PETER VERDONCK

SAXOPHONIST - COMPOSER

BIO

EN

Peter Verdonck (°1979) begon zijn saxofoon­studie aan de Stedelijke Muziek­academie van Turnhout bij Mark Verdonck, en vervolgde deze aan de muziek­humaniora van het Heilig-Graf-­Instituut in Turnhout bij Mark Verdonck en Ann Swerts. Daarna trok hij richting Gent om er aan het conser­vatorium bij Willy Demey te studeren. Peter volgde daar ook compositie bij Lucien Posman en studeerde af in 2003 met grootste onder­scheiding voor saxofoon, kamer­muziek en impro­visatie. In 2007 be­haalde hij tevens het diploma Post­graduaat Concert­solist aan het Konink­lijk Conser­vatorium van Antwerpen bij Hans De Jong. Verder volgde hij nog master­classes bij Hans De Jong, Claude Delangle en Rasscher Saxo­phone Quartet.   Peter is mede­oprichter en saxo­fonist van Thelema Trio, een heden­daags kamer­muziek ensemble dat focust op nieuwe muziek voor klarinet­ten, saxo­foons en piano. Met dit trio realis­eerde hij twee CD’s, waar­van de tweede werd uit­gegeven door het Amerikaanse label Innova Recordings. Hij is oprichter, componist, en bas­saxofonist van het saxofoon­sextet BLAFFF. Ook treedt hij sinds juni 2012 vaak op met zijn eigen balkan­fanfare De Pandoering. Het Antwerpse productie­huis Champ d’Action werkt regel­matig samen met Peter in hun heden­daagse en experimentele programma’s. Verder maakt Peter deel uit van de kraut­rockgroep Manngold De Cobre waarmee in de zomer van 2013 een eerste CD werd op­genomen. Ook nam Peter CD’s op met o.a. The Rhythm Junks en de Va Fan Fahre. In 2014 begon Peter te schrijven aan zijn eerste musical: “Muizenissen”. Deze werd in mei 2015 uit­gevoerd door de Kon. Kath. Fanfare De Kunst­liefde uit Melsele en leer­lingen van de GBS De Toren uit Melsele. Deze groepen, ensembles en projecten brachten hem in zalen over heel België, maar ook in Nederland, Slovakije, Polen, Italië, Frankrijk, Duitsland, Peru, de USA, Japan en China. Zelf gaf hij master­classes en work­shops in o.a. Lima en Arequipa in Peru, en de University of Houston, de Oklahoma University en de University of Central Missouri, USA.   Als docent saxo­foon en kamer­muziek is Peter ver­bonden aan het Heilig Graf Instituut in Turnhout en de Academie Wijnegem Schilde Zoersel. Als componist creëert Peter vnl. kamer­muziek voor diverse uiteen­lopende bezet­tingen. Een aantal van zijn composities werden reeds op CD opge­nomen door o.a. Thelema Trio, Ambrass­band, Aardbeefman en Aranis.

NL

Peter Verdonck (°1979) started his saxophone studies with Mark Verdonck at the music academy of Turnhout, which he continued at the secondary school for music at the Heilig-Graf-Instituut in Turnhout with Mark Verdonck and Ann Swerts. After this he moved to Ghent to study at the Hogeschool Gent, department Conservatorium with Willy Demey. Peter also studied composition there with Lucien Posman and graduated in 2003 with highest honours for saxophone, chamber music and improvisation. In 2007 he also received his postgraduate diploma for Concert Soloist at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp where he studied saxophone with Hans de Jong. Peter also took masterclasses with Hans De Jong, Claude Delangle and Rasscher Saxophone Quartet. Peter is co-founder and saxophonist for Thelema Trio, a contemporary music ensemble that focusses on new music for clarinets, saxophones and piano. With this he recorded two CD’s of which the second was released by American label Innova Recordings. He’s the founder, composer and bass saxophonisy of the saxophone sextet BLAFFF. Since June 2012 he also performs regularly with his own balkan band De Pandoering. The Antwerp based organisation Champ d’Action often involves Peter in their contemporary and experimental programmes. Furthermore he’s a member of krautrock band Manngold de Cobre, with this group a first CD was recorded in the summer of 2013. Peter also record with a.o. The Rhythm Junks and Va Fan Fahre. In 2014 Peter began to compose his first musical “Muizenissen”. In May 2015 this was performed by Kon. Kath. Fanfare De Kunstliefde from Melsele and pupils from primary school De Toren from Melsele. These groups, ensembles and project have taken him to concert halls and festivals all over Belgium, as well as the Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Peru, USA, Japan and China. He also gave workshops and masterclasses in a.o. Lima and Arequipa, Peru, and the University of Houston, Texas, Oklahoma University, University of Central Missouri, USA. As a teacher of saxophone and chamber music Peter is active at the Heilig Graf Institute in Turnhout and the Academie Wijnegem Schilde Zoersel. As a composer Peter mainly writes chamber music for various line-ups. A number of his works have been recorded by a.o. Thelema Trio, Ambrassband, Aardbeefman and Aranis.

