Two pianos, two pianists, two composers and even some electronics as well. This year’s Transit kicks off with two premieres by Daan Janssens and Frederik Croene. Each of them places the piano in a new context in their own completely different way. Electronics by Daan Janssens, and a dramatic and visual stage set by artist Karl Van Welden alongside Frederik Croene’s composition. The best from Belgium for 176 keys and 30 fingers.
Frederik Croene (premiere) / Daan Janssens (premiere)
Coproduction Centre Henri Pousseur
Maarten Beirens, 19:45
Daan Janssens (1983) studied composition with Frank Nuyts, Godfried-Willem Raes and Filip Rathé at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where he has been teaching composition and orchestration himself since 2016. Throughout the years, he has worked with renowned national and international ensembles as well as soloists, and has built up an intense collaboration with LOD muziektheater. He is currently working on his third opera, Brodeck, after a novel by Philippe Claudel, again in collaboration with Fabrice Murgia and commissioned by LOD (2021-2023).
Website Daan Janssens
Frederik Croene (1973) developed a handful trajectories in which he reflects on the ever changing and multi-layered identities of the classical pianist. He played and recorded some classical repertoire and worked intensively with contemporary composers. Other trajectories focus more on transdisciplinary art, improvisation and intuitive performance/studio recording.
Website Frederik Croene
The visionary piano collective Pianoguide was founded by pianists Elisa Medinilla and Frederik Croene out of a common passion for radically new recital formats. The ensemble focuses on contemporary compositions in which images (video, choreography, gestures), concepts and/or ideas play as important a role as sounds.
Karl Van Welden
In 2006 Karl Van Welden (°1980) initiated United Planets, a cycle of visual and performative work based on terrestrial or human presence in the universe. How does humankind relate to the immensity of the universe? Using the planets in our solar system as anchor points, he searches for artistic answers to this fundamental question, with a predilection for silenced movement and architectural forms.