Percussionist Kris Vanderstraeten is one of the unsung heroes of Belgian free improvisation. Since the seventies, he has been experimenting with his unique set-up and different collaborations: the trio Sureau, a duo with Timo Van Luijk, several performances/recordings with young experimentalists. Trommels!, the second release by DROPA DISC, is also Vanderstraeten’s second solo album. It lures the listener into a universe without rules, a place where intuition and imagination decide what happens. Vanderstraeten does not play by the rules, he pushes them to the max. His drum kit isn’t just an instrument: it becomes a sound generator to explore the maximal potential of texture, dynamics and space.