Raphael Malfliet is an experimental electric bass player, composer and performer based in Antwerp Belgium. He graduated from the jazz department of the conservatory of Antwerp in 2014 and obtained an additional bachelor of composition in 2018.
Raphael's current work revolves around the attempt to translate characteristics of generative art, made by autonomous systems, to his role as a composer and performer. By focussing on a balance between indeterminate parameters and frameworks of rules and possibilities, inspired by games, he tries to challenge the performers and himself to interact differently with known material in relation to sound and space. In doing this he withholds himself from creating in a certain style but will use any means possible to support, challenge and question the subject of the research. This results in embracing randomness and coincidental outcomes that often render layers of sound with changing microscopic cell structures.
Raphael teaches electric bass and ensemble at the academy of Herentals and coordinates 'Solo Not Solo', a BA3 dance graduation project at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.
In January 2020 he started working as production and artistic assistant at ChampdAction.