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october, 2022

27octthuSix Foot Love Series presents: Jaap Blonk + Damon Smith7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Concert

Event Details

TICKETS: $10/person

Welcome back to the Six Foot Love series at The Wild Detectives. A series of live outdoor performances with numbered seats and limited capacity.

Legendary sound poetry Dutch performer Jaap Blonk is on tour with the irrepressible St. Louis-based double-bassist Damon Smith, playing a program of 20th-century Avant-Garde classics: a couple of Dada and one Fluxus piece, in solo and duo settings.

Ursonate_ Kurt Schwitters (1932)

Variations for double bass_ Ben Patterson (1962)

Six Sound Poems_ Hugo Ball (1916)



Born in 1953 in Woerden, Holland, is a self-taught composer, performer, and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s, he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost three decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on, Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well as work with analog synthesizers.

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics and interactive visuals, the scope and range of his concerts have acquired a considerable extension. Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, and The Ex.

Blonk’s work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, as well as visual poetry, which is being exhibited.

He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 29 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on various labels, such as Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, Monotype Records, Terp, and Relative Pitch. Several books with his visual work were published by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin, each one with a CD and an original drawing. Other books came out at Simulacrum Press and Xexoxial.


Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film, and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Brötzmann, and Peter Kowald.


TICKETS: $10/person

***DISCLAIMER: In case of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors.***

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The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas