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.
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.
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.
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.
This pow wow had an even longer title!
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.
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.
Flute, Laptop, the Kyma System and six iPads.
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.”
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.
Friends and Colleagues,
I am very excited about this upcoming collaboration!
Anne La Berge and new Splendor musician Akim Moiseenkov
team up for an evening with friends from experimental pop, art-rock and improvisation.
This A-list of today’s most creative boundary-pushers have played with everyone from Jett Rebel to Herman van Veen.
Akim Moiseenkov – Keytar, vocals, electronics and Selfmade Synths
Dave Wismeijer – Drumcomputer, pad, bass guitar
Marc Alberto – sax and electronics
Anne La Berge – flutes and electronics
Robert van Heumen – laptop instrument
Splendor produces an annual concert to open the new year with our more than 1000 members and more than 50 musicians. This year we took over the nooks and crannies of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij for a couple of hours and ended up in the hall with a large ensemble that included a kid’s choir and an amateur string orchestra.
I was particularly delighted to perform a working version of my work Utter with interactive audio, video and text in a tiny space called the Glass Room.