The Treble Girls
Anne La Berge flute + electronics
Diamanda La Berge Dramm violin + voice
Including works from the following:
Natacha Diels A is for Alphabet for violin, piccolo, flute and electronics (2013)
David Dramm Lotus Blue Dream for amplified violin and piccolo (2013)
Jorrit Dijkstra Expats for violin and flute (2013)
Anne La Berge muffled for improvisers and Max (2011)
Karlheinz Stockhausen Tierkreis arranged for violin, flutes and electronics
Martin Parker GruntCount for solo flute and Max (2011)
Yannis Kyriakides flock for flute and electronics (2009)
Anne La Berge Away for 19-tone flute and Max (2009 – 2011)
Karlheinz Stockhausen Xi for solo flute
Luciano Berio Sequenza VIII for solo violin (1976)
John Cage Chorals for solo violin (1978)
Georg Friedrich Haas de terrae fine for solo violin (2001)
Electrifying, moving and covering a wide expanse from avant-garde virtuosity
to high energy and heady computer-assisted improvisation,
this mother/daughter duo puts together
flute & live electronics pioneer Anne La Berge
with rising new music violinist Diamanda La Berge Dramm.
Anne La Berge’s career as flutist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries. Her performances bring together a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing.
In 1999, she co-founded Kraakgeluiden, a improvisation series based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands exploring combinations of acoustic instruments, electronic instruments and computers, and using real-time interactive performance systems. La Berge’s own music has evolved in parallel, and the flute has become only one element in a sound world that includes computer samples, the use of spoken text and electronic processing.
As a performer using quartertone flute, amplified and processed, La Berge transforms the sound of her instrument and dramatically extends its musical potential. . . Her instrumental and electronic settings foreground phonic qualities, leaving words intact to deliver their semantic load. . . .La Berge’s work is a stimulating indication of what might be achieved when the written voice speaks.
Julian Cowley, The Wire, July 2011
Diamanda La Berge Dramm grew up in Amsterdam, playing the violin since the age of four. Growing up among the leading figures of the Dutch classical, avant-garde and improvisation scene, her own concerts reflects all of these elements. At the age of thirteen, she premiered “Raadsels” by Louis Andriessen in the Concertgebouw for the opening of the Holland Festival 2005 and has gone on to perform as soloist, chamber music player and band member in venues such as Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ as well as the Stone (NYC) and Jordan Hall (Boston).
She has worked extensively with Garth Knox, Anthony Coleman, Chaya Czernowin, Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, and Gunther Schuller. She performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort and East Coast Contemporary Ensemble. Festivals include the Amsterdam Canal (Grachten) Festival, Pierre Boulez’ Lucerne Festival Academy and Ensemble Modern’s Summer Academy.