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3 x 3 Recording Sessions

20/07/2017 - 16:22

The Splendor public were our guests during three live recording concerts on 30 May and 1 June at 19.00 and 22.00. We filled the hall with microphones, guitars, amps, electronics, a piano, a hammond organ, an organ pedal, flutes, violins, saxes and even a banjo. The plan is to release a double LP with the repertoire of cover tunes and original works that we’ve performed over the years. Duo, trio, quartet and quintet versions were all on the list.

The performers were:
Anne La Berge – voice, flutes and electronics
Diamanda La Berge Dramm – voice, violin, kazoo and organ pedal
David Dramm – voice and guitars
Marco Mlynek – voice, guitar, banjo, piano, hammond organ and tambourine
Marc Alberto – voice, saxes and electronics

Diamanda Dramm, Marc Alberto, Me, Marco Mlynek, David Dramm

MAZE Festival 2017

17/07/2017 - 16:45

Our MAZE Festival had 2 concerts this year, the first in Splendor and the second in the BIMhuis.
This festival was big for me for a few reasons including the official release of the Unsounds LP RAW in Splendor and the premiere of my new work Assail in the BIMhuis AND to be able to play such happening concerts with MAZE and our guest composer/cellist Okkyung Lee.

MAZE website
Splendor Concert
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BIMhuis Concert
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Review of the BIMhuis concert

RAW LP release with MAZE in Splendor

Mark Dresser is in Town!

21/05/2017 - 13:41

Mark Dresser was our guest at Splendor on 13 April. With the company of locals, some them Mark’s old friends, we improvised our way through the evening in all configurations and combinations. Lovely.

Onno Govaert, Mark Dresser, Kaja Draksler, Anne La Berge, Mary Oliver

Anne La Berge, Onno Govaerts, Michael Moore, Kaja Draksler, Mary Oliver

West Coast Tour 2017

18/03/2017 - 13:19

David Dramm and I took it upon ourselves to tour together after a 22 year hiatus. We started with a concert at our homebase, Splendor Amsterdam, where we could try a few things out before we hit the road.

I played radical repertoire including works by Sam Pluta, Hugo Morales, David Dramm, Yannis Kyriakides and myself and David told stories about our former tours. We ended the concert with a story that we told together.

First stop was Chicago which is not on the west coast and David was not there. Sam Pluta and I recorded his sonically intense and tremendous to perform Delay/Line. I gave a couple of composition seminars and we joined our favorite bassoon players Katie Young and Dana Jessen for an improv concert at Elastic Arts that was reminiscent of a concert in Splendor that Shackle produced a couple of years ago.

Recording Sam Pluta’s Delay/Line. Univ of Chicago.

David and I met up in Vancouver where he met with the students of John Korsrud and joined me for a concert produced by Music on Main. We get together with David Pay, the director of Music on Main, in the Netherlands and it was a treat to finally spend time with him on his own turf. What a stunning venue the Fox Cabaret is!

Vancouver is the home of the NOW Society run by colleague and close friend, Lisa Cay Miller. We managed to squeeze in a play at the NOW Society INsphere Sessions. I like the way Lisa hears and reacts when we play together. Jeff Younger joined us as did a few others. Nice night of improv with a lot of circular breathing.

Next came a residency at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I fell in love with the mountain that hovers over the campus. The snowy cliffs and peaks bewitched us with light and shadows moment to moment for four days. I collaborated with six student composers and recorded their flute/electronics compositions. A gratifying lip-buster and just the beginning. We will work together again in Amsterdam in June in a BYU/Splendor exchange residency. David taught lessons for a full day, we gave a joint lecture on Splendor and our work, I led an improv class and we finished with a concert. The rewards of spending time with the musical community of BYU were felt by all.

Another early flight took us to San Francisco where we got in a car and drove to Santa Cruz, American style. We gave another Composition Colloquim and enjoyed the challenge of tweaking our duo presentation. The students told us we brought a freshness to the seminar formant by handing the lead back and forth and into the public.

Our concert was in the Radius Gallery run by the Indexical Foundation. Bravo Indexical for creating a vibrant series with a curious audience from scratch!

The last concert was at the San Francisco Center For New Music. The audience included some new and some dear old friends. Performing for them in such an intimate space gave the concert a sort of conversational flavor. Hello, we’re here to tell you our stories.

Meerenai Shin was the curator for the Center For New Music Concert and this was her last concert.

New Emergences #5

18/12/2016 - 16:32

New Emergences is a lecture and discussion series highlighting the current debates around gender in electronic, contemporary and experimental music.

They presented their 5th edition in Splendor Amsterdam on 13 December and they asked me to be the moderator this time.

I have enjoyed the role of keynote speaker and panel member in the past and this time the challenge was terrific since I was hosting the event in Splendor and acting as moderator for a highly charged panel and public.

The keynote speaker was Kate Moore and the panel members were Henriëtte Post, Joel Ryan and Rozalie Hirs. Look them up. They are formidable people and accomplished in their work.

Kate’s keynote was poetic, informative and confronting all at the same time and the panel members and public grappled with the issues she put forward with passion.

Gender issues are hot.

I was particularly inspired by the stories that came from the younger generation which included shaking up academic curricula and forming feminist activity and action groups.

Kate Moore. Keynote speaker.

Kate Moore. Keynote speaker.

The panel. La Berge, Post, Hirs, Moore, Ryan.

The panel. La Berge, Post, Hirs, Moore, Ryan.

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Semay Wu. The head of New Emergences.

Semay Wu. The head of New Emergences.