BL!NDMAN Akenkaai 2, B-1000 Brussels +32 (0)2 201 59 47
 
 

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eric sleichim > artistic direction, concept, composition and arrangements

BL!NDMAN [SAX]
koen maas > soprano saxophone
roeland vanhoorne > alto saxophone
piet rebel > tenor saxophone
raf minten > baritone saxophone

gunther vandeven /or/ marnix de cat > countertenor

CREW
paul van nevel and eugeen schreurs > musical advice
bert schreurs > research
marnix de cat and frank agsteribbe > repetiteurs
luc schaltin > light design
jo thielemans > sound technician
veerle vaes > production management

Chromatic Variations is a BL!NDMAN production, coproduced by Brugge2002 Cultural Capital of Europe and Kaaitheater.

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.

CHROMATIC VARIATIONS

the BL!NDMAN saxophones plunge into 16th and 17th century polyphony with a countertenor at their side

BL!NDMAN plays the concert space as an instrument, a ┬‘listening room┬’ that reveals even in its furthest corners the sound of a music that was written to serve the word. The composers of the ┬‘Seconda Prattica┬’ (second half of the 16th to the 17th century) made extensive use of chromatics in order to transpose the expressiveness of the words as well as possible.
The quartet, ranging from sopranino to bass sax, blends with the voice of the countertenor to give its own form to this mannerist style, partly by the use of electronics.

Chromatic Variations is the second programme in which Eric Sleichim and BL!NDMAN travel through time. In three different programmes the saxophone quartet explores polyphonic music from the 12th to the 17th century and creates a highly personal and contemporary reading of this century-old music.
In Chromatic Variations BL!NDMAN plunges into 16th and 17th century polyphony. This time the Leitmotiv is the range of instruments: for this creation the saxophone quartet is joined by a countertenor. During the performance BL!NDMAN plays the concert space as an instrument, a ┬‘listening room┬’ that reveals even in its furthest corners the sound of a music that was written to serve the word. The composers of the ┬‘Seconda Prattica┬’ (second half of the 16th to the 17th century) made extensive use of chromatics in order to transpose the expressiveness of the words as well as possible. The quartet, ranging from sopranino to bass sax, blends with the voice of the countertenor to give its own form to this mannerist style, partly by the use of electronics. The basis for the programme is the ┬‘Sybilline Prophecies┬’ by Orlando Lassus, whose music unites all the trends expressed in renaissance music.
BL!NDMAN brings the early works face to face with contemporary works where colouring is used explicitly.

audio

http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/CHROM_Klaglied_Dietrich_Buxtehude.mp3 klaglied > dietrich buxtehude
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/CHROM_Incassum,Lesbia_Rogas_Henry_Purcell.mp3 _incassum, lesbia rogas > henry purcell
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/CHROM_Carmina_Chromatico__Orlandus_Lassus.mp3 carmina chromatico > orlandus lassus
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/CHROM_In_Nomine__William_Byrd.mp3 in nomine > william byrd
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/CHROM_Recercar_Girolamo_Frescobaldi.mp3 recercar > girolamo frescobaldi

programme

Eric Sleichim (┬░1958) > My Memory is Failing (Intro) with samples of Messiaen (1908-1992) and texts by G.C.Monteverdi (1567-1643)
John Cage (1912-1992) > Five
Elliott Carter (┬░1908) > Etude No 4
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) > Recercar
Orlandus Lassus (1532-1594) > Carmina Chromatico
Orlandus Lassus _(1532-1594)_> Sibylla Persica
John Farmer (1570-ca. 1601) > Hexachord
Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667) > Capriccio VI
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) > Incassum, Lesbia Rogas
William Byrd (1543-1623) > In Nomine
Luca Marenzio (1553-1599) > Solo e pensoso
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) > Klaglied
Gesualdo (1561-1613) / Stravinski _(1882/1971)_> Assumpta est Maria

Premi├Ęre September 2002 ┬– Polyphony Festival ┬‘Over-stemmen┬’, Brugge 2002 Cultural Capital of Europe

press

‘During his renaissance project, Eric Sleichim has brought not only his outstanding skills as a musician, but also his incredible flair for drama to bear┬’. – Xavier Vandamme, Brussel deze week


CHROMATIC VARIATIONS played among others on the following locations:

2008
ROTTERDAM (NL) - gergiev festival - arminius kerk
CARTAGENA (SP)
LORCA (SP)
2006
AALST/ALOST - cc De Werf
BUGGENHOUT - Festival van Vlaanderen, historische steden
MADRID (ES) - Fundacion Carlos de Amberes
DEURLE - museum Dhondt D'Haenens - Festival van Vlaanderen histo
2005
MECHELEN - minderbroederskerk
2004
LOMMEL- cc Adelberg
ROESELARE - OLV kerk (org. cc De Spil + Musica Flandria)
TOSCANE (I) - San Francesco (Asciano)/Festival Philippe Herreweg
DENDERMONDE - cc belgica
2003
SINT-NIKLAAS - cc St-Niklaas
BRUGGE / BRUGES - Concertgebouw
ANTWERPEN / ANVERS - kapel Elzenveld (Festival van Vlaanderen)
LEUVEN / LOUVAIN - cultureel centrum Leuven
2002
BRUGGE / BRUGES - Concertgebouw (Brugge 2002 Culturele Hoofdstad
BERGEN (NL) - Ruïnekerk
AMSTERDAM (NL) - Stedelijk Museum
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - kaaitheater
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BL!NDMAN       contact info

Sainctelettesquare 18-19
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 201 59 47

contact:

general and artistic direction:
management:   M +32 485 30 98 01
technical coordination & sound engineer:   M +32 485 53 68 16
production manager:   M +32 498 54 96 81

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.