Ad Cominotto's music factory
The story of my life —or how I became a musician— nicely divided into four parts (so far)
Born in Hasselt, Belgium, September 10th 1956.
At the age of 4 I took my sisters accordion and she never got it back. It was the only toy I never destroyed and playing it never tired me. Strange, because I had a heart disease for which I had to restrain from any physical effort, but the accordeon never made me faint...
When I was 6, a nice woman Mrs Sikora (+), gave me private lessons. Thanks to her I could read notes before words.
At 8 I went to the local *muziekschool* and had to learn playing another instrument since the accordion was considered inferior. So there comes in the piano. Nevertheless I kept playing the squeezebox.
At 10 I had succesfull heartsurgery (the doctors saved my live).
At 13 I got me another accordion teacher and went to Li╦ge once a week. This guy, Jean Saint Paul, learned me a lot about playing beyond the written notes.
At 14 I went to the conservatory of Liege to study piano. The accordion I kept improving once a month in Paris. I began to play contemporary classical music written for that instrument.
For the first time in my life I started to have troubles, I hated the attitude in the conservatory and feared to become just like a trained poodle in the circus... so by the age of 18 I got thrown out because of my own unadapted attitude. And, to be honest, this made me happy, which cannot be said of my poor parents...
In the meantime, instead of destroying the family's radios, I decided to study electronics as well. I got more and more interested by the music from Stockhausen, Xenakis, Varese...
Then I saw a moog appearing on Leonard Bernsteins program for children. My best friend let me listen to Yes, Pink Floyd did Dark Side....
I (my beloved father lent me the money) bought my first synthesizer; ARP ODESSEY in 1975 and put the accordion on the shelf.
1978 to 1982
Played with Pas de Deux, a band that won the last place in the Eurovision songcontest. Their music was quite controversial and experimental. The leader of the band, Walter Verdin, still is a renowned video artist.
1983 to 1985
1986 to 1989
Also that year I started to work with a dj Flip Vanderputte on several dance projects, under different names. Some quite successfull we once had a notation in the New York and Tokio dance charts. Until this day we work now and then together. We became good friends and I had the honor to be his best man at his wedding. You will not find any records in my discography because there are too many and mainly vinyl, which are out of stock. The most of them are on the Antler Subway label. Flip is now a very succesfull dance producer one of his tracks hits the London charts at the moment.
The last season of Radio 1 program Levende Lijven. 5 years of nice collaboration with the producer Rik Moens and his team, played with nice artists and had a great time every Saturday morning. Getting up early can be nice sometimes.
Like a lot of us I did some jobs to pay the bills.
One nice though, RED ZEBRA, a longtime punkband from Bruges asked me to put, yes, keyboards on their new record. It turned out to be a very good mariage. I also played as their guest at some summerfestivals. More on Red Zebra's website.
From September to December Marcel Vanthilt and I did a new U NU tour because of the many requests. In the end we did 95 shows.
The very last week of this year I did a session on the accordion for Adamo. That was the trigger for a turbulent year to come.
Nevertheless, after some time I was involved in making his new album. Did some string arrangements and played some keyboards and accordion. For detailed info, visit Adamo's website.
Somewhere in May I got a phone call from France, Alain Bashung finished auditions for his new band. He did not find his taste of keyboard player. Could I do it ????? Sure, you simply cannot say no to Alain.
August; whole month rehearsal and preparing the show. Hard but nice work.
September; started the tour in Brussels. Touring will be going on until 15 September 2004.