Ensemble Klang teams up with Kit Downes for this special festival day

Dag in de Branding × Rewire

Festival Dag in de Branding is collaborating with Rewire in a musical route through surprising locations in The Hague. The collaboration features a special commission for organ and ensemble by British jazz pianist Kit Downes and Ensemble Klang. The programme also features American percussionist, composer and visual artist Eli Keszler, Dutch violinist Diamanda Dramm, and the union of electroacoustic composer Henry Vega and cellist Jan-Willem Troost.

London-based composer, pianist and organist Kit Downes dives into the space between the organised and the disorganised. His work as an organist is as much one of explorer and archaeologist as sparkling improviser and virtuosic interpreter. Studying extended techniques derived from instruments that are sometimes in a state of disrepair, he connects and adapts the improvised tradition of the instrument to explore themes of duration, vibration and mechanics.

The invitation to work with Ensemble Klang on this project came from admiring not only the sensuous and intricate harmonies that you’d expect in his music – given his jazz roots – but also his fantastic ear for colour and unorthodox instrumental use.

Pete Harden about the project with Kit Downes: “Kit and I met when we performed in Ivo van Hove’s Network at the National Theatre in London last season. The invitation to work with Ensemble Klang on this project came from admiring not only the sensuous and intricate harmonies that you’d expect in his music – given his jazz roots – but also his fantastic ear for colour and unorthodox instrumental use. His recent focus is on organs, particularly mechanical organs, whose systems he manipulates to find exciting new sounds and textures in this oldest of instruments. Here he’s set loose on the historic 1762 Bätz organ of the Lutherse Kerk, combining it with Ensemble Klang’s sextet of horns and rhythm section.”