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Henderickx Disappearing in Light

Magazine article Gramophone

Henderickx Disappearing in Light

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Disappearing in Light.

Raga III. The Four Elements


HERMESensemble (F) 8714 835 085669 (74' * DDD)

Breathy notes on shakuhachi answered by an eerily floating mezzo-soprano vocalise, punctuated by splashes of sounds on temple gongs and followed by a bowed note or two on the kokyu. A scene from a Japanese puppet play, perhaps? Except the shakuhachi is in fact an alto flute, the kokyu a viola, and the music composed by Flemish-born Wim Henderickx.

For over 20 years, Henderickx (1962) has been composing music which possesses more than a nod to the East and its many musical and spiritual traditions. There is nothing remotely exotic about Henderickx's east/west fusion, however. Sounding neither entirely European nor Eastern, Elenderickx engages deeply with the question of 'integration' and has produced a distinctive style that is true both to itself and to the cultures and traditions upon which it draws.

In fact the first composition on this disc, Disappearing in Light (2008), takes its cue not from Japan but from India, forming part of the large-scale Tantric Cycle, which also includes a string (or saxophone) quartet, a song-cycle, an opera, a number of other ensemble pieces and the highly impressive Tejas for orchestra. …

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