Summer comes alive with music at Bolwerk, as Wilde Westen and Schouwburg Kortrijk present an eclectic mix headlined by the Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Radiokoor, and Ictus with a minimalism masterpiece by Steve Reich. Brace yourself for a musical journey that promises to be unforgettable!

Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, nearly half a century old, remains a spellbinding marvel of minimalism. This work weaves together a rich tapestry of sounds—from the rhythmic pulses mimicking a strobe light to the serene shifts of harmonies and vocal improvisations, it’s an auditory journey from tranquility to trance.

At its core, Music for 18 Musicians is a showcase of minimalist beauty, revealing the power of simplicity in music. Its premiere in 1976 marked a milestone, affirming minimalism's lasting impact on the music world. This summer, experience the magic of Reich's pioneering work, a timeless testament to the enduring appeal of minimal music.



the summer musical mix

Dive into summer with a vibrant mix of tunes at Bolwerk, courtesy of Wilde Westen and Schouwburg Kortrijk. On the menu an enticing blend of genres from classical to hip-hop, pop, punk, and electronic beats. Whether it's getting down to Gold Panda, exploring the depths of Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians, chilling to the vibes of Gabriel Rios, or enjoying a family day with Kapitein Winokio, there's something to spark every musical soul.

Between June 20 and July 7, Bolwerk is set to be the summer's hottest outdoor spot. Surrounded by greenery, offering a fully stocked bar, a local food truck, and a lineup of artists that will make your mouth water, this is the summer highlight you've been waiting for. Prepare for an unforgettable blend of sounds that promises a wild ride for all!

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Composer’s note

“Audible cures become part of the music and allow the musicians to keep listening.” Read the composer’s note by Steve Reich.


Podcast: Steve Reich & Perotinus

Steve Reich recalls the first time he heard the music of Pérotin, without whose influence some of his music “never would have happened”.

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Article Alex Ross

“The greatness of Steve Reich is a given. His reputation as a prime originator in contemporary music is more or less etched in stone.” Read the article by Alex Ross.



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