JAAP BLONK

Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught musician, 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. He took up saxophone and started to compose music, at first mainly jazz pieces and music for experimental theatre. In reciting poetry, especially the works of Antonin Artaud, Lucebert and Kurt Schwitters he discovered the directness and flexibility of vocal utterance, whether using meaningful words or not. 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 and South America. Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Tristan Honsinger, Malcolm Goldstein, John Tchicai, David Moss, Nicolas Collins, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He is the founder and leader of Splinks, a 13-piece orchestra playing his compositions, and BRAAXTAAL, an avant-rock trio with synthesizer and drums. His work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. Jaap Blonk keeps on searching the rich field between speech and music, always after new sounds and combinations of sounds, without abandoning completely the semantics of language. His live performances are music, poetry and performance art all at the same time. Blonk is an energetic workshop leader too, who taught in many different countries, including a lot of work with children. In recent years he started to make larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.

Discography - LP Kurt Schwitters 'Ursonate', BVHaast 063, 1986 (deleted) - CD 'Flux de Bouche' (sound poetry & other pieces for solo voice), Staalplaat STCD 046, 1993 - CD 'Splinks', jazz & improvised music, Kontrans 739, 1993 - CD 'BRAAXTAAL', voice/synthesizer/percussion trio, Kontrans 939, 1993 - CD 'Blonk, Gustafsson & Zerang, improvisors',Kontrans 143, 1996 - CD 'Blonk, Nijdam & Van der Putten, improvisors', Kontrans 343, 1996 - CD 'speechlos' by BRAAXTAAL, Kontrans 244, 1997 - CD 'Six Sound Poems of Hugo Ball' by baba-oemf, Kontrans 844, 1998 - CD 'Vocalor' (solo voice, follow-up of 'Flux de Bouche'), Staalplaat STCD 112, 1998

Book 'Liederen uit de Hemel' ('Songs from Heaven'), poetry & sound poetry, in a box with a CD, published by Perdu, Amsterdam, 1993 (deleted)



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