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Jaap Blonk - voice, electronics
Terrie Ex - electric guitar, harmonium (track 5)
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies.
In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds.
From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well.
He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual work and poetry.
As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.
Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin, for the Ars Electronica Festival.
From 2007 Jaap Blonk started occasionally playing duo with Terrie Ex. In 2012 The Ex brought Jaap to Ethiopia for a ‘Soundpoetry’ series of concerts and workshops, together with French soundpoet Anne James Chaton.
All music improvised by Jaap Blonk and Terrie Ex.
Texts of “Sound” and “Let’s Go Out” by Jaap Blonk.
English translations by Willem Groenewegen.
Recorded and mixed by Kasper Frenkel at the Electric Monkey Studio, Amsterdam on Dierendag, October 4, 2017
Mastered by Arnold de Boer.
Artwork + layout by Emma Fischer.
Photos by Vladimir Alexeev (Jaap) and Dawid Laskowski (Terrie).