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Out of the B.O.X.

 

B.O.X (Baroque Orchestration X) is an Antwerp-based baroque band focusing on collective creation. Founded in 2010 by lute and theorbo player Pieter Theuns, B.O.X gathers some of today’s finest virtuosi on antique instruments such as harpsichord, triple harp, viola da gamba, cornetto and sackbut. They have collaborated with a variety of artists from the indie rock scene, creating genre bending new sounds and building bridges between audiences.

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Part of 2015 Next Wave Festival
Shara Worden, Andrew Ondrejcak, B.O.X. (Baroque Orchestration X)

Hope identifies with Beyoncé. Love doesn’t return Death’s emails. Time swigs Stoli in his tighty whities. In this postmodern pop opera by singer-composer Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and writer-director-designer Andrew Ondrejcak, the buttoned-up allegorical figures of 17th-century court entertainment search for meaning amid celebrity crushes, Lucite chairs, and gym culture. The Belgium-based Baroque ensemble B.O.X., under the direction of Pieter Theuns, enlivens the whimsical text by Ondrejcak and the score by Worden, who performs alongside Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach, 2012 Next Wave) and three other vocalists in this fable of idealism in the iPhone age.

Music by Shara Worden
Text, direction, and design by Andrew Ondrejcak

Commissioned by B.O.X. (Baroque Orchestration X), Co-produced by ArKtype, deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp, Belgium and Kampnagel Sommerfestival, Hamburg, Germany, with the support of the Flemish Authorities

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For the creation of Sága,  B.O.X. (Baroque Orchestration X) is engagee in a sparkling collaboration with Dez Mona, along with the  vocalist Gregory Frateur. Dez Mona is one of Belgium’s finest indie bands whose style fuses jazz, gospel, spirituals, and drama.
Sága is a theatrical song cycle, which deals with “homecoming” as its main theme. The title of the work refers to the well-known epic tales composed in Iceland and Greenland some time between the 12th and 14th centuries, and also to Sága: in Norse mythology she is the goddess of history and storytelling. Dez Mona tells stories about the soul and goes in search of their love for the land, a home, and the world in which they live. The songs emanate from the continuous search for ideal geographical and spiritual surroundings. By looking into the past, Dez Mona tries to explain the current state of affairs. But more than anything, their latest work is a poetic reflection on what is happening here and now.

Photo by Mous Lamrabat

 

White chalk/amnesiac was the debute project of B.O.X. It was premiered in october 2010 in Deurne (BE) and has since played in numerous venues, mainly in Belgium. In june 2012, it was live broadcast from Flagey (Brussels) on the Belgian- French speaking national radio station Musique 3, during the festival Musiq’3. It is normally played as a 75 minute concert, without break. Both records are presented as a whole, with a baroque instrumental piece as intro, and with a bis where both singers perform together (as did PJ Harvey and Thom Yorke for the original).

 

Acoustic version of the song ‘Tipsy King’ at deSingel on Cobra.be

 

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