Dirk Descheemaeker


Clarinet player

Dirk Descheemaeker (°1959) studied clarinet at the Royal Music Conservatory in Brussels and graduated in 1984. He played with different ensembles such as Maximalist!, Julverne, Univers Zero, De Nieuwe Muziekgroep, Daniël Schell and Karo, Wim Mertens Ensemble,... He's an active member of Ictus ensemble and Ensemble Alternance.

Dirk Descheemaeker(°1959) a étudié la clarinette au Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles et a obtenu son diplôme supérieur en 1984. Depuis il a joué dans plusieurs ensembles dont Maximalist !, Julverne, Univers Zero, De Nieuwe Muziekgroep, Daniël Schell et Karo, Wim Mertens Ensemble,...
Il est membre actif d'Ictus et de l' Ensemble Alternance.

Dirk Descheemaeker(°1959) a étudié la clarinette au Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles et a obtenu son diplôme supérieur en 1984. Depuis il a joué dans plusieurs ensembles dont Maximalist !, Julverne, Univers Zero, De Nieuwe Muziekgroep, Daniël Schell et Karo, Wim Mertens Ensemble,...
Il est membre actif d'Ictus et de l' Ensemble Alternance.

Projects tagged with [Dirk Descheemaeker]

What the Body does not Remember

Wim Vandekeybus, Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch | Ulitma Vez & Ictus | 1987/2013 : revival with live music

7 events & 1 audiofragment

Vortex Temporum (with Rosas)

Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | Music: Gérard Grisey

49 events, 8 articles & 1 audiofragment

This Is Not A Pop Song (II)

Edition II : Fafchamps, Reiter, Aperghis, Bauer/Peck, Schubert, De La Fuente

2 events & 1 article

A day at the Opera

"Parcours musical" for children in Opéra de Lille

2 events

An Index of Metals (Fausto Romitelli, Paolo Pachini)

Totally kult

6 events, 5 articles & 1 audiofragment

SOLDAT (Stravinsky | Aperghis)

Igor Stravinsky : L'Histoire du Soldat   |   Georges Aperghis : Le Soldat Inconnu

7 events


Vivier, Fafchamps, Mochizuki


a cantata written by Oscar Bianchi for vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, 3 soloists and electronics

2 articles & 1 audiofragment

Wagner Dream

Opera by Jonathan Harvey and Jean-Claude Carrière, staged by Pierre Audi

3 articles & 1 audiofragment

Laborintus II (with Mike Patton)

Laborintus II with parts for narrator, 3 female voices, 8 actors, 17 musicians and tape | Recorded live at the Holland Festival, 2010

1 audiofragment

La Frontière (Philippe Manoury, 2003)

Chamber opera by Philippe Manoury, libretto by Daniela Langer, directed by Yoshi Oïda


François Sarhan's pop evening

3 articles & 1 audiofragment

Avis de Tempête (Aperghis | Szendy, 2004)

Music and direction : Georges Aperghis. Libretto : Aperghis / Szendy after Melville & ...

1 article & 1 audiofragment

Waits | Weill

T. Waits : songs from The Black Rider & Frank’s Wild Years | K. Weill : songs from Mahagonny, Dreigroschen Opera, Lady in the Dark

3 articles

With Toshio Hosokawa (2005)

A portrait

Pierre Jodlowski : People / Time (2005)

People / Time tells a story, or rather, some stories : that one about a decaying leaf, those ones about roads, which white bands become

Maximum Efficiency

A florilege of Tom Johnson's music

Ma's Sequence 8

Riccardo Nova : piece for wind quintet and mridangam

2 articles

Labyrinth Ligeti

A complete Ligeti evening (Opéra de Lille and deSingel)

1 audiofragment

Liquid Room I

Contemporary music, but a way of listening to it as though at a rock festival or an electronic improvisation night, on 4 stages.

Liquid Room III : Darmstadt 2012

A seamless evening on three stages, related to the past and present of the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik of Darmstadt

1 article

This is Not a Pop Song (I), 2012

Premiere van een performance project van Ictus rond een ‘band’-bezetting.

1 article

Professor (Maud Le Pladec)

Choreography and live music after "Professor Bad Trip" Cycle by Fausto Romitelli

1 audiofragment

Riley (a rainbow...) | Reich (Eighteen musicians)

Reich : Music for Eighteen Musicians (Bozar, Main Hall) | Riley : A rainbow in curved air (Bozat, Hall Horta) | With Synergy Vocals

1 event


Dance performance in museum

4 events & 1 article

Michael Gordon | Terry Riley

A minimalist evening in Handelsbeurs.

