In the early 1990s – the early days of saxophone quartet BL!NDMAN – its founder, saxophonist and composer Eric Sleichim wrote Poortenbos. The work was a grand statement about the reinvention of the saxophone quartet. Fast-forward to 2019, where Sleichim has written a sequel for the
21st century: exploring the instruments, separate and combined, examining the relationship with space and having a dialogue with ‘Bob’, their fully automatic Decap accordion.
Eric Sleichim: Poortenbos 2 / Simon Martin: Projections libérantes
Eric Sleichim studied at the conservatories of Brussels and Liège. He is the driving force behind the original BL!NDMAN saxophone quartet, as well as the remaining three quartets that were born out of this original idea. As a composer and saxophone player, Sleichim gained international fame through his highly personal approach of the instrument, his cross-overs with other disciplines such as dance and theater, and his crossing of the eras, with a strong emphasis on 21st century and early music, while electronics are of growing importance in his work.
Born in Rouyn-Noranda (Québec), Simon Martin is a composer and producer of contemporary concert music. As the founding director of Projections libérantes (2011), he has completed four productions to this day. Following in the footsteps of American composers Harry Partch, La Monte Young and James Tenney, Martin’s music increasingly focuses on natural intonation. In 2016, Martin was presented with $10.000 by Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec as the winner of the 2014-2015 Opus Prize – Composer of the year.
In 1988 Eric Sleichim founded BL!NDMAN, a saxophone quartet that developed new performing techniques and sought out the boundaries between their sound, other disciplines and early music. BL!NDMAN grew out to be a collective of four quartets: BL!NDMAN [sax], BL!NDMAN [drums], BL!NDMAN [strings] and (since 2014) BL!NDMAN [hybrid]. BL!NDMAN embraces other art disciplines, pleases the eye, challenges the ear and attaches great value to experimentation.