Contemporary European Flute Ensemble eWave

The Contemporary European Flute Ensemble eWave brings together flutists and composers from the European area and is aiming to create and perform a repertoire by European composers. The musical style of eWave is characterized by an extension in sound and in action. Here, we may recognize elements like contemporary playing techniques; exclusive instruments; body-movement; specific stage-settings; and electronic involvement. By working interactively with the composers eWave can continue its musical style throughout their repertoire.

With the extending creation of the European Community, the rich cultural diversity of Europe activated a process of confrontation, exchange and integration. With the intention to participate this cultural interaction, the eWave ensemble was founded in the summer of 1998, when artistic director Wil Offermans invited eight European flutists for a first rehearsal week to work on his compositions. At this moment the group is working with ten flutists, using the whole range of the flute, including the C-flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute, Thumpy flute, various percussion instruments, water pipes, tubes, whistles, toys and others.

eWave Video

A preview of 'OnTheMove' composed by Wil Offermans in 2004 for the eWave flute ensemble and an 8-channel tape (2 piccolo's; 5 flutes; 1 alto flute; 1 bass flute; 2 contrabass flutes; 2 Thumpy flutes), commissioned by Gaudeamus Foundation,

Project History

Here below you can find an overview of the main projects that the eWave ensemble has been involved in.

• Creations for flutes and live electronics

The eWave ensemble has started a project together with Grame, Lyon, and other European partners titled 'eWave, creations for flutes and live electronics'. The project has been aiming for the creation and presentation of five new works involving live-electronics for eWave by five European composers. Each composer has been closely working together with the ensemble while creating their new pieces. The project has been supported by the Programme Culture 2000 of the European Union.
Concert Schedule:
September 1-5, 2003: rehearsal week Genes, Belgium
March 10-15/03/2004: rehearsal week Lyon, France
March 16, 2004: concert at Theatre Villefranche
March 18, 2004: concert at Theatre Bourge-en-Bresse
March 20, 2004: concert at Chapelle de la Trinité, Lyon / Biennale Musiques en Scène (organized by Grame)
June 6, 2004: concert at Museum Reina Sofia/CdMC, Madrid
June 10, 2004: concert at Goethe Institute/CRM, Roma

eWave Musicians: Cristina Fernandez Correa (Spain); Fabrice Philippe (France); Katrin Stempel (Germany); Lisa Dangotte (Belgium); Maiken Schau (Norway); Olivier Class (France); Vanessa Brenzinger (Germany); Vladislav Stajevic (Serbia); Wil Offermans (Netherlands); Myrto Korkoriou (Greece; rehearsals)
Instrumentation: 9 flutes; 8 piccolos; 3 alto flutes; 3 bass flutes; 2 contrabass flutes; 2 Thumpy flutes; amplification by 8-channel speaker system, 9 wireless headsets
Composers: Sofia Martinez (Spain); Michelangelo Lupone (Italy); Yann Orlarey (France); Jean-Paul Dessy (Belgium); Wil Offermans (Netherlands)
  • Un Viento Dorado by Sofia Martinez (Spain), for flute ensemble and computer, commissioned by CDMC, Madrid
  • Act by Michelangelo Lupone (Italy), for flute ensemble and computer, commissioned by CRM, Roma
  • The Prey's Prayer by Jean-Paul Dessy (Belgium), for 9 flutes and birds, commissioned by Grame, Lyon and Foundation BNP Paribas
  • Incandescences by Yann Orlarey (France), for bass flutes, flutes in C, piccolo and computer, commissioned by Grame, Lyon and the French Ministry of Culture
  • OnTheMove by Wil Offermans (Holland), for flute ensemble and tape, commissioned by Gaudeamus, Amsterdam

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Project leader: Grame, Lyon (Centre National de Création Musicale):
Grame welcomes in residence the composers Yann Orlarey and Jean Paul Dessy, offers its technical equipment to their disposal as well as personal help for the realization of pieces, assures two music commissions for composers and presents two concerts in the context of the Biennale Musiques en Scène in the Theatres of Villefranche and Bourg-en-Bresse.
Co-organiser: CRM, Rome (Centro Richerche Musicali):
CRM welcomes in residence the composer Michelangelo Lupone, offers its technical equipment to his disposal as well as personal help for the realization of the piece, takes in charge a musical commission and presents the concert in Rome.
Co-organiser: LIEM-CDMC, Madrid (Laboratorio de Informática y Electrónica Musical - Centro para la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea):
LIEM-CDMC welcomes in residence the composer Sofia Martinez, offers its technical equipment to her disposal as well as personal help for the realization of the piece, takes in charge a musical commission and presents the concert in Madrid.
Associated Partner: Gaudeamus Foundation, Amsterdam (Contemporary Music Centre)
Gaudeamus assures the commission of Wil Offermans and participates at the diffusion and the circulation of the project in Europe.

Financialy support: Programme Culture 2000 of the European Union; BNP-Paribas Foundation.

The concerts presented by Grame in the context of the Biennal Musiques en Scène in March 2004, are co-realized with: Theatre Villefranche; Music School, Villefranche; Résonance Contemporaine; Theatre Bourg-en-Bresse; Music School, Bourg-en-Bresse

• eWave in Granada 2004

Between October 19th and 24th, 2004, the eWave Ensemble has gathered in Huetor Santillan/ Granada, Spain, for a rehearsal week and two concerts. The ensemble has been working together with several local artists including some flamenco musicians and dansers as well a the local 'Banda de Musica'. The concerts were held at the Casa de la Cultura de Huetor Santillan and the Conservatio Superior de Granada.
Concert schedule Granada
  • October 21, 2004: eWave concert, Real Conservatorio Superior 'Victoria Eugenia', Granada, Ciclo Horizontes.
    Program*: Sutralite, Kotekan, Labyrinth, Nasori, OnTheMove extended
  • October 23, 2004: eWave concert, Casa de la Cultura, Huetor Santillan (Granada), organised by Centro Cultural de Huetor Santillan.
    Program*: Sutralite, Kotekan, Thumpy(1), Nasori, Kurokami Love, Voices of Nagasaki (2), OnTheMove extended (3). All compositions by Wil Offermans
    (1) with 11-year students of Colegio Angeles Bedmar
    (2) with 'banda de musica de Huetor Santillan' arranged by Luis Leandro Hita
    (3) with flamenco dance and music, video

eWave Flutists:
Alessandra Rombola (Italia); Cristina Fernández Correa (Spain); Katrin Stempel (Germany); Lisa Dangotte (Belgium); Maiken Schau (Norway); Olivier Class (France); Ria Georgiadis (Greece/Austria); Vanessa Brenzinger (Germany); Vlada Stajevic (Servia/Finland); Wil Offermans (director; Holland)

Guest Performers:
Ica - flamenco dance; Dori Hita - guitar flamenco; Augustin Penalva - guitar flamenco; Pedro Guajardo - video projections; Banda de Musica de Huetor Santillan (director Luis Leandro Hita); students of Colegio Angeles Bedmar (11 year).

• eWave at 2nd European Flute Festival Frankfurt

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• 1999, March 20, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Premiere concert at the 2nd European Flute Festival (organized by the Germany Flute Society).
On the program were Offermans’ compositions with the theme ‘The Asian Connection’ (I.e. Nasori, Sutralité, Kotekan and Itsuki-no-Komoriuta).

Musicians: Cristina Fernandez Correa (Spain); Gesa Wulfhorst (Germany); Jean Prévot (Belgium); Julián Lòpez Elvira (Spain); Maiken Mathisen Schau (Norway); Vanessa Brenzinger (Germany); Vladislav Stajevic (Yugoslavia); Wil Offermans (The Netherlands), Junko Ueda, percussion (Japan)