Musical Painting with Miro: Art and Music
‘The King of the Sun’ by American composer is a long time Flex Ensemble favorite. Each movement of this piece is based on a different painting by the Spanish Master Joan Miro and the work itself is very colorful: there are references to jazz, minimalism, Gregorian chants and the use of modern playing techniques. In this project we give young audiences the chance to draw their own paintings and make their own visual representations of what they hear in the music. The sky is the limit here and the results are always very exciting, also for us! We finish by showing slides of the original Miro paintings for a quick comparison, usually we find some improvements!
- Suitable from age 7,
- duration ca. 45 minutes.
Living Room Music: what’s in your living room?
From many years of working with outreach programs, the Flex Ensemble has developed a special interest in presenting contemporary music for young audiences. There is an openness for new or quirky ideas in concert music presentation. John Cage’s classic work Living Room Music forms the basis of this concert: the music calls for performers to use their own ‘found’ household objects in the performance of the piece, bringing in humorous and theatrical aspects to performances of this work. Children are invited to bring their own household objects to this concert and they will learn how to incorporate these sounds into the piece. Families are welcome, the more the merrier!
- For children up to 10 years old,
- duration ca. 40 minutes.
NEW from November 2018!
Fairy Tales Reloaded – music theatre for children 5 years+
In his masterpiece Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose Suite), Maurice Ravel brilliantly paints scenes from various classic fairytales: Beauty and the Beast, Tom Thumb and Sleeping Beauty are all Photo: Martin Keil – Fiona Farbe, June 2015 Photo: Dominick Lack – Living Room Music, May 2017 wonderfully described in his music. With their new arrangement of the piece for piano quartet, Flex Ensemble has developed a new music theater production for young audiences that brings them along on a very special musical fairy tale journey. Elements of the various fairy tales weave in and out of each other with the musicians doubling as actors in an interactive presentation that also features video images created by Yoann Trellu for this highly unique production.