The ensemble

But What About is a contemporary music ensemble, based in The Hague. The ensemble consists of clarinet/bass clarinet, accordion, double bass and percussion, but they experiment with other instruments and have occasional guest players to join their performances.

BWA has many different cultural (Dutch, Spanish, Swiss, Colombian) backgrounds, and they have developed themselves in different areas of music. They like to be inspired by classical music, jazz, world music, theatre, klezmer, and improvisation. All of these styles influence the way they play and the way they work.

The ensemble was born after winning the Grote Kamermuziekprijs 2016. Since then, BWA has played in many festivals, including Festival Classique, NJO Muziekzomer, and Kamermuziekfestival Den Haag. As well as collaborations with composers, they play pieces from the established repertoire, and are open for experimental music.


"But What About the Sound of Crumpling Paper..." by John Cage was one of the first pieces we played. This was the foundation of our way of working: develop a concept, a certain topic, by discussion, playing, researching and working with composers.

Photos © Rafael Martig