Touki Delphine & Bernadeta Astari - Les Sauvages (single)
Musical ingenuity from the kitchen
New single Les Sauvages is taken from the album Kitchen Ballads, a collaboration between Touki Delphine (Eckhardt And The House, Sheila And The Kit, Kopna Kopna) and soprano Bernadeta Astari (winner of the Dutch Classical Talent award). This party forms a tasteful chamber music orchestra with the help of electronical instruments, retro kitchen machines and simple cookware.
Classical composer Jean-Philippe Rameau was inspired to write Les Sauvages when seeing two Louisiana Indians displayed in a theater in 1725, and it is one of his best and most celebrated pieces. Touki Delphine & Bernadeta Astari turned it into a light and cheerful chachacha-meets-opera version.
Rik Elsgeest, Bo Koek and John van Oostrom from Touki Delphine graduated from conservatory in the summer of 2003. Ever since, this multimedia trio mixes high- and low brow art into eclectic and visual music-and theatre performances.
The Jakarta born Bernadeta Astari graduated cum laude from the Utrecht Conservatory in 2012. She currently is a member of the Dutch Touring Opera. The soprano is praised for her warm, powerful voice, that is able to lift operas as well as chamber music to glorious heights.
Kitchen Ballads is a song-cycle for soprano and electronical music, beautiful 17th century ballads by Händel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Vivaldi en Ravel in a divergent musical environment. The songs are performed in a theatrical setting. Each song is supported by a living room act from the "Encyclopedia for the Modern Housewife", published in 1979, not entirely coincidentally the year of birth of the men of Touki Delphine.
If you're in The Netherlands, don't miss them at the "Over het IJ"-festival in Amsterdam from 9 till 14 July!
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