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

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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

CREW
paul van nevel and eugeen schreurs > musical advise
koenraad tinel > sculpture ┬‘athanor┬’
erik bosman > (ro theater) costumes
jo thielemans > sound technician
veerle vaes > production management

Multiple Voice is a BL!NDMAN production, coproduced by Brugge 2002 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.

MULTIPLE VOICE

a highly personal and contemporary reading of century-old polyphonic music with the use of modern techniques

Eric Sleichim and BL!NDMAN travel through time to present an original interpretation of polyphonic music for which they make use of real-time recording to gradually multiply their parts. Starting from the experience of pure sound, the quartet rediscovers some brilliant pieces in this inexhaustible source of masterpieces from the 12-16th century.

BL!NDMAN presents a personal interpretation of polyphonic music from the 12-16th century. Starting from the experience of pure sound, the quartet rediscovers some brilliant pieces in this inexhaustible source of masterpieces. The major canons of Johannes Ockeghem and Josquin Desprez undergo an exciting metamorphosis thanks to the specific sound spectrum of the saxophone and electronic spatialisation. The musicians make use of real-time recording to gradually multiply their parts, until the full range of voices can be heard. These early compositions are brought face to face with contemporary pieces.
Contemporary works have always reflected age-old compositional techniques; the organum technique used by Leoninus and Perotinus, in which the continuous voices develop in parallel, the 13th-century hoquetus technique in which the melody line is divided between several instruments, and also the imitation canon repeating themselves several times.
┬‘Palindrome┬’ (Thierry De Mey, 1984) is a pure hoquetus piece, while ┬‘Ricercare una melodia┬’ (Jonathan Harvey, 1987) evolves from an identical canon to a canon by augmentation. ┬‘Organum┬’ (Eric Sleichim, 1992) refers to Leoninus┬’ and Perotinus┬’ Notre-Dame school. New music is played alongside early music and the two merge apparently seamlessly into one another. Centuries are made relative, and the consciousness of historical times fades.
In this concert, BL!NDMAN gathers around Athanor, a sculpture by artist Koenraad Tinel, especially designed for this concert and based on the idea of an alchemist oven as the core of light and sound.

Premi├Ęre 23 February 2002 – opening weekend Brugge 2002 Cultural Capital of Europe

audio

http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/01_Viderunt_Omnes_(Part_1).mp3 Leoninus, viderunt omnes
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/03_Deo_Gratias.mp3 Ockeghem, deo gratias
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/05_Myn_Hert_Altyt_Heeft_Verlanghen.mp3 de la Rue, myn hert altyt heeft verlanghen
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/07_Adieu_Loyse.mp3 Phinot, adieu loyse
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/13_Qui_Habitat.mp3 des Prez, qui habitat
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/12_Organum.mp3 Sleichim, organum
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/14_La_Deploration_De_Johannes_Ockeghem.mp3 des Prez, la d├ęploration de joannes okegem

programme

Leoninus (┬░1160-1180) > Viderunt Omnes (part I)
Perotinus (┬░1170-1220) > Viderunt Omnes (part I)
Eric Sleichim (1992) > Organum
Anonymus III codex Bamberg (13th century) > Motetts CII & CIII
Johannes Ciconia (┬░1370 ┬– 1411) > Le ray au soleyl
Thierry De Mey (1984) > Palindrome (8 voices)
Johannes Ockeghem (┬░1410 – 1497) > Deo Gratias (36 voices)
Johannes Mouton (┬░1458 ┬– 1522) > Salve, Mater Salvatoris
Pierre de la Rue (┬░ca 1460 – 1518) > Myn hert altyt heeft verlanghen
DominiquePhinot (┬░1510 ┬– 1556) > Adieu Loyse
Jonathan Harvey (1987) > Ricercare una melodia (solo soprano saxophone + delay)
Josquin Des Prez (┬░1440 ┬– 1521) > La D├ęploration de Johannes Ockeghem (Nimphes des bois)
Josquin Des Prez (┬░1440 ┬– 1521) > Qui Habitat (24 voices)

cd

MULTIPLE VOICE
Universal Music 2002, REF.NR: 472596-2
winner Award Belgian classical radio Klara for best National Release 2003

press excerpts

┬‘One could hear an Ockeghem and a Josquin sounding as metropolitan as Harvey┬‘s music. Due to the specific sound spectrum of the saxophones, Josquin┬‘s moving ┬‘D├ęploration de Joannes Ockeghem┬‘ almost sounded like genuine blues┬‘ – Jan Vandenhouwe – De Standaard, March 2002


MULTIPLE VOICE played among others on the following locations:

2009
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - bozar
2008
VILLERS-LA-VILLE - ruines de l'ancienne abbatiale
2007
DENDERMONDE - Klara in de stad
2005
ROTTERDAM (NL) - De Doelen
2004
LILLE (FR) - Aeronef
WENEN / VIENNE - Festspiele - Ronacher theatre
VOLKENRODA (D) - MDR summer/middeldeutscher rundfunk festival
HALLE - St-Martinus Basiliek- festival van Vlaanderen
AALTER - cc Aalter
2003
MAASMECHELEN - cc maasmechelen
DENDERMONDE - St-Margaretakerk (org.CC Belgica)
GEEL - St-Amandskerk
GRIMBERGEN Basiliek (CC Strombeek)
EINDHOVEN (NL) - De Witte Dame (org. Axes)
LIER - cc Lier
BRUGGE / BRUGES - Concertgebouw
DIEST - begijnhofkerk - Klara-dag
UTRECHT (NL) - Festival Oude Muziek
PARIS (F) - Cité de la Musique
PARIS (F) - Cité de la Musique
KOKSIJDE - cc Casino
2002
HAMONT-ACHEL - saxdag
HERNE - kerk van Herne
BRUGGE / BRUGES - St. Magdalena-kerk (Brugge 2002 cultural capit
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - kaaitheater
SINT-TRUIDEN / SAINT-TROND - Academiezaal
TERNEUZEN (NL) - kerk yzendyke - festival zeeuws-vlaanderen
AALST/ALOST - cc De Werf
ROESELARE - OLV kerk (org. cc De Spil + Musica Flandria)
BRUGGE / BRUGES - Concertgebouw
AMSTERDAM (NL) - Brakke Grond
LEUVEN / LOUVAIN - Predikherenkerk (org. CC Leuven)
LOMMEL- cc Adelberg
FRANKFURT (D) - Mousonturm
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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.