Slagwerk Den Haag

Slagwerk Den Haag (1977) - leading percussion group that stands for inventive & varied sound: ‘we aim to amaze and enrich’.

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Slagwerk Den Haag is fascinated by everything
concerned with sound, pulse and materials that
produce sound. SDH consists of podium artists and highly versatile (co-)creators. As performers, we play
in every setting imaginable, on our traditional
arsenal of instruments, and on porcelain, equine
jaws, glass or 3D-printed instruments. We work
alongside trendsetting artists and makers. Our
projects reflect the latest developments;
we aim to contribute to the search of the undiscovered.

Facts & figures
figures: 6 percussionists, founded in 1977, more
than 100 shows a year, more than 30.000 visitors
in 2014

playing field: Bang on a can (New York), Berliner
Festspiele, Terschelling beach/Oerol, Concertgebouw
Amsterdam Hockey World Championchips
The Hague, Holland Festival, slums of Cairo,
November Music, classrooms, Gaudeamus Music
Week, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Vondelpark Amsterdam

tours: Europe - US - Middle-East - Japan

partners: Club Guy & Roni, Korzo Theater, Orkater,
Asko|Schönberg, Royal Conservatoire, Veenfab-
riek, Kytopia, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, National Ballet, NOISIA

co-makers*: Guo Wenjing (c), Yannis Kyriakides (c),
Ralph van Raat (p), Louis Andriessen (c), Michael
Gordon (c), Steven Reich (c), Arnoud Noordegraaf
(vid), Wouter van Reek (de), Fabian Marcaccio (vis),
John Luther Adams (c)

studio: SDH has a working studio in The Hague
with a huge collection of instruments

quirky: sewage system artists, firework accompanists,
bouncy ball pullers, crowd engagers, blackboard
artists, instrument builders

outcomes: concert, dance, education, musical theatre,
special events, talent development

leading: SDH also excels in core percussion repertoire
from the last century

press: ‘..dazzling percussion group, similarly
combined virtuosity and theatricality..’ - New
York Times, ‘..a triumph for fabulous sounds and
inventiveness..’ - Volkskrant, ‘..varied and exciting..’
- NRC Handelsblad, ‘..superior performance..’ - De

partners: label Cantaloupe/New York - (web)design
Ontwerpwerk/Den Haag

* a=actor | vis=visual artist | c=composer | da=dancer | p=pianist | de=designer | vid=video artist

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participating in

  • Classical:NEXT 2016
  • Classical:NEXT 2015


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