PROGRAM / BIG BANG ATHENS 2018
18 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
Max Vandervorst /
The orchestra: vacuum cleaner hose, watering can, flower pots, tins, and other lost objects. The friction between the “natural” harmonies of objects and our well-tempered musical culture strikes the spark of original, stimulating music. The European tea-kettle becomes an African drum, while its whistle transports us to Brazil. The performer flies from one instrument to the next, playing on each. He becomes one with the music, mixing strings, woods, percussions, notes, rhythms, inflections and expression. The flower pots, watering can and vacuum hose are long since forgotten... and at the end we remember that initially “symphony” meant “harmony”. After almost twenty years, the Symphony for Abandoned Objects has now become a true classic… its extreme simplicity and innovative humour continue to provoke us.
Max Vandervorst is composer and inventor of musical instruments. Since 1988, he has put together a number of performances, showcasing instruments he created using a wide variety of objects as raw material: Symphony for Abandoned Objects, Concerto for Two Bicycles, The Man from Spa, A Hi(story) of Music(s), and This is Not a Show, have all been performed numerous times in many different countries.
Conception, instruments and music: Max Vandervorst
Director: Jean-François De Neck
Technic: Claire Steinfort
Production: Curieux Tympan asbl