Rooted neither in the grounded rock world or the spirited classical genres, Zwerm explores and exploits reaches of their own: Jacks of all trades and no where to hang their hats - or at least nowhere to laze about and settle down in. - Koen van Meel, Kwadratuur
An exciting, sometimes alienating and always quirky musical discovery you rarely get to hear.
Obvious contender for album of the year. - The Wire
In an nonacademic way they made a fresh translation of the spirit of the experimental avant-garde. - De Standaard
Belgian press about album Badminton In Tehran:
De Standaard - 'What a sound, what an energy. A great record.'
HUMO - 'This Heat, Pere Ubu, Pierre Bastien and Red Krayola are the stars, but the grooves are also joining.'
De Morgen, 10 best records of the week 'Anyone who appreciates the Ex or, let's say, records from the avantgarde label Unsounds: do not hesitate!'
Enola 'The Wire called Zwerms album The World's longest Melody with music by Larry Polansky in 2010”An obvious contender for album of the year”. Words that can be used once again for this one.'
Dansende beren **** 'A hell of a trip that pulls the listener out of his daily routine. Great sound that stays intriguing after several times of listening.'
Zwerm is an electric guitar quartet based in Belgium and founded in 2007. Over the years the group has collaborated with various composers, performers and visual artists. Zwerm has never strived for a one-sided artistic profile. During the past ten years the quartet dallied between pure noise-impro, English renaissance music and contemporary composed music. The common denominator being not so much a particular stylistic view but rather a shared curiosity in all kinds of music.
They gave concerts in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Iran and the United States at major festivals such as Holland Festival, Ruhr Triennale, Ultima Festival and venues such as The Barbican Centre in London, deSingel, Handelsbeurs, Bimhuis…
They collaborated with many artists including Fred Frith, Rudy Trouvé, Mauro Pawlowski, Larry Polansky, Eric Thielemans, Yannis Kyriakides, François Sarhan, Stefan Prins and Serge Verstockt.
Zwerm is Toon Callier, Johannes Westendorp, Bruno Nelissen and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe