Klankennest, meaning “nest of sounds”, is the result of the desire of its founder, Liesbeth Bodyn, to develop high quality artistic work for young audiences, building on her own background as a singer, teacher and specialist in music education.
Her artistic vision draws on two key ideas. First, we believe it is very important to develop a real dialogue with the young audience members as part of the creative process. The way in which young children experience the world inspires and expands Bodyn’s own vision as an artist. For this reason, she does not see children as a passive audience but as active participants both in the creative process as well as during the performance. Second, we feel it is essential to have room for artistic innovation during the creative process . For this reason she has brought together a community of artists to work within Klankennest: artists who all share a passion for experimentation and dialogue, and who push the boundaries of different fields of art while developing new creative work for young audiences.

The Klankennest team is: Liesbeth Bodyn (voice, artistic direction and *production), Jeroen Van der Fraenen (visual arts, scenography, technical manager), Annemie Osborne (cello, voice), Hans Beckers (sound art), Tine Allegaert (trumpet, voice, piano), Rielke Brys (percussion), Indré Jurgeleviciute (*kanklès, voice), Rebecca Van Bogaert (flutes, voice), Corentin Dellicour (cello), Seraphine Stragier (cello), Myrte Vandeweerd (dance), Tchi-Ann Liu (dance) and Evelien Verhegge (textiles development, dramaturgy).

For its museum tours, Klankennest collaborates with Sien Verschaeren (Appelsien+Ananas) and Klaas De Roo (Studio Moscou).

Klankennest was established in 2015 and started out by organising music sessions at children’s day-care centres, house concerts, music schools… Over the years this has grown into an artists’ collective with considerable expertise, offering baby-concerts, performance installations and museum tours for the enjoyment and delight of its very young audiences.

Klankennest now performs regularly both in Belgium and abroad and is a member of Small Size, a global network of organisations who focus on creating high quality performances for children under the age of 6.

Klankennest productions are advised on and managed by the booking office Huis Alma.

Liesbeth Bodyn

Liesbeth Bodyn majored in musicology at Ghent University and also studied music psychology during an Erasmus exchange at the University of Oslo in Norway. After finishing her masters, she decided to complement her theoretical knowledge with more practical skills by studying classical voice at the conservatoire of Leuven.

She is fascinated by music pedagogy and music education, and was able to explore this passion in a more practical way through her training in Steiner pedagogy. Taking a masterclass in “musical dialogue with young children” with Sarah Verhulst (Babelut) opened up a whole new perspective for Liesbeth. This marked the start of a process of research lasting a number of years, which led her to explore a variety of methodologies in art, movement and music-pedagogy. She has taken courses, workshops and masterclasses in topics including “Music Learning Theory” by Ewin E., Gordon, Dalcroze, Eurhythmics amongst others. For many years she worked for various arts education organisations in Flanders.

Liesbeth Bodyn is founder, artistic director, and singer at Klankennest, and also works as a preschool teacher in a Steiner school. She works on various projects as a singer, with a focus on early music. Liesbeth is also mum to 2-year-old Tilda, her daughter together with her partner (and Klankennest colleague) Jeroen Van der Fraenen.