6-2-2016 ,
Reactie van een vader na de kindervoorstelling Matilda en Kleine Vis, gespeeld in Theater Ins Blau Leiden::

"Wat een leuke voorstelling! Qua intensiteit, lengte en belevingswereld sluit het precies aan bij onze 4-jarige tweeling. Ze hebben ademloos naar het verhaal zitten luisteren. Ook hun oma en papa hebben genoten, vooral van de mooie muziek. De combinatie van de 3 kunstvormen muziek, tekenen en vertellen is een belevenis voor de kinderen."

Concert Beauforthuis met o.a. Simeon ten Holt (Palimpsest) en Jeroen van Veen (Pianoconcert Continuum):

"Super, Geweldig! Van Blowen wordt men stoned, Van Blazen vol van...... geluk. HIGH!!!" Lourens
"Het luisteren maakte ademlozer dan het spelen. Inspirerend. Ik ga het beslist gebruiken in mijn schilderwerk." Ina van de Nes
"It was amazing, we enjoyed it. Tot tranen toe bewogen en geraakt in mijn hart! dank jullie wel! jullie gaan met mij mee!" x Ank

juni 2014,
Concert Rogkerkje French Impressionism:

"Mooi samengespeeld, muzikaal! Compliment!" Els Kmb

april 2013,
Adams Fluitfestival :

"SUPER! Emoji Enjoyed so much!" Emily Beynon

4 Aug 2013,

"Unbelievable beautiful!."

4 Aug 2013,
Ingrid Reuter:

"I was lucky to attend a performance of An Enlighted Disciple of Darkness in Tallinn in August. Being an opera lover from Frankfurt I am meanwhile used to modern but yet melodic music which reminded me a bit of Philipp Glass, but I heard also the beginning of Rheingold and in the end an allusion to Hitchcock's Psycho. Especially the young soprano was very good. I would recommend this opera to be performed for Oper Frankfurt because we have the audience that appreciates such works. Thank you so much for not another Magic Flute but for eight magic flutes! Regards from Ingrid"

4 Aug 2013,

"From what I have seen from the reviews there was a lot of hallelujah... harmonious music... the special atmosphere due to the non earthy sound of a flute ensemble... Arvo P?rt telling that it was a composition of great value, etc. They all praised both composer, flute orchestra and singers..."

5 Apr 2013,
Emily Beynon (solo-flautist Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra):

"Super! Enjoyed so much!"

18 June 2013,
Hetty Bosveld:

"Realy enjoyed the Minimal pieces as well Debussy. With those low tones the ensemble changed into an orchestra. It was also very beautiful to watch the interaction of the musicians."

March 2012,
Carol Brown:

"This is a very short, very deep and very thankful note for your absolutely amazing and awesome performance with BLOW UP yesterday. I truly cannot compare the experience with any sound performance in my past. Eight 'fluits', Eight Musicians, with the sound of a complete orchestra? When this was suggested in your introduction, it was impossible to imagine. Experiencing this performance was a spirtual, uplifting and gracious hour in my life. Trying to rationalize that what I heard and what I saw was all in a 'breath' is incomrehensible, I will never forget it. So, hartelijk dank, for this performance. Wishing you all good health to keep going!! all the best wishes, Carol"

March 2012,
Hans Goossens:

"Wat een klankkleuren! wat een ruimte, wat een rijkdom! een schitterend ensemble"

June 2011,
Ronald Snijders (fluitist/componist):

"Het was een fantastisch concert in een lekker volle en gezellige ruimte. En Ned, nog bedankt voor het mogen vasthouden van je grote baby!"

Sept. 2010
Leo Samama (componist- musicoloog):

"Een verrassend koor van fluiten in bijzonder repertoire!"


Fluitoctet BlowUp!

Fluteoctet BlowUp! was established in the Netherlands by eight professional flautists in 2006. Its instrumental range is the equivalent of a string orchestra, from piccolo, c-flute, alto- and bassflute, down to the contrabass- and subcontrabass flutes which create rich sonority and a firm harmonic foundation. Each member plays several instruments of the flute family and all perform in a variety of orchestras and ensembles, performing recitals or as soloists. Some members also teach and conduct (from Conservatory to Music school), are professional composer and/or music-arrangers and music programmers.

Several new compositions have been written for Fluteoctet BlowUp! and many arrangements made from Renaissance to 20th century music.

In August 2013 the opera An Enlightened Disciple of Darkness (by octet-member Dominy Clements) had its succesful première and four performances at the Nargen Festival in Tallinn, Estonia (reprise 2018).

In January 2015 the octet started a fruitful collaboration with visual artist Gerard de Bruyne. His love for drawing and classical music combines in performances with the octet in Ravel’s Ma mere l’Oye (arranged for the octet), the theater storytelling play for children Matilda and little Fish and Mussorgski’s Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged for the octet).

In June 2015 the octet started a fruitful collaboration with the Dutch minimal music specialist and pianist Jeroen van Veen, successfully premiering his 55 minute piano concerto Continuum, written specially for the octet and van Veen. Watch the video on You tube.

In October 2015, the premiere of the storytelling-music-drawing theater version of the children’s book Matilda and Little Fish was a huge success, and is now touring through the Netherlands.

The text was written by octet-member Noor Kamerbeek, the music composed by octet-member Dominy Clements. Actress Marijke Beversluis is the wonderful storyteller and visual artist Gerard de Bruyne draws live on screen and with the children from the audience. Find more info and pictures on www.matildaenkleinevis.nl

The musicians of BlowUp! are: Egbert Jan Louwerse, Joan HandelsIvo VisserDanielle KlootwijkNoor KamerbeekFroukje WiebengaOliver Baker en Dominy Clements.