Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. After originally attending university for mathematics in the 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.
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. He is perhaps most famous for his solo performances of Kurt Schwitters' Dada sound poetry masterpiece “Ursonate.” (Excerpts of “Ursonate” will be part of the program for his Woodland Pattern concert.)
Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Michael Zerang, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band.
Note: this Alternating Currents Live event is taking place on a Wednesday evening in order to accommodate Jaap Blonk’s travel schedule.