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Music at the intersection of contemporary classical and electronica
Our free summer festival, Feeërieën, returns to the enchanting Warande Park from August 28th to September 1st. Treat your ears to the best in contemporary dub, neoclassical, electronica, desert blues, Scottish smallpipe music, South African gqom, hip-hop, and amapiano!
Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe x Valgeir Sigurðsson x Elisabeth Klinck: 'The Art of Listening’
Theatre-maker, opera director, and “wannabe counter tenor” Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe teamed up with Icelandic producer-composer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Feist, Damon Albarn) last year in order to explore the boundaries of electronic and contemporary classical music. In a world dominated by noise and in which silence has become a scarce commodity, they ask themselves how they can revitalise the art of listening. The answer translates into a 60-minute song cycle that came together in Reykjavik and Antwerp. The duo is accompanied by up-and-coming violinist Elisabeth Klinck who, just like in Miet Warlop’s ONE SONG, makes all the difference. This wonderful production came about thanks to the additional contributions of B-Classic, Festspillene i Nord-Norge and C-Mine Genk.
Mabe Fratti, a Guatemalan-born cellist/singer living in Mexico, gave us one of the most extraordinary works of the past year. Her album, Se Ve Desde Aquí, features distinct, intuitive music that sounds predominately experimental but, in its most melodic moments, leans toward both Arthur Russell as well as Kate Bush – minus the hits. We hear free jazz, ambient, shoegaze, dreamy pop, as well as Gregorian chants and Sephardic music stemming from the Jewish tradition. Her cello is the foundation, topped by a tasteful layer of vintage synths, drone, guitars, and field recordings. Pitchfork adorned her album with a ‘Best New Music’ label, headlining it as “Austere beauty!” The Guardian praised her with a ****-review and lauded the album’s “direct and forceful new tone.”
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