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Maarten Van Cauwenberghe

Maarten Van Cauwenberghe (1976) is a Belgian musician and composer, the other half of Voetvolk’s artistic team. He started playing guitar at the age of 12. After graduating from high school, he studied at the Catholic University of Leuven (to become a commercial engineer) and at the Jazzstudio in Antwerp.

In 2000 he started working with Jan Fabre, creating the music for As long as the world needs a warrior’s soul (2000), Je suis sang (2001) and Quando l’uomo principale è una donna (2004), growing very close with dancer Lisbeth Gruwez.

Apart from establishing his own compositions with Voetvolk, he also collaborated with Julia Sugranyes, Label Cedana, Comédie de Valence, Louise Chardon, Tristero, Collectif Transquinquennal, Manah Depauw, Alex Salinas, Miet Warlop and Antoine d’Agata.

He also composed for Yell for Cadel, his own documentary on Cadel Evans, and for Le Part Sauvage, Guérin Van de Vorst’s first feature film. Van Cauwenberghe directed videoclips for A Brand (“Hammerhead”), Millionaire (“Ballad of Pure Thought”) and Vive la Fête.

He is also member of the psychedelic electropunk band Dendermonde (and previously of the band Babyjohn), and dj.

Being a commercial engineer, Van Cauwenberghe enjoys engaging in the business matters of cultural activities. Apart from being Voetvolk’s business manager, he is part of the board of directors of oKo, the industry federation for the professional arts in Flanders and Brussels. In 2016 he won the Prize for Cultural Entrepeneurship, awarded by the Flemish Community.