(picture above by Akvilė Jodkauskaitė)

How Town is a Belgian-Latvian band led by bass player/composer Lennart Heyndels. Their music is not easily classified, jumping from the more experimental corner of improvisation to a spontaneity and flexibility clearly rooted in jazz, they bring well worked out compositions taking inspiration from a pop, folk and singer-songwriter tradition. Since its beginnings in 2012, the band has released three albums: How Town (2013), a suite based on the E.E. Cummings poem ‘Anyone lived in a pretty how town’, No marvel (that I mistake my view) (2014) and I dare you sea (2016).

I want to watch a tree grow (2018) is How Town’s fourth album and definitely their most eclectic one. Consisting of compositions by all members of the band, the album has lyrics in four different languages (Russian, English, Latvian and French). Choral harmonies meet twisted bass grooves and sharp guitar sounds, before unnoticeably transforming into folk songs you might as well be whistling on your bike. Before you know it you find yourself in the middle of a compelling ballad with the rhythmic pulse of a ping pong ball and you may ask yourself: “How did I get here?”. A question which will become more and more irrelevant as you join How Town in watching their tree grow.

How Town has performed all over Europe including The Netherlands, France, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Belgium. They played at major festivals like Jazz International Rotterdam, Match & Fuse London and Theater Aan Zee and at concert venues like Bimhuis, Porgy & Bess and Stadtgarten. The band has won several prizes among which the Keep An Eye ‘The Records’ award (2017) and the Jong Muziek prize at Theater Aan Zee (2014).

{…} How Town’s short tight compositions full of clear harmonies and unconventional vocal sounds were played with a sort of magical purity {…}” (BERGSAGEL, D., London Jazz News)

Décidément, le “jazz” vocal a encore beaucoup de choses à délivrer.” (PROUVOST, J., Jazzques)

{…} voor wie een jazzy sensibiliteit wil horen in combinatie met pittige folk en speelse pop.” (PETERS, G., Enola)

{…} allerlei klankdetails en het gebruik van de instrumentatie maken de muziek interessant voor wie het avontuur waardeert.” (VOS, K., Jazzism)

De ene keer gaat het de etnische toer op, de keer erop hoor je klassiek of jazz, vermengd met flarden Paul Simon of Laurie Anderson.” (Juryverslag TAZ Jong Muziek 2014)

{…} een subtiel samenspel dat het vooral van detail en nuance moet hebben. {…}De noodzaak die hier van uitgaat dwingt de luisteraar om steeds dieper en dieper mee te gaan in dit abstracte web.” (VERMOTE, E., Tazette)

het geheel {…} maakte een erg sterke indruk.” (VAN COILLIE, A., Jazzflits)

“’Claustrophobia’ heeft dan weer iets van The Andrew Sisters die per abuis beland zijn in de wereld van Roald Dahl {…}” (PETERS, G., Enola)



HOW TOWN – Technical Rider

Press kit (english)

Press kit (nederlands)


(picture above by Krzysztof Pawlowski)

I dare you sea

 Recorded by Ted Masseurs at NONA, November 2015
Mixed by Werner Pensaert
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof
Additional recording on ‘Sunday morning’ by Lennart Heyndels
Photography by Sara Anke
Design by Juliane Noll
Produced by Lennart Heyndels
(Kleine Opa Records 2016)


No marvel (that I mistake my view) EP

Recorded March 2014 by Lex Tanger
Mixed by Pieterjan Maertens
Mastered by Jasper Maekelberg
Graphic design by Carmen Reina
Photography by Jan Philip Welchering
Model: Diana Birenyte
(Self-released 2015)


How Town

Recorded March 23rd and 24th 2013
at Fattoria Musica in Osnabrück by Chris Weeda
Mixed by Chris Weeda
Mastered by Darius Van Helfteren
Artwork by Juliane Noll
(Spookhuis 2013)


(picture above by Dāvids Smiltiņš)




May 6th 2014 @ Bimhuis, Amsterdam (NL)
May 22nd 2014 @ de Garage, Sint-Lievens Houtem (BE)
May 28th 2014 @ Jazz Station, Brussels (BE)
May 31st 2014 @ Donau115, Berlin (DE)
August 2nd 2014 @ Kanepes Kulturs Centrs, Riga (LV)
August 5th-8th 2014 @ Theater Aan Zee, Oostende (BE)
August 24th 2014 @ Jazz Au Broukay, Liège (BE)
September 14th 2014 @ Jazz at home, Mechelen (BE)
October 9th 2014 @ Donau115, Berlin (DE)
October 10th 2014 @ La Bettolab, Berlinn (DE)
October 11th 2014 @ Onkel Gustav, Berlin (DE)

January 9th 2015 @ Den Hopsack, Antwerpen (BE)
January 10th 2015 @ kc Nona, Mechelen (BE)
January 13th 2015 @ Black Cat, Torhout (BE)
January 14th 2015 @ Cercle des voyageurs, Brussels (BE)
January 15th 2015 @ L’An Vert, Liège (BE)
January 16th 2015 @ Club de Loge, Gent (BE)
January 18th 2015 @ tba, Amsterdam (NL)
January 30th 2015 @ Flagey, Brussels (BE) (duo Sarah/Lennart)
February 17th 2015 @ STORM, Oostende (BE)
February 25th 2015 @ Club 27, Edegem (BE) (double bill with The Bony King)
April 21st 2015 @ Ma Thilda, Berlin (DE)
April 23rd 2015 @ Kaos, Berlin (DE)
May 20th 2015 @ De Ruimte, Amsterdam (NL)
May 21st 2015 @ De Buren, Brussels (BE)
May 22nd 2015 @ Brussels Art Institute, Brussels (BE)
August 8th 2015 @ Theater Aan Zee, Oostende (BE)
October 17th 2015 @ Match&Fuse Festival, London (UK)

May 14th 2016 @ cc De Kern, Antwerpen (BE)

26.5. Splendor , Amsterdam (NL)
27.5. U Jazz Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
28.5. Vrijstaat O., Oostende (BE)
29.5. Haekem, Brussels (BE)
30.5. Stadtgarten, Cologne (DE)
1.6. Secret concert, Thiene (IT)
6.6. Amfiteater srednje škole Krapina (HR)
7.6. Student Centre, Zagreb (HR)
8.6. Porgy & Bess, Vienna (AT)
9.6. tba, Krakow (POL)
10.6. Macondo, Wroclaw (POL)
11.6. MÓZG , Bydgoszcz (POL)
12.6. MÓZG Warszawa, Warsaw (POL)
13.6. tba, Gdansk (POL)
14.6. Vyninė Notre Vie, Vilnius(LT)
15.6. tba, Vilnius (LT)
16.6. Siltumnīca, Valmiera (LV)
17.6. Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Riga (LV)
18.6 tba, Rezekne (LV)
23.6. Sowieso, Berlin (DE)
24.6. Nussbreite, Berlin (DE)

30.8.2017 Festival Vibrations, Rouen (FR)
28.10.2017 Jazz International Festival, Rotterdam (NL)
9.12.2017 Bimhuis, Amsterdam (NL)


(picture above by Dāvids Smiltiņš)

contact and bookings: howtownmusic@gmail.com