Saturday, November 23, 2013

Non-Event and the SMFA present

JAAP BLONK (voice, electronics)
with BOLT

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Room A202)
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
8pm / $5

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JAAP BLONK is a self-taught composer, performer, and poet. Blonk began his musical career in the late 1970s, when he took up saxophone and started composing music. It was a few years later that he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first reciting poetry and then working with improvisation and the incorporation of his voice into into his compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for discovering and developing new sounds. Since 2000, Blonk has also worked with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice and then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis.

In 2006, he took a year off of performing. During this time his renewed interest in mathematics, which he had studied at university, led him to begin to research the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation, and poetry.

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is known for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics, the scope and range of his concerts has expanded considerably.

BOLT is Jorrit Dijkstra (sax, electronics), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), Junko Fujiwara (cello), and Eric Rosenthal (drums, etc). Adventurous Improvised Music.