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, Catharina Josepha Pratten etc., make her program colourful 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.
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