Ahead of his Other Minds Festival performance in SF, Jaap Blonk presents Songs of Little Sleep and other recent works for voice and electronics.
As a vocalist, Jaap is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. 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, including Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, 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 for him by the Donaueschinger Musiktage. On several occasions, he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin, for the Ars Electronica Festival.
Photo: Etang Chen