Saturday, 13 October 2018 | 14:00 | STUK

Using the title hacking the piano, the Tiptoe Company will bring together two composers who each have their very own approach to the icon of classical music, the piano. This promises to be a thoroughly alternative look at the instrument, radically re- or detuned, taken apart until only the frame remains, and complemented with other instruments and electronics. Patricia Alessandrini starts with a disassembled piano frame, while Tim Mariën will present another chapter in his collaboration with Tiptoe, with whom he appeared at Transit in 2015.


Tim Mariën (premiere) / Patricia Alessandrini (premiere)

With special thanks to Q-O2, where Patricia Alessandrini was hosted in residence.

Production: ChampdAction website ChampdAction


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.

Patricia Alessandrini

Patricia Alessandrini is a composer/sound artist, principally creating multimedia and interactive work. She studied composition with electronics at the Conservatorio di Bologna and IRCAM, holds a diploma in composition from the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, a PhD from Princeton University, and a second PhD from SARC. Her works have been presented in festivals in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and over 15 European countries, with the support of institutions such as IRCAM, Centquatre, Gaîté Lyrique, La Nuit Blanche , EMS-Stockholm and SWR Studio Freiburg. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Stanford University/CCRMA.


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


ChampdAction is an international development and production platform for innovative and idiosyncratic (experimental) music makers and sound artists active in Flanders. For development and creations, the platform enters local and international collaborations with ensembles, performers, scientists, technicians and artists from different art disciplines and cultures.

Website ChampdAction


Naamsestraat 96
3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte H. Hartkliniek

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