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

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
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BIMhuis Concert
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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

Mark Dresser is in Town!

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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

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.

682/681 with Lisa Cay Miller

18/11/2016 - 15:55

682/681 are the flight numbers for the KLM flights between Vancouver and Amsterdam. A journey that is familiar for many of us especially for Lisa Cay Miller who has been frequenting our city for a few years now to collaborate and perform in the Amsterdam Improv Scene.

On December 17, 2015 Lisa gathered some of her colleagues at Splendor Amsterdam to record a collection of vignettes. The CD presentation concert was on 31 October 2016.

Warm exchanges. Some with lots of volume, others with lots of notes and some with sometimes less.

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Curves

05/11/2016 - 20:31

Shackle and Men with Motors spent a week in Cologne puzzling out how we could become even more interactive. We played a concert in Stadtgarten and will be playing another soon in Splendor Amsterdam.

The data and the audio exchanges remain intoxicating.

And then there’s the performance!

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Setting the screens at Stadtgarten

Setting the screens at Stadtgarten

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Shackle Affair and the Splendor Academy

25/08/2016 - 14:36

Shackle took it upon themselves to give a group of classical musicians who were attending the Splendor Academy the chance to have hands-on experience with electro acoustic music making.

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With Phil Macguire as our guest, we gave a concert in De Ruimte in Amsterdam North with the participants of the Academy.

Phil and I spent the afternoon showing and experimenting and discussing with the participants.
I built some sounds with the Kyma System that they could all control from iPads.

Robert van Heumen joined us for the concert.

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Responses ranged from “What is this?” to “I want more of this!” and from “woah” to “wow!“.

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Shackle Affair at Zaal 100

15/06/2016 - 11:11

Robert organized a full evening on the Zaal 100 impro jazz evening where we definitely improvised and snuck in some snippets of jazz. Guitar, one snare drum, one bass clarinet, flutes, lots of electronics.

Shackle Affair 7 June, Zaal 100

Shackle Affair 7 June, Zaal 100

Shackle at the Kunststation in Cologne

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The Sankt Peter Church has been made into an art space. It houses a bizaare and remarkably wonderful organ.
Our concert was a half hour lunch concert that included pieces by the three of us. It was a composer/performer party.

Robert van Heumen, Michael Bonaventure

Robert van Heumen, Michael Bonaventure