For several years, Wilfried has been exploring the oeuvre of American composer Cole Porter, who coupled genius songwriting with a highly interesting life and a sparkling philosophy. Porter’s wonderful melodies, inventive rhythms and dazzling humor have yet to lose their touch 50 years after his passing.
» PhD in the Arts
Wilfried obtained a doctoral degree with greatest distinction for 'Cole Porter's Legacy - An Inquiry'
On March 17 2014, Wilfried defended a PhD in the Arts on the subject of Cole Porter for Kunstenplatform – KConservatorium Brussel and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Part of this PhD is embodied by the 'Cole Porter Anthology' website:
» Cole Porter Anthology
In Antwerp’s Rataplan he is currently finalizing the Cole Porter Sessions: 15 episodes in which 320 Porter songs are presented in chronological order. Recordings of these songs can be found at www.coleporteranthology.com
» Looking for Cole
With Lou Demeyere and Simon Van den Brande he creates the documentary ‘Looking for Cole’ for Canvas, in which they explore the composer's life and work by traveling to the places where he spent most of his life and by interviewing experts such as Robert Kimball, Allen Forte and many others.
Looking For Cole is distributed worldwide by EuroArts and is released on DVD by Warner Music in May 2016.
» Cole Porter Compendium
Wilfried is a contributor to the 'Cole Porter Compendium', which includes his essay 'Cole Porter: European'.
Editors: Don Randel, Matthew Shaftel, Susan Weiss.
» When Love Comes to Call
With bassist Jos Machtel and guitarist Peter Hertmans he recorded the new Porter CD ‘When Love Comes to Call’. It is presented at the Cole Porter Festival at Concertgebouw Brugge in March 2014.
01. When Love Comes to Call (Can-Can, 1953)
02. You're a Bad Influence on Me (Red, Hot and Blue, 1936)
03. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Something to Shout About, 1943)
04. Could It Be You (Something for the Boys, 1943)
05. It's Just Yours (Mexican Hayride, 1944)
06. I've Got a Crush on You (Wake Up and Dream, 1929)
07. I Concentrate on You (Broadway Melody of 1940, 1939)
08. To Think That This Could Happen to Me (Can-Can, 1953)
09. Easy to Love (Born to Dance, 1936)
10. Fish (La Revue des Ambassadeurs, 1928)
11. All Through the Night (Anything Goes, 1934)
12. Get Out of Town (Leave It to Me, 1938)
Total Time - 56:18
Mixed by Peter Hertmans
Mastered by Nate Wood
Artwork by Retrospectre
© Fuoco, 2014
» A Tribute to Cole Porter
|Together with conductor and friend Dirk Baert, the Nueremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Jos Machtel Quartet, Wilfried recorded an extensive selection of Cole Porter’s work: 82 songs were published in a 5 CD box set titled ‘A Tribute to Cole Porter’.
» In Concert
|'A Tribute to Cole Porter' is presented at the website www.coleportersessions.com.
It also features extensive information on the oeuvre of Cole Porter. A merge with the anthology is currently in the works in order to provide a centralized database of Cole Porter resources.
Trailer for 'Looking for Cole', a documentary by Wilfried, Lou Demeyere and Simon Van den Brande.
In February 2014 he performed alongside Broadway diva Kim Criswell and the WDR-Orchester Köln, led by Wayne Marshall.
In 2011, he performed Cole Porter songs at Klassik Open Air and Tag der offenen Tür with the Nueremberg Symphony Orchestra, led by Alexander Shelley.