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’492 kg - An Extended Piano Recital’

din 16/08/2011 > vri 02/09/2011

with pianist/curator Frederik Croene and composers Cathy van Eck, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Falk Hübner, Matthew Shlomowitz, Simon Steen-Andersen, Stefan Prins, David Helbich and Laura Maes.

Eight composers accepted to compose ‘a piece’ for ‘a pianist’. No restrictions have been formulated; the composers are free to rephrase the role of the pianist, his instrument or even the very concept of a recital itself. The composers have been selected because of their resistance to categorisation and a common interest in visual, theatrical, intersensory and conceptual aspects of contemporary classical composition.
All composers are born in the seventies, have a common background in classical music and live and work in Western Europe (Belgium, Holland, England, Denmark, Greece, Germany and Switzerland). Some of them are already renowned; others might become it as this project represents a refreshing wave in contemporary classical music that has already been traceable in small amounts on several festival occasions. This piano project wants to create a perfect biosphere in which this young generation can work out its attractive ideas in a new form of music + performance.
The result will not only be presented as a performance. The piano will be extended with video, tape, kinetic sculptures and mechanised sound devices, a sampler machine, laptop, contact microphones, theatrical piano objects/actions, conceptual program notes, even a dripping ice sculpture. This way the piano and its many satellites can successfully work as a peculiar sound installation open for public curiosity and interaction before or after the performance.

March 2010 a new issue of the RTRSRCH Magazine was launched. Curator Paul Craenen selected nine composers/performers and asked them to contribute a text for this journal. They presented one or several of their works, sharing their motivations and sources of inspiration. Extra sonorous elements play a role in all contributions and became a central theme of the magazine. From the perspective of their common classical education, the multimedial works these composers presented could be understood as ‘faits divers’, as subversive experiments that only intend to tackle the conventions of artistic discipline. The journal was a first step to counter this prejudgment. The contributions show that a new generation of classically educated musicians is attempting to redefine their practice and no longer feels bound to one particular medium. A second, logical step was to combine forces and to re-interpret a very classical theme: the piano recital.
The title of the journal: Beginning with music, continuing otherwise, becomes concrete: let’s begin with this old 492 kilo thing and discover how we can continue, whilst abandoning its heavy traditions.

Frederik Croene, performer/pianist
Stefan prins, live Electronics (voor Etudes Intérieurs #2-5)
David Helbich, ‘publieksinterventionist’

Frederik Croene : artistic director & communication
Klaartje Heireman (vzw Morf): administration and finance
Vincent Malstaf: technical director

1. Cathy van Eck
Pièce d’Ameublement (8’)
2. David Helbich
Keine Pause / No Break (8’)
3. Falk Hübner
Wasteland (10’)
4. Laura Maes 
Ijsspiegel (10’)
5. Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
Untitled iii (8’)
6. Matthew Shlomowitz
Popular Contexts: Weird Twin & Progressive clock alarm rock (8’)
7. Simon Steen-Andersen
Pretty Sound (Up and Down)(7’)
8. Stefan Prins
Immersion #1 (10’)


2 September 2011 (showing): De pianofabriek, Fortstraat 35, 1060 Sint-Gillis
30 September 2011: De Singel, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
9 October 2011: Concertgebouw, ’t Zand 34, 8000 Brugge
4 December 2011: Intro In Situ, Maastricht, Nederland
12 & 13 November: November Music, Den Bosch, Nederland

Installation 492 kilo

1-6 October 2011: De Singel, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
9 - 13 November 2011: November Music, Den Bosch, Nederland


16 August – 2 September : residence at Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats, Fortstraat 35, 1060 Sint-Gillis
19 - 29 September 2011: residency at deSingel, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen