Hello! I'm Dominique Vleeshouwers,
a musician and creative director who loves to play music and create out-of-the-box concepts.
Playground is 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 from both worlds: the newest DJ equipment, colorful percussion, theatrical expression and imaginary compositions.
We are currently researching the combination of digital and acoustic sound. We are forming a band of violin, cello, keys, percussion, and computer in which all instruments also perform on electric instruments. Also, we are working on a version for Symphonic Orchestra with this band. We love collaborations, if you have any ideas, please let me know!
WE EMPOWER CREATIVITY
As a co-founder and creative director, I create projects like Playground. Combined Creatives is a collective of creative minds: from musicians to filmmakers, designers to copywriters, photographers to directors. Together we create out-of-the-box concepts, from idea to execution.
The collective has around 50 members from a lot of different disciplines. It's very cool to brainstorm together with such a bunch of creative people. Some of the ideas we already made are incredible, and I cannot wait to start and produce more. If you're interested in Combined Creatives or one of our creatives, please visit our website.
Performed at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ on March 31st, 2016.
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
This concerto is a hell to study! But the composition is fantastic! I love the combination of percussion with the orchestra, the piece is very virtuosic and challenges me every time I perform it. I'm aiming to record this work for an album in 2018. In September 2017 I will play this composition in Russia together with conductor Rene Gulikers.
Time and Space
I 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.
Works for percussion
A part of me loves to be alone in my studio and study the whole day. I'm not sure what it is that is so fascinating about it. Maybe it is the fact that I forget time, or that I learn a lot about myself, or that is comforting to be at that moment. Or maybe it is just to work on a composition that somebody else wrote and translate it for people to hear it. I'm very interested in analyzing works and finding relations between composers to create an exciting performance.
Currently, I am working on some new repertoire including Lebensfunke by Japanese composers Malika Kishino, an intense work for Bass Drum and electronics. But also I want to dig into the preludes for Vibraphone written by Louis Cauberghs. I'm still a big fan of Stockhausen's Vibra Elufa and the standard repertoire. Also, I'm working with Belgium composer Wim Henderickx on a new piece for solo percussion which will be premiered in Brugge on the 17th of November.
For upcoming season I want to research the potentialities of electro-acoustic music and how digital sounds can widen my possibilities as a performer.
Bernadeta Astari, soprano, Dana Zemtsov, viola, Dominique Vleeshouwers, percussion & concept
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.