Oguz Büyükberber and Tobias Klein. Photo by E.Melchior


The fourth edition of the Bass Clarinet Festival will present twelve concerts and a workshop day in eight cities throughout the Netherlands in the fall of 2020. The bass clarinet Festijn 2020 focuses on the combination of bass clarinet and percussion. Celebrated players will shine, young musicians will be featured and compositions by renowned and young composers will be premiered. A bass clarinet adventure in stages along leading halls in Groningen Haarlem, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Tilburg and Leiden.

Bass Clarinet Percussion

Just like the previous editions, the Bass Clarinet is organized by the bass clarinetists Fie Schouten and Tobias Klein. This year they decided to delve into combinations of the bass clarinet with the family of percussion instruments. Just as percussion can cause a stir — think of the hit on a drum that literally scares you awake — the warm sounds of a vibraphone can embrace the listener with melodiousness. The family of percussion instruments is therefore an interesting partner for the bass clarinet, which also produces an extremely wide range from common percussive to caressing sounds. A combination that fits well with this time in which there are good reasons to hit the table hard, and equally good reasons to embrace fellow humans (whether or not literally). As jazz musician Charles Mingus put it in his classic: Better get hit in your soul. 

Bass Clarinet Program 2020 

The program of the Bass Clarinet Festijn 2020 emphasizes the music of today and offers music at the cutting edge, from contemporary-composed, through mixed forms in which the dividing lines between composition and improvisation become fluid, up to and including contemporary jazz. Internationally acclaimed musicians such as bass clarinettists Evan Ziporyn (from New York’s Bang On A Can All-Stars) and Rudi Mahall, star drummer Ches Smith and pianist Aki Takase. There will be premieres by Hanna Kulenty, Georges Aperghis and Ruud Roelofsen, among others. Fie Schouten and Tobias Klein will also perform with projects specially composed for this occasion. 

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