Morton Feldman counts as one of the most colourful figures of the American avant‐garde of the 1960s. He developed an original and recognizable style, in which seemingly arbitrary and often-minimalistic musical events succeed each other in a slow and often infinitely drawn‑out movement. This moves the listener to a higher level of consciousness, in which time and space become tangible realities.
In Crippled Symmetry, a hallucinating trip of no less than ninety minutes, Morton Feldman manages to create a universe in which three musicians are playing a meticulously written out score in the same tempo, in spite of the composer’s request not to synchronize the parts. The result of this pioneering experiment is the creation of a soundscape in which, accidentally or not, the vivid colours of flute, celesta, piano, vibraphone and glockenspiel are merged.
The chamber music group Het Collectief was founded in 1998 in Brussels. In its repertoire, Het Collectief returns to the Second Viennese School, the roots of modernism. Starting from this solid basis, it explores important twentieth century repertoire, including the very latest experimental trends. The group also creates a furore with daring crossovers between the contemporary and the traditional repertoire and with adaptations of ancient music.
Next to the many concert venues in Belgium, Het Collectief regularly brings its productions to concert halls abroad, including The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and in South America (Peru and Brazil) and in Asia (Hong Kong).