Stein by POW Ensemble is a Dutch music group led by composer Luc Houtkamp, and is a varied, light-hearted show with catchy songs and improvisations performed by five virtuoso musicians portraying an eclectic ensemble of instruments. The first half of this concert at the Fortress Builders in Valletta presents a collaboration between Maltese poets and composers, in a song-cycle portraying a contemporary idiom in both verse and music.
The second half is a musical interpretation of writings by Gertrude Stein, the literary counterpart of Picasso, Matisse and Gauguin. Her writings are vivid, cryptic, humorous and very rhythmic, and have been set to music in this project by Houtkamp. Watch and hear the virtuoso tap dancer Peter Kuit, the multifaceted singers Stephanie Pan and Guy Harries, the funky tuba player Jurado and the avant-gardist computer player Luc Houtkamp bridging a century of texts and music.
The performance of POW Ensemble for the MIAF is supported by the Netherlands Royal Embassy in Malta and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in the Netherlands.
The 11th edition of the Malta International Arts Festival is organised by Arts Council Malta. For more information, visit the Malta Arts Festival website.