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)
This project was started by Maryana Golovchenko. After she contacted me, we started working mainly on traditional melodies from Ukraine -where she comes from-, related to the seasons calendar. Soon after, Cengiz Arslanpay would join us with his modular synths and countless flutes. I add my eccentric cello playing to this trio with a mix of folk and experimental music.
Here the version of Grey Geese with guest Geerte de Koe on violin. It was recorded in Grote Kerk in Den Haag. During the commemoration of the remembrance day, 4th of May.
And here a more psychedelic approach to another traditional melody
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)
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)
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).