Could there be anyone better to write a brand-new piece for the amateur percussionists of DROM than Wim Henderickx? Think homemade instruments, colourful combinations and rhythmic excitement. The performance crowning the annual project with MATRIX will be a very special one this year.
Wim Henderickx (premiere)
Wim Henderickx studied composition and percussion at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp as well as sonology at the IRCAM in Paris and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Inspiration from other cultures as well as use of electronics are recurring elements in his work. He teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and is senior lecturer at the yearly summer course SoundMine for young composers at Musica, Impulse Centre for Music. He has received numerous national and international prizes, and in 2015 he became a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Art and Science.
Mobile acoustic DIY-drums come to life in the hands of 35 drummers as a veritable physical ‘wall of sound’. Away with tradition and imitation, they play a polyrhythmic mix that gets its inspiration from all around the world: rolling rumba, creeping basses, inciting breakbeats, South African techno, searing grooves – anything is possible! Due to its combination of acoustic drums and well-oiled choreography, DROM is an ‘outlier’ that feels at home just about anywhere. On squares and street parties, from parades to festivals.