussion
  • Harmonica
  • Belgium
  • France
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Portugal
  • United States of America
2:53
SPRING
We are living in a unique time that reminds us just how much humanity is depended upon the nature of our planet. We are experiencing a very strange time with a world pandemic, which changed everything . for us, humans it turned everything we knew upside down. however, the world ls id not just us, and nature, seams to be stronger than ever. This song came to me one morning while I was looking through my window at the amazing power of nature's awakening from winter to spring. The strong colors and sweet sent of blossoming flowers, the buzzing sounds of bees and other insects , birds singing and flying about. It seamed to me like nature is having a party without human kind, and loving it. there is something so simple and so strong in the cycle of nature, and we tried to portray that also with the simplicity of the song, that got a beautiful musical wrapping.
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  • Pop
  • Vocal
  • Singer
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  • Piano
  • Double bass
  • Mandolin
  • Sampler
  • Belgium
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • Russian Federation
  • Ukraine
3:17
Shabad Guru
Shabad guru - the sacred word takes us from darkness to light . Sacred Word is a theme which presents itself in many different cultures and religions . "Shabad Guru" has its origins with mystic philosopher Guru Nanak in Punjab. He was an accomplished musician and who is now revered across the world. His use of music to connect people with their spiritual cores and understand the oneness of life is an eternal message which finds relevance in our times as well. This song is registered in what is regarded as the greatest treasure of music from the 11th to the 17 th century India the Guru Granth Sahib . The book itself is considered to be a living master. Its message is formless,timeless and accessible to all people from all walks of life . With our collaboration we are looking at the song in a fresh prespective. We are taking it out from its Indian classical domains to a new World - folk sound . Nanak was famous for his long journeys with his musical companion Mardana . He has always enjoyed the wandering travelling nature of his songs . With Shabad Guru we travel from Punjab(India and Pakistan) to Armenia to Europe in search for harmony .
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  • Indian
  • Traditional / Folk
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  • Chanting
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Double bass
  • Percussion
  • Duduk
  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Switzerland
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