Lieven Martens Moana
(Edições Cn, EM Records – BE)
Lieven Martens (Lieven Martens Moana, formerly Dolphins Into The Future) is a composer and observer. Through various recording techniques he creates a conceptual form of
programme music that travels beyond the pure description. His works are narrative stills and
personal impressions; encounters with objects and thoughts; equally embracing and denying
external theories; using the inconveniences of certain techniques and circumstances as the
potential creative force; citing history without trying to be a keeper of the tombs of tradition.
Amplified with text and pictures, the exotic viewpoint now and then takes a central position.
In various ways this hybrid concept is a conductor for questions, critique, adjustment, or for
Over the past few years he has been performing all over the globe. From Mexico City, to
Tokyo, Niigata, Lisbon, Lecce, Honolulu, Brussels, et al.
Between 2009 and 2012 he released several albums under the Dolphins Into The Future
moniker on various record labels (Not Not Fun, USA; Fonal, Finland; NNA Tapes, USA; et al).
His first LP under his birth name – titled “Music From The Guardhouse” – was produced by
KRAAK (Belgium) in 2013. In 2015 he self-published a compilation of outtakes and sketches,
produced on various formats (c.q. “Songs Of Gold, Incandescent”). In March 2017, “Idylls”
came out on Pacific City Sound Visions (USA) in co-production with his own Edições CN. And
in October 2017, the prolific EM Records from Japan released “Three Amazonian Essays”, a
modern classical reinterpretation of the Spanish cult classic “Amazonia” by Finis Africae.
These albums got critical acclaim on many music websites and in many print. New work is
scheduled for 2019.
Next to these activities, Martens runs a private press on which he releases records and
editions; and he has been writing commissioned music for ensemble, submitted music for
national radio, for film, and for art exhibitions. Furthermore he’s been presenting his work in
the form of lectures at music and art schools. He recently has been collaborating with fellow
artists like Francesco Cavaliere, Roman Hiele (as Hiele Martens), Floris Vanhoof, Spencer
Clark and Mia Prce (aka Miaux). Martens also hosts a monthly radio show on the
internationally acclaimed LYL Radio from Lyon & Paris, France. In 2016 he received a grant
from the Flemish Department of Culture.