CONFRONTATIONS (ORIGINAL VERSION)

for African and Western percussion



CONFRONTATIONS was commissioned by Zuiderpershuis (World Culture Centre, Antwerp) in 2003.

In this composition Wim Henderickx wanted to let non-Western and Western percussion enter into a confrontation, inspired by African rhythm and dance. The melodic material was derived from typical African modi.
This original version was created in Burkina Fasso (Africa) in 2003 with Adama Dramé and Gert François.

Two master drummers (Western and non-Western) are accompanied by two choirs of  four percussionists.  For the composer it was important to let the two musical cultures enter into a confrontation, but also to let them melt together.

He used African percussion instruments, such as the djembe, the dundun and the balaphon. Typical Western percussion instruments were marimba, chimes, all kinds of drums etc. The performance is a mixture of improvisation and notation. 

After the première, he made a shorter Festival version of CONFRONTATIONS (about 30 minutes). 

This original version (about 75 minutes) consists of the following parts : 

Prologue
I Oppression
II Suffering
III Revenge
IV Confrontation
V Love
VI Fusion
VII Hope
Epilogue






RECORDINGS

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Zuiderpershuis (2004)
CONFRONTATIONS 
Adama Dramé, Djembé,
Gert Francois, percussion
www.zuiderpershuis.be

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)





INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

for African and Western percussion (10 musicians)
Commissioned by Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp
(+/- 75’)
Instrumentation: 2 master percussionists with each a choir of 4 percussion players
first performance: April 15, 2003 in Bobo, Burkina-Faso, Africa
Gert François, master percussion
Adama Dramé, master djembé

 







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