Apart from performing standard percussion repertoire I also love developing new composition and ideas. In November 2017 I've premiered a new 20-minute composition by Wim Henderickx called Sacred Places in Concertgebouw Brugge.
Currently, I'm developing a sound library for percussion setup with analog and digital synthesizers and drum-computers.
Pieces I have performed as soloist with orchestra:
Louis Andriessen - Tapdance
Steven Mackey - Micro Concerto
James Macmillan - Veni Veni Emmanuel
Joey Roukens - Percussion Concerto
Joseph Schwantner - Percussion Concert
Jacob TV - Goldrush (duo)
New repertoire coming up:
Avner Dorman - Spices, Toxins, Perfumes (duo)
Péter Eötvös - Speaking Drums
James Macmillan - Percussion concerto no. 2
We are a collective of creative minds who combine a club experience with a live performance. Our music is a mix of techno, minimal and film music. We play with everything and everyone from both worlds: the newest dj equipment, colourful percussion, theatrical expression and imaginary compositions.
Life is a playground.
1. Playground DJ Set (First Album coming up)
2. Playground Ensemble (Première 2020)
3. Playground Sinfonica (première 2021 The Netherlands)
Première November 9th, 2018
November 9, 2018: one night that challenges the cross-over between classical music and urban street culture. In the Opening Night of the international TROMP percussion competition and festival in Eindhoven, Dutch percussion virtuoso Dominique Vleeshouwers and leading Austrian percussion soloist Martin Grubinger team up with Eindhoven’s renowned breakdance crew The Ruggeds and the winner of the European Championship for wind orchestras St. Michaël van Thorn. Together they create a performance where breakdance turns into ballet, a traditional Dutch wind band is transformed into a hip-hop orchestra and intimate classical percussion gradually evolves into energetic beats that fill the main hall of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.
TROMP 2018 Opening Night info & tickets: tromppercussion.nl/tromp-opening-night/
Percussion soloists: Martin Grubinger & Dominique Vleeshouwers
Breakdance crew: The Ruggeds
Wind Orchestra: St. Michaël Thorn
Stage Director: Caecilia Thunnissen
Composers: Y’skid & Jelle Verstraten
Transcriptions: Erik Somers, Tom Schippers
script and artistic leading: Dominique Vleeshouwers
Visiting Beethoven is an innovative concert aimed at a young/new audience. It is a first encounter with Beethoven. Music is the most important storyteller, supported by text, video, and lighting. The script is inspired by the biography of Beethoven written by Jan Caeyers. It is not the goal to be historically correct, but mainly to give an impression of the person Beethoven. The music is linked to events from his life and brings the listener into the spirit of Vienna around the year 1800.
Visiting Beethoven has a version of 60 minutes and a version of 85 minutes with intermission.
Viola - Dana Zemtsov
Piano - Louis Schwizgebel
Percussion & Script - Dominique Vleeshouwers
Light - Desiree van Gelderen
Video - Jurjen Alkema
Stage director - Kiki Jaski
Available for bookings from season 19/20
Roots is a collaboration between three award-winning soloists who, as their name suggests, are in search of something a little deeper. Hailing from different backgrounds, Bernadeta Astari (Indonesian), Dana Zemtsov (born in Mexico of Russian heritage and raised in the Netherlands ) and Dominique Vleeshouwers (Dutch) seek to glimpse into their respective cultural pasts, sharing these spectacular differences with one another and the listener alike. This unique combination of soprano, percussion and viola lends itself to a special program as diverse as the musicians themselves.
Next concert coming up:
March 4th, 2018, De Doelen, Rotterdam.
November 17th, 2018, Noorderkerk, Amsterdam
Available for bookings:
Welcome to the Now - solo percussion + orchestra
Expectations - violin, piano, six percussionists + orchestra
Playground Sinfonica - percussion + DJ + orchestra
Please contact me for detailed information or bookings.
Here you find some concepts in development
I've created a 70-minute experience in which I guide an audience through the exhibition by painter Marcel van Hoef. I chose five compositions that connect with the paintings which form a musical tour.
In 2012 I founded Ensemble Judique. We created programs out of a story. From the story, we chose the music. Here are two trailers, one is a children's concert entitled 'The Little Juan' which is about a young boy juggling on the market in Argentina. The other trailer is called 'Por Favor,' a story about a young violinist growing up in a very classical culture. After a concert, she meets an Argentinian man in a bar. The storyline is not that important in the performance, for me it works as a guideline to create a certain tension within a program.
Next to founder I was team leader and programmer. The members of the ensemble were highly creative and had great ideas during rehearsals and creation of the programs. I'm very happy with this experience and grateful for all their work.
Here's the trailer of a late-night chamber music series Combined Creatives developed in 2014. Targeting on a young audience, we subtitled it: "social gatherings, powered by music." It was an occasion where people gathered for a chat, drink, and a small concert before heading off to the next event.
For this chamber music series, I was programmer and co-developer of the concept.
In 2013 for my graduation project I combined music, film and fine art to tell the story of a child soldier. This project is the reason why Vincent van Kekerix and I started our company Combined Creatives.
For this project, I was: developer of concept and program, team leader, music director, and performer. We worked with a team of around 15 people, from filmmakers to producers to stage designers.