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From Sat 17.12.16

    [IN]VISIBLE tells the story of Benjamin Van Esser’s struggle with tinnitus. Throughout the performance, he translates his experiences into an electro-acoustic, multimedia experience: the disorientation that strikes with the initial 'attack', the experimental electro-shock therapy, the benumbing tranquilisers and finally the cure. Every aspect is embodied here, in an often raw and harsh, but minimalist musical language, given structure by electronic manipulation. It is by detaching from our familiar acoustic sound world that [IN]VISIBLE wants to create a new reality: a reality in which this seemingly virtual but very present condition finds its solution. [IN]VISIBLE is part of Benjamin Van Esser’s Doctor of Creative Arts graduation project Towards an Artistic Performance Strategy for Computer Musicians.… Read more

  • In the mood for Christmas

    The traditional Christmas concert is given a special touch each year by the Flemish Radio Choir, which places the classic Christmas carols in a very different perspective. A musical glimpse at the world in a mind-broadening manner, and a heart-warming appeal to tolerance and peace.This year, the choir has opted for a jazzy beat, offering up some unusual but surprisingly appropriate combinations! Thus the traditional Latin texts of the Missa Brevis suddenly sound quite different in Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass: the traditional Mass becomes a veritable party, with groove and swing and an Agnus Dei full of blues.The composer Will Todd similarly cannot contain his passion and weaves his vocal works through with jazz rhythms. Like Karl Jenkins, he is a jazz musician in his heart and soul, but open to influences from both classical and folk music from the whole world in his compositions. … Read more

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  • Brussels Philharmonic & Marc Bouchkov

    As is traditional, the Concertgebouw opens the New Year with a whirl of dance music. Besides the classics of the uncrowned 'King of the Waltz', Johann Strauss Jnr., the waltzes of Russian masters, such as Shostakovich, Glinka and Katchaturian, naturally also feature in this Russian-tinted season. This eminently dashing and danceable music evokes dance tunes, drinking parties and merry festivity. Star of the day is the born musician Marc Bouchkov - a finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition - the youngest offspring of a family of eminent Russian violinists. He unleashes all of his devils and treats us to heavenly, virtuosic music. Let yourself be swept away by lively rhythms and melodies and experience the start of 2015 in a joyous euphoria! Cheers! After the concert, Concertgebouw Brugge and Renaat Landuyt, the Mayor of Bruges, invite you to toast the New Year.… Read more

  • Brahms’ Violin Concerto

    ‘The music world has seldom waited with such great anticipation for a composer’s first symphony,’ wrote celebrated music critic Eduard Hanslick after the Viennese premiere of Brahms' First Symphony.  Brahms had worked on it for more than ten years! The label ‘Beethoven’s tenth’, with which his firstborn was christened immediately after its premiere, gave the self-critical Brahms the necessary confidence. Brahms' long friendship with violinist Joseph Joachim provided the basis for his violin concerto. He wrote it not just for Joachim, but also with him. From its extended introduction to its finale, embellished with Hungarian brio, Brahms’ Violin Concerto is one of the most luxurious concertos in the repertoire. A piece of cake for star violinist Ray Chen, accompanied by the phenomenal London Philharmonic Orchestra.… Read more

  • Le Concert d'Astrée & Krzysztof Warlikowski

    A glance in the mirror of Pleasure is enough to make Beauty forget her mortality. Time and Truth are always on hand, however, to give her some stern (and frequent!) advice: ‘Beauty is like a flower that blooms in a day and then dies.’ The battle between these four allegorical characters provides the words – penned by Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili – for Handel's first Roman oratorio. Virtuoso arias, brilliant sinfonias and powerful ensembles showcase a 22-year-old composer, who already seems to have discovered every musical secret. Plastic and theatrical, Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno inspired director Krzysztof Warlikowski to create a new stage setting. Concertgebouw Brugge takes you to the Opéra de Lille to hear four outstanding singers, led by Emmanuelle Haïm, who knows Handel’s flamboyant oeuvre like the back of her hand.… Read more

  • Monteverdi’s masters

    Plagiarism? Far from it! When Monteverdi emulated or even imitated his masters, it was simply a respectful tribute. As a young gambist in Mantua, Monteverdi was able to observe and copy stars such as Giaches De Wert. A pair of the greatest poets of the age, Guarini and Tasso, were also present. Their artistic ambitions turned out to be perfectly in tune with Monteverdi's own musical ambitions: it was all about emotion, the text took precedence over the music, the listener had to feel! All sorts of highly expressive new genres arose from that revolution, the seconda prattica. Over the past few years, Les Arts Florissants, led by Paul Agnew, have been studying Monteverdi's eight books of madrigals. During their first visit to Bruges, they will perform his work in its correct musical and poetic context. The greatest emotions in the smallest configuration. … Read more

  • Lecture-performance by Robin Verheyen

    Saxophonist Robin Verheyen probably feels most at home in the New York jazz scene nowadays, but he has far from forgotten his Old World roots. After a challenging project based on Guillaume de Machaut for MAfestival 2014, he is now setting his sights on the music of the Thomas Cantor, especially for Bach Academy Bruges. On Wednesday evening he is performing with his quartet, but this evening he is already giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of his latest project. Discover how a jazzman can turn a melody into a completely new work.… Read more

  • The Bach Riddles

    Bach’s Musical Offering is actually a game gone wild. In 1747, when he was already rather elderly, Bach allowed himself to be feted by the music-loving King Frederick II of Prussia. ‘In exchange’ Frederick gave Bach a musical theme and invited him to improvise on it. At the king’s summer palace, Sanssouci, surrounded by one of Europe's finest instrument collections, that challenge was transformed into an undisputed musical monument. Bach's classic example of counterpoint inspired saxophonist Robin Verheyen to also dip his toe into Bach's Baroque world. After all, theme and variation is the basis of the jazz that has given him his comet-like career. In this latest project, he and three top colleagues from both sides of the Atlantic search for the essence of music.… Read more