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Music at the edge of collapse


“Ensemble Klang’s playing is pure, uncompromising and relentless”.

Though a relative newcomer in the Netherlands Ensemble Klang has already built a strong reputation. Their unusual combination of instruments, that blends the old with the new, is surely partly responsible. But also their sound, one that’s intimate and still one moment but can unleash a storm on the listener the next. ‘Music at the edge of collapse’ pairs three works by Matthew Wright with works by Peter Adriaansz and Tom Johnson.

Matthew Wright is a composer, improvisor and sound artist who likes as much to use turntables as traditional instruments. It’s music that crosses the divide between club culture and the concert hall. Peter Adriaansz uses long drones and sound clusters, which conjure a Trance-like music, one that can’t fail to move the listener. Tom Johnson belongs to an older generation of composers. His style is regarded as minimalist, its charm lies in its self-explanatory mathematical transparency and logic.


  • 16 Sep 2011, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam