Sunday, 25 October 2015 | 14:00 | STUK

Tim Mariën’s sound world is unique in Flanders and far outside its borders as well. They must have realised this as well in Darmstadt, where he was awarded a Stipendienpreis or stipend award in 2010. In this portrait concert, the young Flemish ensemble Tiptoe Company will play his most important recent works and will add a world premiere. Using microtonal string instruments, re-tuned pianos and alternative playing techniques, Mariën balances between delicacy and exuberance, poetry and effervescence. Different in tone, but equally inventive is the music of the young Dutch composer Nicoline Soeter. A world première of hers will round out the programme nicely.

Coproduction November Music


Nicoline Soeter: Light refractions (world creation) COM Transit, November Music
Tim Mariën: Universal Strumming (2014)
Tiptoe Company & Tim Mariën: Collective Strings (2013)
Tim Mariën: Unresolved Streets (world creation) COM Transit


Pauline Driesen, 13:30


Tim Mariën

Tim Mariën started composing on his own, after discovering avant-garde composers such as Pierre Henry, Luigi Nono and Karlheinz Stockhausen in his teens. During his studies in musicology at KU Leuven, he researched Harry Partch’s ‘extended just intonation’. Mariën writes on commission of several ensembles, for which he often manipulates or re-tunes instruments. In 2010 he received the Stipendiumprize for composition during the international summer courses for contemporary music in Darmstadt.

Nicoline Soeter

Composer Nicoline Soeter has developed as a multidisciplinary artist the past few years, focusing on the correlation between music and text. In 2016/2017, she was supported by New Arrivals. Soeter has been commissioned by the Fonds Podiumkunsten, festival Wintertuin, November Music, Cultura Nova and Transit, among others. Her works have been performed at various festivals and concert venues, such as November Music, Cross-linx and the Gaudeamus Music Week, and is published by Donemus Publishing.

Website Nicoline Soeter


Tiptoe Company

Tiptoe Company is a young ensemble focused on contemporary chamber music for surprising combinations of 'delicate' instruments such as acoustic guitar, double bass, recorder, harp and cello. ‘On tiptoe’ they discover musical borders - on the edge of silence, or in intense chamber music. TC works together with composers and artists as Patricia Alessandrini, Tim Mariën and Anneleen De Causmaecker. They’ve performed in major venues as November Music, MAfestival, and De Bijloke. Tiptoe Company is ensemble in residence at ChampdAction production platform.Tiptoe Company plays contemporary chamber music for surprising instrumental combinations. 'Delicate' instruments as acoustic guitar, double bass, recorder, harp and cello are brought together. 'On tiptoe' they discover musical borders - on the edge of silence, on in intense chamber music.

Website Tiptoe Company


Naamsestraat 96
3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte H. Hartkliniek

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