NEWS

Welcome to this brand new website, created by Tom Van Overberghe. On this page you can find the latest news about my musical activities, as well as a complete overview of my compositions and concerts.

Concert dates for the upcoming Summer are regularly being updated. First dates for De Pandoering are entering as we speak. People who are interested in booking this crazy and fun balkan orchestra are always welcome to visit www.depandoering.be or www.mundialbookings.be for more informartion.

I'm also anticipating this Fall as my new death metal band Wound Collector will start doing its first shows. The band has been rehearsing since last December and the composing for this nice new project started as early as April/May 2015. Be ready to endure some technical brutal death metal with an historical twist and a demented saxophone!

CONCERTS

UPCOMING CONCERTS

19 November 2016
Servido Quintet
De Kadans, Melsele, private

26 November 2016
Azure Mortal
4AD, Diksmuide, 21.30h

10 December 2016
De Pandoering
Vuurfeest Merksem, 17h

18 January 2017
De Pandoering
Nieuwjaarsreceptie coSta Antwerpen, private

25 February 2017
Wound Collector
B52, Eernegem

16 March 2017
Azure Mortal
CC De Schakel, Waregem

6 May 2017
FUNDAMENT
Nona, Mechelen

10 May 2017
FUNDAMENT
30CC, Leuven

12 May 2017
FUNDAMENT
Handelsbeurs, Gent

13 May 2017
FUNDAMENT
Rataplan, Borgerhout

19 May 2017
FUNDAMENT
CC Muze, Heusden-Zolder

31 May 2017
FUNDAMENT
Flagey, Brussel

1 June 2017
FUNDAMENT
CC De Meent, Alsemberg

PREVIOUS CONCERTS

23 June 2015
Mandra Saxophone Quartet
Antwerp, private

27 June 2015
solo act with DJ
Knokke, private

28 June 2015
Fanfare De Kunstliefde
Parkconcert Oranjerie Hof Ter Saksen, Beveren, 14.30h
performance of "Meilse Ouverture" and "Muizenissen" by Peter Verdonck

