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Asko|Schönberg, Katrien Baerts, David Kweksilber in Roots & Grooves: 25 January - Muziekgebouw


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Asko|Schönberg, with expressive soprano Katrien Baerts and versatile clarinettist David Kweksilber, brings music from the streets to the concert hall. 

Thursday 25 January will feature four different pieces during Roots & Grooves. Folk music served as inspiration for John Adams' clarinet concerto. So did Leoš Janáček/Tim Mulleman's Moravian folk songs. For the spectacular Gougalōn Unsuk Chin drew inspiration from the street theatre of her childhood in Seoul.

New work

This evening also features the latest work by young composer Thomas van Dun (1995). His Rocailles de l'après-vie... (commissioned by Asko|Schönberg) recently premiered with great success at the Saturday matinee. The title (Rock Gardens of the Afterlife...) refers to existential questions that Van Dun philosophises about. His inspiration lies on an entirely different plane. He incorporated two of his fascinations into this piece: space and the infinity of the universe and his interest in rococo churches. The transformative ornamentation of the churches, where the sight almost makes it feel like a hallucinatory trip, is rendered into trance-like textures and distorting sounds that carry the melody through the piece


A new episode of Stairway to Music, the series of music videos filmed in unique locations, will be launched at this concert. David Kweksilber stars in Slow Step by Guus Janssen. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, he takes you on a one-man performance in which the magic of sound is created in an unconventional location. 

Concert information

Asko|Schönberg olv Clark Rundell, Katrien Baerts soprano, David Kweksilber clarinet
Leoš Janáček/Tim Mulleman Moravian folk songs Thomas van Dun Rocailles de l'après-vie... - commissioned by Asko|Schönberg, with support from Fonds Podiumkunsten and Stichting Reinbert de LeeuwUnsuk Chin GougalōnJohn Adams Gnarly Buttons

Þ Roots & Grooves - Asko Schoenberg ( Thu 25 Jan - 20:15, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam

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