plays SoundMine composers

Open doors ° Sunday 24 June ° 11.00 ° 60'
Tiendschuur, Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen


Defend new music! That is the motto and mission of deCompagnie on concert stages, such as AMUZ during the Klavierfestival, under the auspices of 'The New What Now' in Miry Concert Hall or, most recently, in deSingel during the Festival van de Architectuur. DeCompagnie also works with young composers, both in the composition class at the conservatory in Antwerp and in part-time arts education. They have already premiered more than 25 works written especially for their ensemble.

New music means the music of the 21st century, the century of reconciliation between styles and genres. One thing is certain: the musicians of deCompagnie never sit still. They constantly engage in dialogue with each other and with less unfamiliar things. For example, they embarked upon a joint project with the Turkish Lâmekân Ensemble that included both Ottoman music and the works it inspired among Western composers of the time, presented in an updated form. They have also shared the stage with Wim Henderickx. In 'The New What Now’, they commissioned eight young composers to write works in collaboration with video artists. 

Besides being open to all the influences that colour our time so vividly, they are profoundly influenced by Belgian music. This sometimes leads them to transcribe old works by august figures such as Willem Kersters or Frits Celis, and they regularly perform pieces by Wim Henderickx, Luc Van Hove, Alain Craens and Bram Van Camp. 

Next season, they will be upholding their annual tradition of performing work by in-house composer Mathias Coppens, in a production led by Michiel Delanghe and commissioned by the Vlaamse Opera. Along with director Tom Goossens, they have created their own, idiosyncratic version of Verdi's Macbeth, with a major role for a children’s choir. 

At AlbaNova they will be performing work by former participants in SoundMine, the annual international composition course organised by Musica and led by Wim Henderickx, Diederik Glorieux and Jorrit Tamminga.

Composers: Hallveig Agustsdottir, Carlos Brito Dias, Tom Collier, Nuno Costa, Eda Er and David Mastikosa - with an introduction by Wim Henderickx