Astria Oboe Trio had already performed works of Ralph Vaughan Williams (Five Pieces on cd Variations) when Dimitri Mestdag discovered his vocal music. Dimitri had the idea to turn a selection into a production with a soprano. Erik Desimpelaere, who was contacted for the arrangement, pointed out the need for an additional instrument to introduce more colour and harmony. He set to work after Dimitri’s suggestion to go for a harp. This is how Love Bade Me Welcome was born. The harpist is Anouk Sturtewagen, who a.o. was a laureate of the Music Competition of Rotary Gent in 2005. The harmonious interplay of the feather light sounds of the harp with those of the melancholic ones of the oboes grant an extra dimension to the wonderful songs and folksongs performed by Lore Binon.
As early as in 2016 Dimitri Mestdag played with the idea to combine baroque and minimalistic music. He was convinced the confrontation of Bach’s oeuvre with that of Glass and Reich would generate a surprising added value; he made a selection and chose percussion in addition to the oboes for the performance of the music. The confrontation of the music on the one hand and the instruments on the other yields an unknown rhythm and enchanting richness of sound.
At the outset the percussionists were Dimitri’s collegues of Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; when they left Belgium, As One joined in, a Flemish percussion duo.
In the mean time the repertoire has matured and developed: work of Koetsier, Tabakova and Brossé have enriched this production.
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Pupils either choose for oboe willingly, because they are fascinated by the instrument or by coincidence. Quite often they start at the age of seven, playing parts after one year already. The condition is however they exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily. In doing so they learn the correct blowing technique and develop the mouth muscles.
Oboe is rarely chosen as an instrument though because it is unknown. Astria Oboe Trio have wanted to do something about this from the outset, amongst other with arrangements.
The arrangements made upon request for Astria Oboe Trio are exclusively published by Egge-Verlag under the category Collection Astria.
It concerns work of Brahms, Debussy and Ravel. Also this initiative contributes to the extension of the oboe repertoire.
The repertoire for oboe is limited, but even more so for a trio. Astria Oboe Trio have intensely worked together with specialists who tailor arrangements. Erik Desimpelaere has played a major role with compositions on the one hand, but also with many arrangements on the other. Also David Bussick has made many transcriptions.
Astria Music Projects is on the move: new productions, new faces. Time for a new look and a new website.
Astria Oboe Trio is on the move: we extend our collective with new talent. Korneel Alsteens is joining is.