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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 orchestra. 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 time. website: http://www.jaapblonk.com Date: Tuesday June 24rd 2003 Time: 20.30h Venue: Foyer@STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 A'dam Entrance: Free To unsubscribe from this list please go to http://list2.xs4all.nl/mailman/listinfo/steim -- STEIM (studio for electro instrumental music) (studio voor elektro instrumentale muziek) Achtergracht 19 1071 WL Amsterdam Nederland tel 00 31 (0) 20 6228690 fax 00 31 (0) 20 6264262 WEB SITE : http://www.steim.nl
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