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Dante Boon

Photo © Imke Koldijk

This is Dante Boon's first visit to Japan.

Dante Boon is a Dutch pianist and composer based in Amsterdam. A member of the Wandelweiser composers collective, he is also known as an interpreter of experimental piano music. Boon has premiered over 50 works, many of which written specifically for him. He has performed at venues across Europe, Canada and the US and recorded numerous albums, solo and otherwise, for labels such as Another Timbre, Edtion Wandelweiser Records and Rhizome.s He was a guest lecturer at the 13th Wiener Tage für zeitgenössische Klaviermusik hosted by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. A three-concert musical portrait of Dante Boon was presented in 2012 at Düsseldorf's Klangraum. In 2013, he was a special guest at Michael Pisaro's Dog Star Orchestra festival of experimental music. In the same year, a retrospective of Boon's music was presented at the Los Angeles performance space the wulf. In 2016, Boon was featured as a composer and performer at Quatuor Bozzini's Performer's Kitchen (Montreal). Dante Boon's CD clarinet (and piano), released in 2016, which features clarinetist Jürg Frey, was recommended by Andy Hamilton in The Wire's Top 10 albums of contemporary music. The New Yorker called him a pianist with an "uncommon affinity for music that demands patience, steady hands, and a subtle touch.” National Sawdust's Steve Smith listed one of Boon's 2018 solo recitals in New York in his top 10 of memorable musical events. Boon's upcoming projects include new solo albums with music by Antoine Beuger, Mark Hannesson, Anastassis Philippakopoulos, Erik Satie, Rishin Singh and Boon himself as well as collaborations with Paul Baran, Jürg Frey, Reinier van Houdt, Andy Lee and Michael Vincent Waller for labels such as Edition Wandelweiser Records, Elsewhere, Irritable Hedgehog and A New Wave Of Jazz.

Last updated: October 5, 2019


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