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.
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!
Recorded in Blue note. CvA. 14th of May 2018
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”.
Solo improvised performance on the Instant Music Day organized by Nicolas Chientaroli at Zaal100, Amsterdam.
You can watch some small excerpts (sorry for the bad quality of the images), or listen to the whole set.
On the 5th of October 2017, the string Lop-Sided 4tet (Sarah Claman, Maya Felixbrodt, and Laura Nygren) performed together with the composer Brian Riordan, for what it was the presentation of his residency in STEIM.
Ada Rave on the Saxophone and Albert H C Manders on flute also participated in the performance.
Here you can listen to the first recording of Luka Batista Ensemble: Proxima Centauri b. It’s an exploration of microtonality and spectral harmonies with a lot of groove. The first track is a guitar solo with live electronics by Luka Batista followed by the whole ensemble taking a 15 minute journey through space to planet Proxima Centauri b.
Luka Batista – guitar/live electronics
Sarah Claman – violin
Natalia Szmydt – Violin
Pau Sola Masafrets – violoncello
Brodie Jarvie – double bass
Robin van Rhijn – drums