De Ruimte is an art and concert space with a cafe and an impressive view in the North of Amsterdam which means that most of us have to ride our bikes, take a ferry and ride our bikes further to get there.
The ambitious and friendly staff is working to expand their programming to include electro-acoustic improvised music and last night was one of those nights with Shackle and the Oslo trio Lindvall/Myhr/Gismervik.
Support this initiative.
It’s a welcome new home for the Amsterdam music scene.
Shackle set up with a view.
This pow wow had an even longer title!
Aesthetics, Politics, Philosophy and New Emergences in Current Electronic Music and Surroundings.
It is the brainchild of some of the students in the Sonology Department of the Royal Conservatory in the Hague and was led by the intelligent and socially curious Semay Wu.
This was the second of hopefully many meetings to discuss gender (in)equality and subjects surrounding gender balance in the creative arts, specifically composed electronic music.
I was the invited key speaker before the lengthy, animated and fruitful discussions that followed. I was truly impressed and inspired by the maturity and the openness of the students to dig right to the core of the issues we touched on.
I will try to return for the following sessions since this topic is close to my heart and believe in supporting my fellow artists, including the younger ones.
The panel: Me, Ji Youn Kang, Mariette Groot
I’m off to Mexico to play a couple of solo concerts and improvise with the diverse and provocative local musicians.
The tour starts with an improvisation/electronics workshop for kids on Wednesday 13 April.
and a house concert in Mexico City on 20 April
Habitación del Ruido Series in Mexico City
Delay/Line by Sam Pluta
Modes of Mechanical Ventilation by Hugo Morales
Telemachus by David Dramm
Utter by Anne La Berge, Isabelle Vigier and Marcel Wierckx
Flute, Laptop, the Kyma System and six iPads.
The Hum LP was released today by Unsounds. Joe Williamson on double bass and I am playing flutes.
We talk on one side about the Hum and on the other side about the coordinates of where we have lived:
“Flutist-composer Anne La Berge, an American living in Amsterdam, and bassist Joe Williamson, a Canadian based in Stockholm, have formed a new duo.
Both artists are known for their eccentric approach to text, either in song writing, or music compositions. With two intriguing text/music pieces that sound like odd radio plays, they introduce the listener to the ambiguities of their unrestricted fantasy.
A pleasurable, sometimes hilarious, ride.”
The Hum LP, Unsounds 40U, Joe Williamson and Anne La Berge
I’m spending my days in Splendor with Isabelle Vigier and Marcel Wierckx building the visual parts of Utter.
These are exciting times since we are able to take time to explore the possibilities of the digital and human components of the piece.
You can follow the making of here.
This project is funded by the Creative Industries Funds NL and the Performing Arts Fund NL.
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