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[Nettime-nl] [ STEIM ] Announcement Spring/Summer discussion June 24rd

STEIM presents on Tuesday June 24rd at 20.30h as part of the 
lecture/discussion series:

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.

Biographical  note:

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
Time: 20.30h
Venue: Foyer@STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 A'dam
Entrance: Free

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