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 working with Fabre, he also collaborated with Rosas dancer Julia Sugranyes (Redial 2) and Label Cedana (Sens Acte Sans).
In 2007 he founded Voetvolk, together with Lisbeth Gruwez. Their work is an ongoing conversation between corporal and auditive movement, in order to achieve a symbiosis between the aural and the visual/physical.
Apart from establishing his own compositions with Voetvolk, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe has written music for the Comédie de Valence (La nuit est mère du jour) and for Ay’n, a dance performance by Louise Chardon and Luk Van den Dries.
He also composed for Yell for Cadel, a 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 associated with Key Performance (as Art Project Manager). In 2016 he won the Prize for Cultural Entrepeneurship, awarded by the Flemish Community.