Logos Trio terug uit Java / Indonesie

JAKARTA (JP): Forget the never-ending crisis for a while and listen to the quality music performed by internationally acclaimed artists at the ongoing European Union Music Festival. The festival, taking place from February through April in several cities here, is the second of its kind to be staged in indonesia. The first European Union Music Festival was held in 1996. Anthony Crasner, a representative of the European Commission, explained that the two months of music will offer an opportunity to hear some of the most outstanding young chamber ensembles currently performing in Europe.
"We believe music is an international language. People would be able to appreciate every kind of music genre despite diverse social, cultural and national backgrounds," Crasner said. The festival, which opened last Thursday in Bandung, West-Java, focuses on different aspects of classical and contemporary music and is designed to give local audiences an insight into the wide variety of Europe's musical styles. The theme of this year's festival is Music of the 20th Century and musicians from six of the 15 member countries of the European Union will perform in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Surabaya between February and April. Participating Ensembles are the Petersen Quartet (Germany), Logos (Belgium), the Quatuor Ysaye (France), the Amstel Trio (the Netherlands), the Kammertrio-Linz-Wien (Austria) and the Trio Finlandia (Finland). In addition, the noted composer Siegfried Matthus will hold a workshop for local musicians and music lovers in Jakarta on Feb. 27. One of the most interesting groups involved in the festival is Belgian contemporary music group Logos. Founded by Godfried-Willem Raes, the Logos has grown to be the country's most influential music group, exploring experimental and contemporary music styles. Raes has masters in musicology, philosophy, as well as advanced computer and electronic music technology. Raes and the group's other members, Monique Darge and Joachim Brackx, experiment with new music sounds and instruments to produce distinguished contemporary music works. Luk Darras, Belgium's ambassador here, described the festival as a mix between classical and modern music. Logos produces contemporary music which is a blend of modern traditional and techno music. "Their music is beautiful and is open to various elements from around the world. It is a vital link between the past and the present," the Darras said. Contemporary music allows any musician to participate in another artist's work without disturbing the essence of the music, he said. "That's marvelous. It is a means that might unite artists from around the world." He hoped that in the coming years, the European Union Music Festival may also include contemporary jazz and popular music in an attempt to reach a wider audience and to be closer to the Indonesian people.

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Last Updated on 99-04-07 by Joachim Brackx