Wim Mertens

Category:componist, solist
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw, minimal music, filmmuziek
Instrument(s):piano
Actual/previous members:Geert De Vos

Short description

Mertens is a multi-talented composer whose output includes theatre music, soundtracks and many jingles for radio and television. He refuses to publish or distribute his scores in any way (for the time being). His music can thus only be heard live or on CD. This reflects the composer’s wish to put an emphasis on the sound and not on the written document or reproductions other than recordings.

Biography

Wim Mertens was born in Neerpelt in 1953. He took guitar and piano lessons, but did not complete his studies at the music academy. Mertens studied political and social sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and musicology at the Rijksuniversiteit Gent. At the university in Leuven he produced a major paper examining the avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s from a sociological perspective. His major paper at the university in Ghent dealt with the non-narrative and a-teleological aspects of the American minimalist composers. Wim Mertens worked for a time as a producer for Studio Brussel (youth broadcaster) and also as a freelance music journalist for the weekly magazine Knack. In 1980 he wrote De Amerikaanse Repetitieve Muziek (American Repetitive Music). In this book Mertens discusses compositions by La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, representing repetitive music as a logical step in the evolution of twentieth-century art music. From 1980 Mertens began to record his own compositions. For the performance of his own work he founded the ensemble Soft Verdict in 1981. He has taken part in festivals of new music in New York (1979), San Fransisco (1981) and Chicago (1982). To date he has produced some 40 CDs on the label Les Disques de Crépuscule.

See www.wimmertens.be
Scores: see mangagement

Selective discography

Nature's LargessNature's Largess (2017)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
Dust of truthsDust of truths (2016)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
What are we, locks, to do?What are we, locks, to do? (2016)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
CharaktersketchCharaktersketch (2015)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
A starry wisdomA starry wisdom (2012)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
Struggle for pleasure / 30th anniversary editionStruggle for pleasure / 30th anniversary edition (2012)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
Open continuum (Live in Tenerife)Open continuum (Live in Tenerife) (2011)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
Series of Ands - Immediate GivensSeries of Ands - Immediate Givens (2011)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
Zee versus ZedZee versus Zed (2010)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens
The world tout courtThe world tout court (2009)
Minimal music
Wim Mertens

Selectieve discografie als componist

Made in BelgiumMade in Belgium (2012)
classical crossover, Contemporary folk
Aranis, Jan Kuijken, Wouter Vandenabeele, Ward De Vleeschhouwer, Wim Mertens, Arne Van Dongen, Geert Waegeman, Luc De Gezelle (...)

Related Items

News:30 jaar Wim Mertens gevierd met rerelease Struggle for Pleasure (06.03.2012)
Press Clips:
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Wim Mertens (11.2010)
Organisations:Usura Music (management, uitgever)