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eric sleichim > artistic direction, concept, transcriptions and arrangements

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

SOPRANO VOICES
els van laethem, emilie de voght, sarah abrams

CREW
wies hermans > video
bart bouckaert > repetitor
jo thielemans > sound technician
ief spincemaille > videotechnician
veerle vaes > production management

Mozart Machine is a BL!NDMAN production, coproduced by Concertgebouw Brugge

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.

MOZART MACHINE

wondrously beautiful fusion of crystal-clear female voices and the bronze-like sound of saxophones

In Mozart Machine, vocal canons and instrumental fugues are threaded together to form a chain which, like a virtual oratorio, tells of Wolfgang┬’s fortunes and states of mind.

In Mozart Machine, vocal canons and instrumental fugues are threaded together to form a chain which, like a virtual oratorio, tells of Wolfgang┬’s fortunes and states of mind.

From his earliest experiments in 1764, when as a child prodigy he wrote his first fugue (KV15) in London, to his last masterpiece (KV626), which he conceived in Vienna during the final days of his life, we accompany him on his journey of fascination for the then long outmoded polyphonic style.

When Mozart became acquainted with the work of J.S. Bach, which was not until 1782, it led to a serious upheaval in his creative process. He threw himself with a fury into the composition of canons and fugues and in a very short time succeeded in masterfully integrating the archaic style into his own art.

The works played here indicate how exceptionally well this glorious composer was able to unite form and passion.

BL!NDMAN & MOZART
Initially it seemed that Mozart was absolutely forbidden territory for a saxophone quartet. With BL!NDMAN we sought sound combinations to render the musical structures as transparently as possible and to interpret the spirituality of his work with contemporary instruments.

In the fugues the bronze-like sound of the saxophones makes reference to the organ ┬– which Mozart considered ┬‘the king of instruments┬’ ┬– while together with the high female voices in the canons it is reminiscent of the basset horns he loved so much.

Our focused search through the mastery of his polyphonic work led us to a moving encounter with this musical genius whose death came far too early.

This anthology is the direct result of two previous recordings with the saxophone quartet: choral partitas on BL!NDMAN plays Bach and the retrospective of three centuries of the polyphonic repertoire on Multiple Voice.

audio

http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/18_Selig,_Selig_KV_230_382b.mp3Selig, Selig KV 230/382b
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/21_Kyrie_KV_626.mp3Kyrie KV 626

programme

Caro bell┬’idol mio KV 562 (Vienna, 1788) [3 voices]
Untitled KV 15z (London, 1764) [4 saxophones]
Kyrie KV 89/73k (Rome, 1770) [3 voices, 2 saxophones]
Chorale KV 620 (Vienna, 1791)[3 voices, 4 saxophones]
Leck mich im Arsch KV 231/382c (Vienna, 1782) [3 voices, 2 saxophones]
Alleluia KV 553 (Vienna, 1788) [3 voices, 2 saxophones]
Gigue KV 574 (Leipzig, 1789) [4 saxophones]
Lacrimoso son┬’ io KV 555 (Vienna, 1788) [3 voices, 1 saxophone]
Nascoso ├Ę il mio sol KV 557 (Vienna, 1788) [3 voices, 2 saxophones]
Difficile lectu mihi mars KV 559 (Vienna, 1788) [3 voices, 2 saxophones]
Fuge KV 401/375e (Salzburg, 1773) [4 saxophones]
Heiterkeit und leichtes Blut KV 507 (Vienna, 1786) [3 voices, 1 saxophone]
Auf das Wohl aller Freunde KV 508 (Vienna, 1786) [3 voices, 1 saxophone]
Ach! zu kurz KV 228/515b (Vienna, 1785) [3 voices, 3 saxophones]
Zwei kleine Fugen KV 154a/Anh. A61, A62 (Salzburg, 1772) [4 saxophones]
Vier R├Ątselkanons KV 89a II/73r (Bologna, 1770) [3 voices, 2 saxophones]
Fuge KV 394/383a (Vienna, 1782) [4 saxophones]
Selig, selig KV 230/382b (Vienna, 1782) [2 voices, 2 saxophones]
Ouverture KV 399/385i (Vienna, 1782) [4 saxophones]
Sie ist dahin KV 229/382a (Vienna, 1782) [3 voices]
Kyrie KV 626 (Vienna, 1791)[4 saxophones]
V┬’amo di core KV 348/382g (Vienna, 1782) [3 voices, 4 saxophones]
Adagio KV 410/484d (Vienna, 1782) [3 saxophones]
Vierstimmiger Kanon KV deest (Vienna, 1786) [3 voices]

Duration: 65’ (without intermission)

songtexts mozart machine

cd

MOZART MACHINE / Canons & Fugues
Universal Music, Catalogue 476 3135
Release January 28th 2006

press

┬‘Im Wechselspiel mit den hervorragenden Sopranistinnen besorgten BL!NDMAN eine Auff├╝hrung auf dem allerh├Âchsten Niveau. Dieser fabelhaft austarierte, kontemplativ in sich ruhende Mozart wirkt in seiner n├╝chtern konzentrierten Klarheit, der sp├╝rbaren Liebe zum Detail und dem freien Klangsinn bemerkenswert ausgereift. Authentizit├Ątsfragen stellen sich da keine mehr.┬‘
Stefan Michalzik – Frankfurter Rundschau – 19/04/06


MOZART MACHINE played among others on the following locations:

2009
BREDA (NL) - theater chassé
2007
GENK - cc genk
2006
ANTWERPEN / ANVERS - deSingel / de nachten
BRUGGE / BRUGES - concertgebouw
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg, weerwoord festival
FRANKFURT (D) - Mousonturm
GEEL - Locatie - Klara in de stad
TONGEREN - Festival van Vlaanderen- Basilica
GENT / GAND ┬– Vooruit
STROMBEEK BEVER - cc Strombeek
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B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 201 59 47

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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.