S.S. Belgenland

 

Revue Ravage

 

Terms of
Embarrassment

 

FES ft.
Ernst Reijseger

 

Boat & Berg

 

R.I.P. Funeral songs

 

HEARSEE

 

FES with John Watts

 

Answer Songs

 

Zilke

 

Modernski

 

FES meets Jimi Tenor

 

The Oyster Princess

 

FES ft. Uri Caine

 

Heliogabal

 

The Armstrong Mutations

 

Minoes

 

Larf

 

CONTINUOUS REPERTOIRE

Answer Songs

 

With the R.I.P. project FES ventures itself to a funeral repertoire; 12 newly composed farewell songs for the funeral of the musicians. All 15 of them die, one by one, by disease, accidents, old age and other mishaps, pick your choice. And so, as the concert progresses, the orchestra gets smaller and smaller, a grim preview of what FES will eventually overcome if no substitutions for the dead musicians are made. The order of the dying musicians is determined by fate: this has resultsed in an arbitrary and perhaps illogical but nevertheless interesting orchestral occupation. So imagine this: the FES concert starts off with the whole band, then the drummer leaves the stage because of a fatal fall while putting out the garbage. The rest of the orchestra plays his farewell song. Then the accordeon player follows, a blood vessel rupture. The rest of the band now plays his In Memoriam. This continues until only one musician remains on stage playing his own requiem, he then also disappears and leaves the stage empty. And at that moment all the musicians are reunited, like the dead in ‘Blues for Gaston’ by Roland Topor. The reunion is a wild and exciting piece of whirling music, a grotesque death march putting its tongue out to Death. R.I.P. challenges fate, shows the beauty in tragedy and sorrow, and pays a macabre salute to life with a pleasant dose of black humor.

 

Compositions: Peter Vermeersch, Peter Vandenberghe & Tom Wouters


R.I.P. is a coproduction between Concertgebouw Bruges and Bonk vzw

 

Videos

 

Past dates

20 October 2012
Chassé Theater, Breda, The Netherlands

28 October 2011

Opperschmelz, Dudelange, Luxembourg

27 October 2011

Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, Belgium

19 October 2011

Concertgebouw Bruges, Belgium (première)

17 October 2011

De Singer, Rijkevorsel, Belgium (try-out)