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Blight & Beauty


Jan-Bas Bollen’s bold and colourful music combines the soundworld of rock and R&B music with the highest refinement in structure and artistic statement. He returns to work with Ensemble Klang on a song cycle featuring as soloist the unique soprano Elaine Mitchener, together with video, performance theater and electronics, to create a full sensory experience.

Blight & Beauty builds on the synergy between Bollen’s musical language and Ensemble Klang. As one of the first composers to write for the group, back in 2004, this new ‘Song Book’ takes as its subject ‘the beauty of decay’, with texts by Romantic poets Shelley, Blake and Keats.


  • Premiere 13 Nov 2021, November Music Festival (Den Bosch)
  • 14 Jan 2022, Musical Utopias #4, Korzo (The Hague) - CANCELLED (Covid)
  • 14 Jan 2023, Musical Utopias #5, Korzo (The Hague)
Ensemble Klang with Elaine Mitchener at November Music Festival 2021Elaine Mitchener & Ensemble Klang in Jan-Bas Bollen's Blight & Beauty