Chronological

2018 to 2019

In 1958, when working in Paris, Luciano Berio made sound recordings of five musicians. He edited the tracks in the Studio di fonologia musicale in Milan. With this material, he created one of the first pieces combining electronic music with live... +
Once more SPECTRA and the International Opera Academy collaborate, this time painting a portrait of Wim Henderickx — one of Flanders' most leading composers — departing from two contrasting music theatre works: the forward pushing opera on a... +
“Life must be lived forwards, but it can only be understood backwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) Are our actions irreversible or can we undo them? Just like its title, this performance is a palindrome. You will be able to see the show... +
At the beginning of the story of the passion and death of Narcissus, as recorded in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the beautiful nymph Liriope asks the blind seer Tiresias whether her child Narcissus will have a long life and reach a fine old age… He augures... +
(c) Michiel Devijver
The Summer Academy workshop involves a coaching of young makers, artistic teams and ensembles who are eager to develop an artistic idea within the field of music theatre (which can integrate contemporary classical, popular music, jazz…) and/or... +
Everyday listening with both ears conceals a fascinating world. In this two-channel hearing, a subtle difference in pitch can create the illusion of a pulse: our brain generates a binaural beat. In her new composition Dreams of Airs, the Dutch... +
“In my arranging and rearranging of images I’m like a child [...] I’m like a lunatic adorning my hair with dried flowers that are still alive in my dreams.” Fernando Pessoa, Book of Disquiet, p. 193 A youngster, in search of a future, livelihood... +
Philip Glass is one of the godfathers of American Minimalism. His relentless musical waves resemble a complex mechanism. Musicians moil and sweat during the performance and transform themselves into an elaborate machine. Children and their (grand... +
Gérard Grisey is one of the pioneers of spectralism, a musical current that focusses on meticulously composed sound colours. He referred to it as ‘liminal music’: music on the border, where thresholds are surpassed and where slow transformations and... +
The Liedts-Meesen Foundation invited the French artist and researcher Jean-Marie Dallet to curate an exhibition in the Zebrastraat focussing on the work of video art pioneers Nam June Paik and Steina and Woody Vasulka. This exposition intends to... +
Retaliation, Remission, Reconcilement belong to all people, times and places. This is the central theme of Musica Sacra Maastricht 2018: how did the arts reflect on this subject? The festival’s opening concert coincides with the start of SPECTRA’s... +
After the much appraised collaboration in Berio’s Recital for Cathy and Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with Barnabás Kelemen, SPECTRA and the Düsseldorf-based ensemble Notabu unite their forces for a third time, now to celebrate the seventieth birthday of... +
On 7 February 1994, SPECTRA played the opening concert of the Week of Contemporary Music as the start of its first season. Exactly 25 years later, we look back on a quarter of a century of creations of new music.  Next to old ‘hits’ like De... +