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Prototype Festival: Secrets (Show #1)

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Doors at 6PM
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In Secrets, the soprano Claron McFadden and the Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski jazz trio source hundreds of anonymous testimonies from the general public and audience members to craft a personal and intense experience. A musical and visual mosaic in which Claron McFadden, singing, whispering and laughing, merges sorrowful, mischievous and cynical passages into one another. Secrets poetically reveals how hidden thoughts link us all together. Claron McFadden and the trio give each secret its own rhythm and musicality: melancholy, restrained, heart-rending or playful. Each individual secret has a universal dimension. The trio has for years been exploring the boundaries between chamber music, jazz and melancholically tinged tapestries of sound, eschewing neither experiment nor improvisation. In their collaboration with Claron McFadden, their delight in playing creates sparks on stage.


Claron McFadden

After her studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, soprano Claron McFadden became as big a name in both the Baroque as the traditional and modern repertoire. She worked with conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Frans Brüggen and Etienne Siebens, amongst others. In the opera world, McFadden is a much sought-after soloist. Important parts she sang include the title role in Lulu at the opera house Glyndebourne, the role of Zerbinetta in the Nationale Opera production of Ariadne auf Naxos and many Händel roles at various opera houses and festivals, like the title role in Semele at the tenth edition of Opera Days Rotterdam. She participated in several projects that combined other art forms, like Alain Platel’s Pitié, the David Kweksilber Big Band and different projects with Muziektheater Transparant (including Over de Bergen, Lilith). In 2006 she was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts. McFadden has been nominated for a Grammy Award, she is known for her unique interpretation of contemporary music and has a lot of world premières to her credit, by Michel van der Aa, Wolfgang Rihm and Joerg Widman, amongst others. Her TEDx talk in 2010 was selected to be shown on the prestigious TED-website.


Massot - Florizoone - Horbaczewski Trio

With accordionist Tuur Florizoone and tuba player Michel Massot we find two inspired improvisers, born performers and refined composers on stage. Their dialogue with cellist Marine Horbaczewski creates a sober and controlled craziness. The unlikely combination and the abundant timbres of the tuba, trombone, accordion and cello build seductive, poetic miniatures. Their elegant repertoire of own compositions and free improvisation hovers between contemporary classical music and jazz. The trio released 2 CDs on Tuur Florizoone’s label Aventura Musica, Cinema Novo (2005) and Balades Ephémères (2011).


Tuur Florizoone

Tuur Florizoone (Composer & Chromatic Accordion) is known for his soundtrack for the film Aanrijding in Moscou (2008) and his groups Mixtuur and Tricycle. He also plays in the trio Oliver’s Cinema of the Dutch trumpet player Eric Vloeimans and performed with Philip Catherine, Jean Louis Matinier and Jo Lemaire, amongst others. Tuur teaches jazz accordion at the Conservatoire de Liège.


Michael Massot

Michel Massot (Composer, Tuba, & Trombone) is a classically educated musician who, for over twenty-five years, has been demonstrating to the world how a tuba wants to be played. Michel was a hit in jazz ensembles like Trio Grande, Rêve d’ Éléphant, Kris Defoort’s Dreamtime, Mäâk’s Spirit, Trio Bravo, La Grande Formation and the French big band Tous Dehors. Furthermore he performed also with Louis Sclavis, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Rabih Abou Khalil, Ictus and lots of other artists. Currently he teaches free improvisation at the Conservatoire de Liège.


Marine Horbaczewski

Marine Horbaczewski (Composer & Cellist) combines her classical training in the cello with an urge for free improvisation and exploration on her instrument. She collaborated with Richard Galliano, Ivan Paduard, Garrit List and founded the group Wang Wei.


Muziektheater Transparant

Going from the artistic and social topicality, production house Muziektheater Transparant enters into an intensive dialogue with artists from various disciplines and wants to create, renew and present musical-theatre in its entire diversity for a wide audience. The voice is placed firmly at the centre of the projects, and it continually blends the old and the new. Also other disciplines like visual arts, film, video, graphics are integrated in the productions. The company pays particular attention to offering contemporary musicians the chance to develop and try new work. It works with composers like Wim Henderickx and Annelies Van Parys. Transparant is internationally active and has performed at many festivals, including the Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburgh International Festival, the Holland Festival, the KunstenfestivaldesArts and at several European Capitals of Culture. This variety of shows, artists and production methods gives Muziektheater Transparant a unique national and international character.


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