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32 FOOT

The Organ of Bach
[sax] + Eric Sleichim

The saxophones of BL!NDMAN play the monumental organ music of J.S. Bach. In Bach’s time the organ had taken on the orchestral proportions that were fully used by the composer.

By dividing the parts, the brilliance of the compositions appears all the more clearly on the surface. By doubling with the tubax and electronics, the low sounds, so typical for the 32 foot pipes of the large organs, are generated. BL!NDMAN [sax] thus becomes a human organ, moved by breath.

The CD 32 FOOT / The Organ of Bach was awarded the KLARA for best CD recording in 2014.

Eric Sleichim: artistic direction, arrangements, tubax and electronics

BL!NDMAN [sax]
Pieter Pellens: soprano saxophone
Hendrik Pellens: alto saxophone
Piet Rebel: tenor saxophone
Sebastiaan Cooman: baritone saxophone

32 FOOT / the Organ of Bach is a BL!NDMAN-production commissioned and coproduced by Festival Oude Muziek – Utrecht and deSingel and in cooperation with KLARAfestival and Flagey.

Programme

J. S. Bach / Arr. E. Sleichim:
BWV 598: Pedal-exercitium in G minor
BWV 582: Passacaglia & Fuga in C minor
Organ Chorale: Meine Seele
BWV 583: Trio in D minor
BWV 564: Toccata in C Major

P. Bartholomée: Ricercar
or
F. Donatoni: Rasch

J. S. Bach / Arr. E. Sleichim:
BWV 535: Prelude & Fugue in G minor
BWV 596: Concerto in D minor nach Vivaldi

Agenda

2024
20 Apr
La Chapelle des Franciscaines
Deauville (FR)
23 Mar
Malraux. national scene Chambéry Savoie
Chambéry (FR)
09 Feb
Théâtre Impérial
Compiègne (FR)
2023
04 Feb
ABC Scène National
Bar-le-Duc (FR)
2022
23 Sep
Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk (org. Bach Festival)
Antwerpen (BE)
03 Mar
Stadsschouwburg Philharmonie
Haarlem (NL)
25 Feb
CC Maasmechelen
Maasmechelen (BE)
2021
20 Nov
L'Autre Scène (org. Grand Avignon)
Vedène (FR)
16 Feb
Stadsschouwburg Philharmonie (postponed)
Haarlem (NL)
2020
10 Oct
Eglise Saint Remacle (org. Mubafa)
Famenne (BE)
03 Jul
Klara.be
(BE)
2019
30 Aug
De Machinefabriek (org. Nazomerfestival)
Vlissingen (NL)
23 Mar
Cathedral (org. Church Music Festival)
Oslo (NO)
2018
24 Nov
Great Amber Concert Hall
Liepaja (LV)
26 Jun
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk (org. CC Strombeek)
Gaasbeek (BE)
18 May
L'Onde Théâtre
Velizy (FR)
17 May
Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest
Brest (FR)
17 Mar
CC De Brouckère
Torhout (BE)
11 Feb
Faubourgs de Saint-Omer (org. La Barcarolle)
Saint-Omer (FR)
2017
22 Nov
Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Rouen (FR)

15 Nov
Théätre de Bourgoin-Jallieu
Bourgoin-Jallieu (FR)
14 Nov
Théâtre de la Renaissance
Oullins (FR)
17 May
Théâtre de Cornouaille
Quimper (FR)
24 Mar
PBA
Charleroi (BE)
2016
23 Oct
CC Casino
Koksijde (BE)
16 Oct
Villa Augustus
Dordrecht (BE)
22 Aug
Ruhrtriennale
Essen (DE)
03 Aug
TAZ
Oostende (BE)
21 May
Muziek in de Kleurfabriek
Drongen (BE)
20 Mar
CC Westrand
Dilbeek (BE)
15 Feb
Warsaw Philharmonic
Warsaw (PL)
2015
22 Nov
Amici della Musica
Foligno (IT)
20 Nov
Kerk Sint-Denijs
Zwevegem (BE)
12 Jul
Abbatiale
Saintes (FR)
24 Jun
org. Concentus Moraviae
Predklasteri (CZ)
23 Jun
org. Concentus Moraviae
Moravsky Krumlov (CZ)
22 Feb
Riga (LV)
25 Jan
Sint-Agatha-Berchem (BE)
15 Jan
HoGent
Gent (BE)
2014
23 Oct
Liege Philharmonie (BE)
17 Oct
Peer (BE)
15 Oct
Koninklijk Paleis
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)
09 Oct
St-Vedastuskerk
Menen (BE)
04 Oct
Kerk Sint-Mariaburg
Ekeren (BE)
26 Sep
Musica Divina
Geel (BE)
07 Sep
Akerk
Groningen (NL)
29 Aug
Festival Walter Boeykens
Bornem (BE)
08 Aug
Les Jardins d’Annevoie
Annevoie-Rouillon (BE)
22 Jun
Kerkrade (NL)
20 May
Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk
Kortrijk (BE)
15 May
Festival der Voorkempen
Malle (BE)
15 Feb
Sint-Vincentiuskerk Ramskapelle
Knokke (BE)
2013
22 Nov
CC 't Schaliken
Herentals (BE)
10 Nov
C-Mine
Genk (BE)
09 Nov
CC Belgica
Dendermonde (BE)
27 Oct
CC De Velinx
Tongeren (BE)
26 Oct
Amuz
Antwerpen (BE)
25 Oct
Stadspodia
Leiden (NL)
05 Oct
CC St-Niklaas
Sint-Niklaas (BE)
04 Oct
Sint-Michielskerk (org. CC De Spil)
Roeselaere (BE)
28 Sep
CC De Adelberg
Lommel (BE)
26 Sep
30 CC
Leuven (BE)
13 Sep
CC Hasselt
Hasselt (BE)
17 May
St. Hermeskerk (org. Cultuurdienst Ronse)
Ronse (BE)
15 May
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Nürnberg (DE)
03 May
Sint-Martinuskerk (org. CC De Werf)
Aalst (BE)
26 Apr
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (org. CC Strombeek)
Beigem (BE)
20 Apr
Handelsbeurs
Gent (BE)
01 Mar
Handelsbeurs
Gent (BE)
22 Feb
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Amsterdam (NL)
01 Feb
Academiezaal
Sint-Truiden (BE)
26 Jan
O.L.V. ter Potterie
Brugge (BE)
2012
01 Sep
Domkerk (org. Festival Oude Muziek) (première)
Utrecht (NL)
14 Jun
Musikfestspiele Sanssouci (avant-première)
Potsdam (DE)
25 May
Vrijstaat O. (try-out)
Oostende (BE)