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

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

MAZE plays Ashley

05/11/2016 - 20:15

Our concert in the Amsterdam Orgelpark included guests David Dramm on voice in Tap Dancing, Diamanda Dramm on violin and Jacob Lekkerkerker in Outcome Inevitable, Tap Dancing and In Memoriam Kit Carson.

A highpoint for us all was the surprising performance of Kit Carson where we brought a score from 1963 back to life in its most precise yet imaginative form.

kitcarson2

kitcarson1

The MAZE Festival

15/06/2016 - 10:31

MAZE took over Splendor Amsterdam 21 – 22 May for the first and hopefully not the last MAZE Festival.

We played music that fascinates us and we filled the hall with curious and enthusiastic people for concerts, interviews, discussions and drinks.

The composers were:
Peter Ablinger, Andrius Arutiunian, Justin Bennett, Yannis Kyriakides, Anne La Berge, Yael Levy and Michael Pisaro.
The festival was partially funded by Amsterdam Funds for the Arts.
The A-sides, complimentary CD was produced by Unsounds.
We left a colorful trail on Facebook. More information can be found on the MAZE website.

Gareth Davis, Reinier van Houdt, Wiek Hijmans, Dario Calderone, Anne La Berge, Yannis Kyriakides

Gareth Davis, Reinier van Houdt, Wiek Hijmans, Dario Calderone, Anne La Berge, Yannis Kyriakides

MAZE Festival

MAZE Festival

Mexico

10/04/2016 - 17:59

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.

Then:
CMMAS
and
Umbral 23
and a house concert in Mexico City on 20 April
and then
Habitación del Ruido Series in Mexico City

Repertoire:
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

Gear:
Flute, Laptop, the Kyma System and six iPads.

Basic RGB

The Hum

01/04/2016 - 18:13

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

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

Building Utter

25/02/2016 - 11:57

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.