BL!NDMAN Akenkaai 2, B-1000 Brussels +32 (0)2 201 59 47

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Composition James Wood
Performance BL!NDMAN [sax] Pieter Pellens, Hendrik Pellens, Piet Rebel en Sebastiaan Cooman, Collegium Vocale Gent, Leo Van Doeselaer (organ)

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones.

Apokalypsis / James Wood

Reading the Book of Revelation today one cannot fail to be struck by many frightening similarities between the apocalyptic visions which St. John describes, especially with his customary lavish, detailed and extravagant imagery, and the increasing number and frequency of catastrophes, both natural and man-induced, which our world is experiencing today.

Apokalypsis takes its principal texts from The Book of Revelation. Here, St. John’s vision is of seven angels, to whom are given seven trumpets – as each angel sounds his trumpet, he foretells of a particular catastrophic event. The similarities between these events and our predicament are obvious, and yet our own attempts to avert the ultimate catastrophe continue to be dogged by bureaucratic impotence at best and political sabotage at worst.

In Apokalypsis St. John’s texts will be juxtaposed with contemporary forecasts and reports of recent natural and man-made disasters which bear a chilling resemblance to the original visions.

Apokalypsis is designed for performances in cathedrals, large churches and other large spaces, both to maximise the element of the live spatialisation of the saxophones, and also to exploit the buildings’ splendid acoustics, in turn enhancing both the resonance of these magnificent instruments and their natural ability to blend and balance with the organ in a grandiose setting.

James Wood (January 2019)

calendar

28.09.2023
GENT (B) - Festival Van Vlaanderen
10.10.2023
HAMBURG (D) - ELB-Philharmonie
11.10.2023
HAMBURG (D) - ELB-Philharmonie
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Gallaitstraat 76-78
1030 Schaarbeek, Belgium
+32 2 201 59 47

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BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones.