One young Flemish guitarist (Nico Couck) and three very talked-about composers. Each of them has written a piece for solo acoustic or electric guitar, which will produce an undoubtedly intense musical experience.
Oscar Bianchi, Trevor Bača, Katherine Young
Klaas Coulembier, 13:30
Composer and bassoonist Katherine Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that uses curious timbres, rhythmic pressure, and kinetic structures to explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and tensions between the familiar and the strange.
A vocal quality, even in his instrumental work, can strike us as a prominent feature of Oscar Bianchi's music. Exuberant and intelligent, this vocal dimension plays with a refined art of accentuations in all its intermediate degrees. At its core, Bianchi's music continues to be guided by the challenge of dramaturgical and formal issues.
Trevor Bača (1975) grew up in Texas. His concerns as a composer include lost and secret texts; broken and dismembered systems; sorcery, divination and magic; and the effects, action and beauty of light. Bača is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at Harvard University with dissertation advisors Hans Tutschku and Chaya Czernowin.
Nico Couck received his Master’s Degree in Guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2013, where he’s now teaching guitar and chamber music himself. Since 2010 he has been awarded several prizes, among which by Radio Klara, Laboratorium and the Logos Foundation. Couck has been invited to play at great concert venues in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America, and has featured at Warschau Autumn, Acht Brücken Köln and Cité de la Musique Paris among others. He’s also shared the stage with ensembles such as ChampdAction, HERMESensemble and Nadar Ensemble. Throughout his career, he’s premiered works by composers such as Oscar Bianchi, Chaya Czernowin, Johannes Kreidler, Stefan Prins, Simon-Steen Andersen and Serge Verstockt.