Under construction

Under construction

An early music performance that will not leave you indifferent

When Windu proposed to work together on their project featuring a recorder quartet, I didn’t know the possibilities this instrument had to offer. As a matter of a fact, the only image I could conjure up was that of a white plastic instrument used in my primary school music classes. Please don’t get me wrong – now comes the good part.

Due to their disposition as well as their patience with me, my initial chat with Windu was very rewarding. I left with a few very clear thoughts: Not only is the recorder an instrument with character, its repertoire also spans from early to contemporary music. Lack of knowledge and preconception are rampant among most audiences (at this point they looked at me brazenly). Windu is the only stable recorder quartet in Spain, and they are bent on squeezing down to the very last drop out of the instrument’s limits. Speaking of limits: They were also willing to overcome whatever came their way in order to move away from the conventional concert format. Watch out!

Only one boundary was set: to respect the music, to avoid allowing stage design to trump music. We still wanted it to be a concert, of course, and focused on the recorder as the linchpin.

Thus, Under Construction has become the exploration of the instrument’s possibilities, in all its glory: Over 70 instruments are arrayed across the stage. The musicians themselves verge on excellence, as instrumentalists, but also as performers, appearing from behind their instrument, going beyond being  a mere executer, not only interpreting the music, but wrapping it in emotion and meaning.

Under construction also moves in space. True to the title’s promise, we draw from a blank page, to be gradually filled with music, movement, technology and image. The objective is always to bridge the gap between stage and audience, in order to surprise them with the many possibilities of the recorder and its repertoire. We do not want them to remain indifferent, just as I was not left indifferent after my first chat with Windu.

May the force be with them.

Iban Beltran, stage director

Concert programme:

The works that are played range from well-known classics, like Bach fugues, to contemporary music written specifically for recorder.

  • Arvo Pärt (1935): Pari intervallo
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Contrapunctus I, Allegro (from the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto), Gute Nacht
  • Tarquinio Merula (ca. 1590-1665): La Lusignuola
  • Matthias Maute (1963): Les barricades
  • Thomas Simpson (1582-c.1628): Bonny sweet Robin
  • Hugh Ashton (c.1485-1558): Hugh Ashton’s Maske
  • Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566): El canto del Caballero, Pavana italiana
  • Chiel Meijering (Amsterdam, 1954): The Mystery of the Leaning Tower, Pet Rescue, Sanctus & Zakpijpen

Recorder players: Clara Cowley, Eloi Fuguet, Eva Jornet y Marcel Leal.
Stage director: Iban Beltran.
Light designer: Oriol Ibáñez.

Windu would like to thank the following people for all their collaboration in our show: Toni Gutiérrez, Pau Orriols, Raúl Faneca, Benjamín Rojo, Martí Selga, Vicenç Leal, Carol Duran, Peter Cowley, the technical and management team of the Auditori Eduard Toldrà and to the Projecte de suport a la creació implused by the Regidoria de Cultura of the local goverment of Vilanova i la Geltrú.

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