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

line-up

eric sleichim > artistic direction, concept, composition and arrangements
helmut oehring* > compostions

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

QUATUOR DANEL
marc danel > 1st violin
gilles millet > 2nd violin
vlad bogdanas > viola
guy danel > cello

CREW
jo thielemans > sound technician
veerle vaes > production management

Doppelquartett mit Henry s a BL!NDMAN production in association with Quatuor Danel, commissioned by deSingel

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.

DOPPELQUARTETT MIT HENRY

portret of Helmut Oehring by a united string quartet and saxophone quartet

The mysterious world of Helmut Oehring is revealed by the united string quartet Danel and saxophone quartet BL!NDMAN. Alternating solos, pieces for both quartets and ultimately the octet, lead the audience trough the meanders of OehringÂ’s complex thinking.

Helmut Oehring
The German composer Helmut Oehring (b. 1961) is the son of deaf parents. He only realised this when he was sent to another family to learn how to speak. This was a shocking experience. His mother’s deep voice had previously always seemed normal to him. He became a builder and learned to play guitar and compose on his own. Because he lived in a deaf environment, seeing was more important than hearing. Sight is linked to speech and communication. Even as a composer, he thinks and dreams in sign language. Is this why Oehring makes all instrumental sounds so strange? Is this why he retunes strings, detensions drums and covers metal until there is nothing that sounds and vibrates naturally? The musicians are required to submit themselves to Oehring’s musical language on the level of time and rhythmic structures, as well as to movement and spatial coordination. It’s as if they have had to learn to speak anew on their musical instrument.

In this portrait concert, one will hear the first ever performance of a work by BL!NDMAN and Quatuor Danel commissioned by deSingel, next to some new versions of Oehring’s existing compositions and a piece by Eric Sleichim, the inspiration behind BL!NDMAN.

programme

Helmut Oehring > LOVE in, Doppelquartett mit Henry > octet (commissioned by deSingel/Antwerp for BL!NDMAN & quatuor Danel) inspired by Henry Purcell
Henry Purcell > Fantasia1 > adaptation for octet
Helmut Oehring > marie B. > string quartet
Henry Purcell > Fantasia2 > adaptation for octet
Helmut Oehring > Stille.Macht! > saxophone quartet & tape
Henry Purcell > Fantasia3 > adaptation for octet
Eric Sleichim > Gestimmtseit > octet, whispering voices & electronics


DOPPELQUARTETT MIT HENRY played among others on the following locations:

2008
GENT / GAND - Handelsbeurs
WIEN (A) - Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal
2006
ANTWERPEN / ANVERS - deSingel
MANCHESTER (UK) university of manchester
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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.