This concert is actually two mini-concerts for the price of one. Nico Couck, who boosted his profile as a guitar hero last year as a soloist with Ensemble Interface, will perform brand-new work for electric guitar by Eva Reiter. Maarten Buyl will have sopran Naomi Beeldens enter into a hybrid dialogue with a virtual electronic doppelgänger of her voice, for a combination of vocal fireworks and theatrical performance.
CO-PRODUCTION INTERNATIONALES MUSIKINSTITUT DARMSTADT, CHAMPDACTION
Eva Reiter: The Wilderness of Mirrors (premiere)
Maarten Buyl: Cascade – Arcade (2019)
Eva Reiter, core member of ICTUS ensemble since 2015, studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam. By now, her work has been performed at international festivals and on important stages such as Ars Musica, Wien Modern and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse. She’s also been awarded several prizes for various recent compositions.
Composer and sound designer Maarten Buyl (°1982) studied music theory, analysis, composition and music technology at the conservatories of Brussels and Antwerp. Buyl’s compositions have been performed by Goeyvaerts trio, Vlaams Radio Orkest, ChampdAction and Quatuor Danel as well as many others. He also created sound designs for recordings of contemporary dance, music, theatre and opera productions, in a number of collaborations with for instance ChampdAction, LOD, Fabre/Troubleyn, het Toneelhuis and Virion.
Nico Couck received his Master’s Degree in Guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2013, where he’s now teaching guitar and chamber music himself. Since 2010 he has been awarded several prizes, among which by Radio Klara, Laboratorium and the Logos Foundation. Couck has been invited to play at great concert venues in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America, and has featured at Warschau Autumn, Acht Brücken Köln and Cité de la Musique Paris among others. He’s also shared the stage with ensembles such as ChampdAction, HERMESensemble and Nadar Ensemble. Throughout his career, he’s premiered works by composers such as Oscar Bianchi, Chaya Czernowin, Johannes Kreidler, Stefan Prins, Simon-Steen Andersen and Serge Verstockt.
Classically trained soprano Naomi Beeldens (°1988) has a predilection for music theatre, contemporary music and all things experimental. She likes to seek for boundaries – between genres, genders, disciplines, high & low culture – and is at all times on the look-out for invigorating musical experiences.