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The 16th edition of the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO) concert will take place online on 2nd February 2021.  The concert will be performed by the Netherland based Slagwerk Den Haag and will feature works of composers from countries all over Europe.

Slagwerk Den Haag is – since its founding in 1977 – fascinated by everything concerned with sound, pulse and materials that produce sound. The podium artists and highly versatile (co-)creators aim to amaze and enrich time after time, in every setting imaginable. Both on the traditional arsenal of percussion instruments, as well as on porcelain, amplified donkey jaws, solar panels or MYO-muscle sensors.

Slagwerk Den Haag performs over 150 concerts/performances per year – reaching an audience of more than 55.000 in 2019 – and is one of the most active percussion groups in the field of contemporary classical music in Europe. The percussion ensemble has worked with composers like Steve Reich, Michael Gordon (Bang on a Can), Guo Wenjing and Yannis Kyriakides and recently performed in venues like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Teatro Colon/Buenos Aires where the South American premiere of Xenakis’ Pleïades was given.
Besides concerts, Slagwerk Den Haag specializes in music-theatre/dance productions and is furthermore active in the field of education and participation. The playing field is extensive; from Bang on a Can in New York to Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ in Amsterdam, from the Holland Festival to the slums of Cairo and from underground clubs to the Dutch Oerol open-air beach Festival. Some 30% of SDH’s concerts are performed outside The Netherlands; from venues all over Europe, to China, Japan, Indonesia, the United States of America and Uruguay.

Slagwerk Den Haag – Photo Credit: Gerrit Schreurs