Marco Blaauw (photo Marco Borggreve)

Minimalism at its most powerful

The Monochrome Project
Wed 2 Apr 2025 20:15 - 22:00
Wed 2 Apr 2025
20:15 - 22:00
  • Wed 2 Apr 2025
    20:15 - 22:00
    Grote Zaal


Elena Rykova New work (world premiere)*
Wadada Leo Smith New work
Justė Janulytė Unanime 
Julius Eastman Trumpet (European premiere)

* The world premiere of Elene Rykova is made possible with the support of Ammodo


The Monochrome Project:
Marco Blaauw trumpet
Christine Chapman trumpet
Mathilde Conley trumpet
Rike Huy trumpet
Bob Koertshuis trumpet
Nathan Plante trumpet
Markus Schwind trumpet
Laura Vukobratovič trumpet

Eight trumpeters led by innovator Marco Blaauw

Less is definitely more with The Monochrome Project. Their unique eight-trumpet ensemble has delivered many powerfully minimalist experiences at the Muziekgebouw in the past. Sometimes with just a few notes, but with an enormous richness of sound and imagination in the compositions. This time, the ensemble presents a new work by Elena Rykova, who uses sound to create a sense of space.

In addition to this world premiere, the ensemble will perform a new composition by Wadada Leo Smith, who made a name for himself as a trumpeter in the American jazz avant-garde. The programme also features the European premiere of Trumpet by the rediscovered minimalist and activist Julius Eastman. The Monochrome Project was founded in 2015 by trumpet innovator Marco Blaauw, following his collaboration with minimalist pioneer LaMonte Young.