Aesthetics, Politics, Philosophy #3

15/06/2016 10:50

For background information on these sessions please see this post.
This time we met in a smaller space where we were all sitting much closer together and somehow inspired a sense of urgency to the issues we dove into.

Erwin Roebroeks’ talk on Opera and Gender and Society was full of fun facts and interesting observations. Food for thought.
And then Hannah Bosma came up with even more discussion material by listing books and articles on Gender in Music that we could all sink our teeth into.
The issues were hot, the questions technical and emotional. I functioned more as discussion leader/guider this time and tried to find ways to give space for everyone’s voices.

Erwin Roebroeks, Hannah Bosma, Semay Wu

Erwin Roebroeks, Hannah Bosma, Semay Wu

Roze Tanker


I got a call at the last minute to join Nora Mulder and Rogier Smal in a set at the Roze Tanker.

Johan Janssen took a plethora of photos and gave us a compliment in his short review. Guess we were experimental. In any case, we had some choice and radical moments.

Roze Tanker, 30 May, with Nora and Rogier

Roze Tanker, 30 May, with Nora and Rogier

The MAZE Festival


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

Impro Jam with Ig Henneman and Yung-Tuan Ku


ImproJam is a real jam. A group plays one set and then other musicians join in various combinations determined by throwing dice and drawing names out of a hat. Ig, Yung-Tuan and I were the opening group and afterwards players from Canada, Spain, Holland, Argentina and who knows where played with us.

The event was organized and masterfully led by Nicolas Chientaroli.


GruntCount with Pete


Pete Furniss was in town for a couple of days and we explored and tweaked our duo version of Martin Parker’s brilliant GruntCount Max piece.

We brainstormed a lot and managed to test hardware and software, communication desires, noise, silence and then played our new version as a half hour set in Splendor Amsterdam on May 3 as a warm up to the magnificent Steamboat Switzerland.

GruntCount with Pete Furniss, 3 May, Splendor

GruntCount with Pete Furniss, 3 May, Splendor

Mexico resonances

25/05/2016 11:14

Photos are starting to arrive that document various experiences in Mexico last month. These are from the Cloister of Sor Juana where I performed on 21 April. Many thanks to Carlos Iturralde for making this concert and lively discussion in the Habitación del Ruido Series possible.

Sor Juana stage

The Interview

Sor Juana

Modes of Mechanical Assistance by Hugo Morales

Modes of Mechanical Assistance by Hugo Morales

RAW at the MAZE Festival

17/05/2016 11:18


RAW will be performed on Saturday 21 May as part of the MAZE Festival.

As usual I’ve been messing with the Max Patch just to give some unpredictability to the upcoming performance.

RAW is a work that asks the musicians to improvise on unfinished musical material and to collectively create a work in real time as they are given ongoing random choices to make. RAW embraces the unpolished and unbridled opportunities that unforseen combinations offer us to respond to in the process of making art.

RAW is a Max patch where each player influences the structure by sending a message to the patch at his or her own discretion. The Max patch in turn chooses random combinations of players to play, suggestions for the type of music to play and random prerecorded text samples to be played.

The score is broadcast on iPads:

Shackle in De Ruimte

30/04/2016 11:44

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.

Shackle set up with a view.

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


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.

Umbral 23
and a house concert in Mexico City on 20 April
and then
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.

Basic RGB