Silence in De Oude Kerk

Every first friday of the month at 8 o’clock in the morning, inside de Oude Kerk there is a very special concert. The cycle “Silence”, organized and programed by Jacob Lekkerkerker, is based on the idea of introspection, exploration, and experience.

The last concerts “Silence” has been arranged around the “instrument of troubled dreams” an instrument designed by the sound artists Cardiff and Miller. The instrument is an amazing sampler organ (mellotron), with field recordings, text readings and instrument samples that are spread through the whole church.

I participated in the last 2 concerts of this cycle. Silence #18 with Kaspar Kröner (countertenor), Margarida Sampaio (recorder), Oene Van Geel (viola), Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), and Jacob Lekkerkerker (mellotron) playing Sweelinck, Pärt and improvisations. And Silence #19 with Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), Carole Reis (organ) and Jacob Lekkerkerker (mellotron) playing two pieces by Alvin Lucier.

With Harald Austbø at the Bimhuis

Harald Austbø presenting his solo album “Ontwaak” for the Cello Biennale at the Bimhuis. He originally recorded this album overdubbing himself, but did the presentation with the band. I was really happy to play as a guest with this amazing quartet. Jasper Stadhouders on guitar, Frank Rosaly on drums and Ernst Glerum on bass.

This concert was dedicated to Boris. The son of Harald that was born just two days before this moment, creating many crazy situations around what was a great concert with a full Bimhuis.

Don’t miss the album!

Solo at Nausicaa #23

Nausicaa is a monthly evening of art and music organized by a beautiful and dedicated group of artists. Every evening is special, with contrasting sets of music, with short movie views, art expositions, and amazing food.

I had the pleasure to perform a solo next to the shorts of Kleoniki Stanich and Elia Kalogianni, another solo set on the tenor saxophone by Ab Baars, and an amazing improvisation on the Shakuhachi by the same Ab Baars together with an installation of 8 record players controlled by Oscar Jan Hoogland.

Wonderland

Wonderland is a great project started by the dancer Makiko Ito with Ellen Knops always very close to it. Its a project where a group of musicians and dancers with Ellen on lights, improvise for and with a group of kids from 0 to 4 years old!

Wonderland is basically a big pool of music and dance improvisers opening a whole world for these children. I’m really glad to be part of it since more than a year ago.

I’ve performed until now with musicians Ada Rave, Bernt Nellen, Laura Lotti, Kristian Martinsson, Jodi Gilbert, Allan Purves, and Marcos Baggiani. And dancers Makiko Ito, Manuela Tessi, , Maria Mavridou, Stephanie Lama, Stefania petroula Raul Germano, and Kim Hoogterp.

Philipp Rüttgers Twists Of H.C. Andersen’s Untaped Fairy Tales

Every year the North Sea Jazz Festival commissions a promising Dutch jazz composer to write a free composition. In 2018, the honour goes to pianist and composer Philipp Rüttgers.

The result is an amazing album, full of colors, crazy rhythms and beautiful melodies. I really like the music (originally recorded by Jörg Brinkmann on cello) , and I had the pleasure to play with them on the So what’s next? festival in Eindhoven. We will play again on April in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Nijmegen.

With Philipp Rüttgers on piano and compositions – Heidi Heidelberg on voice and guitar – Oene van Geel on viola – Yonga Sun on drums and electronics – Myself on cello.

Theater Hotel Courage

Theater Hotel Courage is a project I have the pleasure to be part of since early October.

Lead by Katrien van Beurden, it’s a very special project that collects stories from all around the world. Using only masks, mime, music, and improvisation. With actors from the Netherlands, India, Iran, Palestine, Libanon, or Ghana.

Check the facebook page for the next performances.

Liquid Identities

Liquid identities is a new project lead by Federico Calcagno. Some rhythmical Carnatic influences, free jazz, and improvisation with very nice compositions, and special instrumentation.

Federico Calcagno on clarinets – José Soares on alto saxophone – Adrian Moncada on piano – Nick Thessalonikefs on drums – and myself on cello.

Check this improvisation by this south-European quintet.

Moving Strings in the Vogelbuurt

During the whole September, Trio duo – Maya Felixbrodt and Geerte de Koe – had a residency with De Muziekstraat in the Vogelbuurt, Amsterdam. During this residency, they invited several string players to experiment with movement, space, and improvisation, working both inside studio and outside on the public space.

All the Moving strings members that participated during the different sessions: Geerte de Koe – Violin, Alex Welch – Viola, Maya Felixbrodt – Viola, Noortje Kohne – Viola, Wendela Lensvelt – Viola, Yanna Pelser – Viola, Pau Sola Masafrets – Cello, Nina Hitz – Cello, Jonathan Nagel – Double-bass

The Sonic Sensory Experience – Zvov

“The Sonic Sensory Experience” in the forest of Czech Republic during the festival of Creativity, July 2018.

The Sonic sensory experience is a production by Zvov, where a group of blindfolded people goes through a 5 sense experience. This time was with Miriam Den Boer Salmón – Violin, Pau Sola Masafrets – Cello, Iro Christina Karampampa – objects, Martin van Hees – guitar, Maya Felixbrodt – Viola

Prikkel – AM.OK

One actor, one dancer and 6 musicians performing inside a bubble in the middle of the woods. That was quite an adventure that took us and the bubble to Friesland for the Oranjewoud festival, to Terschelling for Oerol, and finally back to Amsterdam for the Grachtenfestival.

It is a production by Collectief AM.OK, together with the creators of the bubble Plastique Fantastique.

I can’t thank enough to Tijn Wybenga – composer, original idea and keyboards // Uri Eugenio – choreography and dance // Reinier Demeijer – actor // Kika Sprangers – saxophone a music // Geerte de Koe – violin and music // Jelmer de Moed – clarinet and music // Angelo Boltini – sound engineer, music production and live electronics // Karlijn Hemmer – production manager // Daisy Serena Smit – sound assistant // Jonne Kramer – text // Xander Straat – stage director // Alma Sua, Carsten, Daniel and Aline de Jonge – production of the bubble. Yena Young and Marco Canevacci – design and creation of the bubble.