SPECTRA is an ensemble, curious for new music. From 1993 onwards, the ensemble developed a remarkable musical coherence and a unique, refined sound starting from a fixed nucleus. Filip Rathé is artistic director and conductor.

SPECTRA develops trajectories with composers living in Flanders and promotes their work in an international and historical context. The ensemble premieres a lot of commissioned works in a continuous dialogue with referential masterpieces from the recent past.

SPECTRA explores a wide array of presentation forms and collaborates with composers, theater makers, artists and writers when constructing its non-dogmatic programs and idiosyncratic performances, leading to collaborations with a.o. Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Philippe Hurel, Guy Cassiers, Fabrice Murgia, Philippe Blasband, Peter Verhelst ...

SPECTRA performs within and outside Europe at festivals like Ars Musica (b), Transit (B), Festival Musica Nova (BRA), November Music Festival (NL), Musica Sacra (NL), OEROL Festival (NL), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (GB), Traiettorie Festival (IT), Biennale Venezia (IT), World Music Days 2010 Sydney (AU), Gaida Festival (IT), Musica Strasbourg (FR) and Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (ARG).

Furthermore, SPECTRA shares its expertise in the Master after Master Contemporary Music in collaboration with the Ghent School of Arts. 

Productions with SPECTRA

Production Function
Private View - (Season 2020-2021)Ensemble
An Index of Memories - (Season 2009-2010)Musical performance
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Paradies - (Season 2008-2009)Musical performance