Fluteoctet BlowUp! was established in the Netherlands by eight professional flautists in 2006. Its instrumental range is the equivalent of a string orchestra, from piccolo, c-flute, alto- and bassflute, down to the contrabass- and subcontrabass flutes which create rich sonority and a firm harmonic foundation. Each member plays several instruments of the flute family and all perform in a variety of orchestras and ensembles, performing recitals or as soloists. Some members also teach and conduct (from Conservatory to Music school), are professional composer and/or music-arrangers and music programmers.
Several new compositions have been written for Fluteoctet BlowUp! and many arrangements made from Renaissance to 20th century music.
In August 2013 the opera An Enlightened Disciple of Darkness (by octet-member Dominy Clements) had its succesful première and four performances at the Nargen Festival in Tallinn, Estonia (reprise 2018).
In January 2015 the octet started a fruitful collaboration with visual artist Gerard de Bruyne. His love for drawing and classical music combines in performances with the octet in Ravel’s Ma mere l’Oye (arranged for the octet), the theater storytelling play for children Matilda and little Fish and Mussorgski’s Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged for the octet).
In June 2015 the octet started a fruitful collaboration with the Dutch minimal music specialist and pianist Jeroen van Veen, successfully premiering his 55 minute piano concerto Continuum, written specially for the octet and van Veen. Watch the video on You tube.
In October 2015, the premiere of the storytelling-music-drawing theater version of the children’s book Matilda and Little Fish was a huge success, and is now touring through the Netherlands.
The text was written by octet-member Noor Kamerbeek, the music composed by octet-member Dominy Clements. Actress Marijke Beversluis is the wonderful storyteller and visual artist Gerard de Bruyne draws live on screen and with the children from the audience. Find more info and pictures on www.matildaenkleinevis.nl