Echo - Premiere in deSingel, Antwerp

 (c) Stijn Grüpping

(c) Stijn Grüpping

”Everything bounces everywhere with almost no loss.” (Al Swanson) 

Echo is the first collaboration between Post uit Hessdalen and Zwerm. The two companies share an adventurous and elusive approach of their artistic disciplines. They bumped into two age-old mythological figures, Echo and Narcissus, which mirror beautifully their own preferences for image and sound. In coproduction with deSingel / Klarafestival they transform this cursed love story into bold music theatre. 

What strikes us in this myth? How is it that a century-old Greek story echoes today? Punished for her dissoluteness, Echo is torn apart and scattered like seeds all over the world, where she forever echoes her heartfelt cry in mountains, gullies and caves. Our present virtual identity, self-constructed and thoughtlessly put online, has similar consequences: we convict ourselves to an eternal live, saved as bytes on one of the millions of data servers worldwide. And never again we can silence our own digital seeds, despite the recent judgement by the EC Court regarding ‘the right to be forgotten’. Echo examines this new way of virtual remembrance, and how we can deal with it. 

The modern Narcissus is easy to recognize, as he gazes no longer into a pool of water but rather into the ‘black mirror’ of his smartphone. In this unlimited era, his name - derived from a paralyzing poison - may symbolize our intellectual immobility and fossilized principles.

In Echo both music and video are presented live on stage, thus immersing the audience. As a modern nymph, dancer Charlotte Goesaert guides the spectator through a sensory trip. Echo will premiere on Wednesday the 14 th and Thursday the 15 th of March 2018 at 20h in deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium). We hope to welcome you!
 Concept & creation Stijn Grupping, Ine Van Baelen, Lucas Van Haesbroeck & ZWERM Live muziek ZWERM -Toon Callier, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Johannes Westendorp & Bruno Nelissen Dance Charlotte Goesaert Soundengineer Johan Vandermaelen Costumes Linse Van Gool Coach movement Karolien Verlinden Coproduction deSingel / Klarafestival Thanks to wpZimmer, LOD, De Grote Post & Walpurgis With the support of Vlaamse Overheid, Provincie Antwerpen en Stad Antwerpen

Première wednesday March 14th 2018 at 20:00 in deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium), as part of the Klarafestival.
Performances March 15th 2018 at 20:00 in deSingel & April 21st at 20:15 in Handelsbeurs (Ghent, Belgium) as part of Opera XXI. Next season in Kortrijk, Rotterdam, Amsterdam...
Contact & booking via via Sarah Rombouts at Vincent Company
+32 (0)494 81 69 79 
sarah@vincentcompany.be

New Oh Mensch Album!

My guitar duo Oh Mensch with guitarist Matthias Koole just released it's first album!

The album contains five microtonal pieces for two guitars by Christopher Trapani, Turgut Erçetin, Arthur Kampela, Brian Ferneyhough and Larry Polansky. It is released on the Brazilian label Seminal Records and can be bought here.
The CD is a result of our residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude and includes wonderful contributions by co-Schloss Solitude Fellows Maja Markovic (artwork) and Dan Boehl (poem). Also huge thanks to Paulo Dantas (mixing and mastering) and Jan De Wulf (layout).

#HCMF2017

I had a great experience playing No [more] Pussyfooting for a full house at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival! It turned out to be a great evening and a very enthusiastic crowd, it felt almost like the music of Fripp and Eno finally returned home :) Some reactions on twitter:

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017

Next week I'll play my debut at the UK's most important festival for new music, presenting not one - but two projects! 

I'll sart with my solo set No [more] Pussyfooting on monday 20/11 (my birthday!) during the HCMF shorts at Bates Mill. Festival director Graham Mckenzie chose my set as one of the highlights of this edition, read all about it here!

The next day Zwerm will land it's beautiful stage set-up for Our Ears Felt Like Canyons at Bates Mill in Huddersfield. After successful performances at Ruhrtriennale and Transit Festival, we're very excited to present this project with music by Christopher Trapani, Joanna Bailie and Alexander Schubert at the 40th edition of HCMF!

 Our Ears Felt Like Canyons at Transit 2017

Our Ears Felt Like Canyons at Transit 2017

Live session at Radio Panik

On tuesday 17/10 I was invited at Nico Bogaert's Moacrealsoa program at the independent radio station Radio Panik in Brussels. In this two hour radio session we talked about music, played some  tracks and I also performed part of my No [more] Pussyfooting program live. It was a very nice experience and I was honoured to be part of this great program!

You can listen to the show here.