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Jaap Blonk

voc, *1953 NL, Woerden
Singer / Composer of Jazz, Electronic and Spoken Word

Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, voice performer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in physics, mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music, and a few years later a real breakthrough occurred: he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice. At present, he has developed into a prolific writer/composer and a specialist in the performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence and an almost childlike freedom in improvisation. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and Latin America. Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Paul Lytton, Mats Gustafsson, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Melvyn Poore, Paul Dutton, Nicolas Collins, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He performed in several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. Blonk is the founder and leader of Splinks, a 15-piece orchestra playing his compositions, and Braaxtaal, an avant-rock trio with synthesizer and drums. He also has his own record label, Kontrans. His work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which have been exhibited. Blonk is an energetic workshop leader too, who taught in many different countries, including a lot of work with children. A recent development is his involvement with electronics, in the form of work created by sampling and processing the sounds of his voice. Jaap Blonk keeps on searching the rich common ground between poetry and music. He is always after new sounds and combinations of sounds, without abandoning completely the semantics of language. His live performances are music, poetry and performance art all at the same time.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Alto sax
  • Tenor sax
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Spoken Word
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Quiet Neighbours Moaning on Five Men Singing by Various Artists
Ursonate (1986): Erster Teil - Studio on Ursonate by Jaap Blonk
Cappa on Five Men Singing by Various Artists
Izzm Akoolll on Blonk, Mallozzi & Vandermark by Jaap Blonk, Lou Mallozzi & Ken Vandermark
No Drone Rising on Five Men Singing by Various Artists
Aarr Bienn on Blonk, Mallozzi & Vandermark by Jaap Blonk, Lou Mallozzi & Ken Vandermark
der minister I on Flux De Bouche by Jaap Blonk
A Locution on Wassermann, Blonk & Vorfeld by Jaap Blonk, Ute Wassermann & Michael Vorfeld
Roboland on Wassermann, Blonk & Vorfeld by Jaap Blonk, Ute Wassermann & Michael Vorfeld
Arnhem 7 on Majaap by Maja Ratkje & Jaap Blonk

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Hillside TalksUdo Schindler / Jaap Blonk2019Album
Ute Wassermann, Jaap Blonk & Michael VorfeldUte Wassermann, Jaap Blonk & Michael Vorfeld2019Album
Thirsty EarsJaap Blonk & Terrie Ex2018Album
Kochspuren / Traces Of CookeryJaap Blonk2018Album
Fehlberliner U-WirrJaap Blonk2017Album
Irrelevant CommentsJaap Blonk2017Album
Das KapitalKommissar Hjuler Und Frau & Jaap Blonk w/ BRAAXTAAL & Jürgen O. Olbrich2017Album
Jaap Blonk Leest Theo Van DoesburgJaap Blonk Leest Theo Van Doesburg2016Single
Hugo Ball: Sechs Laut-Und Klanggedichte, 1916 [Six Sound Poems, 1916]Jaap Blonk + Damon Smith2014Album
North Of BlancoJaap Blonk • Sandy Ewen • Damon Smith • Chris Cogburn2014Album
August AnankeJaap Blonk2014Album
KlinktJaap Blonk2013Compil.
LifespansJaap Blonk2013Album
PolyphtongJaap Blonk2013Album
Mixed From HeavenJaap Blonk2013Album
Traces Of Speech / SprachspurenJaap Blonk2012Album
Keynote DialoguesJaap Blonk2012Album
At The HideoutJeb Bishop, Jaap Blonk, Lou Mallozzi & Frank Rosaly2012Album
Deep FriedJaap Blonk & Machinefabriek2012Album
The Splinks And BRAAXTAAL Recordings 1993Jaap Blonk2011Album
DubbletweeJaap Blonk & Dylan Nyoukis2008Album
Post-Human IdentitiesMaja S. K. Ratkje & Jaap Blonk2005Album
Pre-Zoic CellwaysJaap Blonk & Cor Fuhler2005Album
Blonk, Zach & GrydelandJaap Blonk, Ingar Zach & Ivar Grydeland2004Album
Off ShoreJaap Blonk & Bart Van Der Putten & Paul Pallesen2004Album
Five Men SingingJaap Blonk & Makigami Koichi & Paul Dutton & Phil Minton & David Moss2004Album
MajaapMaja S. K. Ratkje & Jaap Blonk2004Album
Hübsch, Van Bebber & BlonkCarl Ludwig Hübsch & Jaap Blonk2003Album
BekRadboud Mens & Jaap Blonk2002Album
AverschuwJaap Blonk2001Album
Come To Catch Your VoiceVogelkwartet & Jaap Blonk2001Album
First MeetingsJaap Blonk / Fredrick Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang1998Album
VocalorJaap Blonk1998Album
Blonk, Gustafsson & ZerangJaap Blonk, Mats Gustafsson & Michael Zerang1996Album
Blonk, Nijdam & Van Der PuttenJaap Blonk, Jan Nijdam & Bart Van Der Putten1996Album
Flux De BoucheJaap Blonk1993Album
Liederen Uit De HemelJaap Blonk1993Album
UrsonateKurt Schwitters - Jaap Blonk1986Album
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