Sunday, 11 October 2020 | 11:30 | 30CC/Schouwburg

Before lunchtime, Ralph van Raat is making a musical voyage across the American musical landscape: from Los Angeles to New York, from the old ragtime melodies to the very newest contemporary sounds. Particularly satisfying are the many little side streets that Van Raat takes that allow you to hear the awe-inspiring richness of American piano music. Contrast is guaranteed in this cleverly assembled potpourri. Play and seriousness, concrete and abstract, accessible and stubborn, old-fashioned and progressive: you’ll hear it all. You choose, you lose; and if you don’t choose, hopefully you’ll lose yourself.

A festival of American music would fall short of its goals if it didn’t include at least one really long minimalist masterpiece on the programme. Feldman’s For Philip Guston is just that. It expands for hours, until you as a listener can no longer tell the difference between light and darkness, north and south, silence and sound, ebb and high tide. Yet minimalism is much more than a trip to the indefinite. When virtually the same material gets repeated over and over, the smallest difference can take on enormous significance. Thus every new note has maximum impact; that too is minimalism. If you feel called, do come early: there are a few very comfortable lounge chairs waiting for you, so that you can join the musicians in doing away with time.

11:30-12:45 American Omnibus

14:30-18:40 Minimal Sunday




Het Collectief

Het Collectief (°1998) bouwde met blazers, strijkers en piano een intrigerende eigen sound op. Op het Collectief-repertoire staan zowel de grote 20e-eeuwse composities als splinternieuwe hedendaagse experimenten en grensverleggende cross-overs.

Ralph van Raat

For Ralph van Raat, there seem to be as many hours in a day as there are keys on a piano. This pianist keeps coming up with amazing programmes and shockingly good CDs, one after another. He’s made the music of the 20th and 21st centuries literally and figuratively his favourite ‘playground’, and he knows better than anyone else how to design the most fascinating course through it. There’s no better tour guide than this American omnibus.

Website Ralph van Raat


Bondgenotenlaan 21
3000 Leuven



Ladeuze, Ladeuzeplein 20


Lijnen 1–9 / 284–85 / 315–17 / 333–35 / 337 / 351–52 /358 / 370–74 /380 / 395
Halte Rector De Somer plein

Not on time?

Late-comers will not be admitted to the concert.