“an impressive aural assault” (Scottish Herald)
Formed in The Hague in 2003, Ensemble Klang‘s innovative programs, their commissioning of work from some of the most exciting composers working today, and the inception of their own record label, has seen them quickly rise to become “one of the top ensembles” (NRC Handelsblad) in the Netherlands’ rich contemporary music scene.
Dedicated to a new generation of composers, the group continues to build a repertoire of bold, uncompromising works. The unique yet versatile instrumentation – ranging from a quiet, fragile intimacy to the punchy power of a big-band – has attracted composers including Heiner Goebbels, Tom Johnson, Martijn Padding, Phill Niblock, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Kate Moore, Jan-Bas Bollen, Oscar Bettison and Peter Adriaansz. Performing without a conductor, the result in concert is one where complex music requiring virtuosic accuracy and precision is played with the energy, drive and passion of a band.
The ensemble has received critical acclaim for both its live performances (‘Scintillating’ Het Parool) and recorded output (‘Ensemble Klang’s playing is intimidatingly good, beautiful and honest’ de Trouw; ‘Pure, uncompromising and relentless… Ensemble Klang play everything with an equal amount of precision as intensity and honesty’ NRC Handelsblad). Their album ‘Waves – Peter Adriaansz’ was featured in De Trouw in Anthony Fiumara’s Top 10 albums of 2010.
Performances occur regularly and extensively across the Netherlands, and also in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic, and they have been featured on national television or radio in the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.