VONK is Gaudeamus Award Ensemble in 2021. Four composers are competing for the Gaudeamus Award, the annual incentive prize for young composers. Their music is heard during various concerts. Specially for VONK, the American composer Jenny Beck and the Japanese-born Gen Tanaka also wrote brand new music.
What characterizes Jenny Beck’s work is her interest in nature, meditation, ambiguity and intimacy. Her new piece Memory Town is based on a text by the elusive poet Anne Carson. Gen Tanaka’s music is highly spiritual and personal. In his new piece Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, the vocalist takes on the role of shamanist, in a psychedelic, dreamlike sound world.