Originally, the idea of DRE was to do something different with the music of the great guitarist and composer Roland Dyens (1955 – 2016). To these works - originally composed for classical guitar solo (Ine Clerckx) - a violin (Reinout Pauwels), double bass (Daniele Giampaolo) and percussion (Lucas Heytens) were added. Even though the works of Dyens are seen as classical guitar music, influences of jazz, Brazilian music and French Chanson are unmistakable. Their debut album ‘Roland’ is comprised solely of this music.
After this, DRE started to adapt classical guitar works from Latin-American origin with a folkloric touch for their setting. They arranged a set of works by Cherubito, Ramirez and Maria Luisa Anido.
Their latest undertaking is a full program of minimal music with works by Philip Glass, Òlafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Gustavo Santaolalla, Steve Reich and Max Richter. Again, improvisation is the central tool when making their own arrangements. To add an extra touch to this program, DRE is currently working on a collaboration with Belgian composers Jeroen D’hoe and Pieter Schuermans.