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Thank you for your interest in Expectations.
The music in this program is inspired by my girlfriend and conductor Elim Chan. I tried to involve a lot of different styles which are carefully selected to surprise the audience. It's a challenging program for both the orchestra and the soloists and I hope it will help a new audience to experience this music in a more familiar setting.
How does it work?
First, open the floor plan + impression location to get an idea of the place. This project could also fit in f.e. the Royal Albert Hall, or a big concert hall. However, I would prefer an unexpected location.
Second; I created a timeline, which contains all the music with transitions. I would advise listening to the entire track in the evening with a bottle of wine, imagine you are not a frequent concert visitor, and you just arrived at a cool location, f.e. entering an old factory. You take a seat in one of the bean bags. Around you there are six percussionists, they are like researchers in a laboratory. In the middle, there is a beautiful violinist and a cool pianist rocking on his piano. In the center, we see the orchestra. They all start as separate groups, but in the last piece, they all join the stage, forming one big group.
You can follow the script while listening to get an idea of the lighting and atmosphere.
I hope you have fun and I hope we can realize this concept.
We bring a deserted warehouse back to life by transforming it for one evening into one of the world’s most exciting music stages. A top orchestra and legendary soloists gather for an electrifying night diving into music from Beethoven to Hans Zimmer.
It is only one evening, an exclusive venue, high-level musicians, unexpected music from Beethoven to Hans Zimmer.
Expectations focuses on a young audience, 19 to 40 years old. Our audience is interested in culture and listens to different music styles. They like to go out and have fun on the weekends. Most of them are not familiar with classical concerts and will relate this project more to a pop concert or summer festival. Therefore, we will create our marketing more into a style similar to these kind of events.
A cross-over between symphonic and techno music, Playground Sinfonica explores the digitalisation of today’s society and its alarming impact.
In today’s world, we humans are depending on computers and gradually robots for everything. In trains verbal communication with each other is replaced by constant consumption of social media, and we read our newspapers on our tablet. We also hear this phenomenon in the sounds around us—an authentic, beautiful bell is now replaced by a digital sound. In Japan technology can even enable boys to date with digital ‘girls’ on an app. Human contact and social interaction seems to have lost its value and disappearing from our daily life.
With Playground Sinfonica we ask a question: Do we want computers to take over our lives? Do we want artificial intelligence to take control?
Using techniques and synthesizers like composers such as Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer, we combine one of the most traditional acoustic ways of music making, the classical orchestra, with the digital techno music of today. The concert starts with a full orchestra performing a minimalist composition, “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. From there we embark on a journey through various phases of digitalizing the music, where the ultimate stage would be an absence of musicians on stage, any sort of human quality is eliminated and the computer is the sole “performer”.
Available from 2020/2021. Produced by Combined Creatives
For Symphony Orchestra and percussion soloist
Written in October 2017
A carefully curated program containing music from composers of today. The program would fit in various concert halls with adventurous programming. Welcome to the Now shows the versatility of percussion, from impressive fast drumming to melodic chamber music. The orchestra's percussion section also has a chance to share the spotlight together with the soloist.
The concert is fully directed and has a unique light design.
How does it work?
On the right, you will find the ‘timeline’ of the first half of the concert and the script. I advise listening to the entire 'timeline' while reading the script.
The music in the first half of the concert will form one long tension span from the start until the break.
After the break, we hear the percussion concerto 'Sieidi' by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.
Here you find some concepts in development
Written in April 2018
Premiere on November 9th, 2018, TROMP FESTIVAL Eindhoven
TROMP, EMOVES and The Ruggeds team up
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.
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
Here you can find:
- The script
- The timeline (all the pieces, or impression, until the dance battle)
- example videos