Nausicaa is a monthly evening of art and music organized by a beautiful and dedicated group of artists. Every evening is special, with contrasting sets of music, with short movie views, art expositions, and amazing food.
I had the pleasure to perform a solo next to the shorts of Kleoniki Stanich and Elia Kalogianni, another solo set on the tenor saxophone by Ab Baars, and an amazing improvisation on the Shakuhachi by the same Ab Baars together with an installation of 8 record players controlled by Oscar Jan Hoogland.
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!
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.
Improvised music night at Cultureel Centrum Moira, Utrecht (NL). With Geerte de Koe (vl), Hessel Moeselar (vla) and Annick Odom (cb) we performed an improvised set using space and movement together with sound. Great night organized by BUI.
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.
Fishy Business playing free in Atelier “Il Sole la Cantina”, Groningen (NL).
As the leader of the band, Jonathan Nagel, says: “a night of old favorites, new favorites, non-favorites and free improvisation. We do what string players do, the cheesy stuff, the squeaky stuff, plucking, stroking, you know…fishy business.”