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Finding North

Finding North

Les Abbagliati is heading for the far north. Baroque music from Hanseatic cities like Helsingör and Stockholm alternates with contemporary Scandinavian folk from Farandi. Ten musicians embark on a journey to the high north. The hanseatic cities of the baroque times set the stage, with the thin sounds of the Norwegian prairie as the final frontier.  Farandi is a pan-nordic group with artists from five different nations, including the young flemish bagpiper Marieke van Ransbeeck. Their peculiar setlist travels along…

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Midsummer Dream

Midsummer Dream

Les Abbagliat invites you to a sultry summer evening full of festivities. Baroque and folk go hand in hand. A festive summer evening: the sun is setting, a fire is glowing.  Legs are itching to dance, mouths to drink. Music!  That would be Les Abbagliati’s job, joined by the talented bagpiper Marieke van Ransbeeck. In this programme, Van Ransbeeck plays on two baroque musettes. This is an instrument from the bagpipe family, which had its heyday during the Baroque period…

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Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

… an autobiographical concert… November 2016. Lute player Sofie Vanden Eynde is afraid that her heart is going to give out. Her doctor spells out the diagnosis in capital letters: burnout. She’s a burnt-out building. Even the music is like a rope around her neck. Its as if her strings are sticky with adrenaline, playing is killing her. So she stops – for nearly a year. Today she’s taking stock. Her strings speak differently now: the silence between the notes…

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Night Mail

Night Mail

Based on the iconic movie ‘Night’ Mail from 1936, Revue Blanche and Katharina Smets travel together from Brussels to London and Glasgow. It’s a journey through time, music and literature. This story is combined with contemporary interviews as well as field recordings. This new ‘Night Mail’ is about dreaming and travelling, about ongoing communication shifts between humans and continents, about changing borders and moving people. All great train stations are monuments to the most personal rites of passage and huge…

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EPISTOLA POSTERITATI

EPISTOLA POSTERITATI

For the most part, the music these ensembles excel in are half a millennium apart, but for this particular project, Revue Blanche and Psallentes have gone in search of common ground. They venture onto Italian territory, with music of the somewhat enigmatic but always poetic Salvatore Sciarrino (°1947), and texts from that other slightly mysterious but always poetic Italian, Petrarch (1304-1374). Among Petrarch’s works is a letter about himself and his ideas, addressed ‘to the future’ (Epistola posteritati). It gives…

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T.E.N.E.B.R.A.E.

T.E.N.E.B.R.A.E.

T.E.N.E.B.R.A.E From dark to light Jana Pieters, soprano Khaled Alhafez, sufi voice Liam Fennelly, viola da gamba Tammam Ramadan, ney Sofie Vanden Eynde, theorbo & artistic direction Bart Jacobs, organ   A little while ago, I had the honour of performing François Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres, settings of the Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament. The Lamentations of Jeremiah bewail the destruction of the Jerusalem in 587 BC, and are an integral part of Tenebrae services in the Roman…

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Les Femm’euses

Les Femm’euses

Les Femm’euses gives the floor to the highly cultivated Greek-Byzantine Kassia. Her compositions – dating from the ninth century – form the common thread running through this programme. Next stop is the seventeenth century, with Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi; the first probably being the early baroque’s most influential female composer; the latter, according to the chronicles, “Venice’s most prolific composer – male or female alike – of secular vocal music in print”. The main focus, however, is on contemporary…

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A Page of Madness

A Page of Madness

A Page of Madness is Revue Blanche’s third multimedia project commissioned by Muziekcentrum De Bijloke. Once again, the socio-cultural context of the magazine ‘La Revue Blanche’ was the ensemble’s inspiration. Exoticism and Kawabata’s serene writings in particular, are at the heart of this programme. In the avant garde movie ‘A page of Madness’ from 1926 (with a screenplay by Kawabata), Japanese cinematographer Kinugasa paints the subjective observations of people living in a runaway asylum. Thought lost for almost half a…

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Misia

Misia

Misia tells the musical story of Misia Sert (1872-1950), queen of the Parisian salons but sadly also of shattered dreams and broken hearts. Her lifetime of glory and tragedy, the fascinating artistic circles she travelled in and her sizzling passion for music are the common threads of this tale. Revue Blanche and Katharina Smets embark on a quest for a long-lost era: that of Misia’s Belle Epoque. Misia—of Belgian ancestry—was a key figure in the French fin de siècle music…

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(Alors) on danse!

(Alors) on danse!

Baroque dancer Ludovica Mosca recreates baroque dance art in a lively spectacle. Baroque and dance, music and movement – one did not exist without the other.  A playful menuet, a solemn sarabande or a happy gigue sufficed to invite musicians, stable men, even the Sun King himself to the dance floor. Ludovica Mosca, specialized baroque dancer, moves all members of Les Abbagliati in blockbusters such as Corelli’s La Follia and Couperin’s l’Apothéose de Lully. When adding her historical castagnettes, the…

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