Jaap Blonk (composer, performer and poet) presents a CCRMA Cabaret concert with his latest piece "Polyphtong" for voice and live-electronics, plus a rare complete performance of Kurt Schwitter's "Ursonate"!
Jaap will also talk about his works in the CCRMA Colloquium of March 7 (day before the concert).
Jaap Blonk went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds.
From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.
As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S. and Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and Latin America. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Nicolas Collins, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin.
Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.
He was the founder and leader of the long-standing bands Splinks (modern jazz, 1983-1999) and BRAAXTAAL (avant-rock, 1987-2005). He also has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 15 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta and VICTO.
Music 32N Sculpting with Sounds, Images, and Words
Music 123/223 Undergraduate Seminar in Composition/Composition for Electronic Musicians Music 128 Composing, Coding, and Performance with SLOrk ArtsInst 150 The Changing World of Popular Music Music 192C Session Recording Music 220C Research Seminar in Computer-Generated Music Music 220D Research in Computer-Generated Music Music 222 Sound in Space Music 251 Psychophysics and Music Cognition Music 254 Music Query, Analysis, and Style Simulation (CS275B) Music 257 Neuroplasticity and Musical Gaming Music 264 Musical Engagement Music 318 Advanced Acoustics Music 319 Research Seminar on Computational Models of Sound Perception Music 421AAudio Applications of the Fast Fourier Transform Music 424 Signal Processing Techniques for Digital Audio Effects
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