[SUSPENDED] Jaap Blonk: YappiScope

Tuesday, April 7, 2020. 8:00 pm

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Dutch avant-garde composer and performance artist Jaap Blonk presents the newest iteration of his absurd multimedia work, YappiScope. Developed and performed over the course of seven years, and with new inventions frequently added, this highly visual work features interactive animations, live soundtracks to silent films, and scores through which Blonk wanders—layered with his extended voice work and live electronics.

“Blonk’s avant-garde performances channel the provocatively pioneering nonsense of Dadaism. His work is tremendously complex, but his brilliance makes it easy to think the opposite.” (San Francisco Weekly)

Jaap Blonk—voice, electronics, projections

As a vocalist, the self-taught Dutch composer, performer, and sound poet Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and keen grasp of structure, even in free improvisation. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics, and sometimes projection of visuals, the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. Blonk has been performing since the early 70s and has worked with The Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, Michael Zerang, John Tchicai, Tristan Honsinger and many others. At the start, Blonk’s unfinished studies in 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. In the last decade, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation, and poetry.

Photo: Jaap Blonk by Etang Chen