This Belgian composer is not well-known among U.S. audiences, although he has made several highly regarded appearances at the New Music America festivals.
In Spain, however, where he was the subject of a major television special, he is a new-music celebrity. Mertens' style employs mesmerizing minimalist techniques with a sense of the romantic that appeals to both serious music aficionados and more mainstream listeners. The keyboardist uses a certain amount of electronics along with some acoustic instruments like violin, flute, and saxophone. ~ Linda Kohanov, Rovi