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Composer in L-Isla

The Vibrant

Cultural Scene

in Cottonera

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Born 1953, Den Haag, The Netherlands; composer, alto and tenor saxophones, computers, electronics.



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On this page we present you the art and culture scene of the Cottonera.


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With the aid of computers and live electronics as well as various forms of music notation his compositions are highly personal in both sound and concept. Stylistic freedom is not a post-modern cliché, but based on his belief that musical style is secondary in importance and they’re to serve the expressive quality of the music itself. His main interest in his pieces is the way in which the musicians play together, and how this can be directed by means of composition and the use of computers.


Luc is living in L-Isla. He is a composer who bridges the gap between different worlds of music. Having a background in jazz & improvised music as a saxophone player, his musical goal is to establish a continuum between improvisation and composition in which the difference between the two dissolves.



Gabriel Kousbroek

After a long-standing career as an improvising musician, Houtkamp established his own POW Ensemble in 2002. Being a flexible unit of musicians with musical backgrounds in jazz, rock, electronic and contemporary music, it soon became the ideal body for the performance of his own composition.

In 2014, Houtkamp moved to the island of Malta, where he soon became integrated in the local new music scene. He now mainly concentrates on composition.


A short video report about Luc`s piece

"The Kantilena Procession"

at the Ta' Bistra Catacombs in Mosta, Malta

composition - Luc Houtkamp

soundscape - Luc Houtkamp

violin - Brianne Curran

recorded voice - Francesca Aquilina

Text by Pietru Caxaro

Filme/Edited by Temple Rescue Malta

Concert organized by Modern Music Days - Heritage Malta


A song inspired by a poem by Rumi

"Birdsong From Inside The Egg"

Music & text: Luc Houtkamp

Han Buhrs - vocals

Guy Harries - vocals, electric piano

Joseph Bowie - trombone

Luc Houtkamp - bass synthesizer

DJ DNA - groove

Vera van der Bie - violin

Maurice Horsthuis -viola

Nina Hitz - cello


photo credits:

Bert Nienhuis

drawing:  Gabriel Kousbroek

photo credits: Bert Nienhuis

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