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KISS2017

18/10/2017 18:58

I spent four days absorbing, discovering and adding my two cents at the annual Kyma Symposium, this time located in Oslo. The theme was Augmented Reality. We witnessed a plethora of lectures, demos and concerts where our realities were offered diverse augmentations.

Highlights were hearing Carla Scaletti and Kurt Hebel’s updates and new inventions for the Kyma System, seeing/hearing some new sounds from the NeverEngineLabs and performing Postcards, a collaborative work with Craig Vear. Plus all those other pieces of wisdom and music that flew by.

Postcards KISS2017

With Paul Turowski and Simon Hutchinson playing Purality Spring.

David Dramm in awe of NeverEngineLabs

The KISS2017 Organizers and masterminds Jøran Rudi, Carla Scaletti, Ulf Holbrook, Anders Tveit

Carla Scaletti and Kiyoung Lee

The Academies

31/08/2017 13:02

I spent my second half of August on the faculties of two Dutch Academies.

The first was the Splendor Summer Academy where the participants were introduced to the Splendor way of engaging with their careers. Activities ranged from discussions about concert and festival programming to personal instrumental coaching to a canal boat ride. We had six participants from all over the world including Iran and Taiwan. They performed in Splendor and in the Uilenburger Synagogue for the Amsterdam Canal Festival. Lots of learning there!

Splendor Academy 2017

Splendor Academy 2017

The second was the Dutch Improvisers Academy.
We had 26 participants whose histories ranged from classical to jazz to self educated. They were passionate musicians all game to dive into playing with one another in endless formations. I was impressed and inspired by their maturity, curiosity and speed at picking up the advice from the six of us coaches. Not an easy task considering how diverse and devoted the coaching staff was this year. We worked at the Conservatory in the Hague, played concerts at the BIM and the Jazz Bicycle Tour.

DIA 2017 KonCon Den Haag

DIA 2017 KonCon Den Haag

DIA 2017 BIMhuis Amsterdam

DIA 2017 Jazz Bike Tour

The Flute Convention

10/08/2017 04:50

I was invited to perform a couple of works at the US National Flute Convention held in Minneapolis this year. I am representing a small group of Minnesota Native flutists that made careers elsewhere and are performing together on Saturday 12 August at 15.00.

And I am selling some of my stuff at the convention!
A USB card designed by Isabelle Vigier where I have loaded my works:
revamper
away – the Max App
Just Before – the Max App
TOO – the Max App

And the Unsounds LPs
RAW
The Hum

Come find me if you would like one or more!

The Card
Design by Isabelle Vigier

The Hum LP, Unsounds 40U, Joe Williamson and Anne La Berge

3 x 3 Recording Sessions

20/07/2017 16:22

The Splendor public were our guests during three live recording concerts on 30 May and 1 June at 19.00 and 22.00. We filled the hall with microphones, guitars, amps, electronics, a piano, a hammond organ, an organ pedal, flutes, violins, saxes and even a banjo. The plan is to release a double LP with the repertoire of cover tunes and original works that we’ve performed over the years. Duo, trio, quartet and quintet versions were all on the list.

The performers were:
Anne La Berge – voice, flutes and electronics
Diamanda La Berge Dramm – voice, violin, kazoo and organ pedal
David Dramm – voice and guitars
Marco Mlynek – voice, guitar, banjo, piano, hammond organ and tambourine
Marc Alberto – voice, saxes and electronics

Diamanda Dramm, Marc Alberto, Me, Marco Mlynek, David Dramm

MAZE Festival 2017

17/07/2017 16:45

Our MAZE Festival had 2 concerts this year, the first in Splendor and the second in the BIMhuis.
This festival was big for me for a few reasons including the official release of the Unsounds LP RAW in Splendor and the premiere of my new work Assail in the BIMhuis AND to be able to play such happening concerts with MAZE and our guest composer/cellist Okkyung Lee.

MAZE website
Splendor Concert
Facebook

BIMhuis Concert
Facebook

Review of the BIMhuis concert

RAW LP release with MAZE in Splendor

RAW LP released by Unsounds

21/05/2017 13:57

On 15 May Unsounds released an LP of my work RAW for MAZE.
It’s incredible to have the support of such an adventuresome and aesthetically happening label. Bravo Isabelle Vigier for the design.

Reviews have been drifting in.
So far I think they get the RAW part.

Photo credit: Isabelle Vigier, Unsounds

Rose Petal Jam

13:50

The Scordatura Ensemble has a project call Rose Petal Jam based on the songs of Harry Partch with additional new compositions to add to the list of microtonal madness. They commissioned me to write a work and I made a Max App called Just Before the Rain that can last anywhere from 2 minutes to infinity.

The Rose Petal Jam concert will be touring this season and next. The schedule will appear on my agenda and on the Scordatura site.

On 15 May we produced the premiere concert in Splendor to a sold out house!

Mark Dresser is in Town!

13:41

Mark Dresser was our guest at Splendor on 13 April. With the company of locals, some them Mark’s old friends, we improvised our way through the evening in all configurations and combinations. Lovely.

Onno Govaert, Mark Dresser, Kaja Draksler, Anne La Berge, Mary Oliver

Anne La Berge, Onno Govaerts, Michael Moore, Kaja Draksler, Mary Oliver

The Sound Revolution

13:25

I flew to Edinburgh for a day to be part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Our event was called The Sound Revolution and focussed on a few performances and a discussion regarding how music is part of the digital world we live in today.

Our fearless discussion leader was Martin Parker. He had to field both public and participant questions and answers and try to make sense out of such a broad and changing issue. And he did it too. I play his piece Grunt Count regularly on tour and I was curious about his plans for upcoming projects.

I performed Utter. It has a different audience response every time I play it. Can’t wait to see what happens next time.

Pete Furniss and Martin Parker, Edinburgh International Science Festival

ArtEZ General Study Workshop

18/03/2017 14:47

ArtEZ University of the Arts based in Arnhem, The Netherlands, asked me to come give a workshop for their Lost in Transition general study day on 16 March where they bring creative students from different art disciplines together. It was the Netherland’s national election day and I had just returned from weeks in North America. What a way to land.

We spent 3.5 hours making, interpreting and remaking one another’s works based on the concepts and practical expressions of transitions. I was flabbergasted and touched to be part of such original, resourceful and wise work coming from these young artists.