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Highlighted Composer: Dmitri Kourliandski

Dmitri Kourliandski, who has recently signed a framework agreement with Donemus, will be well-represented in the music scene in the month of June. His ‘Octavia. Trepanation’ and ‘Maps of non-existent cities.bern’ will have their world premiere and his performance-installation, Commedia delle arti, will be at the prestigious Venice biennale in the Russian pavilion… 

Dmitri Kourliandski, who has recently signed a framework agreement with Donemus, will be well-represented in the music scene in the month of June.

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On June 15 and 16, Dmitri Kourliandski’s new opera, Octavia. Trepanation, will have its world premiere at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ during the Holland Festival. The opera is a collaboration between the composer and director Boris Yukhananov, the artistic director of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. The opera investigates the bloody mechanisms of the Russian revolution. They call it an “opera-operation.” On stage is a giant replica of Lenin’s head, whose skull is trepanned. Kourliandski’s music consists of socialist hymns stretched out in time, texts by the Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and excerpts from Octavia, a play attributed to Seneca about the Roman emperor Nero. Is art capable of explaining tyranny?

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The Italian magazine Classic Voice recently named Kourliandski among the top 100 leading composers of the century. This year, his performance-installation, Commedia delle arti, will be at the prestigious Venice Biennale in the Russian pavilion. At the entrance to the Pavilion, visitors can pick-up “score-instructions” that can be followed to create a dialogue between the artist, the visitor, and the outside world.

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On July 1 and 2, the world premiere of maps of non-existent cities. bern by Ensemble Proton Bern under the direction of Matthias Kuhn will take place at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland. The piece takes place within the exhibition “Die Revolution ist tot. Lang lebe die Revolution!”. The piece will be a key work within the program, and Dmitri Kourliandski will reflect upon the question, “is revolution still alive today?”

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Donemus at the Holland Festival!

This year, from June 8-22, many Donemus composers will be featured at the Holland Festival. Take a look at the list below to see when and where your favorite composers’ pieces will be performed! 

This year, from June 8-22, many Donemus composers will be featured at the Holland Festival. While most concerts at the Holland Festival will take place at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, in honor of the Holland Festival’s 70th anniversary, there will also be a special concert series taking place at Splendor in Amsterdam sponsored by the Weeshuis van de Nederlandse Muziek, an organization which aims to perform forgotten or seldom-played Dutch music of the 20th century. Take a look at the list below to see when and where your favorite composers’ pieces will be performed!

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Dancing on Canto Ostinato

Last month, from May 18-21, the famous minimal piece Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt could be heard in the dance production HELLO SURPRISE by Yuki Mori in the Schauspielhaus of the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). Festival Classique will also feature the music of Simeon ten Holt in the upcoming cross-over dance performance, SIMEON, premiering on June 22 in The Hague… 

Last month, from May 18-21, the famous minimal piece Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt could be heard in the dance production HELLO SURPRISE by Yuki Mori in the Schauspielhaus of the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). The piece could be heard in the section of the dance production called Loops, and as the title suggests, Loops is based on the idea of circle, streaming, and continuous movement. In the center of the production is a separated pair, a man and a woman, whose emotional world and memories are tracked in individual snapshots. Mori unfolds an emotional stream of images that revolves around the themes of happiness, closeness, and separateness, developing in a symbolic yet realistic way, and always touching on inevitable episodes of the fear and charm that is part of opening up to another person.

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Festival Classique will also feature the music of Simeon ten Holt in the upcoming cross-over dance performance, SIMEON, premiering on June 22 in The Hague. The performance will include the music of Canto Ostinato as well as a lesser-known piece by Ten Holt, Lemniscaat. The Matangi Quartet will play special string quartet versions of both pieces which will accompany the choreography by Kalpana Raghuraman.

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Looking back at Classical:NEXT!

Donemus took part in an inspiring few days last week at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam! There were many meetings with businesses and individuals from all over the world, great concerts, and thought-provoking conferences… 

Donemus took part in an inspiring few days last week at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam! There were many meetings with businesses and individuals from all over the world, great concerts, and thought-provoking conferences. Donemus is proud to have had three of its composers featured as part of Classical:NEXT’s showcases: Ned McGowan, Jan-Peter de Graaff, and Brendan Faegre.

Donemus colleague Aleksandra Markovic took part in a panel discussion about the changing role of the modern-day music publisher, and Heather Pinkham held a roundtable mentoring session for composers seeking to improve their professional skills. All in all, it was a productive and stimulating couple of days, and we hope to continue the conversations and collaborations that were started in Rotterdam throughout the year!

