The Doek Festival is one of the best events to enjoy the colorful and varied scene of Amsterdam improvisers. The Doek Collectif organized a two days festival at the Bimhuis and it ended it with a great party at Sexyland. A night of different small sets programed by Miguel Petruccelli, with a big ending playing cumbia with Bacchanalia – la Orquesta.
I played a set with Mary Oliver on violin/viola, Eric Boeren – cornet, and Wolter Wierbos – trombone.
The last orchestra set was with: Miguel Petruccelli – bass, composition, Ab Baars – tenor saxophone, Eric Boeren – cornet, Nico Chientaroli – keys, John Dikeman – tenor, baritone saxophones, Onno Govaert – percussion, Pau Sola Masafrets – cello, Michael Moore – alto saxophone, clarinet, Mary Oliver – violin, viola, Tristan Renfrow – drums, Jasper Stadhouders – guitar, Wolter Wierbos – trombone.
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 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.
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
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!
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.
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”.