This piece uses the text of Hugo Ball’s 1916 sound poem “Totenklage” (“Dirge”).
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. Besides working as a soloist as vocalist and on electronics, Blonk has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, such as Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. Blonk premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra; a solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002; and several collaborations with the computer-based visual artist Golan Levin. Blonk has also produced work for radio and television, includes several commissioned radio plays.
He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 19 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, My Dance The Skull, Monotype. Plant Migration Records, Elegua Records and Scumbag Relations. His book/CD ‘Traces of Speech’ was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in August, 2013, entitled “KLINKT”.
For more on Jaap Blonk, including additional works, please visit http://www.jaapblonk.com/