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Calefax: Garden of Earthly Delights

The world-famous painting Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is the starting point for this concert programme. The themes of Paradise, Delight and the Final Judgment are brought to life musically. A video of the painting is projected on a giant transparent globe. In this way Calefax zooms in on the painting of Bosch, not only musically but also visually.

Calefax takes the audience on an aural and visual journey through the Garden of Earthly Delights, from the earthly paradise, via the sinful life full of lust and pleasure, into the darkness. The different panels of the painting are echoed in musical sets. The programme consists of contemporary music by the Dutch composer Jacob TV and the German composer Carola Bauckholt, as well as compositions from the era of Hieronymus Bosch. The many birds in the painting form a leitmotiv across the programme. They are brought to life by the music of Rameau and Bauckholt.

Calefax tells the story of the Garden of Earthly Delights, by means of a special range of musical compositions, combined with video projection on a giant globe. The video zooms in on the triptych in a spectacular way, showing details of the painting that normally escape the attention of the spectator. From the fairylike paradise depicted in the left panel, through the bizarre and often erotic images on the middle panel, to the dark and terrifying scenes of the right panel.


Guillaume de Machault – Hoquetus David

First tableau
Jacob TV – Garden of Love
Jean-Philippe Rameau – Rappel des oiseaux
Antoine Brumel – Nato Canunt Omnia

Second tableau
Carola Bauckholt – Zugvögel

Third tableau
Franz Liszt – Trübe Wolken, Die Trauergondel
Jacob TV – Jesus is coming

Josquin Desprez – Nymphes de bois

Oliver Boekhoorn, oboe
Ivar Berix, clarinet
Raaf Hekkema, saxophone
Jelte Althuis, bass clarinet
Alban Wesly, bassoon

8pm doors // 9pm show // All Ages

Calefax: Garden of Earthly Delights

Sunday, January 26 8pm

(Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY) Map it

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