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The American Minimalists
[sax] + [drums] + [strings] + Eric Sleichim + Fabian Coomans

In this programme, BL!NDMAN provides a sampling of the unique timbres that the specific line-ups can realise autonomously and together: saxophone quartet, string quartet, percussion quartet, piano and electronics.

The early minimal repertoire was basic material for many choreographers, such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Wim Vandekeybus with whom Eric Sleichim, BL!NDMAN’s artistic director, had his first collaborations. The material chosen here is highly representative of the various techniques used by the icons of this movement. The repertoire brings a wider audience that finds it difficult to find its way to contemporary classical music, to a different oeuvre from the iconic works of ‘classical music’.

BL!NDMAN also finds a connection here with its demarche towards renewing ‘old music’; minimal music draws inspiration from the oldest polyphony techniques. The solo works combine the virtuosity of the soloists with the use of electronics, while in the tutti works the instruments and the powerful harmony of the entire BL!NDMAN ensemble offer the audience a new perspective.

The choice of relatively well-known and, more importantly, lesser-known works by Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Terry Riley, the three icons of repetitive music, gives existence to a triple album that immediately attracted the interest of major record label Warner Classics. Released on 14 April 2023.

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: bariton saxophone

BL!NDMAN [drums]
Hannes Nieuwlaet: percussion
Yves Goemaere: percussion
Ward De Ketelaere: percussion
Gideon Van Canneyt: percussion

BL!NDMAN [strings]
Stefanie Van Backlé: violin
Femke Verstappen: violin
Monica Goicea: viola
Suzanne Vermeyen: cello

Fabian Coomans: piano

Programme

A selection of programmes:
Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion, Music in Contrary Motion, Music with Changing Parts, Music in Fifths, …
Steve Reich: Nagoya Marimbas, Cello Counterpoint, New York Counterpoint, Triple Quartet, Electric Guitar Phase, 2×5, Drumming, …
Terry Riley: Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, In C, The Tuning Path

Agenda

2025
14 Mar
Strombeek Grimbergen (BE)
2023
15 Dec
CC Adelberg
Lommel (BE)
03 Dec
CC Maasmechelen
Maasmechelen (BE)
02 Dec
CC De Ververij
Ronse (BE)
01 Dec
CC De Muze
Heusden-Zolder (BE)
02 Jun
La Filature
Mulhouse (FR)
26 May
Concertgebouw
Brugge (BE)
21 Jan
DE SINGEL
Antwerpen (BE)
2022
22 Feb
Chapelle Corneille (org. Opéra de Rouen Normandie)
Rouen (FR)
2021
15 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
14 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
13 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
12 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
11 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
10 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
09 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
08 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
07 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
06 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
05 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)

04 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
03 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
02 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
01 May
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
30 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
29 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
28 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
27 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
26 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
25 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
24 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
23 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
22 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
21 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
20 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
19 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
18 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
17 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
16 Apr
VRT Podium 19
(BE)
2020
26 Sep
de Bijloke
Gent (BE)