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Strings Electric

Crumb, Saariaho & Reich

In his Triple Quartet, Steve Reich combines three string quartets as if they were three instruments. Both within each quartet and between the three quartets, we find the rhythmic momentum and tension so typical of the New York composer’s work. For this concert, BL!NDMAN [strings] has pre-recorded two of the three quartets. In the live version, you will hear these recordings and a live quartet.

Saariaho makes no secret of the importance of dreams and poetry to her musical imagination. In Nymphéa (jardin secret III), she uses impressive electronics to explore the dark depths hidden beneath the pretty water lilies.

George Crumb wrote Black Angels out of despair over the war in Vietnam. What’s new is that Crumb prescribes electric amplification of string instruments and that musicians have to do much more than play the violin, viola or cello.

Eric Sleichim: artistic direction

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


George Crumb: Black Angels
Kaija Saariaho: Nymphéa
Steve Reich: Triple Quartet


21 Jun
Flagey (première)
Elsene - Ixelles (BE)