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

line-up

eric sleichim concept, director and arrangements

kris verdonck and anouk de clercq set design
jan fabre performance with eric sleichim “white noise, white smoke”

maarten beirens > research and texts
mijeong jeong > costumes
luc schaltin (kaaitheater) > light design
veerle vaes > assistant to the director and coordination production

BL!NDMAN [SAXOPHONE QUARTET]
koen maas > soprano & sopranino saxophones, table music
roeland vanhoorne > alto saxophone, clarinet, noise maker, table music
piet rebel > tenor saxophone
raf minten > bas & baritone saxophones, table music

BL!NDMAN [4×4]DRUMS
tom de cock > percussion, electric guitar, table music
yves goemaere > percussion, noise maker, table music
hannes nieuwlaet > percussion, noise maker, table music
thomas plessers > percussion, electric guitar

BL!NDMAN [4×4]SAX
bertel schollaert > soprano, baritone & contrabass saxophones
maarten-jan huysmans > alto saxophone, electronic drum, noise maker, turntables
eva vermeiren > tenor saxophone, noise maker, double bass
thomas van gelder > baritone & contrabass saxophones

BL!NDMAN [4×4]STRINGS
pieter jansen > violin, table music
liesbeth baelus > violin
kris hellemans > viola, table music
romek maniewski > cello, table music

BL!NDMAN [4×4]VOX
emilie de voght > soprano, electric bass guitar
gunther vandeven > counter tenor, flute
dick vandaele > tenor, flute,noise maker
thomas vanlede > bass, keyboard, noise maker

CREW
jo thielemans > sound technician
brecht beuselinck > assistant sound technician
erwin de muer > set production
ilse thienpont > administration / production
kurt deruyter photos

{color:red} Many thanks to all musicians, artists and partners who contributed to our history during the past 20 years.
Thanks for their contribution to the 20×20 project: Ali Askin, Champ d┬’Action, Association Internationale Adolphe Sax, the Conservatories of Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent, Flagey, Godfried Wouters, Hugo De Greef, Jerry Aerts, Johan Reyniers, Kurt Deruyter, Kurt Sluyts, Maison de la Pataphonie at Dinant, Matt Wright, Mark Bisaerts & his crew, Peter Missotten, Nick Roseeuw, Rits Brussels, Ruth and Brecht’s father, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Spiegel Kwartet.

20×20 is a BL!NDMAN production, coproduced by deSingel Antwerp, Concertgebouw Bruges and Kaaitheater Brussels.

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.

20x20

20 years BL!NDMAN, a memory landscape
happening for 20 years BL!NDMAN with 20 musiciens and 3 visual artists

All the BL!NDMAN quartets combine their energy for a unique experience or, rather, happening, on the occasion of their twentieth anniversary. The starting point for 20×20, which also has contributions from the artists jan fabre, anouk de clercq and kris verdonck, is Marcel Duchamps┬’ dadaistic idea of the blind guide who leads the public around the exhibits. In both contemporary and early music, BL!NDMAN is still searching for renewed concepts.

20×20 represents a swirling anniversary celebration. In 2008, BL!NDMAN is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with all twenty musicians from the collective (the original BL!NDMAN saxophone quartet plus the four ┬‘young┬’ BL!NDMAN [4×4] quartets) and the artists Jan Fabre, Anouk De Clercq and Kris Verdonck.

In 1988, BL!NDMAN played in factories and museums. Since then, the musicians, with their golden horns, have acquired their own place in the performing arts. Now they are celebrating their anniversary with a custom-made programme at the three venues where the ensemble feels entirely at home: the Kaaitheater, deSingel and the Concertgebouw.

20×20 ┬– more of a happening than a concert ┬– proceeds from Duchamps┬’ dadaistic idea of the blind guide who leads the public around the exhibits; incidentally, this is the metaphor from which the ensemble takes its name. In both contemporary and early music, BL!NDMAN attempts to develop concepts which give new insights and neutralise prejudices. This celebration takes place more than ever in the spirit of this quest.

The artists Anouk De Clercq and Kris Verdonck created a strong and poetic image as a metaphor for “20 years breath”.
Jan Fabre will present together with Eric Sleichim a unique performance “white noise, white smoke”, only to be seen once at deSingel on Friday night 22nd February.

press

“Their powerful 20th-anniversary concerts feature a continuous 90-minute performance that runs the gamut of virtuosic delicacy and precision to a tour de force of plangent, electronically enhanced sound. Like music, Bl!ndman keep evolving. Idiosyncratic, playful, provocative, they’re never dull …” Paul Stump, The Bulletin, 21.02.2008

flanders today 06.02.08: ‘bl!nd faith, this is not your parent’s sax quartet’
the bulletin 21.02.08: ‘sax mania’


20x20 played among others on the following locations:

2008
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - kaaitheater
ANTWERPEN / ANVERS - deSingel
BRUGGE / BRUGES - Concertgebouw
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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.