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Jaap Blonk

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Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, voice performer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in physics, mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music, and a few years later a real breakthrough occurred: he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice. At present, he has developed into a prolific writer/composer and a specialist in the performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence and an almost childlike freedom in improvisation. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and Latin America.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Paul Lytton, Mats Gustafsson, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Melvyn Poore, Paul Dutton, Nicolas Collins, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He performed in several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. Blonk is the founder and leader of Splinks, a 15-piece orchestra playing his compositions, and BRAAXTAAL, an avant-rock trio with synthesizer and drums.

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  • CatalystDM

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    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • vandbrink

    just released cd/book by Jaap 'traces of speech / sprachspuren'. Looks & sounds great ! http://daten-messie.blogspot.nl/2012/09/sprachspuren-traces-of-speech.html

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mattimeus

    there's a jaap bloonk recording of ursonate, it was released on basta and i'm listening to it now!

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jayrope

    Seen Jaap Blonk perform Schwitters' Ursonate quite some time ago (end of 1990s i believe). That was amazing. ( Later on i heard, that a recording of his version of Ursonate was not permitted to be released by Schwitters heirs. They shall be damned for this.) - Same night Mister Blonk also had a sort of sound duel with a free-ish jazz saxophone player. Amazing performace again of Mister Blonk, the sax player couldnöt follow his amazing, exploding intensity. Respect.

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MilesBachman

    happy birthday, jaap.

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mietpistole

    te gek

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Withportf

    Sssssssshout OUT to Japie.

    19 Dec 2006 Reply

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