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

Rose Petal Jam

21/05/2017 - 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

West Coast Tour 2017

18/03/2017 - 13:19

David Dramm and I took it upon ourselves to tour together after a 22 year hiatus. We started with a concert at our homebase, Splendor Amsterdam, where we could try a few things out before we hit the road.

I played radical repertoire including works by Sam Pluta, Hugo Morales, David Dramm, Yannis Kyriakides and myself and David told stories about our former tours. We ended the concert with a story that we told together.

First stop was Chicago which is not on the west coast and David was not there. Sam Pluta and I recorded his sonically intense and tremendous to perform Delay/Line. I gave a couple of composition seminars and we joined our favorite bassoon players Katie Young and Dana Jessen for an improv concert at Elastic Arts that was reminiscent of a concert in Splendor that Shackle produced a couple of years ago.

Recording Sam Pluta’s Delay/Line. Univ of Chicago.

David and I met up in Vancouver where he met with the students of John Korsrud and joined me for a concert produced by Music on Main. We get together with David Pay, the director of Music on Main, in the Netherlands and it was a treat to finally spend time with him on his own turf. What a stunning venue the Fox Cabaret is!

Vancouver is the home of the NOW Society run by colleague and close friend, Lisa Cay Miller. We managed to squeeze in a play at the NOW Society INsphere Sessions. I like the way Lisa hears and reacts when we play together. Jeff Younger joined us as did a few others. Nice night of improv with a lot of circular breathing.

Next came a residency at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I fell in love with the mountain that hovers over the campus. The snowy cliffs and peaks bewitched us with light and shadows moment to moment for four days. I collaborated with six student composers and recorded their flute/electronics compositions. A gratifying lip-buster and just the beginning. We will work together again in Amsterdam in June in a BYU/Splendor exchange residency. David taught lessons for a full day, we gave a joint lecture on Splendor and our work, I led an improv class and we finished with a concert. The rewards of spending time with the musical community of BYU were felt by all.

Another early flight took us to San Francisco where we got in a car and drove to Santa Cruz, American style. We gave another Composition Colloquim and enjoyed the challenge of tweaking our duo presentation. The students told us we brought a freshness to the seminar formant by handing the lead back and forth and into the public.

Our concert was in the Radius Gallery run by the Indexical Foundation. Bravo Indexical for creating a vibrant series with a curious audience from scratch!

The last concert was at the San Francisco Center For New Music. The audience included some new and some dear old friends. Performing for them in such an intimate space gave the concert a sort of conversational flavor. Hello, we’re here to tell you our stories.

Meerenai Shin was the curator for the Center For New Music Concert and this was her last concert.

The Saturday March

13/02/2017 - 21:22

I was in San Diego, California on January 21, 2017:

We, San Diego Women’s March, peacefully marched in San Diego in solidarity with the Women’s March in DC. We are dedicated to a free and open society. Together we stand united in our respect for all people and we resist the marginalization of anyone. As a diverse, inclusive community of compassionate people, we seek to strengthen and continue our commitment to work for the protection of women’s rights. We stand firm in agreement that women’s rights are human rights.

San Diego, 21 January 2017

With flutist colleagues Jane Rigler and Lisa Cella

Aesthetics, Politics, Philosophy #2

28/04/2016 - 23:09

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.

Version 2

Semay Wu

Semay Wu

The panel: Me, Ji Youn Kang, Mariette Groot

The panel: Me, Ji Youn Kang, Mariette Groot