SPLASH is a percussion group for young players and brings together talented percussionists from North Rhine-Westphalia. They all work together on compositions that include avant-garde and improvised music and jazz. The group is supported by the North Rhine-Westphalia State Music Council and the NRW musikFabrik.

Jan Degenhardt, Jonas Dometshauser, Malte Golombek, Jannis Günnel, Christoph Jama, Jeong-Hyeon Kim, Dustin Koch, Moritz Knapp, Marcel Morikawa, Jonas Tekath, Tobias Theis, Jens Ruland – Percussion, Ilona Wackenhut – Piano

Stephan Froleyks and Ralf Holtschneider – Musical Direction


Samples / CD Downloads

EEGAR VARÈSE (1883-1965)
[1] Ionisation (1931)   06:05
[2] Machine for Living (2009)* 11:32

[3] Marimba Splash, Concertino for two Marimbas and
four Percussionists (2009)*

[4] Music for Pieces of Wood (1973) 08:46

[5] Not yet near day (2009)* 16:34

[6] Bonham, for eight percussionists (1988) 06:56
* World première recording

STEPHAN FROLEYKS studied music in Hanover and Essen and since then has worked as a composer, performer, author and curator. As a percussionist he has appeared both at home and abroad. He has also taken part in radio broadcasts and CD recordings and performed at international festivals in Berlin, Donaueschingen, London, Munich, Stuttgart, Münster and Warsaw. Among the new instruments that he has built are flute machines, knife tables, string tubs, a curved tuba and a Stahlklinger – a struck idiophone in the form of a set of hollow steel containers of varying sizes. Among the organizations that have commissioned works from him are the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation for the Arts, the Witten Festival of New Chamber Music, the City of Münster and the Donaueschingen Festival. Stephan Froleyks has written incidental music for the theatre, radio pieces, film scores and multimedia pieces for the Lower Saxon State Theatre in Hanover, the German Theatre in Göttingen, the Tübingen Regional Theatre, Radio Bremen, West German Radio and Expo 2000. Among the prizes and grants that he has received are a DAAD scholarship to study the tabla in India, a North Rhine-Westphalia Award for the Promotion of the Arts, a Folkwang Award and a scholarship from the Schloß Solitude Academy. Stephan Froleyks teaches at the Academy of Music in Münster.

RALF HOLTSCHNEIDER developed an early enthusiasm for percussion instruments in all their variety. A native of Duisburg, he studied at the Robert Schumann Academy in Düsseldorf and at the Folkwang School in Essen and won the Jugend Musiziert Competition. He is now in demand as a teacher, lecturer and musician. As a musician, he works for theatres, opera houses and concert orchestras in North Rhine-Westphalia. For many years he has served on the North Rhine-Westphalia State Music Council, in which capacity he has been active in supporting talented young artists, including SPLASH and the North Rhine-Westphalia Youth Orchestra. As a lecturer he holds seminars at a number of music colleges, organizes courses and workshops and sits on the jury of competitions run by the German Music Council.
Ralf Holtschneider started teaching while he was still a student, helping to build up a percussion class at the Viersen School of Music. The students and ensembles that he has taught have won many first prizes at the Jugend Musiziert Competition as well as various special prize.