Sulphur, Wax & Sugar

“With the spectacular Sulphur, Wax & Sugar, with music by Anke Brouwer and Martijn Padding, graphic artist Carel Kuitenbrouwer became the first person to finally make proper use of the [contemporary music venue] Muziekgebouw’s light wall, with a vertiginous myriad of colours that referred to the oeuvre of Andriessen.”
Jochem Valkenburg, NRC Handelsblad, Monday 8 June 2009

The project that garnered this praise and that I initiated has now been published on Vimeo, the platform that lets filmmakers and artists make their creative work publically available. A DVD of the work was also produced (in a limited edition).

Another review:
“Brief compositions by friends and former pupils were on the one hand rather amateurish but they also demonstrated the will and the guts to keep on experimenting and exploring. The multimedia performance of Sulphur, Wax & Sugar by the artist Carel Kuitenbrouwer and the two composers Brouwer/Padding was a convincing example of this.”
Kees Arntzen, Trouw, 8 June 2009

A revised version of Sulphur, Wax & Sugar was performed again on 27 August 2009, during the evening event when the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts handed out its annual awards. This performance was described by Dutch newspaper Het Parool as “An audio-visual fairground for the advanced culture vulture who likes their culture with a capital ‘C’. Simply because it’s possible. And perhaps to show the crème de la crème of the Amsterdam art world what the building can offer. And let’s be honest: that is impressive.”
For more information about the event, see

Collaborating on Sulphur, Wax & Sugar: composer Anke Brouwer, mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen, Frank Daalder, Willem Hering, composer Martijn Padding, ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble conducted by Jurjen Hempel, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ and Holland Festival.