cd presentation ‘underwater princess waltz’ – ZWERM

October 19th – 20h00

deSingel – Muziekstudio
Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen

The name says it all: One Page Pieces are compositions of just one page. Sometimes, they express a simple musical idea, sometimes they turn out to be complex structures with copious directions for the performer. Alvin Curran and James Tenney were the first composers to work in this genre in the 1960s. It wasn’t long before their clever sketches also inspired others – including Christian Wolff, Larry Polansky, Joel Ford and Earl Brown. A new American music style was born. As One Page Pieces can be humorous, conceptual, politically engaged or folksy, they demand a strong empathy from their performers. 

This is exactly the strength of the Belgian-Dutch electrical guitar quartet Zwerm. For this CD launch concert, the four musicians have selected their favourite One Page Pieces from the musical canon. They thus illustrate how they can put a wide range of contemporary music in the spotlight with the ultimate low-culture instrument. With the guitar in the leading role, this concert transports you through previously undiscovered sounds and spheres.
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besides & ensemble offspring @ concertgebouw brugge

October 13th – 16h30

Concertgebouw Brugge, ‘t Zand 34, 8000 Brugge

A double bill, featuring a Belgian and an Australian ensemble, who bring us contemporary chamber music with a humorous and nonsensical twist in a nonstandard line-up. The chosen works have a clear link with the everyday, with a familiarity that borders on banality. In most cases, they even touch upon the beauty of the commonly overlooked. That unexpected beauty is brought to the fore by a layer of irony or parody. Established names, such as John Zorn, Larry Polansky and Matthew Shlomowitz, and their younger but equally intriguing colleagues, like Simon Steen-Andersen, François Sarhan and Alexander Schubert, sweep the familiar musical ground from under our feet. In short: a unique listening experience, courtesy of the innovative young vanguard of the latest classical music.

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Nadar ensemble happening @ concertgebouw brugge

september 29th 14h00

Nadar ensemble happening
Concertgebouw Brugge, ‘t Zand 34, 8000 Brugge

A land of mountains and castles, but especially of music. The Nadar Ensemble prove that Austria – and especially Vienna – is simply brimming with musical energy. Young and less young lions – such as Matthias Kranebitter, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Lang, Eva Reiter, Peter Ablinger and Jorge Sánchez-Chiong – are rapidly developing new forms of expression. They know and respect traditions, but they are not afraid to experiment. The equally eager young lions of the Nadar Ensemble have had intensive collaborations with all of those composers. They indulge themselves to their heart’s content in the most diverse compositions: from piano solo, to bass clarinet and turntables, to large ensemble works. The use of electronics and video makes a Nadar Ensemble concert an exceptionally (a)live event: the vibrant pulse of new Viennese music pounding through Flemish veins. Live music, electronics, video, small and large line ups: this happening is one big sound fest!

14h00 Aria
by Beat Furrer & Nadar Ensemble

Beat Furrer (1954)
Voicelessness. (The Snow Has No Voice)

15h20 CONCERT 1

Matthias Kranebitter (1980)
Ringelreigen 116,9g CO2

Martin Arnold (1959)
Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy, video

Bernhard Lang (1957)
The watchtower (Bob Dylan)
Burning sister (amon düül 2) from DW 16: Songbook 1


17h00  CONCERT 2

Beat Furrer
Invokation VI

Abbas Kiarostami
The Chorus, video

Peter Ablinger (1959)
Voices and piano, selection

17h45 CONCERT 3

Matthias Kranebitter
Top 10 – Lieder (Form als Neurose)

Eva Reiter (1976)
Alle verbindungen gelden nur jetzt

Jorge Sánchez-Chiong (1969)
Used Redux

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aton’&armide @ festival de Wallonie

29 septembre – 15h00

Festival de Wallonie
Château de La Hulpe, Chaussée de Bruxelles 111, 1310 La Hulpe

Quoi de plus romantique que l’amour que portait Robert Schumann pour Clara Wieck, raconté en musique lors de deux concerts dans l’intimité du salon du Château de La Hulpe. LEnsemble Aton’& Armide partagent leur vision d’un amour, d’une époque et d’un compositeur.
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