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.

Den Boer/Tasca/Sola

Extract of the concert by Miriam den Boer on violin, Lucio Tasca on Guitar and myself on cello. We played some tunes by Michael Moore, and here you can listen to Dark Christians together with some free improvisation.

The original recording of Dark Christians is for Clarinet, Cello, and Accordion, and you can find it in the album Holocene. In case you want to listen to it, buy it here!

Recorded in Blue note. CvA. 14th of May 2018

 

Unbowed – cello solo

This is a double experiment on the cello. On one hand, I try to apply rhythmic techniques from the Carnatic music from South of India to a western context. For this propose, I used the transcription of an original solo on Mridangam by B.C. Manjunath* and composed a piece following the rhythm strictly. On the other hand, I explore the different possibilities of playing the cello without the bow, finding different sounds and textures on the instrument.

It was recorded on Oranjewoud gardens during the montage week of “Prikel”, that would be performed there afterward.

*You can find the transcription of the solo in the book “Applying Karnatic Rhythmical Techniques to Western Music” by Rafael Reina

La verdadera esfinge es el reloj

During last spring (2018), George Hadow, Nanna Ikonen, Daniel Chagnon, and myself were working for a while in my last musical ideas. A piece where I mix my most personal interests: poetry, improvisation, rhythmic techniques from Carnatic South Indian music, and a very collaborative way of working.

Continue reading “La verdadera esfinge es el reloj”

Monday Match / Music and Dance

Every first Monday of the month at the Bimhuis one dancer and one musician chose a team that will have the opportunity to experiment and improvise live with an audience from the very beginning.

This session, on March the 5th, was one of the last ones after a lot of years of doing it every month. I’m really happy I had the opportunity to play with this great musicians and dancers.

Curators: Ada Rave (music) and Weijke Koopmans (dance)

Music: Wilbert De Joode (double bass), Felicity Provan (trumpet), Salva Andrea Lucifore (trombone), Tristan Renfrow (drums), Pau Sola Masafrets(cello), Ada Rave (tenor sax)

Dance: Nicole Geertruida, Anna Heuer Hansen, Barbara Pereyra, Constantin Trommlitz, Joseph Simon, Weijke Koopmans

Photos by: Danta de Boer

Pintotonics n+ 1 – Solo

It was the 11th of December of 2017 in Amsterdam. It snowed what for me was a huge snow storm (I’m from Barcelona), later I learned that it was kind of normal, but anyway, it was strong enough to stop trains and public transport in the whole Netherlands.

One of the sets had to be performed by Nicolas Chientarolli Trio, who couldn’t make it himself, and it became a duo by Ab Baars, and Ono Govaert. Michael Scheen had to perform a solo set, who couldn’t make it either, so I was offered to play a solo at Pintotonics that same day.

Pintotonics n+1 is a great series of improvised concerts organized by Raoul van der Weide in an old house in the center of Amsterdam, Huis de Pinto. It always presents a solo and a group set, and the concert is always accompanied by a great quote from Misha Mengelberg.

Muziek bestaat niet. Het is hooguit een illusie. – Misha Mengelberg

Music doesn’t exist. At most, it’s an illusion. That night I performed two pieces. Basically, concepts that I use to improvise: “On the body” and “On movement”.