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OUTER EAR: Jaap Blonk

In addition to his performance, Jaap Blonk will lead a workshop in voice and movement in collaboration with Chicago dancer/choreographer Jonathan Meyer.

Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. As a vocalist, he is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S. and Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and Latin America. 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, such as Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Nicolas Collins, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He has premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. He was the founder and leader of the long-standing bands Splinks (modern jazz, 1983-1999) and BRAAXTAAL (avant-rock, 1987-2005). He also has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 15 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings have appeared on Staalplaat, Basta and VICTO.