The Day The Black Man Died is the name of a one-man experimental music act by Bas Verbeek. Black, obscure, gloomy, minimal, pulsing, pitch black, religious, desert, postrockish, sadness, beauty, cold, warm: just a few words that describes the sound he is making with mainly a guitar and a microphone. With that minimal setup The Day The Black Man Died creates intense soundscapes and drones that - with its repetitive character - give an almost religious experience.
Bas Verbeek, artist and journalist, started The Day The Black Man Died in 2007 to explore his love for low repetitive sounds with a melodic twist. Other interests in noise, soundscapes, drones and performance and conceptual experimental arts in general were - and still are - explored in various other projects that are affiliated to Vatican Analog, an experimental music collective from his home city of Tilburg, Netherlands. With the other members and initiators Vincent Koreman, Wouter Jaspers, Bas Welling and Steffan de Turck he tours, collaborates (such as in 4DaLadiez) and organizes nights of experimental music. Bas' way matches the philosophy of Vatican Analog, which is about presenting arts in a non-conventional, non-pretentious and non-traditional way. While making the elevating soundscapes, he goes on travelling, writing, studying and give reflections on what he experiences in many disciplines of art. He might look quiet and at peace as The Day The Black Man Died, don't be too surprised if you meet him making devestating noise, doing obscure performances or see him in any of his other very expressive outbursts. Nothing is excluded. Except one thing: limits.