Eersteklasconcerten /MusiMatrix Duo’s 2020

17/03/2020

1 +1 = 2.
Or is it sometimes more?

White - black, high - low, large - small, heavy - light, serious - humorous.

Each contradiction consists of two. They form a duo, the prototype of every collection.

We play with this idea: as a contrast, as a dialogue, as a monologue with two, as parts of an instrument. And by extension as two groups together or opposite each other.

Human communication also comes from two. Starting from birth; even though we can't talk yet. When two musicians enter into a dialogue, they do not really speak either, although they do connect through sound.

MusiMatrix 2020 will take you into the world of duplication. Not to calculate, but to experience together. Get actively acquainted with three quirky musical duos: Duobaan (B), Jasper & Jasper (B) and UMS 'n JIP (CH).

In early March, more than 1,500 first-grade students and their teachers completed the annual 90-minute tour throughout Concertgebouw Brugge.

Once again they had the entire building to themselves, because Concertgebouw takes this target group and format completely serious. Only the best is good enough for children aged 6 and their teachers.

As an intro, the six musicians from Duobaan (B), Jasper & Jasper (B) and UMS 'n JIP (CH) presented themselves in complete silence.

Who belongs to whom? Which duo combinations are possible with six musicians?

That question was not answered until the children hopped from island to island in groups of 50.

In the Chamber Music Hall they came face to face with a monumental boulder.

Push Pull by Rolf Riehm created a strange atmosphere. The boulder - or were there two? Turned out to be an enlargement of the two halves of the accordion. The effort that this instrument requires to be played became very tangible for the children when they let both boulders dance together. Barbara Ardenois (accordion) and Anneleen De Causmaecker (visual artist) showed how music can refer to events in the outside world. The children listened with full attention.

On the island of Jasper & Jasper they were introduced to the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. In an impressive setup with four TV screens, Jasper Braet and Jasper Van Paemel seemed to make it a duo multiplied by four. Their partly improvised performances based on simple principles flowed seamlessly into the two mini workshops with the children.

In this way, the children also became musicians. In groups of 8, sitting around the four Sound Mandalas. 

On these specially designed wooden tables, each child could add their own tonal layer to the wonderful whole. The duo's performance ended with a playful, science fiction-like arrangement and sound performance in the middle of the room.

On the island of UMS n JIP it was initially quiet and awake. A rising sun symbolized dawn.

In a spatial setting, the children were immersed in Sancho, the ensemble's own work and part of the electropop opera based on the novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes. Together with the sun, the energy within the group quickly increased.

Initially subtle breath sounds turned into a chuckle. From smiles to bursts of laughter and roaring laughter, the workshop seamlessly flowed into Das Lachenmann by the Japanese composer Motoharu Kawashima, performed by Javier Hagen (voice) and Ulrike Meyer-Spohn (recorder).

Amazing how the children perfectly sensed the difference between their own giggles beforehand and the performance of the musicians.

Is Contemporary composed music inaccessible for children? MusiMatrix shows the opposite. This during a musical trail lasting no less than 90 minutes and without any verbal instruction or interpretation.