[ STEIM ] Announcement Spring/Summer discussion June 24rd
knock at steim.nl
Thu Jun 19 17:19:00 CEST 2003
STEIM presents on Tuesday June 24rd at 20.30h as part of the
Jaap Blonk [NL], Dutch vocal virtuoso, sound poet and composer, who
is best known for his uncompromising approach to vocal technique as
well as his engaging commenting on political issues in his works,
both in a solo and ensemble context.
He will lead us into his categorization of voice sounds and their use
in improvisation and composition, as well as the use of these sounds
as samples in electro-acoustic work, in pure as well as in processed
form. In a more personal musical context, he will draw on the
influence of his vocal practice on his own electronic work (and vice
versa), through the use of digital computer based electronics.
The lecture will be illustrated by live voice examples and by playing
some recent work on CD.
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught
composer, voice performer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in
physics, mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for
activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in
offices and other well organized systems.
In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music,
and a few years later a real breakthrough occurred: he discovered the
power and flexibility of his voice.
At present, he has developed into a prolific writer/composer and a
specialist in the performance of sound poetry, supported by a
powerful stage presence and an almost childlike freedom in
improvisation. He performed in many European countries, as well as in
the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and Latin America.
Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and
ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like
Paul Lytton, Mats Gustafsson, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm,
Melvyn Poore, Paul Dutton, Nicolas Collins, the Netherlands Wind
Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He performed in several compositions by
the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and
A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002.
Blonk is the founder and leader of Splinks, a 15-piece orchestra
playing his compositions, and BRAAXTAAL, an avant-rock trio with
synthesizer and drums. He also has his own record label, Kontrans.
His work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.
He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which have been exhibited.
Blonk is an energetic workshop leader too, who taught in many
different countries, including a lot of work with children.
A recent development is his involvement with electronics, in the form
of work created by sampling and processing the sounds of his voice.
Jaap Blonk keeps on searching the rich common ground between poetry
and music. He is always after new sounds and combinations of sounds,
without abandoning completely the semantics of language. His live
performances are music, poetry and performance art all at the same
Date: Tuesday June 24rd 2003
Venue: Foyer at STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 A'dam
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