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Born 1962 in Edinburgh, UK, Bonaventure was an organ pupil of Herrick Bunney and a composition student of Judith Weir. A composer and tireless advocate of new music, he has premiered over 70 new works and arrangements for the organ by numerous leading composers in the UK and overseas. He has concertised in cathedrals, churches, universities and at festivals throughout the UK and internationally, on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland, and has made many critically-acclaimed CDs on the SFZ and Delphian labels - most notably the later organ cycles of Olivier Messiaen. Some of the artists he has worked with include Dutch pan-flute player Matthijs Koene, His Majesty's Sagbutts & Cornetts, The Whistlebinkies and shakuhachi player Kiku Day. Always drawn to new and highly unusual combinations of timbre, Bonaventure has been heavily inspired by the pioneering work of artists such as Karl-Erik Welin and Bengt Hambraeus, Minimalism and Electronic Music, and has developed a very personal compositional aesthetic, most recently producing his 'DARENTH', 'IN ORBIT' and 'DRAGON' cycles for organ, various ensemble and electronic works and an extended motet 'O VIRGO VIRGINUM'. He has written for the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, Sounds Positive, David Appleton (pianocircus) among others, and his music has been heard in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands and the USA.

Scores of all works are available on request.
michaelbonaventure@hotmail.com

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    Hinternoise II (2014) at 7.02
    on March 09, 2014 17:04

    Very fine work René!

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    VOCES CAELESTES I (2013) at 3.42
    on December 19, 2013 16:23

    @SynoP: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

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    GLOUGH (Huysmans/Bonaventure) AUTOMATRONIC, Cat... at 0.00
    on November 30, 2013 20:24

    Catford mix

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    BARROW (Premiere at AUTOMATRONIC, London, Novem... at 9.09
    on November 27, 2013 14:00

    @alistair zaldua: Thanks for listening, glad you enjoyed it!

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    Pantheist at 7.02
    on October 26, 2013 23:11

    Very beautiful

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    The Suluk Feat. Ki Catur Benyek Kuncoro (preview) at 2.31
    on October 25, 2013 21:29
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    VOCES CAELESTES II (2013) at 0.40
    on October 08, 2013 12:05
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    VOCES CAELESTES I (2013) at 4.22
    on September 16, 2013 21:35
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    Erdoorheen (2013)
    on August 21, 2013 20:18

    Brilliant, Rene! lots of drama....!

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    DRAGON V (World premiere, Oosthuizen, July 2013) at 1.55
    on August 20, 2013 20:26
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    HOB (2013) at 3.49
    on August 06, 2013 14:23
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    HOB (2013) at 3.27
    on August 02, 2013 22:04

    @Red Clouds: thanks very much!

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    DRAGON II (World premiere, Oosthuizen, July 2013) at 4.03
    on August 02, 2013 22:03
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    Black Hole at 2.59
    on August 02, 2013 22:02

    Beautiful mood throughout this composition. Bravo!

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    HOB (2013) at 2.45
    on July 31, 2013 10:25

    @valley of capsules: thanks very much for listening

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    HOB (2013) at 2.59
    on July 31, 2013 10:24
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    ARIA (2008) at 1.22
    on June 05, 2013 11:28

    @Tristeromusic: many thanks for listening

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    BARROW (2013) at 10.12
    on June 05, 2013 11:24

    @Weakheart Drop: Thanks for listening!

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    III. Archaeopteryx - The Berlin Specimen (2013) at 1.51
    on June 04, 2013 00:40
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    III. Archaeopteryx - The Berlin Specimen (2013) at 2.24
    on June 04, 2013 00:39

    Lovely touch here!

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    DRAGON III (2013) at 4.06
    on June 02, 2013 17:02

    @DariusGhanat: Many thanks for listening!

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    Ein Profil & René Baptist Huysmans - Garden of ... at 6.05
    on May 24, 2013 22:10

    Wonderfully rich and finely balanced piece, bravo!

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    DOXOLOGY (2008) at 2.57
    on May 13, 2013 19:40

    @Unearth Noise: Thanks for listening, glad you enjoyed it!

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    DARENTH III (2011) at 7.07
    on May 13, 2013 19:39
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    RONDEAU (2004/2012) at 4.10
    on May 13, 2013 19:38

    @the wolfgirl liberation: Thanks, glad you found this piece to be such a vivid sonic experience!

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    IN ORBIT V (2013) at 10.42
    on May 13, 2013 19:37
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    IN ORBIT V (2013) at 8.10
    on May 13, 2013 19:36
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    IN ORBIT V (2013) at 4.09
    on May 13, 2013 19:36

    @Weakheart Drop: Thanks, glad you enjoy it!

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    D.Burnett: Jhonstounis delyt-Pavan & Galliard, ... at 5.14
    on May 04, 2013 15:12

    Glorious! wonderful playing

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    Mysterium (by 3bc & William Spivey) at 9.10
    on April 18, 2013 10:32

    Beautiful work

  • A Comment on René Baptist Huysmans's
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    Megalith (2013) at 11.12
    on April 13, 2013 10:03
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    Off White Card at 3.19
    on April 13, 2013 10:02

    Beautiful piece.

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    DRAGON II (electronic soundtrack) at 0.01
    on April 01, 2013 19:12
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    Polaris (2012) at 12.49
    on January 17, 2013 02:36

    Outstanding piece, René! Bravo

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    RONDEAU (2004/2012) at 1.29
    on January 07, 2013 00:35
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    DARENTH III (2011) at 17.30
    on December 11, 2012 17:42

    @Vurma: Darenth set now in FLAC format!

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    DARENTH III (2011) at 17.30
    on November 26, 2012 20:58

    @Vurma: Many thanks for listening, so glad you enjoyed it. I'm reloading all the Darenths in flac - I'll let you know when they're done.

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    DARENTH II (2011) at 9.27
    on November 26, 2012 20:56
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    DARENTH II (2011) at 2.59
    on November 26, 2012 20:55

    @René Baptist Huysmans: the glissando, you mean?

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    My trash travels in space (in his head) at 2.42
    on November 16, 2012 12:03

    This is great, really enjoyed listening, thanks for sharing!

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