Friday, 28 October 2022 | 20:30 | Manhattan

The Transit opening night presents a double bill from the Koi Collective (saxophone and piano) and Goggles (soprano and percussion).

Work by Thomas Smetryns, Tim Mulleman, Frederik Neyrinck, Karel Stulens, Ward De Jonghe, Lior Navok, François Sarhan.


Frederik Neyrinck

Frederik Neyrinck worked with various orchestras and ensembles such as Asko|Schönberg, Nadar Ensemble, Klangforum Wien and Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen. From 2020 to 2024, he will be Artist in Residence at I SOLISTI. He is also very active in the field of (children's) musical theatre and opera. This manifests itself, among other things, in a residency at LOD muziektheater.

Website Frederik Neyrinck

Karel Stulens

Karel Stulens is a composer of new art and music. His work ranges from orchestral and chamber works, mainly with performative and multi-media components, to interactive videos. Research and questions about stereotypes, traditionalism and institutional mechanisms form his basis for creating new work. 

Website Karel Stulens

Ward De Jonghe

Ward De Jonghe studied piano with Daan Vandewalle and composition with Daan Janssens at the royal conservatory of Ghent. He was selected a winner of the SOV Composers’ Academy 2020 and his first string quartet was selected for the 2021 ISCM World Music Days in Shanghai. As a pianist he is active in Nemø ensemble and was a guest performer in HERMESensemble, Nadar Ensemble and Graindelavoix, among others. 

Tim Mulleman

Tim Mulleman is a composer, arranger and pianist. As a composer, he currently writes for the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Het Collectief, Kugoni Trio and the brand-new Koi Collective. Mulleman's arrangements are played and requested by Philippe Graffin, Het Collectief and the chamber music ensemble of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, among others. 

Website Tim Mulleman

Lior Navok

Lior Navok's music is played worldwide in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Berliner Philharmoniker, and opera houses such as Sydney Opera House, Oper Frankfurt and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Navok has a passion for the stage and love for the world of children. He is pianist and founding member of the Butterfly Effect Ensemble, which is specialised in creating live film music for silent films. 

Website Lior Navok

François Sarhan

François Sarhan is a French composer, director and visual artist. Sarhan is known for his musical theatre and multimedia works in which he often performs himself. He wrote the book Introduction à l'Histoire de la Musique (2002) and is the initiator of the artistic collective CRWTH, which has been creating and performing multimedia projects since 2000. 

Website François Sarhan

Thomas Smetryns

Thomas Smetryns’ quest in creating an experimental music practice results in projects involving a wide range of instruments, performers and different ways of notation. Smetryns has written works for SPECTRA, pianist Daan Vandewalle, trumpeter Jason Price, M&M ensemble and HERMESensemble, among others. He is also active as a lutenist. He improvises mainly with his extensive collection of tuning forks and his collection of ethnic music. Since 2008, Smetryns has been associated with LOD muziektheater

Website Thomas Smetryns



Always starting from a story to tell, Goggles is constantly looking to cross borders in the contemporary music domain. This energetic and playful duo Wim Pelgrims (percussion) and Esther-Elisabeth Rispens (voice), will take you on their journey of sparkling, bubbly cheerfulness through a theatrical contemporary music repertoire.

Website Goggles

Koi Collective

Koi Collective (Emmy Wils - piano & Maarten Vergauwen - saxophone) was founded in 2020. Specialising in the performance of contemporary repertoire the collective has its main focus on Belgian compositions. In addition to this, the Koi Collective chooses a variety of compositions written by foreign composers. Inspired by the fish of the same name, the Koi Collective aims to profile itself in the broad contemporary scene as an ensemble that swims against the current and makes the challenges of the various styles its own.

Koi Collective on Facebook


Kolonel Begaultlaan 21
3000 Leuven



De Manhattan is gelegen aan de Vaart Leuven-Mechelen.  

 Met de auto: parking Vaartkom


De Manhattan is gelegen aan de Vaart Leuven-Mechelen.  

Te voet: 20 min van het station

Met de fiets: fietssnelweg F8 en F3

Met het openbaar vervoer: met de buitenringbus 600 tot Engels plein

Not on time?

Late-comers will not be admitted to the concert.