Trash Panda at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

I had the honor to sub on a Trash Panda concert. I’m a great fan of the group, and I was really happy that they asked me to play. We played “Smart Alienation”, an amazing crazy piece by Igor C Silva. Here you can see the piece recorded by the original members of the Ensemble.

It was a great event, the Composer’s Dinner, that every year is organized at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. People brings their own food to share, and during the whole evening there are small acts with the last music composed/improvised on the Netherlands. A great concept.

Liquid Identities at the Bimhuis

Liquid Identities, the band started by Federico Calcagno is getting stronger and more stable. We had the opportunity to perform twice at the Bimhuis during the last months.

The first time was with the Keep an Eye international competition, where Liquid Identities got the second prize. It was a nice evening with beautiful people from all over Europe and US.

The second time was with the cycle Rough Diamonds, a cycle where the Bimhuis gives the opportunity to give a concert to 8 different bands of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Listen here to a fragment of the concert:

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

Tijn Wybenga and AM.OK at the Bimhuis

I was really happy to be part of this Amsterdam Modern Orkest with Tijn. Since the end of the bubble project last August, Tijn started working on a concert with a bigger orkestra that had to be presented at the bimhuis.

It was a great team of international really young players. I’m really glad to be part of them: Tijn Wybenga conductor, Alistair Payne trumpet, Kika Sprangers sax, Odei Al Magut trombon, Federico Calcagno bassclarinet, Andre Lima violin, Pablo Rodriguez violin, George Dumitriu altviolin, Pau Sola cello, Angelo Boltini live electronics, Felix Back synthesizers, Vuma Levin guitar, Allesandro Fongaro contrabass / bassguitar, Alex Brajcovic drums, Ruven Ruppik percussion.

You can listen to the whole live concert in the Bimhuis radio!

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!

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.

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.

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”

STEIM I /II/III

Lop-Sided string quartet (Sarah Claman, Maya Felixbrodt, and Laura Nygren) participated in the residency of Brian Riordan at STEIM, Amsterdam.

During some sessions, the strings would experiment and improvised with live electronics controlled by Brian himself. From that material, he released 3 albums showing different aspects of this collaboration. At the end of the residency, we performed a live concert at the series concerts “Connector” organized by Steim, and that you can listen here.