Walter Hus

Category:componist, solist
02.07.1959
Genre(s):20ste eeuw, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Instrument(s):piano

Biography

Walter Hus, besides being a composer, is chiefly a pianist and an improviser. From the age of ten he has performed as a concert pianist both in his native Belgium and abroad, appearing as a pianist-improviser from 1979. Hus was a member of the Belgian Piano Quartet and was connected with Maximalist!, a musical grouping set up in 1984, which attempted to tread a middle way between pop, rock, classical music and the avant-garde. The musician-composers who came together in this group (including Vermeersch, Sleichim, De Mey and Hus) had met a year previously in the context of the first choreography made by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Rosas danst Rosas). Their image was determined strongly by influences from popular culture, an illustration of a particular mind-set which did not, however, automatically place their music outside the classic field. The music would seem best to be situated in the context of the New Simplicity, a movement that grew out of minimal music. A high degree of repetitiveness, microscopically varied rhythms and dynamics, the simple manipulation and transformation of motives, limited harmonic organisation and very minimal basic material are the most important characteristics of this trend. This tended to result in directly accessible music with a high degree of consonance. For the rest, it was chiefly the functional and discipline-crossing aspect that characterised Maximalist!: a strikingly large percentage of the music written by this collective is conceptually linked with other arts such as dance, theatre and film. This applies also to the music written by Hus after Maximalist!. Besides music for fashion shows, (e.g. Five to Five for Yamamoto (1984)), choreographies (e.g., Muurwerk [Wallwork] (1985), and Hic et Nunc for Roxane Huilmand (1991), and Devouring Muses for Irène Stamou (1997)) and films (The Pillow Book by Peter Greenaway, and Suite 16 by Dominique Deruddere), various of his compositions have been the result of collaborations with contemporary poets or playwrights (such as Stefan Hertmans [Francesco's Paradox], Peter Verhelst [One Day They Appeared], Jan Decorte [Meneer, de zot en tkint] and Jan Lauwers of Needcompany [Orfeo]).
Walter Hus has worked for Limelight in Kortrijk since 1996, at which time the refreshing new festival and CD label, Happy New Ears, was founded. At present he is working on a cycle of 24 preludes and fugues for various instrumentations.

list of works and work review: www.matrix.mu
Uitgever: www.walterhus.be

Selective discography

Supersonic FloraSupersonic Flora (2018)
Walter Hus
Happy new ears 2008Happy new ears 2008 (2008)
21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Walter Hus, Esther Venrooy, Walter Hus, Esther Venrooy
Preludes and Fugues for PianoPreludes and Fugues for Piano (2001)
20ste eeuw
Walter Hus, Walter Hus
Francesco's ParadoxFrancesco's Paradox (1998)
20ste eeuw
Walter Hus
Hus plays HusHus plays Hus (1996)
20ste eeuw
Walter Hus, Walter Hus

Selectieve discografie als componist

Bl!ndman collectedBl!ndman collected (2013)
21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw, classicisme, barok, oude muziek
Eric Sleichim, BL!NDMAN, Roy Nathanson, Steve Lacy, Ned Rothenberg, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leoninus, Perotinus (...)
Happy new ears 2008Happy new ears 2008 (2008)
21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Walter Hus, Esther Venrooy, Walter Hus, Esther Venrooy
Max!mal - Live in Frankfurt - Bl!ndmanMax!mal - Live in Frankfurt - Bl!ndman (2004)
20ste eeuw
BL!NDMAN, Thierry De Mey, Walter Hus, Eric Sleichim, Peter Vermeersch
Preludes and Fugues for PianoPreludes and Fugues for Piano (2001)
20ste eeuw
Walter Hus, Walter Hus
Vierkant Muziek - 2000Vierkant Muziek - 2000 (2000)
20ste eeuw, Jazz
Tom Wouters, Olla Vogala, Daan Vandewalle, ChampdAction, Geert Logghe, Walter Hus, Kaat De Windt, Iannis Xenakis (...)
Miniaturen voor archipelMiniaturen voor archipel (2000)
20ste eeuw
Kris Matthynssens, Pieter Stas, Goeyvaerts Strijktrio, Jan Van Landeghem, Bart Meynckens, Stefaan De Bruyne, Bart Van Kerchove, Boudewijn Buckinx (...)
November Music 1998 - The Ideal StateNovember Music 1998 - The Ideal State (1998)
20ste eeuw
Koninklijk harmonieorkest Vooruit, Walter Hus, Luc Ferrari, Luc Ferrari
Hus plays HusHus plays Hus (1996)
20ste eeuw
Walter Hus, Walter Hus
Quadro Quartet plays Walter HusQuadro Quartet plays Walter Hus (1993)
20ste eeuw, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Walter Hus

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Francesco's ParadoxFrancesco's Paradox (1998)
20ste eeuw
Walter Hus

Related Items

News:Componisten Hus en Vermeersch in de schijnwerpers op Ars Musica 2014 (13.11.2014)
Documents:Contemporary Music in Flanders I (book)