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Highlighted composer: Yannis Kyriakides

From May 12-21, Ein Schemen, by Yannis Kyriakides, will be performed by Remy van Kesteren (electric harp) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Peter Dijkstra. This piece is a result of a commission of the Nederlands Kamerkoor & Remy van Kesteren. Also, he has just released a much-lauded double CD and book, SUBVOICE, on UNSOUNDS… 

From May 12-21, Ein Schemen by Yannis Kyriakides will be performed by Remy van Kesteren (electric harp) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Peter Dijkstra. This piece is a result of a commission of the Nederlands Kamerkoor & Remy van Kesteren. There will be 6 performances at many of the main concert halls in The Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, and the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, among others.

Ein Schemen is a reworking of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The seven movements, which flow seamlessly from one another, are each based on the corresponding movement from the original Brahms’ Requiem. The music focuses on a small number of elements from the original material and stretches it out into a landscape. Time is suspended and the listener can navigate in the space, moving through traces of Brahms. The music of the harp which frames the choir parts, is an encoding of the original texts from the Requiem. It creates a perspective on the static flow of the choir and electronic parts which changes gradually through the piece. The title of this recomposition is a quote from a line in part III: ‘ Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen.’ ‘Ein Schemen’ is an old German word for shadow or apparition, probably derived from the Latin word ‘Schema’. The composer finds it an apt word to use in this context because it reflects the nature of this piece. It is both about the connection of the living to the dead, and at the same time, it says something about the relation of this piece to the original work of Brahms. It is composed in its shadow and it is permeated by his notes as ghostly presences.

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Upcoming premieres and projects

June 1 – Breakneck: new video score for Ensemble MAZE – Bimhuis, Amsterdam

June 26 – The Musicians of Dourgouti: 6 instruments and media for Ensemble Artefact – Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

September 7 – for Trombone & Barges: piece for trombone and electronics on 3 canal boats for BCMG – Birmingham, England

September 21-24 – Ode to Man: for 4 female voice and electronics – Part of Homo Instrumentalis, musictheatre by Silbersee – Ruhr Triennale, Germany

August 27-September 4 – visiting professorship at the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City, Russia.

 

Recent CD releases

Yannis Kyriakides has just released a much-lauded double CD and book, SUBVOICE, on UNSOUNDS. SUBVOICE is a collection of nine recent works: Words and Song Without Words, Paramyth, Toponymy, Music for Viola, Circadian Surveillance, Der Komponist, Testudo, Politicus, and Oneiricon. These works represent an investigation into ideas of voice and language. The music is built on traces of voices and texts that seem to speak or sing in an intimate form of dialogue, either as text that is directly encoded into music, or in traces of voice that are embedded and dissolved into the musical fabric.

Donemus at Classical:NEXT

Donemus will be present this year at the international networking event Classical:NEXT in De Doelen, Rotterdam, from May 17-20. We will share a stand with Nieuw Geneco and VMN, among others, in the main hall of De Doelen, next to the Dutch Pavilion. Furthermore, after the successful premiere of ‘De Grens’ by Jan-Peter de Graaff last month, there will follow a second performance of the piece on May 18 during the Lunch with the Residents segment of the conference… 

Donemus will be present this year at the international networking event Classical:NEXT in De Doelen, Rotterdam, from May 17-20. Heather Pinkham, promoter of composers and repertoire, will hold a roundtable discussion in which she will mentor young composers who are seeking additional professional skills. In addition, Aleksandra Markovic, manager of new titles and rental/sales manager, will be on the panel of the conference, Developing Role of the Music Publisher in the 21st Century, where she and other members of the panel will talk about how publishers can stay relevant in the age of free exchange of digital content, among other topics. Also present will be managing director, Davo van Peursen, and promoter Valeria Gorokhovskaya.

Donemus will share a stand with Nieuw Geneco and VMN, among others, in the main hall of De Doelen, next to the Dutch Pavilion. Come by and say hello!

Furthermore, after the successful premiere of ‘De Grens‘ by Jan-Peter de Graaff last month, there will follow a second performance of the piece on May 18, during the Lunch with the Residents segment of the conference. For specific information about the location and time, click here.

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Luc Brewaeys – Credeva (in memoriam Franco Donatoni)

Credeva, by Luc Brewaeys, will be performed three times this month in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively… 

Credeva by Luc Brewaeys was written as a musical adieu by the composer to his teacher, Franco Donatoni. This monumental orchestral piece will be performed three times this month by the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen under Jan Latham-Koenig’s direction in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively.

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Donemus around the world

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6… 

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6:

Olga VictorovaAngels Dance at the Tokyo International Forum

Willem Jeths – Recorder Concerto at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Mateo Soto – Habaneras in Ciclo de Habaneras at the Fundación Juan March

Louis AndriessenBallet ‘Faust II’ at the Opernhaus Dortmund

Hendrik Andriessen – Balletsuite at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

Zaid Jabri – A Garden Among the Flames at Carnegie Hall, New York

 

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Jacques Bank – composer portrait at the Orgelpark Amsterdam

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others… 

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others.

Programme:
Purcelliana
Een bevroren trompet in Helsinki
The End
Moya’s Song
Vier Lieder ohne Worte
Felix und Clara


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