[Local events] This Sunday! One Night Only! Jaap Blonk!!

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Wed Oct 17 10:31:16 PDT 2012

Spare Room and Division Leap present

/a solo performance by the unsurpassable
Dutch avant-garde composer and sound-poet
*Jaap Blonk
Sunday, October 21
7:30 pm

*Division Leap <http://www.divisionleap.com/>
*211 SW 9th Avenue
(between Burnside and Oak)

$5-15 sliding scale; no one turned away

*Don't miss this very rare chance to hear Jaap Blonk live! One of only 
two US stops on his Western Canada tour!
/Jaap Blonk performing /The Prime Minister/at Whitechapel Gallery, 
London, Feb. 2012/
/Jaap Blonk performing the Ursonate of Kurt Schwitters with "intelligent 
subtitles"/ <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgNL8-FdG-k/>

For more examples and loads of other information (recordings, scores, 
interviews, articles, etc.), go to /Jaap Blonk's web site/ 

*Jaap Blonk* (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, 
performer, and poet. He went to university for mathematics and 
musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took 
up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he 
discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting 
poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For 
almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and 
development of new sounds.

 From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at 
first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to 
include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing 
in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start 
a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the 
creation of music, visual animation and poetry.

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and 
almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of 
structure. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the 
U.S. and Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and Latin America. With 
the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has 
acquired a considerable extension.

Besides working as a soloist, he has collaborated with many musicians 
and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, 
including Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Nicolas Collins, Joan La 
Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He 
premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, 
including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was 
commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions 
he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.

Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned 
radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which 
are being exhibited.

He was the founder and leader of the long-standing bands Splinks (modern 
jazz, 1983-1999) and BRAAXTAAL (avant-rock, 1987-2005). He also has his 
own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 17 releases so far. 
Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO and Monotype.

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