Moving Strings is a collective of musicians, mainly stringed-instrument players, that investigates the boundaries between music, sound, movement and dance.
I already collaborated with them in two projects in the Vogelbuurt, and I had the pleasure to perform again with them in one of the pieces of the concert they organized in Splendor.
Photos by: Ali Çağlar Erdoğan
Moving Strings and friends: Camille Sa, Nina Hitz, Noortje Köhne, Geerte de Koe, James Hewitt, Jonathan Nagel, Yung-Tuan Ku, Alex Welch, Irene Sorozabal Moreno, Maya Felixbrodt, Manuela Lucia Tessi, Oene Van Geel, Goda Žukauskaitė, Alexandra Baybutt.
This sessions organized by Miri Lee are always something I really look forward. Putting together musicians and dancers playing and improvising in a common space. I had the pleasure to participate in session 1 and 3, here you can find it.
With Julyen Hamilton, Paolo Cingolani, Christian Guerematchi and Miri Lee on dance. Oene Van Geel /viola, Pau Sola Masafrets /cello, Setareh Nafisi /piano, Morris Kliphuis /horn and Ellen Knops on lights.
(videos recorded by a phone from the audience – A video properly recorded will come)
Pintotonics+1 is a great night organized by Raoul van der Weide in Huis de Pinto, a very beautiful old house in the middle of Amsterdam, converted into a cultural place. These nights are always very special, with the combination of one solo and a small ensemble. I already played solo there once, and now it was the turn of our duo with George. Björk Níelsdóttir joined us in one of the songs.
This is what we say about ourselves: Ranging vastly from heavy searing fissure to the most delicate, the duo works very much from a rhythmical standpoint; a twisting, turning discombobulation to a breezing zephyr and back again.
With: George Hadow (drums), Björk Níelsdóttir (voice)
Joanie Croes organizes this series of jazz (in a very broad sense) at the Stork Club in Amsterdam. An amazing living room in the middle of the red light district that open its doors for different cultural events. Joanie asked me to present something there, giving me complete freedom.
Together with Oene, Philipp, and Miri, we meet from time to time just to improvise and jam, and I thought it would be a great idea to open this completely free sessions to the an audience. It was a great evening!
With: Oene van Geel (viola), Philipp Rüttgers (synths), Miri Lee (dance).
For a couple of years already, Ig and I meet from time to time just to improvise and talk about music. She used to meet with George as well – for much longer already – so the three of us started having some meetings. During these gatherings, Ab would also join some times, either with clarinet or the shakuhachi. The sound of the shakuhachi with the three strings really stroke me, so together with George, we decided to do a recording.
This picture is the day we decided to do the recording. I hope I can update you very soon with the music!!
With: Ig Henneman (viola), Ab Baars (clarinet and shakuhachi), George Dumitriu (viola and violin).
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.