That November I had the pleasure to play with Laura Polence’s quartet. Laura is an amazing Latvian singer and composer, I really love her music, fun, exciting, with a lot of humor and freedom. Holysloot is a very small village on the middle of the waterlands in the north of Amsterdam, really recommend to have a cycle ride to there!
With: Laura Polence (composition and voice), Lennart Heyndels (Bass), Onno Govaert (drums)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.