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.
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.
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” 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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.