With "C.O.N.V.E.R.S.A.T.I.O.N.S” (release May 26th, 2023) Andries Boone releases his third solo album. The album is the final album of a trilogy in which the acoustic mandolin is central, after "C.O.L.O.R.S" (2019) and "T.I.M.E.L.A.P.S.E" (2021).On "C.O.N.V.E.R.S.A.T.I.O.N.S" the acoustic mandolin enters into dialogue with the electric mandolin. Boone delivers his most progressive and cinematic folk album to date, seasoned with violin, accordion, bass synthesizer, bagpipes, drums and hurdy-gurdy.
Some compositions get an extra dimension thanks to the field recordings of the Naskapi Indians that Andries managed to make during his concert tours in Canada with MANdolinMAN.
Major sources of inspiration for the new album are Mike Oldfield's "Discovery" (1984) and Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" (1975). The majority of the instruments are played by Boone himself, but there are many beautiful musical guest appearances on the album, such as Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger) on drums and Michel Hatzigeorgiou (Aka Moon, Toots Thielemans, Philippe Catherine) on the bouzouki.
The string arrangements were made by Koen Toté Artist and Stijn Vandebril provided some very beautiful figurative black and white charcoals drawings by Andries that form the basis of the artwork.
Andries Boone: acoustic mandolin, electric mandolin, accordion,violin, bass synthesizer & synths
Koen Toté: double bass, tubular bells, timpani & orchestral percussion
Mario Goossens: drums
Maarten Moesen: additional snare & percussion
Michel Hatzigeorgiou: bouzouki
Thomas Hoste: hurdy-gurdy
Marieke Van Ransbeeck: musette and bagpipes
Rozanne Descheemaeker: French horn
Sam Vloemans: trumpet
Geert Noppe: synths
Vincent Werbrouck: cello
Esther Coorevits: viola
Stefaan De Rycke: violin
Christophe Pochet: violin
Recordings: Andries Boone & Peter Bulkens
Mixing: Maarten Moesen
Mastering: Jerboa Mastering
Artwork: Stijn Vandebril
Layout: Ward Dhoore