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 (Bruges, 1983) studied composition with Frank Nuyts, Godfried-Willem Raes and Filip Rathé at the Gent Conservatory, where he’s been teaching composition and orchestration himself since 2016. Throughout the years, he’s worked with renowned national and international ensembles as well as soloists, and has built up an intense collaboration with LOD Muziektheater. In april 2017, they premiered his second opera Menuet, after the eponymous novella by Louis Paul Boon, and last year, in 2018, his Eine Schöne Müllerin was premiered by SPECTRA at Festival 20·21.
Frederik Croene started his career as a self-taught musician before taking up traditional music education. Fueled by his passion for contemporary music and new performance practices, he’s presented a radical mix of styles and techniques both in concert and recording, that’s been received enthusiastically throughout. Alongside his work as a performing musician, Croene rethinks traditional settings the piano and performer find themselves in through the concept of the deconstructed piano, with extraordinarily surprising results.
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.