Jaap Blonk

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Jaap Blonk
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Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, voice performer and sound poet. His unfinished studies in physics, mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems.

In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music, and a few years later a real breakthrough occurred: he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice. At present, he has developed into a prolific writer/composer and a specialist in the performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence and an almost childlike freedom in improvisation. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and Latin America.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Paul Lytton, Mats Gustafsson, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Melvyn Poore, Paul Dutton, Nicolas Collins, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He performed in several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002.

Blonk is the founder and leader of Splinks, a 15-piece orchestra playing his compositions, and Braaxtaal, an avant-rock trio with synthesizer and drums. He also has his own record label, Kontrans.

His work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.
He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which have been exhibited.
Blonk is an energetic workshop leader too, who taught in many different countries, including a lot of work with children.
A recent development is his involvement with electronics, in the form of work created by sampling and processing the sounds of his voice.
Jaap Blonk keeps on searching the rich common ground between poetry and music. He is always after new sounds and combinations of sounds, without abandoning completely the semantics of language. His live performances are music, poetry and performance art all at the same time.
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BVHAAST 063 Ursonate — Jaap Blonk Kurt Schwitters - Jaap Blonk Kurt Schwitters - Jaap Blonk - Ursonate (Album) BV Haast Records BVHAAST 063 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
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4 Hangaar 4 — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk Hangaar 4(Cass, Album) Hangaar 4 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
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STCD 046 Flux De Bouche — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk Flux De Bouche(CD) Staalplaat STCD 046 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
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Poëzie Perdu 4 Liederen Uit De Hemel — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk Liederen Uit De Hemel(CD) Poëzie Perdu Poëzie Perdu 4 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 143 Blonk, Gustafsson & Zerang — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk, Mats Gustafsson & Michael Zerang Jaap Blonk, Mats Gustafsson & Michael Zerang - Blonk, Gustafsson & Zerang (Album) Kontrans Kontrans 143 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 343 Blonk, Nijdam & Van Der Putten — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk, Jan Nijdam & Bart Van Der Putten Jaap Blonk, Jan Nijdam & Bart Van Der Putten - Blonk, Nijdam & Van Der Putten(CD, Album) Kontrans Kontrans 343 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
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ZZ 76002 First Meetings — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk / Fred Lonberg-Holm* / Michael Zerang Jaap Blonk / Fred Lonberg-Holm* / Michael Zerang - First Meetings(CD, Album) Buzz-Records ZZ 76002 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
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STCD 112 Vocalor — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk Vocalor(CD, Album) Staalplaat STCD 112 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
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none Ursonate — Jaap Blonk Reverof Zrem* Ursonate(Cass, S/Sided, Album, Ltd, Num) Not On Label (Jaap Blonk Self-released) none Germany 1999 Sell This Version
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none People In Motion (3) Featuring Jaap Blonk People In Motion (3) Featuring Jaap Blonk - "Piccolo Teatro" - Live In Palermo(CDr, Album) Not On Label (People In Motion (3) self-released) none US 2000 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 947 Averschuw — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk Averschuw(CD, Album) Kontrans Kontrans 947 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
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Llr-006 Come To Catch Your Voice — Jaap Blonk Vogelkwartet & Jaap Blonk Vogelkwartet & Jaap Blonk - Come To Catch Your Voice(CD, Album) Loplop Llr-006 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
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brombron 05 Bek — Jaap Blonk Radboud Mens & Jaap Blonk Radboud Mens & Jaap Blonk - Bek (Album) Staalplaat brombron 05 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 749 Hübsch, Van Bebber & Blonk — Jaap Blonk Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Claus Van Bebber & Jaap Blonk Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Claus Van Bebber & Jaap Blonk - Hübsch, Van Bebber & Blonk (Album) Kontrans Kontrans 749 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 950 Blonk, Zach & Grydeland — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk, Ingar Zach & Ivar Grydeland Jaap Blonk, Ingar Zach & Ivar Grydeland - Blonk, Zach & Grydeland (Album) Kontrans Kontrans 950 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 850 Majaap — Jaap Blonk Ratkje* & Blonk* Ratkje* & Blonk* - Majaap (Album) Kontrans Kontrans 850 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 1649 Off Shore — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk & Bart Van Der Putten & Paul Pallesen Jaap Blonk & Bart Van Der Putten & Paul Pallesen - Off Shore(2xCD, Album, Gat) Kontrans Kontrans 1649 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
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VICTO CD 092 Five Men Singing — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk & Koichi Makigami* & Paul Dutton & Phil Minton & David Moss Jaap Blonk & Koichi Makigami* & Paul Dutton & Phil Minton & David Moss - Five Men Singing(CD, Album) Les Disques Victo VICTO CD 092 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 551 Pre-Zoic Cellways — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk & Cor Fuhler Jaap Blonk & Cor Fuhler - Pre-Zoic Cellways (Album) Kontrans Kontrans 551 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 651 Post-Human Identities — Jaap Blonk Maja Ratkje* & Jaap Blonk Maja Ratkje* & Jaap Blonk - Post-Human Identities (Album) Kontrans Kontrans 651 Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
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E#13b Dubbletwee — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk & Dylan Nyoukis Jaap Blonk & Dylan Nyoukis - Dubbletwee(LP, Ltd) Ecstatic Peace! E#13b US 2008 Sell This Version
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none Traces Of Speech / Sprachspuren — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk Traces Of Speech / Sprachspuren (Album) Hybriden-Verlag none Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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mono053 Keynote Dialogues — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk Keynote Dialogues(CD, Album) Monotype Records mono053 Poland 2012 Sell This Version
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KONTRANS 259 Deep Fried — Jaap Blonk Jaap Blonk & Machinefabriek Jaap Blonk & Machinefabriek - Deep Fried(CD, Album) Kontrans KONTRANS 259 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
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Kontrans 159 At The Hideout — Jaap Blonk Jeb Bishop, Jaap Blonk, Lou Mallozzi & Frank Rosaly Jeb Bishop, Jaap Blonk, Lou Mallozzi & Frank Rosaly - At The Hideout(CD, Album) Kontrans Kontrans 159 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version