2021 is here and Doek is full of energy and ideas for creating fresh art. We have a few series involving live performance in the Netherlands that will continue as soon as it is safe to do so. We have also devised a few methods of creating new work while in lockdown:

Doek Composes is a series we started in direct response to the limitations that have come as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Each member of Doek composes a new piece to be recorded solo by each member of the collective. Last year we published three albums, featuring compositions by Eric Boeren, Kaja Draksler and John Dikeman. In January we released our first guest compilation, with musicians from across the globe interpreting these three compositions. Michael Moore’s composition was next up. More compositions will follow on a monthly basis, all released on Doek RAW and featuring original artwork by Lena Czerniawska.

Doek Composes - Guest compilation vol 1

Performances by Michael Foster, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Gianluca Elia, Alexander Hawkins, Marta Arpini, Jodi Gilbert, Frans Petter Eldh, Ava Mendoza, Jaap Blonk, Greg Ward, John Hughes, Jeb Bishop, Martin Küchen.

In several round table discussions, Eric Boeren spoke with musicians he has played with over the years. Each episode focused on an instrument group and allowed the artists to delve into their differing philosophies of performance and improvisation. You can watch the interviews with pianists and guitarists on our YouTube channel.