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

marnix de cat > repetitor

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

BL!NDMAN [vox]
griet de geyter > soprano
gunther vandeven > counter tenor
kevin skelton > tenor
hugo oliveira > bass

SECRET MASSES is a BL!NDMAN production commissioned by the Festival of Flanders Bruges (MAfestival 2008), in co-production with the Brigittines (Centre for Contemporary Art Movement and Voice of the City of Brussels) as part of the residence of BL!NDMAN [vox] in the Brigittines in 2008/2009.
Thanks to Peter Vanheyghen, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Gemma Jansen and Eric Decossaux.

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.

SECRET MASSES

Eric Sleichim presents a unique program for saxophone quartet and voices based on the forbidden masses and gradualia of William Byrd (1543-1623)

When in 1534 the Act of Supremacy was issued by King Henry VIII, the English Church split from Rome and became an independent state-church. With the introduction of the Edwardian Book of Common Prayer, the state-church received an explicit Protestant character. William Byrd, a Catholic who was for a mere part of his life employed by the Court, would closely experience the effects of the political events. Ca. 1580 the persecution of Christians had severe consequences. Many important Catholics were being executed. These events did not withhold Byrd from composing several Catholic masses. This music was to be performed though in highly secrecy. Leaving from this clandestine atmosphere, BL!NDMAN presents you its Byrd-program.

audio

http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/Sleichim_Mass_4_TT.mp3Sleichim: Mass 4 Turntables (excerpt)
http://www.blindman.be/assets/sounds/Byrd_O_death.mp3Byrd: O Death

programme

  1. Eric Sleichim > Mass 4 Turntables (vinyl & sax) 10’00
  2. William Byrd > Mass for four Voices / Kyrie & Gloria (vocal) 7’00
  3. William Byrd > In Nomine à 4 N°2 (sax) 2’30
  4. William Byrd > O Death, rock me asleep (soprano & sax) 3’00
  5. György Ligeti > Nonsense madrigals / The Alphabet (vocal & sax) 3’30
  6. William Byrd > Fantasia n°1 à 4 (sax) 2’45
  7. William Byrd > Mass for four Voices / Credo (vocal) 7’22
  8. Mayke Nas > EnJeNoemtHetLiefde (video & sax) 4’00
  9. William Byrd > Mass for four Voices / Sanctus & Agnus Dei (vocal) 6’50
  10. Matthew Wright > Contact Theatre (vinyl) 9’00
  11. William Byrd > In Nomine n°2 à 5 (sax & vocal) 3’30

songtexts

première > 2 August 2008 MA-festival, Bruges


SECRET MASSES played among others on the following locations:

2014
BURGHOFF LORRACH (D)
2011
HERENTALS - Cultuurcentrum 't Schaliken
2010
MECHELEN / MALINES - cultureel centrum
2009
LUIK / LIEGE - Egl. St-Barthélémy (org. Fest de Wallonie)
GENK - cc Genk
2008
BRUGGE / BRUGES - MAfestival - stadsschouwburg
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - flagey
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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.