By its allusion to the pre-romantic current of the Sturm und Drang, movement led by the youth and whose ideals were freedom, passion and emancipation of the individual, Sturm und Klang (“Storm and sound”) claims as assets major energy, passion and enthusiasm. It is in this spirit that the musicians of the orchestra, founded in 2000 by Thomas Van Haeperen, share an impetus and a strong commitment for projects that demand their dynamism, sensitivity and creativity.
The programming of Sturm und Klang focuses mainly on the repertoires of the 20th and 21st centuries, with original and demanding projects, in a spirit of discovery, dialogue and conquest of new ways of listening. It also actively supports Belgian musical creation, especially the younger generation (commissions, organization of workshops for composers).
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Sturm und Klang occurs in large numbers (Sturm und Klang Orchestra) or in a smaller ensemble (Ensemble Sturm und Klang).
Sturm und Klang is invited in particular to Ars Musica, LOOP, Les Inattendues, Midis-Minimes, ProPulse, BE: Classics (Paris); Hörfest Neue Musik (Detmold), and performs at the Halles de Schaerbeek, Espace Senghor, Flagey, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and La Monnaie. The orchestra also carries out each year an autonomous and audacious programming, mainly at the House of the People of Saint Gilles.
His CD recording devoted to Jean-Marie Rens’ string piece Monolithe (Cypres records) received an Octave of Music in 2012, and his concert recordings are broadcast on Musiq’3 and Klara.
Sturm und Klang regularly invites soloists such as Michael Bennett, Claire Bourdet, Cindy Castillo, Frédéric d’Ursel, Yosif Ivanov, Adrien Lambinet, Shirly Laub, Catherine Lebrun, Anne Maistriau, Philip Raskin, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Piet Van Bockstal, Boyan Vodenitcharov, Dominica Eyckmans, …
Sturm und Klang is supported mainly by the Commission for Contemporary Music of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, and works in collaboration with the Composers’ Forum and the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA). He was part of the European network New: Aud, which aims at a wider diffusion of the contemporary repertoire.