18 September 2015
Manngold de Cobre
CC Maasmechelen, 20.30h

3 October 2015
guest with Funk Vibes Ahead
CC Deurne

1 November 2015
De Pandoering
MEC Staf Versluy, Bredene, 14h

5 November 2015
saxophone duet with Aida Van de Perre
Boerenpoort, Melsele

10 November 2015
guest with Vibes Ahead
Het Depot, Leuven, 23h

21 November 2015
Servido Quartet
private, Melsele

12 December 2015
De Pandoering
Berchem, 17h

16 January 2016
saxophone duet with Aida Van de Perre
private, Zoersel

20 February 2016
Thelema Trio
Rissa, Norway

21 February 2016
Thelema Trio
Trondheim Library, Norway

28 May 2016
Azure Mortal
Roeselare Jazz

4 June 2016
De Pandoering
Blow-in Brasspartij, Co Sint-Andries, Antwerpen

5 June 2016
De Pandoering
Het Nestfeest, Kiel, Antwerpen

9 july 2016
De Pandoering
Vijverfestival, Dilbeek

10 July 2016
Time=Tight
Boelaerpark, Antwerpen 12h

21 July 2016
Time=Tight
Gaverlandfeesten, Melsele

13 August 2016
De Pandoering
Saxykoksijde, Koksijde, 14h

29 October 2016
Champ d'Action
Transit Festival, Leuven

5 November 2016
Spectra Ensemble
Concertgebouw Brugge, 20h

6 November 2016
Wound Collector
November Rodeo Fest, Antwerp Music City, Antwerpen

MUSIC

ORCHESTRAL

DESPERATE WIFEHOUSE (2015) Wind orchestra

MUIZENISSEN (2014-2015) Musical for wind orchestra, children’s choir and soloists

MEILSE OUVERTURE (2014) wind orchestra

DIE HÖLLENFAHRT VON SCHÜTZ (2013) vocal ensemble, string orechestra, accordion, wind ensemble

NIET WENEN A.U.B. (2011) free instrumentation

PIVO (2007) street band, Recorded by Ambrassband 2007

TWO MOMENTS (2005) Concerto for baritone saxophone and string orchestra

THE SEARCH WITHIN (1998) wind orchestra

SAXOPHONE CHAMBER MUSIC

KYRIE ELEISON HESPERINON (2013) baritone saxophone, cello, contrabass

MY FRIEND WITH A PERUVIAN GIRL (2012) saxophone sextet

TRIPPIN´ ON REEDS (2012) saxophone sextet

ZOMBIE MASSACRE (2012) saxophone sextet

ALEAKE (2011) saxophone sextet

WINTER DROUWEM (2011) saxophone sextet

THE LED PANTHER GOT FUNKY ON A SABBATH (2011) saxophone sextet

BLAFFFROCK (2011) saxophone sextet

UITZICHT (2011) soprano saxophone and piano

THISWAY VANDAH (2011) saxophone sextet

BEETROOT BEFORE AND AFTER (2010) soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone and piano

SUNNY SAX UP (2010) saxophone sextet

FIRE ´05 (2010) tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and piano (or) tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone and piano (or) alto saxophone, baritone saxophone and piano

DESPERATELY UNTITLED (2010) saxophone sextet

´S NOT KNOWS (2010) saxophone sextet

BARITALE FOR SIX (2009) saxophone sextet

BALLADE FOR THE DESPERATE (2009) saxophone sextet
DESPERATE WIFEHOUSE (2008) saxophone sextet

OPRISPING NR. 1 (2006) saxophone quartet

BARITALE (2004) saxophone quartet

ZEUS AND HERA (2003) flute, trumpet, alto saxophone and piano

CLARMAGGEDDON (2003) clarinet, baritone saxophone and piano, recorded by Thelema Trio on “Thelema…”

ABBEYE (2003) clarinet, alto saxophone and piano

LILITH, PENITENCE FOR GOD AND MAN (2002) violin, alto/baritone saxophone, bass trombone and piano

ABRASAX (2002) alto saxophone

AMAVERO (2001) saxophone quartet

FOUR LITTLE PIECES FOR TRUMPET AND ALTO SAXOPHONE (2000) trumpet and alto saxophone

FOUR LITTLE PIECES FOR VIOLIN AND ALTO SAXOPHONE (2000) violin and alto saxophone

INFERNAL CONCERT (2000) saxophone quartet

FACES OF ONE (1999) saxophone quartet

FOUR LITTLE PIECES FOR CLARINET AND ALTO SAXOPHONE (1999) clarinet and alto saxophone

OSCULARUM TRISTE (1999) saxophone quartet

SAXOPHONE PEDAGOGIC

TRANSPORT MINIATURES (2012) tenor or alto sax and piano published by Metropolis Music Publishers
ANTIDOTE (2015) Eb or Bb saxophone and piano

OTHER CHAMBER MUSIC

LIED (2010) 2 violins, accordeon, guitar, piano and double bass

BROEK (2009) flute, 2 violins, accordeon and piano

ROK (2008) flute, 2 violins, accordeon, guitar, piano and double bass

THE NIGHT IS DARKENING 'ROUND ME (2008) 2 soprano voices, violin, viola and cello (on text of Emily Bronte)

