Bob Gilmore was a musicologist, a friend, a kindred spirit and a guiding force in my musical and personal life. He died of cancer on 2 January 2015. Many of us saw him through his period of illness but we all did not want him to die. We loved him.
Bob kicked my ass when he saw fit. He interviewed me. He wrote liner notes for my CD. We performed together. We laughed. We were a gossip team. We believed in music.
This memorial concert was to celebrate Bob’s birthday.
We all played music together. Some of it was composed many eras ago and some was composed for this ocassion.
Many thanks to Elisabeth Smalt, Bob’s partner, and Benjamin Gilmore, Bob’s son, and all the other people involved in the evening who made this day what is was: a Bob day.
I spent a week in Shanghai coaching performance and communication techniques to executives as part of EPT, a team of high powered coaches led by Jessie Gordon.
After that intense week with Chinese business people I flew to Beijing to meet up with my dear friend and fellow flutist/composer Bruce Gremo. We not only played a concert of W. F. Bach, Gremo and La Berge in the stunning atelier of Katrin Rechenberg, the next day we climbed a backwoods trail to visit the Great Wall of China.
Custom Silk Designs by Katrin Rechenberg. Check out how she has the silk produced by trusted Chinese colleagues.
Katrin and assistant.
Bruce’s wife Jennifer is a super entrepreneur. She runs her own bakery called Boulangerie Nanda that bakes artisan breads and pastries from organic flour grown in China.
The Great Wall of China. No one could experience all 8,851.8 kilometers in a lifetime. We all just go there and wonder.
From 27 April – 2 May I was the Melissa Gold Guest Artist at the Milton Academy in Boston. It was a week of adventure working with young people from ages 12 – 17. My goal was to give them a taste of music that uses improvisation and interactive electronics. I prepared a few pieces where they could participate. Even when there were 60 or more per class, we found ways for them to get inside of extended techniques, sonic improvisation and pushing a few buttons on my controllers. Participation and discussions were lively.
On Wednesday we ventured off campus to the high powered Brookline High School and the Bridge Boston Charter School where we embarked on the same adventures. At Bridge Boston we made music with kids from 4 – 8 yrs. They smiled, laughed and danced when I made up short songs using all those weird sounds. When is weird weird?
This week was made possible by my dear friend and colleague Louise Mundinger, music teacher at Milton and organist supreme.
Milton Chorus link giving Martin Parker’s GruntCount a try.
Chorus class at Brookline
Advanced music students Brookline
I flew to Edinburgh on 8 April to work with composer Michael Edwards and his students Yoann Mylonakis and Louis McHugh from the University of Edinburgh’s Digital Composition and Performance Department. We spent long hours tweaking their interactive computer compositions and then performed them at the Edinburgh Science Festival on 10 April.
We ran the audio directly from my old trustworthy RME to the surround speaker system and the composers controlled their pieces that were installed on my laptop discretely and almost secretly using MIRA and their iPads. No big mixers, no spaghetti cabling down the middle of the hall. Lovely interactions between composers, computers and the performer which happened to be me!
Robert van Heumen and I as Shackle hosted two duos to a full day in Amsterdam on 25 March.
They have very long names:
Of an implacable subtraction
with bassoonist/composer Dana Jessen and composer/performer Paula Mathussen
Architeuthis Walks on Land
with bassoonist/composer Katherine Young and violist/improviser Amy Cimini
Both duos presented their work and themselves at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and then played with and without Shackle in a diverse and marvelous concert at Splendor Amsterdam.
Oh how I wish they all lived in my town and I could play with them more than once in a blue moon.
Electra Kouloumpi is a young dancer and building engineer. One of her passions is to offer her audience abstract narrative interpretations of the spaces she moves through. This was our second time on stage together and the first as a duo. We had some magic in that hallway at the Kulter Proeflokaal in the basement of the A Lab building.
Blueprint is a video score by the conceptually wondrous artist Justin Bennett that MAZE performed with at GEMAK in The Hague on Friday the 13th of March. Justin recorded the performance and the audio is played with the video as part of an installation that will run until 11 April 2015.
Then we hope to play with it around the world.
Each of the 50 Splendor Amsterdam artists gives a concert once a year specifically for our club members. This time I assembled and arranged music that had something directly or abstractly to do with Winter Songs with some serious help from David Dramm and astounding performing from Jan Willem Baljet, Diamanda LBD, Nina Hitz and Nora Mulder. We were SOLD OUT!
From 16 – 19 February I had a job to do. One hour a day. It was to play in Martijn Tellinga’s
_during, lasting . . ., an installation/performance that lasts 5 consecutive days for 6 hours daily where 9 players enter the space for one hour (unannounced & uncoordinated) and the audience comes and goes.
It was part of the Nearly Not There . . festival W139
For me it was paradise.
Shackle had two romping and stomping performances in the beginning of February that included our full set up plus guests.
We were in Deventer on 8 February at the Kunstlab as guests of ~DIF where we played with silent film fragments and tried out all the new stuff we’ve been working on so that we can find more new stuff to do.
Robert van Heumen organized and produced Local Stop Revisited on February 15 in STEIM. STEIM will be moving location at the end of 2015. It’s a place where many of us were able to use space and facilities to research and create some of our most significant work in the last years. Shackle Affair made an appearance with guests Semay Wu and Han Buhrs. We’re into guests!