09 Nov 2018
TROMP Opening Night: Marching & Breakin'

TROMP Opening Night: Marching & Breakin'


Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

€ 28 | € 20

Martin Grubinger, Dominique Vleeshouwers, Emil Kuyumcuyan, Andrey Doynikov, Rachel Zhang, Harmonie St. Michaël van Thorn, The Ruggeds

conductors: Ivan Meylemans, Erik Somers
director: Caecilia Thunnissen
scenography: Clement&Sanou

Marching & Breakin'

November 9, 2018: one night that challenged the cross-over between classical music and urban street culture. In the Opening Night of the international TROMP percussion competition and festival in Eindhoven, Dutch percussion virtuoso Dominique Vleeshouwers and leading Austrian percussion soloist Martin Grubinger teamed up with Eindhoven’s renowned breakdance crew The Ruggeds and the winner of the European Championship for wind orchestras St. Michaël van Thorn. Together they created a performance where breakdance turned into ballet, a traditional Dutch wind band transformed into a hip-hop orchestra and intimate classical percussion gradually evolved into energetic beats that filled the main hall of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.


Jo Jochems - Limburgse Jagersmars
Bart Picqueur - Mutations (pt. 2)
Dominique Vleeshouwers - Marching & Breakin’ Drumline world premiere (feat. Danny Joosten, Job van Duijnhoven, Lola Mlacnik & Agostinho Sequeira)
Jesse Sieff - Chopstakovich (arr. Erik Somers)
Jacob ter Veldhuis - Goldrush Concerto (pt. 1, arr. Erik Somers)
Vincent Houdijk - Mapa world premiere
Avner Dorman - Spices (pt. 1 from Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!)
Saltarello (improvised street music from the 13th - 16th century, arr. Erik Somers)
Ernesto Lecuona - Andalucia &Gitanerias (arr. Tom Schippers)
Pancho Vladigerov - Danses Bulgares Op. 23 (arr. Tom Schippers)
Mahalai Rai Banda - Mahalageasca (arr. Erik Somers)
Steve Reich - Nagoya Marimba’s
(African traditional, arr. Willem van Merwijk)
Improvised dance battle
Y’sKid & Jelle Verstraten - March in November world premiere

"An evening where we explore the old and new Dutch street culture and a place where western classical music meets street music from all over the world. That pretty much sums up this project Marching & Breakin’, one of the biggest challenges in my career so far.

Marching & Breakin’ all started in the streets of Senegal. On the first night in Dakar we already joined a street party filled with drummers, dancers and hundreds of people. I did not have any clue how to play this music, but our teacher smiled at me and said, “Just play, welcome to Dakar.” And the drummers didn’t seem to have any stress: they play, they earn money, they spend it, and the next day comes. Simple as that.

After I returned home from this trip, I kept thinking why we have created this crazy, busy way of life, and why many of us sometimes get stuck in our own thoughts. I realized that the physicality of drumming and dancing in Senegal helped me release energy and feel more grounded. Meeting people while making music and dancing on the streets inspired me to enjoy life in the here and now. I started to wonder what the street culture of The Netherlands was and if that could give me that lively feeling I found in Senegal again, which I hope you will get to experience tonight.

Marching & Breakin’ is not only about juxtaposing the old and the new street culture of The Netherlands. It is also about professional musicians meeting this wonderful wind band, working with the coolest Breakdance crew, collaborating with a professional stage director and super creative scenographers, composers, arrangers, and high performing amateur musicians. It provides a platform where different groups in society gather and enrich each other's life by working together and listening to one another.

To be able to present Marching & Breakin’ in this hall during the TROMP Opening Night is such a great honour; four years ago I performed in this same beautiful concert hall in the final round of the 2014 TROMP competition, and since then this venue has become a second home to me. I have cherished every minute of working on this project since day 1, and I am very happy that tonight you will witness and experience the result of an amazing team who has worked for months on this project.

I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me, and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and TROMP for making this amazing project possible.

Enjoy and have a wonderful evening!"

Dominique Vleeshouwers
concept & script


Download full programme notes (in Dutch) as a .pdf.

Thanks to support from:

Provincie Noord-Brabant

EMOVES Festival

Adams Musical Instruments

Muziekgebouw Eindhoven






TROMP Opening Night: Marching & Breakin'

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