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Serge Verstockt

From the early start of his professional life as a composer Serge Verstockt was a strong defender of electronic music. In 1985 he organized the ‘Electronic music days in Antwerp’. By the end of the the 1980-s he founded the contemporary music ensemble Champ d’Action and programmed mainly Flemish avant-garde music with a strong focus on the use of new technology. In 2003, after an absence of a few years, Verstockt became again artistic director of Champ d’Action. He worked intensively together with the ensemble as a composer as well with commissions by Festival of Flanders, City of Antwerp, Wien Modern, Artefact festival, Music@venture, Ars Musica, deSingel, Concertgebouw Brugge, Transit festival, De Bijloke Gent, BlIndman and others. In 2007 he composed the music for ‘Requiem für eine Metamorphose’ by Jan Fabre.

After the experience of working with Fabre the work of Verstockt became more and more visual and interdisciplinar. From 2014 on several major opera de trash productions followed: Hold Your Horses, HRZSCHMRZ, the interlude Pianola, Satire de trash and CANTICUM CANTICORUM in collaboration with Collegium Vocale Gent and Muziektheater Transparant.