26 settembre 2012

È iniziata ieri la serie di concerti di addio che il Willem Breuker Kollektief ha deciso di intraprendere in Canada e Stati Uniti per ricordare il suo fondatore, scomparso due anni fa. Un cd antologico con interpretazioni di musiche di Breuker e Sweelinck è stato pubblicato per l'occasione. Attualmente fanno parte del longevo ensemble Hermine Deurloo, Frans Vermeerssen, Maarten van Norden, Andy Altenfelder, Sjors Pancras, Andy Bruce, Bernard Hunnekink, Henk de Jong, Arjen Gorter e Rob Verdurmen.

The final USA/Canada tour of the Kollektief takes place between September 25 and October 6, 2012; we'll be performing in Rochester, Montreal, Chicago, Ottawa, Philadelphia, New York and Pittsburgh... In a final panorama of the work of its late leader, the Willem Breuker Kollektief presents Breuker the composer, giving an overview by performing representative pieces written in each period of his life, from 1965 on. These compositions are placed in the historical context of the years in which they were written. The program includes pieces never before played by the WBK, some predating its inception in 1974. During his 45 years of activity on stages all around the world, Willem Breuker (1944-2010) has been the instigator of formative listening experiences for generations of curious audiences worldwide, and thus influenced the development of music in many ways - as a powerful and irreverent performer and improviser, but also as a composer of orchestral, chamber and solo works and of music for movies and the theatre. For 35 years he was part of the Willem Breuker Kollektief, ten musicians-improvisers who became his main musical outlet and with whom he took his music to all continents. With most of its members still present after 30+ years, the Kollektief now pays a final homage to its instigator, applying its musical experience to a broad overview of works by Willem Breuker the composer, written in various eras and including material not performed before.

Willem Breuker Kollektief
Prinseneiland 99
1013 LN Amsterdam Netherlands
phone +31 20 6239799
e-mail : wbk@xs4all.nl