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MATRIX-project Symfonieorkest d'Academie Sint-Niklaas


Shalan Alhamwy, Luc Brewaeys

For Ropes, Shalan Alhamwy found inspiration in Brugsepoort, a neighbourhood in Ghent with a mix of nationalities and cultures and a lively atmosphere, but also poverty. Alhamwy’s creation reflects its daily life, embracing a huge range of musical traditions, from Gnawa (a traditional Moroccan music style characterised by African rhythms) to Western romantic. The baglama, oud and Middle Eastern percussion (bendir) add some unusual timbres to the 80-strong symphony orchestra of the Academie Podium Sint-Niklaas.

Coproduction MATRIX [Centrum voor Nieuwe Muziek] & d'Academie Podium Sint-Niklaas

With support from Sabam for Culture, the City of Sint-Niklaas

Sat 19 Oct · 12:30


Alhamwy: Ropes (premiere)

Brewaeys: Dali’s Dream?

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Symfonieorkest d'Academie Podium Sint-Niklaas

Symphony Orchestra d'Academie Podium Sint-Niklaas

The symphony orchestra of d'Academie Podium Sint-Niklaas consists of around 80 students, former students and outside enthusiasts with a passion for classical music. They are always looking for adventurous programmes. For instance, pushing cars on stage, DJs taking place behind the turntables or working with ad hoc instruments such as balloons or matchboxes.

Pieter Matthynssens

Pieter Matthynssens

Pieter Matthynssens is a cellist and art scientist. Together with composer Stefan Prins, he is artistic director of the Nadar Ensemble, which focuses on works by the youngest generation of national and international composers. Matthynssens is conductor of the symphony orchestra at d'Academie Podium Sint-Niklaas and guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.


Shalan Alhamwy

Shalan Alhamwy

Shalan Alhamwy is a versatile artist with roots in Syria and Belgium. He is a violinist, composer, teacher and photographer. With classical training and a diverse musical background in Western, Arabic and Turkish music, he effortlessly blends all these styles in his music. Alhamwy performs with the Damask Duo and is artistic director of the Jiraan Ensemble and Picea Orientalis.

Luc Brewaeys

Luc Brewaeys

Luc Brewaeys (1959-2015) was a composer, conductor and pianist. He also worked as a music director at VRT-Radio. His oeuvre includes eight symphonies, two string quartets, chamber and solo music, electroacoustic works as well as a (chamber) opera. His music is best described as spectral-symphonic with lyrical accents (mainly in later works).


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Symfonieorkest Academie Sint-Niklaas Sat 19 Oct 2024 · 12:30
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