Under the surface, a city like Brussels harbours a large variety of living music with musicians of diverse natures, from different backgrounds. Dick van der Harst unites some of them to present, in a suite, The house of little hidden musics. Each artist performs his own number, and together their sounds echo à la Bruxelloise. The musical backgrounds are Celtic, jazz, old and contemporary classic, traditional Galician, Irish, Breton, Flemish and Walloon music, flamenco, improvisation… In a word… Brussels. Respect and the spirit of collaboration are the underlying threads. The composer and arranger Dick van der Harst chose to include genres that are dear to him. He feels at home with all of kinds of “hidden musics”. Through the guitar, he explores flamenco, which has carried him to Cordoba.
In the suite, van der Harst unites an original Brussels ensemble. The house of little hidden musics is a sequence of diverse musical themes. The romance of ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’ of Mozart where Van der Harst added a flamenco voice. The bulerías that turns into a jig. A little waltz of Raquel Gigot marvellously companioned with ‘Das Kinderspiel’,again from Mozart. A Breton song 'if I had a white sheet of paper' turns into an Argentinian milonga. Galician gossips, music of Guillaume de Machaut, a Romanian melody by Rudy Velghe… All of the musicians participate in the performance, and everything is linked to the new music of Dick van der Harst.
Premiere 26 February 2000 de Bottelarij Brussels
At the general request of the musicians and the audience, Dick van der Harst created a sequel: The House of Hidden Little Music II (premiere 8 March 2006 deSingel, Antwerp). It picks up the thread where it left off at the end of The House of Hidden Little Music I. With practically the same arrangement and a few new musicians (Jean-Philippe Poncin and Kim Delcour), composer Dick van der Harst continues to develop a suite in which the main thread this time in addition to Mozart is the Spanish flamenco legend, Camarón de la Isla.