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BL!NDMAN [sax]

BL!NDMAN was founded in 1988 by saxophonist and composer Eric Sleichim. From the very outset the saxophone quartet developed their own new ways of performing their instruments and extended the instrument’s repertoire by investigating boundaries with other disciplines. Since 2008 the saxophone quartet have shared their experiences with the quartets BL!NDMAN [drums], BL!NDMAN [strings] and BL!NDMAN [vox], a fruitful collaboration between two generations and four quartets, which represents an extension of the acoustic worlds of the four groups.

Since their foundation, BL!NDMAN have worked on theatre projects and in the world of dance. They have also taken part in multimedia performances and produced live film music for several silent films.
BL!NDMAN have worked together with artists including Jan Fabre, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Heiner Goebbels and Ivo Van Hove.

Since 1999 Eric Sleichim’s search to release the unexplored potential of the saxophone has focussed on early classical music. His adaptation of Bach’s Chorale Partitas as BL!NDMAN plays Bach was a great success which was followed by further programmes of ancient music. These programmes were frequently developed together with ensembles which specialize in this music, such as the Collegium Vocale Gent or the Huelgas Ensemble.

BL!NDMAN celebrated their 25th birthday in 2013 with the release of 32 Foot / the Organ of Bach. This album won the KLARA Prize for the best CD produced in Flanders.

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