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BL!NDMAN [strings] plays Triple Quartet by Steve Reich that they have just recorded for the new triple CD with the entire BL!NDMAN ensemble: ICONS – the American Minimalists.

In this piece, Reich proves that he does not need an orchestra to impress with rich textures: the BL!NDMAN [strings] quartet, for instance, plays along with tape-recorded quartets. By jettisoning traditional conventions and developments, there is no longer any point of reference. Open your mind to it and before you know it, you will fall into a delicious stupor.

Toshio Hosokawa himself stated that his string quartets arise not only from the fertile soil of Asian spiritualism but equally from the scores of Western modern and avant-garde composers. Furthermore, his compositional aesthetic is influenced by his relationship with nature : “I have always wished to create work that could become part of the sounds in nature, the sound of the cosmos.”

Eric Sleichim: artistic direction, arrangements and electronics

BL!NDMAN [strings]
Stefanie Van Backlé: violin
Femke Verstappen: violin
Monica Goicea: viola
Suzanne Vermeyen: cello


Toshio Hosokawa: Silent Flowers
Steve Reich:Triple Quartet


03 Feb
Stadsschouwburg (org. 30CC)
Leuven (BE)