Slagwerk Den Haag (Percussion The Hague) meets pianist Ralph van Raat
There is a destinctive percussive edge to the piano. That's why virtuoso pianist Ralph van Raat teams up with Slagwerk Den Haag for a abrasive new music concert. On the programme the 4th of April 2015 in Korzo Theatre, The Hague:
Ralph van Raat
For the piece of Mayke Nas Ralph van Raat confronted a group of four percussionists: Fedor, Niels, Joey and Pepe. With Fedor using a flyswat. The sign for it being a composition with a lot of humour. And laughter was what the performers and Mayke Nas, present at the concert, got from the audience. Sliding over the keys Ralph ignited the percussionists to act. All of a sudden Joey had an unpleasant cough. As it was repeated it became clear that this is part of the score. And Niels making apologetic gestures: "I cannot help it". The music itself is like an ever commencing string of notes, with sometimes hoketus like interaction between pianist and percussionist. The piece ends with a solo by Pepe using thimbles on a piece of wood, rounded off by a piano phrase.
John Cage's "Credo in us" is a highly dynamic composition, with sound samples (radio and grammaphone), bang on a can sequences, muted gongs and off course a leading piano. With Ralph van Raat occasionnaly switching to bongo drum. All with a scent of jazzy attitude. An appealing piece since it's conception in 1942.
Enric Monfort, Niels Meliefste and Joey Marijs
After the break Iannis Xenakis' much acclaimed Métaux was ably performed. Métaux is one of the four parts of composition Pléïades. All six members of Slagwerk Den Haag play on SIXXEN. (See also my description and video of the piece (also by Slagwerk Den Haag)).
Ralph van Raat and Slagwerk Den Haag - The Hague Percussion
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