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Poortenbos II

Extrospection with Bob
Eric Sleichim + [sax]

In 1989 Kortrijk was at the forefront of Poortenbos, a journey through factory spaces that led one by one to the intimate sounds of four virtuoso saxophones. Eric Sleichim’s first major composition for BL!NDMAN unravelled an unsuspected world of sound with solos, duos, trios and quartets.

Now – 30 years later – BL!NDMAN [sax] creates Poortenbos II / Extrospection with Bob. Throughout the vaults and staircases of MC Track, the individual saxophones of BL!NDMAN enter into dialogue with themselves, thanks to electronics, and together create a quasi symphonic landscape. In the meanders of the building they discover Bob, an accordion moved by magic. With his quick-breathing bellows, percussive buttons and rattling keyboard, he unfolds like an oracle through question and answer a hellish suite of hypnotic movements. A labyrinth of sounds traverses.

With WATER & FIRE / Handel revisited, BL!NDMAN [sax] tackles G.F. Handel’s Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks together with a large DECAP organ! Between these two baroque icons is the infamous opening movement of Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Eléments, a musical mug’s bargain that was far ahead of its time.

Eric Sleichim: artistic direction, arrangements, tubax and electronics

BL!NDMAN [sax]
Koen Maas: soprano saxophone
Pieter Pellens: alto saxophone
Piet Rebel: tenor saxophone
Raf Minten: baritone saxophone

automatic DECAPorgel

POORTENBOS 2- Introspection with Bob (creatie) coproductie: S.M.A.K., Gent


E. Sleichim: POORTENBOS 2- Introspection with Bob

J. S. Bach / arr. Eric Sleichim: BWV 598: Pedal­exercitium in G minor
BWV 582: Passacaglia & Fuga in C minor

G. F. Händel / arr. Eric Sleichim: Water Music:
Suite no.2 in D major
I. Ouverture: Largo – Allegro
II. Adagio e staccato
III. Allegro
IV. Andante ­ Allegro da capo
IX. Hornpipe
X. Allegro moderato
Suite no.2 in D major
XI. Allegro
XII. Alla Hornpiper

J. F. Rebel/ arr. Eric Sleichim: Les Eléments, Le Chaos

G. F. Händel / arr. Eric Sleichim: Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Réjouissance


19 Oct
Leuven (BE)
12 May
S.M.A.K. (org. Festival Gent)
Gent (BE)
12 May
S.M.A.K. (org. Festival Gent)
Gent (BE)
16 Feb
Muziekcentrum Track (org. Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk)
Kortrijk (BE)