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It all boils down to the bare essentials: minimalism

March 29th, 2011

Filed under: MUSIC


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Okay, I’m talkin’ music again. See, I’m very extremely wound up about minimalism this week in the Netherlands. Philip Glass is here once more, this time to open the World Minimal Music Festival (WMMF), being held the the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. 11 concerts, and great discounts (like, €10 per concert or a €65 passpartout!) if you’re under 30. You may have heard of some of these fellas (yes, they’re mostly guys), but if not, this is your chance to hear their work played live: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Simeon ten Holt, Michael Nyman, de Monts Mandara in Kameroen and Machinefabriek.

But what do you get? You get to be mesmerized, that’s what. And that’s what we need to do more of. Conscious trance-inducement. Sure, it’s springtime, and it’s easy to get caught up in the sun and being active – in doing more. But every now and then isn’t it just heaven to  zone out and notice patterns – in your breathing, in sounds, in your habits (and other people’s habits), in the trail you’ve left behind that is your life.

The bare essentials. Take time to take notice. And there’s no better way to do that, than through the medium of minimalist music. If your Dutch is good and you want to find out more, pop down for a free lecture by Frank de Munnik at the Grand Café Meneer Frits at 8.30pm tonight.

Click here for the WMMF program.

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