ZOEK (2007) 2 violins and guitar

BRUG (2007) flute, 2 violins, accordeon, guitar, piano and double bass

TROG (2006) flute, 2 violins, accordeon, guitar, piano and double bass, recorded by Aranis on “II”
VUUR (2005) flute, 2 violins, accordeon, guitar, piano and double bass, recorded by Aranis on “I” Munai (2004)  cello and tenor saxophone

ZEUS AND HERA (2003) flute, trumpet, alto saxophone and piano

CLARMAGGEDDON (2003) clarinet, baritone saxophone and piano, recorded by Thelema Trio on “Thelema…”

ABBEYE (2003)  clarinet, alto saxophone and piano

LILITH, PENITENCE FOR GOD AND MAN (2002) violin, alto/baritone saxophone, bass trombone and piano

AMORPHEUS (2001) clarinet quartet

CD

Thelema Trio ‘promo CD 2003’ – 2003

Marco Antonio Mazzini – clarinet
Peter Verdonck – alto saxophoneb
Ward De Vleeschhouwer – piano

Track 3 “Abbeye” by Peter Verdonck

Thelema Trio ‘Peruvian Music’ – 2004

Marco Antonio Mazzini – Bb clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Peter Verdonck – alto, baritone saxophone
Ward De Vleeschhouwer – piano

Thelema Trio ‘Live Performance 2004’

Marco Antonio Mazzini – Bb clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Peter Verdonck – alto, tenor, baritone saxophone
Ward De Vleeschhouwer – piano, keyboard

Track 7 “Clarmaggeddon” by Peter Verdonck

Va Fan Fahre ‘Romski Robbery’ – 2005

Peter Verdonck guest baritone saxophone on tracks

8 “Jood” (Bart Maris)
11 “Xiao Guaishou” (Mathias Van de Wiele)
16 “Surfing with the Jews II” (Michael De Schrijver)

Spring ‘Live 2005’ – DVD 2005

Peter Verdonck alto saxophone on all tracks

Aranis ‘I’ - 2005

All music by Joris Van Vinckenroye exept track 3: “Vuur” by Peter Verdonck

Wretched Vixen ‘ Submitted To Grey’ (demo CD) – 2006

Peggy Meeussen – vocals
Xavier Silversmet – guitar
Jeroen Foré – guitar
Stijn Deldaele – bass
Niek Tournois – drums
Peter Verdonck – tenor saxophone & backing vocals

All music composed by Peter Verdonck
Exept “Tales Of Depravation “ and “Tempted In Sarcasm” by Xavier Silversmet and Peter Verdonck
All lyrics by Peter Verdonck

Available by contact

Thelema Trio ‘Thelema…’ – 2006

Marco Mazzini – Bb clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Peter Verdonck – alto, tenor, baritone saxophone
Ward De Vleeschhouwer – piano

Track 8 “Clarmaggeddon” by Peter Verdonck
Available by contact or www.thelematrio.com/recordings.html

Aranis ‘II’ – 2007

All music by Joris Van Vinckenroye exept track 9: “Trog” by Peter Verdonck

Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra “Tuttilegal” – 2007

Peter Verdonck guest baritone saxophone on all tracks

The Rhythm Junks ‘Pop Off’ – 2007

Steven De Bruyn – vocals, omnichord, harmonica, backing vocals
Jasper Hautekiet – double bass, electric bass, bow, backing vocals
Tony Gyselinck – drums, percussion
Yves Fernandez-Solino – trumpet
Marie-Anne Standaert – trumpet, flugelhorn
Peter Verdonck – alto, baritone saxophone
Walter Baeken – tenor, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet

Petrol 0783084
www.petrolmusic.be

Te Gek!? 3 - 2008

Compilation CD featuring track 6 “Maybe Slowly” by The Rhythm Junks

LCM100214
www.lcmusic.com

Thelema Trio ‘Neither From Nor Towards…’ – 2010

Marco Antonio Mazzini – Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Peter Verdonck – alto, tenor, baritone saxophone
Ward De Vleeschhouwer – piano

