Hans Roels (BE)

Street Music (1968)

20 October ━ 12.00
Markt Neerpelt, , 3910 Neerpelt

In 1968, composer Frederik Rzewski (VS) & and the committed political group Musica Elettronica Viva (IT) went looking for soft sounds in streets and squares to improvise with. In the utopian piece Street Music, they attempt to take on our noisy society with a soft hand, preferably outside the elitist concert halls: in prisons, abandoned warehouses and public squares. Artistic researcher and composer Hans Roels is repeating this sound intervention for the first time: “Although Rzewski is an internationally renowned composer, this 50-year-old piece has not been performed since 1968”. 

In 2018, Hans Roels has developed a new version and instrumentation with Jasper Vanpaemel’s Creatief Atelier and the members of the Public Sound Collective. They weave a “living web of gentleness” around quiet sounds with the voice, portable pianos, electric guitars and sound objects. Imagine this as a festival opener on Neerpelt market square, unexpected and almost inaudible... 

Website: www.hansroels.be

Artistic director: Hans Roels Artistic support: Jasper Vanpaemel Performers: Creatief Atelier, SLAC/Conservatorium Leuven, Collectief Publiek Geluid In collaboration with: C-TAKT and Musica, Impulse Centre for Music Technical support: Dommelhof

This performance is free and takes place at Marktplein, 3910 Neerpelt. Marktplein is at 2 min. biking distance and 9 min. walking distance from the festival.