Fie Schouten bass clarinet | bassethorn
Vincent Courtois violoncello
Guus Janssen organ | piano
Louis Sclavis bass clarinet | clarinet
The first stop at the church of Garnwerd was the occasion to present the creation of a new Franco-Dutch combination consisting of cellist Vincent Courtois, (bass) clarinettist Louis Sclavis, bass clarinettist Fie Schouten and pianist/organist Guus Janssen. Schouten is a leading figure in contemporary music on her instrument, Janssen is a border-crosser between contemporary music as a composer and improvised music. He is the current pianist of the legendary Instant Composers Pool (ICP), replacing founder Misha Mengelberg (1935-2017).
This association quickly found common ground within its differences, vividly illuminating each other’s approaches and sometimes dramatically intertwining their particular qualities and colorations. The “round” French side joined the more cunning and playful “Dutch” side, with complex traces of Loevendie and Messiaen. This collaboration is an extension of the flourishing connection between contemporary composed and improvised music that Fie Schouten created with her concertseries Nieuwe Noten/New Notes. The interaction of the four musicians clearly demonstrated the originality and rich potential of this common ground.