1 event & 1 article

Concrete [Maud Le Pladec | Michael Gordon]

Music, dance, light

9 events & 1 audiofragment

American Lament (Ensemble Version)

Chamber and ensemble music

2 events, 1 article & 1 audiofragment

Jardin Des Secrets (A Nocturnal Journey)

A musical journey at the Opera

1 event

Sound & Vision (Liquid Room VII)

Music and visual performances

4 events, 2 articles & 2 audiofragments

Laborintus | For Times To Come

Music for large ensemble

1 event & 1 audiofragment

Interstices [with Amir ElSaffar]

New work for trumpet, santur and ensemble

4 events & 1 audiofragment

Liquid Room VIII : PHRASES

Sound poetry, spoken word, modal music and a touch of animal virtuosity.

1 event & 1 audiofragment

Einstein on the beach [concert version]

Philip Glass, concert version, with Suzanne Vega & Collegium Vocale Gent

25 events & 1 audiofragment

Der verschwundene Hochzeiter [KLAUS LANG]

A new opera by Klaus Lang, a commission of the Bayreuther Festspiele

1 event, 1 article & 1 audiofragment

At the bottom of the sea

String quartet & clarinet

3 events

Trois Contes [Gérard Pesson]

A new opera by Gérard Pesson and David Lescot

1 event & 1 article

Liquid Room IX: "My Greatest Hits"

Musica Festival 2019 : opening concert on 4 stages

1 event & 1 article

Proverbs [The Unanswered Question]

Ives, Reich, Bryars

4 events


A project by Kobe Van Cauwenberghe after Anthony Braxton's scores.

1 event & 1 audiofragment


Brussels Philharmonic, Ictus, Ilan Volkov

1 event & 1 article

For percussion, strings & winds [Ellen Arkbro]


3 events & 1 audiofragment

Proverbs [at Musica Festival]

Ives, Reich, Bryars

1 event

Child of Light

Vivier, Grisey, Medeksaite, Tjøgersen   |   with Brussels Philharmonic, Ilan Volkov, Lore Binon, Caspar Langhoff

2 events

The Rise (Reiter / Vandevelde)

*Who can say what the world is? The world  is in flux, therefore unreadable, the winds shifting,  the great plates invisibly shifting

5 events

FEAT. ‘Pony Says’

(Festival ECLAT, Stuttgart)

1 event

Watch & listen to [Dirk Descheemaeker]

Fausto Romitelli : Professor Bad Trip

“Like a Sonic Youth version of Bach” — (De Standaard, Maarten Beirens)

Georges Aperghis : Avis de Tempête [remastering]

Full version (2005) remastered in 2019

1 soundcloud track

Georges Aperghis : Die Hamletmaschine-Oratorio

A Cyprès CD, 2006. After Heiner Müller.

Terry Riley : In C

Ictus live in Chapelle des Brigittines, with Blindman Kwartet A Cyprès CD (CYP 5601)

François Sarhan : L'Nfer, un petit détail

3 excerpts from "L'Nfer, un petit détail" (CD "Pop Up", MFA 2012)

1 video

Ictus live : Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson, 4 short pieces, live in Opéra de Lille, 2006

1 soundcloud track

Vortex Temporum

Choreography : Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | Music : Vortex Temporum, Gérard Grisey (1996)

1 video

Romitelli : An Index of Metals (CD)

Fausto Romitelli / Paolo Pachini : An index of metals (2003) Cyprès CD, 2006

12 videos

LABORINTUS II (Ictus & Mike Patton)

Luciano Berio : Laborintus II | Ictus, Mike Patton, Georges-Elie Octors. Ipecac CD.

Emmanuel Nunes : Nachtmusik

Version with electronics, 1978

1 video

Hikari Kiyama: Kabuki

VENICE, Biennale Musica 2011

1 video

Liquid Room VII: Sound & Vision (20' clip)

Liquid Room. Kaaitheater, April 2017. Duration: 20'

1 video

With Amir ElSaffar

Interstices, for ensemble, Royaumont 2017

2 soundcloud tracks

Liquid Room VIII: Phrases (teaser)

Humans, animals & cyborgs.

1 video

Grisey : VORTEX TEMPORUM I [studio version]

for piano and five instruments

1 video


in MoMA, NYC

1 video


« The Lost Groom », an opera by Klaus Lang and Paul Esterhazy

1 video

Ellen Arkbro

For percussion, strings and wind (ictus in rehearsal)

1 video

Anthony Braxton

Ghost Trance Music by Anthony Braxton, with Kobe Van Cauwenberghe

1 video