What kind of music are humans able to make in a mechanized age? How do we respond to the sounds of our industrialized world, and is it possible to escape these sounds? This program includes responses to mechanical sounds, an attempt to re-invest in the sounds of the human body, a subsequent descent to hell, and finally a return to nature, with Stockhausen's Sternklang.
Willem Breuker (Amsterdam, 1944-2010) has played a unique role in the Dutch and international music worlds for over 45 years. He is one of the most striking and versatile makers of "people's music" as he preferred to call it. As a jazz and improvised music innovator and as the creator of a new form of Dutch musical theatre, he broke through established traditions to create new forms and new possibilities for himself and for other musicians who performed with him as well as younger musicians from the next generation or two.