PROJECTS

Projects


SOlO - HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS - DUO COMO - DUO MAROTEL - WITTE VLINDERS

Since July 2021 Emma has taken a position as an Ambassadrice for the 'Marotel guitar' (Mirecourt, ca. 1820) at Museum Vleeshuis.

Inspired by this authentic instrument and it's history, she created a solo-program of Romantic era music performed on an authentic historical guitar, La Rose. Ferdinando Sor, Napoleon Coste, Mauro Giuliani, Giulio Regondi etc., make her program colorful and are seamlessly interwoven with emotions through technical mastery and dedication.

The collaboration between Museum Vleeshuis I Sound of the City and Emma started in 2017 when she was invited as a soloist during 'Night of the Museum', also a second  time in 2018. Their next project together was 'De Klank van het Vleeshuis' where the museum made a beautiful recording of Emma's soloperformance in the 19th century dance-hall where she plays on her classical guitar and renaissance-lute (vihuela). See the result here.

SOLO

MUSEUM VLEESHUIS

Emma Wills is both passionate in her playing and versatile in her repertoire. Her repertoire spans from the Renaissance period with which she also plays on historical instruments, to Baroque, Romantic to Classical and all the way to contemporary repertoire.

For the first time Emma spreads out her wings with different soloprograms, the first one is Colors of Spain.
Countless guitar composers share a common love - Spain. An affection in which the country in all its musical colors appears in the imagination. Even for Scarlatti's sonatas, Spain was a source of inspiration. Its colors range from Baroque to Romanticism, from Spanish folklore to 20th century pearls and from the Romantic to the classical guitar. Emma Wills brings works from Dionisio Aguado, Joaquin Rodrigo, the brothers Eduardo en Regino Sainz de la Maza.

DUO MAROTEL 

Emma and Thomas met at  the Museum Vleeshuis I Sound of the City in Antwerp where they are both house musicians. It was there where they decided to combine original historical instruments from the museum's collection to form Duo Marotel. This unique combination consists of the early Romantic guitar (Marotel, ca. 1820) and the early Romantich grand piano (Graf, ca. 1826).


The combination of these two instruments encouraged Emma and Thomas to arrange and search out suitable repertoire for the pair. It is through this process that Duo Marotel brings new life into unique and forgotten gems of music. Ganymed is a musical program symbolically charged with ''Sehnsucht''; longing for another world, nature, and unrequited love. In this program Emma Wills and Thomas Boodts perform works by Franz Schubert & Ferdinando Carulli. 


For more information about Thomas Boodts you can visit his website thomasboodtspiano.com

The story tells the memories of the writer from the village of Moguer, about the encounters and wanderings with his best friend and donkey, Platero. They poetically describe the carefree, simplicity and transience of the untouched nature and life in Andalusia. In 'Witte vlinders' a selection of these Spanish poems is reconciled with classical music, folk music, improvisation both own arrangements and original compositions. 


'Platero and I' was fully released in 1917 and immediately enjoyed great successs in Spain and Latin America. Thanks to that success, Juan Ramòn Jiménez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956. 


Cast: Emma Wills, Sebastian Enriques, An-Sofie Moons, An Bosmans, Lukas De Wolf.

Watch teaser. 

Watch trailer (quintet)

Witte Vlinders is a music-theatre based on the poetry 'Platero and I' by Juan Ramòn Jiménez. Emma Wills created this original music-theatre and obtained greatest distinction for this music-theatre performance where film, music and poetry reinforce each other into a beautiful story.


'Witte vlinders' had a first successful summer tour in 2021. One of the venues was Cultuurfestival MoMeNT where the audience gave a standing ovation (read review). 

DUO COMO 

WITTE VLINDERS

Music-theatre

Emma Wills & Lukas De Wolf

Emma and Sebastian, their musical taste goes far beyond traditional genres. They love light, elegant classical music from past and present, but also jazz, outspoken rhythms and southern influences. Duo Como plays, and also arranges, well-known and lesser known works by A. Piazzolla, J.S. Bach, R. Galliano, B. Lagrene, R. Balkanski, T. Gubitsch, etc.

Their first program is called Douce Joie, a colourful program full of the sweet joy of warm, blissful summer evenings and love for music. In this program Emma & Sebastian take you through rhythmic, joyful, playful, and also sensitive atmospheres with a gentle summer breeze. 

For more information about Sebastian Enriques you can visit his website: www.sebastianenriques.com