This year we made a band called the Splendororkestra and played pieces by fellow Splendor composers. We filled in the rest of the program with duos, trios and quartets that represented the scope of styles and artistic personalities housed by Splendor. We gave this big event to thank the contributing members of our club and to open our doors to the ears of others.
My last gig of 2014 was with Shackle in Rotterdam at Vroom. Shackle has been testing the waters by playing in combinations with others in our Shackle Affair, playing with film in our Shackle Bits and playing other composer’s works made for us in SlowHZ.
This time Robert and I just played as a duo with our Shackle System. This is my favorite Shackle configuration. Fast moving, musical, theatrical, noisy, quiet, funny, tragic.
Zebra! played a long and intense set for the Instant Music Day on Friday 12 December at the Martin Luther King Church in Amsterdam. We’re still into our original trio concept of moving in and out of one another’s sustained sounds and patterns as if we are one instrument.
Next appearance of Zebra! will be at the Splendor Parade in the Muziekgebouw on 3 January 2015.
The big adventure in this project was playing with the shadow puppet team Mind of a Snail. Working with them was a tasty voyage into visual magic.
Lori’s piece was called Codence. It was inspired by codes. Lisa’ piece was called Alea Jacta Est. It dealt with some gnarly feminist politics and the audience was invited to eat chocolate!
Wonderful premiere last night in Mainz with ten wizardly dancers and the compelling musical forces Monica Germino and Tomoko Mukaiyama.
Bravo choreographer Guy Weizman and composer David Dramm and costume designer Slavna Martinovic and set designer Ascon de Nijs and light designer Wil Frikken for taking us on this journey.
27 more to go!
Spent the weekend of 25 – 28 September in Lübeck, Germany attending the Kyma International Sound Symposium and witnessed some incredibly diverse and inventive music and lectures about how and why the artists do it the way they do.
Scott Miller and I have been working remotely all summer putting together a A Lovely Gesture for the students to perform. They dared to improvise with live processing and an interactive voting system right off the bat. Nice.
I spent the month of August composing, practicing, walking and hanging out with artists from every discipline but music at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA.
I made major headway on a couple of pieces, found a deeper love for the Kyma System, took runs going uphill and down and met other artists whose work will resonate with me for a long time.
This was my studio. Enormous thanks to Joe Metzler for lending me the Tannoys.
This was the view from my studio. Most days were overcast with fog. Ideal conditions for sitting in a room.
This view was a short walk up the hill.
The first one featured Zebra:
Yedo Gibson, saxophones
Ada Rave, saxophones
Anne La Berge, flutes
with special guest from Vancouver:
Lisa Cay Miller, piano
and virtuoso Amsterdam musicians:
Ig Henneman, viola
Wilbert de Joode, doublebass
Nora Mulder, piano
Jasper Stadhouders, guitars
The family concert!
We sang songs, played David’s piece for violin and piccolo,
premiered a series of text works by David
and won the hearts of our faithful Splendor audience.
Laboratoire Artistique Sans Limite, meaning ‘shorter and shorter nights’ was an initiative of
music, dance and word concerts by Ig Henneman and Ab Baars. I was one of the guests for the third and final night that was indeed very short. We were a diverse and creative fivesome. And to get to know more of Jos Kley’s work was a treat for me!