With its library of more than 24.000 scores and 13.000 audio recordings, MATRIX has become an important documentation centre on music composed since 1950. Music from Flanders forms the core of this collection, but placing this Flemish repertoire in an international context is equally important. Thus a search for Boulez’ Structures in the online catalog easily leads to a survey of all the works written in Flanders and elsewhere for the same scoring (two pianos).
The collection is the point of departure for two other areas of activity: musical heritage and educational activities, for which MATRIX has undertaken a collaboration with ComAV. Conscious of the fact that today’s composition can be tomorrow’s threatened heritage, a pro-active heritage policy has been adopted, involving both conservation, drawing up an inventory and projects that open up the collection to a wider audience. The Flanders Music Centre, an organization with a governmental mandate to promote all Flemish music (from jazz, pop and classical to folk music), draws on the resources of MATRIX for its documentation of contemporary classical music from Flanders.
In 2004, MATRIX initiated the publication series Contemporary Music in Flanders, in which Flemish music since 1950 is exhaustively inventoried by genre. Furthermore, this (mostly bilingual) website comprises some 155 information files on contemporary Flemish composers, providing extensive analyses of a selection of their works. The educational activities are geared to music-school teachers, children, young people, band and choir conductors and the wider audience, all of whom are offered a chance to increase their awareness of contemporary (Flemish) music through workshops, productions, lectures and concert introductions.
The establishing of MATRIX vzw, a non-profit organization, has been made possible by Cera, an organization that supports social and cultural projects in their start-up phase. MATRIX also enjoys the support of K.U.Leuven, the Flemish Government, the City of Leuven, and the Province of Flemish Brabant.
Benjamin Van Esser