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)
During the whole September, Trio duo – Maya Felixbrodt and Geerte de Koe – had a residency with De Muziekstraat in the Vogelbuurt, Amsterdam. During this residency, they invited several string players to experiment with movement, space, and improvisation, working both inside studio and outside on the public space.
All the Moving strings members that participated during the different sessions: Geerte de Koe – Violin, Alex Welch – Viola, Maya Felixbrodt – Viola, Noortje Kohne – Viola, Wendela Lensvelt – Viola, Yanna Pelser – Viola, Pau Sola Masafrets – Cello, Nina Hitz – Cello, Jonathan Nagel – Double-bass
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.
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!
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.
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”.
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.