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

line-up

paul van nevel > musical direction
eric sleichim > artistic direction of BL!NDMAN [sax]

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

Huelgasensemble
michaëla riener, sabine lutzenberger > cantus
kaspar kröner > altus
achim schulz, george pooley, tom phillips, matthew vine > tenor
tim scott whiteley, erik van nevel > baritone
martin backhaus > basse

Contrapunte alla mente is coproduced by Concertgebouw Brugge and Bozar/Flagey – 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.

CONTRAPUNTE ALLA MENTE

Contrapunte alla mente: res facta and polyphonic improvisation

Huelgasensemble en BL!NDMAN [sax] present a program based on improvised counterpoint.

In the Renaissance, musicians were profoundly trained at the courts and churches where they worked. An important aspect of their study was counterpoint, the art of combining several melody lines and bringing them into perfect harmony. Often this ingenious principle was practised by enhancing an existing song with notes of longer duration (a ‘cantus firmus’) with melodious second voices. Experienced musicians could even enhance a cantus firmus ‘alla prima vista’. This improvised counterpoint (or ‘contrapunto alla mente’) is at the basis of countless compositions on paper. The Huelgas Ensemble and BL!NDMAN [sax] explore 15th and 16th century music in which secular and religious ‘standards’ prop up a creative polyphony of whimsical twists and hallucinatory repetitions.

programme

pieter maessens > Tota pulchra es
johannes ghiselin > O florens rosa
orlando di lasso > Epitaphium divi Bernardi
BL!NDMAN goes solo
antoine brumel > Agnus dei Et ecce Terrae Motus
pieter maessens > Per signus crucis
cipriano de rore > Calami sonum ferentes
Huelgas goes solo
josquin desprez > Praeter Rerum Seriem
orlando di lasso > Omnia tempus habent

première > 10 February 2010, Eglise des Minimes – Brussels

review

‘What a surprisingly strong combination! […] What a balance!’ – Ludwig Van Mechelen, Klassiek Centraal 17.05.2010


CONTRAPUNTE ALLA MENTE played among others on the following locations:

2010
BRUSSEL / BRUXELLES - Miniemenkerk / Eglise Des Minimes
BRUGGE / BRUGES - Concertgebouw
MECHELEN - Sint-Romboutskathedraal
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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.