towards an extended and interdisciplinary contemporary percussion performance


Vincent Caers

Innovation is the leitmotiv in the artistic profile of Vincent Caers. He continuously considers himself as a percussionist from both a reflective and a critical point of view. This not only involves his artistic output, but also questions his entire musicianship: Which knowledge and skills are important for a percussionist in a modern and technologically driven contemporary art-scene?

His concept Living Scores aims at answering this question. A first realization is Living Scores Learn - a collaboration with doctor-percussionist Tom De Cock. Living Scores Learn is a web platform for improving the practice and performance of contemporary music. The second part Living Scores Live will assess the on-stage performance of contemporary percussion music. In this research he will improve the impact of the contemporary performer and the concert-experience of the audience.

As a percussionist, Vincent started the duo Blow with saxophone player Andy Dhondt and is associated to the ensemble Vlaams Sinfonietta. In both ensembles he focuses on the creation of new repertoire and the collaboration with composers, visual artists, film makers, choreographers, et cetera. Since 2007 he has been performing as a freelance musician in different projects with ensembles, orchestras, bigbands and contemporary groups. He doesn’t distinguish between styles and genres, but makes his choices based on the challenging and innovating spirit of the project.

Vincent Caers obtained a master of Arts in percussion cum laude, a master degree chamber music magna cum laude and a post-master degree in Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art Music Performance magna cum laude at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven. He attended different masterclasses and won an apprenticeship with DeFilharmonie and Brussels Philharmonic. After successful audition, he was part of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2010 and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2011. He graduated the one year master-class cultural management at the Antwerp Management School and had professional training in music technology at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (online degree 2013) and at the Ircam in Paris (2014 and 2015). He is a laureate of the Dexia Axion Classics competition and the Forte competition. Next to being freelance musician, Vincent is currently research assistant at the LUCA school of arts and KU Leuven for his PhD research Living Scores Live, research assistant at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and he develops digital sheet music with neoScores.