Ensemble Klang, formed in 2003, quickly earned a reputation as one of the most exciting young ensembles on the Dutch contemporary music scene. Dedicated to a new generation of composers, the group are building a repertoire of bold, uncompromising works.
The unique yet versatile instrumentation - saxophones, trombone, keyboards, percussion and guitar - ranging from a quiet, fragile intimacy to the punchy power of a big-band, has attracted many composers including Heiner Goebbels, Tom Johnson, Martijn Padding, Fabian Svensson, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Kate Moore, Jan-Bas Bollen, Oscar Bettison and Peter Adriaansz. Performing without a conductor, the result in concert is one where complex music requiring virtuosic accuracy and precision is played with the energy, drive and passion of a band.
The group has performed across the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Belgium and the Czech Republic, and performances have been featured on national television and radio in the Netherlands, Australia and the United States. In 2008 they worked closely with highly-acclaimed German composer Heiner Goebbels on a new version, tailor-made for Klang, of his evening-long work Walden.
"striking... powerful and intense"; (NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam, 1 September 2009) "scintillating" (Het Parool, Amsterdam, 3 March 2008) "performed with great flair ... terrific and unusual" (Danceview Times, New York, March 2007) "an impressive aural assault" (Scottish Herald, Glasgow, 8th December 2004)