Ensemble VONK merges saxophone, clarinet, percussion and soprano in an innovative blend. Four musicians and a composer cooperate to create new productions. Openminded and boundary-breaking, the ensemble has built up a new repertoire since its founding in 2015. VONK commissions composers and collaborates with theater producers and writers. By now, 40 compositions have been commissioned by the ensemble. VONK could be heard at Transit Festival (BE) and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (GB), November Music, Muziektheaterdagen Amsterdam, Cross-Linx, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and the Grachtenfestival, among others. The highlight in 2020 was the music theater performance GROND in co-production with Het Zuidelijk Toneel and Tilt. In 2021, VONK played in Tivoli Vredenburg as the Award Ensemble for Gaudeamus.
In December 2022, the album A songbook of rare feelings was released by SONNA Records. The album includes eight art songs (combination music and literature) with lyrics written especially for the album by Lucky Fonz III, Hanneke Last, British-Zambian poet Kayo Chingonyi and British Nancy Campbell. Composers Kate Moore, Morris Kliphuis, Remy Alexander and Nicoline Soeter signed for the music. Recently, VONK performed as a guest on the NTR television program Podium Klassiek. Since its release, A songbook of rare feelings has been heard on Podium op Zaterdag, NTR Radio 4, De Ochtend van 4 on NPO Klassiek and VPRO Vrije Geluiden.Team