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Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Marco Blaauw
Tara Bouman
Gillian Lampater

 



Les Percussions de Strasbourg


Jean-Paul Bernard (Artistic Director)

Claude Ferrier
Bernard Lesage
Keiko Nakamura
François Papirer
Olaf Tzschoppe



 

Les Percussions de Strasbourg has built up its collection of musical instruments gradually, the fruit of many meetings, many voyages, and many creations. It slowly expanded to become an impressive potential resource for composers, even actually influencing their composition. For example, our first set of chromatic cowbells inspired Olivier Messiaen, and our Thai gongs were used by Hugues Dufourt in his symphony for percussion Erewhon.

This instrumentarium now encompasses a vast range of instruments featuring membranes, wood and metal as well as numerous sound accessories. Each piece requires particular skill to bring out its full musical potential. Our six musicians can play over four hundred of these percussion instruments.

The instrument research workshop is a hive of creativity. By linking experimentation with combinative art Les Percussions de Strasbourg  are furthering instrumental research. Their exchanges with composers have produced unique instruments such as the famous sixxen,  an instrumental compilation offering 109 different metallic sounds devised specifically for the ensemble by Xénakis.

Traveling around the world has also proved to be a source of inspiration - our  6  «musician-researchers» have brought back highly unusual instruments such as gongs, cowbells, marimbas, tom-toms or wooden drums.
Closer to home, the latest technologies also offer almost limitless research possibilities. Everyday objects can be deflected from their original purpose for the purpose of producing a particular resonance.

All these resources contribute towards evolving sound perceptions and enriching tonal colour.

Under the direction of Jean-Paul Bernard, Les Percussions de Strasbourg will interprt François Paris' music in Michèle Noiret's further choreography, Les Arpenteurs.

http://www.percussionsdestrasbourg.com/fr/index.php


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Marco Blaauw

Biography

Trumpet and piano


Born in 1965 in the Netherlands, Marco Blaauw has an international career as a soloist, is member of ensemble musikFabrik in Köln, and grounder of the “Blaauw ensemble”. Many composers wrote for him, like Richard Ayres, Gijsbrecht Roye, Isabel Mundry, Hanna Kulenty, Peter Eötvös and others. His work is documented in various radio and CD productions. In 2001, he replaces Achim Gorsch in the project “Twelve Seasons”, a choreography of Michèle Noiret for 6 dancers and 3 musicians.

For more information : www.marcoblaauw.com


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Tara Bouman

Biography

The Dutch clarinettist TARA BOUMAN studied clarinet with Piet Honingh and was a student of Suzanne Stephens. The main focus of her repertoire is contemporary music, which she has performed in many international venues. She plays with Markus Stockhausen in the duo “Moving Sounds”, performs regularly with percussionist Tatiana Koleva and is a member of the “blaauw ensemble”. As a soloist she has worked with composers such as Isabel Mundry, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtag and Roderik de Man. Free improvisation is becoming an increasing medium of expression for her musical speech. Recently her first solo CD (CONTEMPORARY) came out, with works by Isabel Mundry, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez and Markus Stockhausen.

Website: www.tarabouman.aktivraum.de


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Gillian Lampater
Biography

Studied the flute with Prof. Arife-Gülsen Tatu at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, continuing her studies in Cologne with Prof. Wilhelm Schwegler and Anette Maiburg. She is now a student of Prof. Gunhild Ott at the Folkwanghochschule Essen.
From 1999 to 2000 she played in the Symphonieorchster der Stadt Münster, from 2001 to 2002 she held the principal flute position in the Landeskapelle Eisenach. In 2001, she collaborates to Michèle Noiret’s choreography “Twelve Seasons”, a project for 6 dancers and 3 musicians. Since 2002 she has been playing in the flute section of the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen. Her orchestral experience includes performances with the Staatsorchester Kassel, the Philharmonia Hungarica and the MusikFabrik NRW. From 1997 to 2002 she was a member of the ensemble European Wind, which she founded together with Tara Bouman and Achim Gorsch. As a soloist and in chamber music she has worked together with composers such as Georges Aperghis, Louis Andriessen, Roderik de Man, Vykintas Baltakas and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Gillian Lampater gives concerts throughout Western Europe.

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