After their impressive passage in 2015 Het Collectief is back at Transit this year. They’ll bring a brand-new work by Dutch composer Robert Zuidam, with an appearance by soprano Katrien Baerts. Chamber music with a dramatic vocal twist, plus equally intense works by Bram van Camp and Beat Furrer from the repertoire of Het Collectief.
Robert Zuidam (1964, the Netherlands) studied composition with Philippe Boesmans and Klaas de Vries at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. The core of Zuidam’s compositional activities lies in the field of vocal music, particularly that of the musictheatre. It was Hans Werner Henze, who made Zuidam aware of his potential as an opera composer. Besides his work as a composer, Zuidam is also active as an essayist on music, a.o. for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
Bram Van Camp
Bram Van Camp (Antwerp °1980) graduated for violin, chamber music, composition, music analysis, counterpoint and fugue at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp (2003). He studied composition in the class of Wim Henderickx and Theo Loevendie at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Creating his music Bram Van Camp always strives for a style starting intuitively, where each note can be explained as being element of an own consequent system. He focuses on a musical and organic sounding result. This way, his system of composing is not the objective on itself, yet it is applied as a means to result in natural sounding essence: the real organic music.
Beat Furrer was born in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) in 1954 and received his first musical training on piano at the Music School there. In 1985 he founded the Klangforum Wien, which he directed until 1992, and with which he is still associated as conductor. Since the 1980s Beat Furrer has composed a wide range of works, from solo and ensemble music to orchestral and choral works and opera. He is well know for his nuanced exploration of the human voice and its relationship to instrumental sound.
The chamber music group Het Collectief was founded in 1998 in Brussels. Working consistently from a solid nucleus of five musicians, the group has created an intriguing and idiosyncratic sound, achieved by an unfamiliar mix of strings, wind instruments and piano.
In its repertoire, Het Collectief returns to the Second Viennese School, the roots of modernism. Starting from this solid basis, it explores important twentieth century repertoire, including the very latest experimental trends. The group also creates a furore with daring crossovers between the contemporary and the traditional repertoire and with adaptations of ancient music.
Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts has been noted for her powerful and sensual voice as well as for her profound and heartfelt interpretation.
Season 2017/2018 starts with her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele with Klangforum Wien and returning to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Bachs 'Cantate BWV 202' and 'Pulcinella' by Stravinsky. Further performances will also include 'Mysteries of the Macabre' at the Ligeti Festival, 'Requiem' by Brahms in Switzerland and a new song recital. Composer Rob Zuidam is also completing a new work for her(foto © Claudia Hansen).