Innova752
Innova Recordings
available by contact or by Innova Recordings
www.innova.mu

Millennial Masters – 2010

Featuring track “Yûgen III” by Stephen Yip, performed by Thelema Trio

Rik De Geyter – Bb clarinet
Peter Verdonck – alto, tenor saxophone
Ward De Vleeschhouwer - piano

Aardbeefman ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Say No Man’ – 2011

Peter Verdonck – alto, tenor, baritone, bass saxophones, vocals, choir
Jeroen Malaise – piano, rhodes, choir
Pieter Lenaerts – double bass
Steven Michielsen – drums, percussion, vocals, choir

Track 5 “Rondo of George and Benny”, 8 “Hypoallergeen” by Peter Verdonck
Available by contact

Claude Hugo ‘Claude Hugo’ – 2011

Peter Verdonck alto saxophone on track
1 “More Than I Need”
3 “1962”
7 “Over and Over Again” and 10 “Who The Hell Is Claude?”
Saxophone recorded 2002

Bizarorama ‘Bizarorama’ – 2013

Peter Verdonck guest bass saxophone
solo on track 10 “Summerorama”

Manngold de Cobre ‘Manngold de Cobre’ – 2013

Rodrigo Fuentealba – guitar
Philipp Weies – guitar
Maarten Standaert – bass
Matthias Standaert – drums
Karel De Backer – drums
Hans Bossuyt & Luc Van Lieshout – trumpet
Peter Vermeersch & Mattias De Craene – tenor saxophone
Andres Fernandez & Dree Peremens – trombone
Kwinten Mordijck & Peter Verdonck – baritone saxophone

A Real Time vzw production
A Vynilla Vinyl Release VV021
www.vynilla.be

De Pandoering - 'Promo2015' - 2015

Bart Maris - trumpet
Lieven Roman - alto saxophone
Gregory Van Seghbroeck - trombone
Peter Verdonck - baritone saxophone
Jef Verheyden - sousaphone
Ralph Adriaansen - snare drum
Jan Valkenborgh - bass drum

Available by contact

Distraught ‘Spheres of Insanity’ – 1997

Peter Verdonck – bass guitar, vocals
Roel Van Heuckelom – vocals
Jimmy Otten – guitar
Bert Matheussen – drums

All music and lyrics by Peter Verdonck

Butchered ‘New Methods For The Advanced Sadist’ – 1999

Peter Verdonck – bass guitar, vocals
Roel Van heuckelom – vocals
Jimmy Otten – guitar
Debbie Verstraeten – guitar
Bert Matheussen – drums

All music and lyrics by Peter Verdonck

Lowlife Records

Groove Grocery ‘Groovilicious’ – 2002

Ann Declercq – vocals
Geert Hutsebaut – vocals
Gert De Meerleer – keyboard
Stijn Deldaele – bass
Sunny Longeval – guitar
Hedwig Pevernagie – percussion
Ulrich Van Impe – drums
Jan Beernaert – trumpet
Femke Deroo – alto saxophone
Wim Van de Maele – tenor saxophone
Peter Verdonck – baritone saxophone + alto solo on track 7 “Funk E”

Five-o Records 50 0002

Whatchamacallit ‘Abnormals Anonymous’ – demo CD 2003

Pieter Claus – marimba, vibraphone, percussion, backing vocals
Yann Gyssels – lead vocals, guitar
Klaas Van Heddegem – guitar
Peter Verdonck – alto, baritone saxophone, backing vocals
Wim De Roeck – keyboards
Dieter De Mits – bass
Ronald Dhaene – drums

All music by Frank Zappa

Ambrassband ‘Simply the Best of Ambrassband’ – 2010

Track 7 “Pivo Pjotr” by Peter Verdonck
Peter Verdonck baritone saxophone on tracks
7 “Pivo Pjotr”
8 “Osman Aga”
9 “Dumboy”
10 “Jamalacha” and
11 “Spanish Klezmer”

www.ambrassband.be

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