The Wire

The world's greatest print and online music magazine. Independent since 1982


Listen: Jaap Blonk music

May 2013

Five tracks by the Dutch composer and poet, the subject of this month's Invisible Jukebox article, tested by Philip Clark.

Jaap Blonk is a vocal improvisor, self-taught composer and poet. Inspired by Kurt Schwitter's sound poem, Ursonate and American free jazz, Blonk has been performing since the early 70s and has worked with The Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, Michael Zerang, John Tchicai, Tristan Honsinger and many others.

from Keynote Dialogues

excerpt from a concert in Basel, Switzerland with Carl Ludwig Hübsch (tuba) and Claus van Bebber (turntables), 4 October, 2012.

"Kråk Piekapørr"
from Mixed From Heaven
(forthcoming on Plant Migration)

"Thirteen Neighbours"
from Songs Of Little Sleep
(forthcoming TBA)

"Track 10"
from a forthcoming album (as yet untitled). With Juan Pablo Villa (voice), Fernando Vigueras (guitar) and Chris Cogburn (percussion), Mexico City, 26 October 2012.