New Music For Old Instruments – Residency of Jozef Van Wissem

Les Ateliers Claus invites Jozef Van Wissem into its house to explore the two seemingly different worlds of modern composition and early instruments. “New Music For Old Instruments” sees Jozef Van Wissem collaborating with several artists, all adding essential elements to an ongoing dialogue between the music of our times and the practices of old music, when there were less compositions, less detailed compositions and evidently: no recordings. Instead of recreating this early music, Jozef Van Wissem, along with some of the most relevant artists on this subject, look forward, appropriating old instruments for contemporary composition and playing techniques. – Les Ateliers Claus

FRIDAY, 10th of DECEMBER, 20:30
Lecture on the liberation of the lute by Jozef Van Wissem
Eric Cordier + Jozef Van Wissem
Keiji Haino + Jozef Van Wissem

SATURDAY, 11th of DECEMBER, 20:30
Vanshing Twins
Robbie Lee + Che Chen
Vanishing Twins + Jozef Van Wissem.
Heresy Of The Free Spirit

SUNDAY, 12th of DECEMBER, 15:30
Stef Heeren + Jozef Van Wissem
Stephan Mathieu + Caro Mikalef
Jozef Van Wissem

FRIDAY: 10€ / 12€
SATURDAY: 8€ / 10€
SUNDAY: 5€ / 6€

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This concert will take place at BRASS, avenue van volxem 364, 1190 saint gilles. Click here for detailed info.


JOZEF VAN WISSEM is renowned for his ability to appropriate the Renaissance and Baroque lute in the context of contemporary experimental music.  By cutting and pasting classical pieces, reversing melodies, “medieval sampling” and adding processed field recordings, Jozef is able to bridge the language of 17th century music with the music of our times.

KEIJI HAINO is a legendary Japanese avant garde artist and rockstar who collaborated with an infinite amount of artists: John Zorn, Fred Frith, Jim O’Rourke, Faust, … The sheer volume of his guitar playing, added to the astonishingly raw emotion of his vocals, creates a clear impression that one is witnessing the closest rock equivalent to primal scream therapy.

CHE CHEN & ROBBIE LEE are Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalists who have been steadily developing their unique approach to free improvisation over the years.  Using a constellation of instruments, they create earthly, slow moving improvisations that are informed as much by folk traditions as they are by 20th century music.

ERIC CORDIER was born in 1963, now living in Paris. As an improviser, he plays a singular instrument: hurdy-gurdy in connection with electronic processors. As a composer he is known for his various electro-acoustic tape music pieces.

VANISHING TWINS is the project of Jeanne Madic, encompassing a fusion of experimental folk and abstract modern classical compositions.

STEF HEEREN is the central figure of Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat, a band which brings dark & looming dronefolk, often referring to medieval times both in instrumentation as in its grimy lyrics

STEPHAN MATHIEU & CARO MIKALEF will present the audio part of their installation ‘Constellations’ which debuted at sonar 2010. Constellations is a piece for 2 renaissance claviers dedicated to the work of Antonio de Cabezón, Spanish Renaissance composer.


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