"Expression is the most important element in my life. As I try to express my over-impression of the world, it almost feels like I am the music."Hilde
Hilde De Clercq is a Belgian musician, music teacher and radio programmer. She has been studying western music, Turkish and Arab percussion and singing. As a singer and percussionist, she sings and plays in various ensembles. She regularly works with Turkish musicians and was touring in Turkey and Europe. She creates music theater performances, is a darbuka teacher and is programming Turkish channels for Stingray.
Hilde De Clercq (°Belgium) has been studying classical piano and singing in Belgium, and Turkish and Arabian percussion and singing in France and Turkey, a.o. with Mısırlı Ahmet.
As a percussionist and a singer, she played with different ensembles a.o. Shera-Z (Algerian RAI), Ienoewie (contemporary classical music), De Kraankinders (world music), Olabilir and Kybele (Turkish traditional music with western influences), Marquito Velez (flamenco), duets with double bass player Aykut Durşen. She worked as a dancer and actress in a few companies, a.o. Woestijn '93.
She created the ladies band Loba and a street theater act Bel Affair, and created a few solo-performances, a.o. 'Skelettenvrouw’ (Skeleton Woman), and several musical performances for children, a.o. ‘Dag Djinn’ en ‘Tulp vertelt’, with Osama Abdulrasol for Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen.
She often collaborates with Turkish musicians and gave concerts in Europe and Turkey, a.o. with Okan Murat Öztürk (bağlamaplayer) and with BrennaMacCrimmon (Balkan music project). She’s also working together with Engin Arslan (lavta, yaylı tanbur) and İlkin Deniz (bass gitar).
Since 2002, she’s programming the radio channels Türk Müziği, Turkish Silk and Türk Sanat Müziği/Arabesk for Stingray. She’s teaching darbuka in the Intercultural Center 'De Centrale' in Ghent, Belgium since 1996.