Johan Bossers, Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson & Pentagoon-kwartet


Open doors ° Sunday 24 June ° 12.00 ° 90'
Tiendschuur, Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen

Historical ° Contemporary ° Family

Like the Tallis project in 2015, the Voices project is a journey through time and space. Its members go in search of the startling in new music, alternative readings of old music, trying out music-making practices in genres, traditions and techniques that are not yet familiar... and even the audience do more than just sit back in their seats. They serve up sounds from as many eras as possible: ‘high-brow’ and ‘low-brow’ culture, ‘serious’ and ‘light’ music, strict compositions, free improvisations, playful adaptations, with video or electronics, solos and chamber music, you name it.

The singer, Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson, is eager to use his voice in any way he can, as a tenor, countertenor, guitarist and sound engineer. Academie Tongeren’s Pentagoon Kwartet focuses on jazz, pop and variety. The rest is up to the pianist Johan Bossers: classical, experimental, salon and protest music, with a bit of lounge garbage between the acts. Together they take on a labyrinth of practices and vocal techniques: pop, classical, Dada, cabaret, protest, variety, heavy metal, baroque, electronics, video, experimental, jazz and so on.

As a singer, sound technician, voice trainer and tutor, Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson is interested in many aspects of music and vocal techniques. He has contributed to various contemporary music theatre productions in his role as a singer. He has performed as a soloist all around Europe with VocaalLAB Nederland (now Silbersee, an international ensemble of singers). He has been a guest at the Edinburgh Festival, Holland Festival, Istanbul Music Festival and the RuhrTriennale. In 2006, he and Johan Bossers produced an album of music by the composer Stefan Wolpe, followed by a tour with Muziektheater Transparant and the actress Viviane De Muynck. Various composers have written work especially for his voice. As a vocal training and sound engineering tutor, he has worked with the universities of Bremen, Hamburg, Hanover and Oldenburg, and he recently began teaching in the programme for directors at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. He has been in charge of sound engineering for projects including the Ruhr Triennale. 

Johan Bossers, piano - Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson, voice & guitar - Raf Hendrickx, lead guitar - Roman Korolik, bass guitar - David Demuynck,keys - Jan Servaes,drums - Jan Nihoul, vibrafoon

i.c.w. Pentagoon/PXL Jazz