5 concerts of early & new ambiguous music at the Museum ‘t Kromhout, Amsterdam in July-August 2021.
Flutes throughout centuries
Baroque flute? Bass flute? Contrabass panflute? Subgreatbass blockflute? This specially curated concert presents an ultimate family reunion with the distant and not-so-distant relatives of the flute family in different sizes, combinations and moods, in a program of both baroque and the newest music with live electronics. It might just blow you away too (see what we did there?).
Timeless – nostalgic – meaningful
Evocative, atmospheric, electronically processed sound worlds through the unparalleled combination of these wooden wind and string instruments. The music in this program ranges from composed music – both existing and previously unheard works – to improvised music and own arrangements, touching the areas of trance, ambient and (post-)minimal music, and is characterized by an electronic sauce that’s always added on top. In this way entire soundscapes are created, so that one can submerge in another world.
Where opposites meet, mingle and play
Ugly Pug is a multi-national trio of blockflutes, viola da gamba and harpsichord, devoted to the performance of new music. The centrepiece of this new programme is Crossroads by Wilma Pistorius, a brand new composition with a flexible form. The programme sees Ugly Pug reaching for new heights in musical diversity by juxtaposing the polarities of atonal and tonal, harsh and lyrical, improvised and predetermined, ugly and beautiful.
The sound of cultural detachment
Miron Andres’ new solo program, which was created during the lockdowns in Lahore (Pakistan) and Brussels, represents the most recent link to Miron’s main practice as an audio artist (From nowhere to nowhere). The creation of a cross- cultural language. The sound itself must not be part of any culture. Cultural detachment is to be seen as the highest aim. Free from prejudice, free from any kind of religious or cultural oppression. The aim is freedom, the aim is full individual expression. However, objectivity is impossible. We are always a product of our environment. Our upbringing. Our genes. Or are we?
Contactus takes inspiration from the same theme and presents a double portrait of the members of the duo, exploring the dilemma of longing to belong in a culture, whilst simultaneously feeling detached from any culture. This is expressed in a variety of ways during this musical journey over the span of a few centuries of music that are tied together through the concept of ambiguity. This ambiguity is characteristic of the grey zone between early and new music, as well as the problematics of defining one’s own cultural identity.
An ephemeral discourse in music, Eloquium presents a dialogue between old and new. Pieces arranged or originally written for a group of four bass viols are presented with fluency and persuasiveness, expressiveness and eloquence. The pieces go from fugal counterpoint, to philosophical questions on the state of time; by classical concerto forms to free-form programmatic meditations on nature. Eloquium invites the listener to reflect on the transience of music, as well as the permanence of composition and the emotional impact of art.