Flute octet BlowUp! was established by eight professional flautists in 2006. Its instrumental range is the equivalent of a string orchestra, from piccolo, flute, alto and bass flutes, down to the contra and sub-contrabass instruments which create rich sonority and a firm harmonic foundation. Each member plays several instruments of the flute-family and all perform as soloists and in a variety of orchestras and ensembles. The result is a group with remarkably diverse cultural and professional creative activities. These include composing, music-programming for the Dutch radio, festivals and concert series, visual arts, writing, teaching Indian music and professorships at Conservatoria and general flute teaching in music schools, educational projects and flute-repair/building. These influences can be found in various programmes performed in three yearly projects which embrace alternative surroundings like factories, galleries, churches and outdoors as well as conventional concert venues.
BlowUp! has built up a considerable repertoire of original works and arrangements, ranging from the Renaissance (Palestrina, de Victoria, Desprez), Baroque (Bach, Vivaldi,) Classical (Schubert), Romantic (Saint-Saëns, Elgar) Impressionist (Ravel, Debussy, Satie, Delius) and 20th century (Hindemith, Ligeti, Monnickendam, Barber, van Breen, Reich, Glass, Nyman, van Veen, McGowan, Clements).