Friends and Colleagues,
I am very excited about this upcoming collaboration!
Anne La Berge and new Splendor musician Akim Moiseenkov
team up for an evening with friends from experimental pop, art-rock and improvisation.
This A-list of today’s most creative boundary-pushers have played with everyone from Jett Rebel to Herman van Veen.
Akim Moiseenkov – Keytar, vocals, electronics and Selfmade Synths
Dave Wismeijer – Drumcomputer, pad, bass guitar
Marc Alberto – sax and electronics
Anne La Berge – flutes and electronics
Robert van Heumen – laptop instrument
Splendor produces an annual concert to open the new year with our more than 1000 members and more than 50 musicians. This year we took over the nooks and crannies of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij for a couple of hours and ended up in the hall with a large ensemble that included a kid’s choir and an amateur string orchestra.
I was particularly delighted to perform a working version of my work Utter with interactive audio, video and text in a tiny space called the Glass Room.
Splendor Parade 2015
Splendor Parade 2014
The day after Christmas is part of the Christmas celebrations here in The Netherlands. This year the Dramm Family was asked to be guests at the Paradiso Christmas Matinee. We sang some country western songs and played a few virtuoso pieces composed and/or arranged by David.
It was a musical party with a plethora of performer configurations and styles.
Diamanda opened the show decked in wings playing smack girl a tour-de-force for violin and 2 kickdrums.
One of my all time favorite pieces is Martin Parker’s GruntCount. I’ve only played it as a solo with an interactive Max Patch built by Martin.
This time Pete Furniss and Martin and I got together and worked on the ensemble version. There was some quick and fancy programming going on that culminated in a presentation late afternoon on 15 December in Reid Hall, Edinburgh.
We’ll be getting together soon with hopes to bring in some string players.
6 December 2015
I led the interactive electronics workshops on the Clarinet Day for Amateurs that was held in Splendor on 6 December. A team of clarinetists played through the Kyma System and gave a presentation at the end of the day including a piece called Bandbound using a Max driven score displayed on the iPad.
They were a courageous bunch that seemed to enjoy creating newly found sounds.
photo by Elisabeth Melchior
photo by Elisabeth Melchior
Shackle spent a couple of days in early December in Belfast at The Sonic Arts Research Center in Belfast giving a Converging Objects workshop and performing with a group of smart, well-versed and diverse group of students. The famous Sonic Lab there is equipped with a plethora of speakers that are situated in every nook and cranny in the hall. We used only some of them but still enjoyed the sounds and music we made performing with the Shackle Affair system.
To Whom This Power was a concert conceived and produced by Robert van Heumen on 28 November in the Amsterdam Orgelpark.
Robert artfully gathered fellow musicians Jacob Lekkerkerker, Miriam Overlach and me together to play his music and a couple of other works. The whole concert was wrapped in text interludes by Sieger Baljon and directed by Nienke Rooijakkers. My contribution was a new piece called Dakota for the whole ensemble.
“The theme was how we slowly but surely are ruining the earth’s treasures. A concert about responsibility, guilt, the empowered and the powerless.”
It was an evening with lots of text, movement, lighting, sound and premieres. Time to take it on the road.
The Dutch Radio station VPRO has a show called Vrije Geluiden: Free, straightforward Sounds.
This week they featured the IMA interview and DVD series that was released this summer.
There is an interview here with Susanne Gietl, a young journalist who I like alot that lives in Berlin.
“She wanted to play the drums, learned the flute and invented a new instrument. Anne La Berge plays the flute like a synthie. An inspiring talk with the artist.”
Joe Williamson and I shared a concert in Splendor with Fish-Scale Sunrise which is Ab Baars on tenor sax, clarinet, shakuhachi and Kaja Draksler on piano and Joe on double bass. We played our piece The Hum that has our recorded voices narrating facts and impressions about the Hum that people hear in disparate parts of the world at any time of day or night.
It is always a pleasure to play with Joe. Piccolo and double bass are an unlikely but lovely match packed with sonic potential.
We will release an LP soon on Unsounds with this piece and 4º, another piece about time and place.
The Hum in Splendor on 3 October 2015