Max Vandervorst is composer and inventor of musical instruments. Since 1988, he has put together a number of performances, showcasing instruments he created using a wide variety of objects as raw material : “Symphony for Abandoned Objects”, “Concerto for Two Bicycles”, “The Man from Spa”, “The paper orchestra”, have all been performed numerous times in many different countries.
He is also a prolific composer of stage music and the designer of the “Maison de la Pataphonie” in Dinant (Belgium). He has written several reference books dealing with “Unbridled Instruments”, which inspired numerous artistic projects in Europe and elsewhere. He frequently intervenes as an instructor at the CFMI (French university) and leads international workshops (Torino, Montreux, Barcelona, Paris)….
* Pataphonia : 1. geogr. musical realm with fluctuating borders. Music is honored there on a daily basis, except on Independence Day, which is devoted to silence. The country can be reached through a whispering door, or when walking by moonlight along rows of trashcans lining the streets of Brussels, or even by performing “Plaisir d’Amour” on a chromatic range of flower pots, on sale at your nearest garden centre… In Pataphonia, music is most likely to show up where and when least expected. 2. psych. The irresistible and somewhat pathological urge to make the world resonate with sound. “Give me a long enough mallet and I will ring the Earth” (anon.). 3. tourism. the House of Pataphonia in Dinant : official Pataphonian travel agency.