#1 Pioneers

Microtonalism, drone music, conceptualism, sound installation, intonation, tone, space, are part of a vocabulary used in current musical practices that have an origin in the avant-garde that developed in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s with composers such as Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, James Tenney, Alvin Lucier, Stefano Scodanibbio, Annea Lockwood and Peter Ablinger.

Pioneers / Festival Vision

Echonance #1 pays tribute to those great pioneers who have contributed so much to sound practices today, and are, some of them, producing inspiring works to this day.

The selected works have mostly been composed in the last thirty-five years and remain highly relevant and significant to younger generations. One of the particular characteristics of these musical works is that they explore minimal modulations and variations of acoustic perception. Musical materials such as rhythm and melody have been removed from the compositional parameters. Somehow these works invite us to listen from another perspective. We enter an immersive sound flow where sounds resonate with space, and space reveals the three-dimensional acoustic sound.

Next to the fact that these artists might have shared ideas, or aesthetic perspectives as starting points, the enriching thing about hearing their works in the same space and time is to perceive the developments that each of them has carried out in their musical journeys, reaching different musical results. One of the ambitions of the Echonance Festival is to create that opportunity for the Amsterdam audience at Orgelpark.

One Day Festival


Echonance #1 Pioneers is the first edition of a yearly festival initiated by composer Claudio F Baroni and Ezequiel Menalled. This edition will take place at Orgelpark, in Amsterdam.

The music will be performed by an extraordinary line-up of ensembles and soloists who excel at this complex repertoire;

Ensemble Scordatura Elisabeth Smalt, viola – Alfrun Schmid, voice – Reinier van Houdt, keyboards

Ensemble Modelo62 Ezequiel Menalled conductor, electric guitar – Gemma Tripiana Muñoz, flute – Enric Sans i Morera, bass clarinet – Justin Christensen & Chloe Abott, trumpets – Vasilis Stefanopoulos, double bass

Claudio F Baroni, guest organ

Carol Robinson, bass Clarinet

Hélène Breschand, harp

Arthur Nicolas-Nauche, organ

Dario Calderone, double bass

Reinier van Houdt, piano