Georgia Nicolaou at the opening of the Gaudeamus Music Week

A semi-staged work by the Gaudeamus Award jury member and laureate, Richard Ayers, will be juxtaposed with works by two young music pioneers who have been nominated for the Gaudeamus Award 2018: William Kuo and William Dougherty. Their work will be performed in Hertz, the chamber music hall of TivoliVredenbrug. As you move from the Large Hall to Hertz, at the escalators Slagwerk Den Haag will regale you with brand-new music by composer Georgia Nicolaou…   

Georgia Nicolau is a versatile musician, composer, performer and dancer, her works are distinguished for their liveliness, rhythmical complexities and modal character. Being active in the broader artistic world, the multidisciplinary aspect is evident in many of her works, adding a stimulating essence to the music itself.

Georgia’s works include pieces for chamber ensembles varying from small to large settings; several dance pieces, two short modern operas and one experimental Music Theatre piece. Besides acoustic music she is composing electronic and electroacoustic music. Her works have been performed in distinguished venues, concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands (De Doelen, Tivoli Vredenburg, Fenixloods), Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Cyprus and Greece. In September 2016 she was awarded the Tera de Marez Oyens prize for her work S o c I a l I C E, during the internationally renowned Gaudeamus Festival for contemporary music in Utrecht. The prize serves as a commission for the composition of a new piece, which will be performed during the opening now of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek.

Before the opening concert, at 19:00 there will be a musical ode to the city on the quayside next to TivoliVredenburg. This free concert on and around the water includes work by Yannis Kyriakides and is performed by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

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Andrius Arutiunian – Deserted steps

In 2007, Dutch composer and artist Sedje Hémon launched a virtual museum of her work. It was built inside of the early-virtual reality platform Active Worlds. This platform allowed its users to freely navigate and build near-infinite space, while socializing with each other. In Hémon’s virtual museum, one could enter her paintings and explore them in a three-dimensional way. Though the museum went offline in 2011, composer Andrius Arutiunian recovered it to be used as part of the live score in this piece…   

Discovering the Active Worlds platform, Andrius Arutiunian was struck by its early-internet aesthetics as well as the vastness of its digital landscapes. Strolling through endless digital worlds in Active Worlds that were once filled people and voices (and now are abandoned digital deserts), he couldn’t help to wonder what happens to the forgotten virtual spaces. He also noticed that all the worlds (of which there are many) are filled with digital graffiti – short inscriptions left by people on the walls of the sites they built and took care of. These traces in their simplicity and poetics, reminded him of the cave drawings, especially in their function – to leave a mark in a new and uninhabited world.

Parts 1&3 of his piece use the video and graffiti material from various two-decade-old worlds at the Active Worlds, reimagining this abandoned space still being roamed by its decaying AI and the last remaining users. The second part of the piece opens up with the conductor entering the VR museum of Sedje Hémon and exploring its spaces live on stage. The musicians follow an intricate system of cues and signs, and sonify the VR museum as the conductors navigates its quiet chambers.

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Austin Yip – Metamorphosis at the HKPhil

On September 28 and 29 the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Metamorphosis of Austin Yip. This work was premiered on 7 January, 2017, conducted by Aldert Vermeulen in Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. This piece was awarded the Golden Sail Music Award by Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong for the Best Serious Composition in 2017…   

“You’ve done a fantastic job. I think that you orchestrated really well. I think that sometimes for new music I really can not get, but with you, I got immediately in your world… The orchestration is wonderful.” — Jaap van Zweden on the premiere of the work.

Artists often like to develop their works around the concept of “metamorphosis”, but the understanding of “metamorphosis” varies among people. With Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”, people often regard the title as the “change of form”, rather than an “improved change” — because the protagonist wakes up one day and realises himself being transformed into a giant insect. Such transformation differs from people’s normal understanding of the term “metamorphosis”, which is often the process to transform something from an immature state to a relatively more mature state. However, Kafka’s protagonist transforms from the family’s support into a gigantic burden in just one night. In the reader’s eyes, it seems as if the title “Metamorphosis” refers more to the transformation of the protagonist’s family, which turns well after the protagonist’s death, rather than the protagonist himself.

This work, entitled “Metamorphosis”, is to be paired up with its Chinese name, “Po Kan”, which literally means “to break through a cocoon”. It depicts the moment of how a troublesome matter resolves, and the short instance right after the process. Similar to how a worm transforms into a cocoon, and then to a butterfly, after the process of metamorphosis, the short instance of beauty gradually changes, and eventually the butterfly faces death. In Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”, the protagonist’s family seems to have a bright life after the protagonist dies, but actually, no one knows what happens to them next. Nonetheless, everyone enjoys the moment of the transformation.

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Donemus congratulates Reinbert

On September 8th Reinbert de Leeuw will get 80! ASKO|Schönberg and others will celebrate this with a concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ with Barbara Hannigan and others. Donemus will have its part at the surprise to be presented to Reinbert….   

For Donemus, Reinbert de Leeuw is one of the greatest ambassadors for contemporary composers. We’re very grateful for his endless efforts to new repertoire. He gave many premieres, he took composers to other countries etc. etc. His impressive composition ‘Der Nächtliche Wanderer‘ is for sure one of the big jewels in the Donemus catalogue, with performances in the Concertgebouw, in Helsinki, at the BBC Proms etc.

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[Dutch] Het programma van vanavond blijft voor zowel De Leeuw als voor het publiek een verrassing. Divers wordt het zeker, met een keur aan (internationale) gasten met wie De Leeuw in zijn lange loopbaan samenwerkte. Hannigan zingt het muziekdrama Socrate van Erik Satie, dat zij en De Leeuw op een bejubelde cd hebben gezet.

Reinbert de Leeuw ís muziek. Hij richtte het Schönberg Ensemble op, kende megasucces met zijn opnames van Saties pianowerken, componeerde, dirigeerde, bewonderde en inspireerde. Zijn onvoorwaardelijke geloof in componisten als Goebaidoelina, Kurtág, Oestvolskaja, Kagel, Ligeti, Vivier en vele anderen heeft het muzieklandschap van de voorbije halve eeuw verrijkt. Uitzonderlijk is de band met zijn boezemvriend Louis Andriessen, die in de tweede seizoenshelft ook zijn 80e verjaardag viert in het Muziekgebouw.

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Reinbert de Leeuw at Donemus

Der Nächtliche Wanderer at the BBC Proms:

Sonic artist Roland Emile Kuit at ICAE2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the First Armenian Republic, Yerevan will host the “International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Armenia 2018. Soundlines of Contemporary Art”, which from September 25 to October 25 will engage the capital city with more than fifty international artists exhibiting in seven different locations around the city…   

“Soundlines of Contemporary Art”, curated by Mazdak Faiznia and Marina Hakobyan and created and organized by Shaula International LLC, is held under the high patronage of the Presidency of Armenia and the patronage of the Canadian Government, the Ministry of Culture of Armenia, the Ministry of Cultural Activities and Tourism of Italy, the cultural promotional project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy Vivere All’italiana, the Italian Embassy in Armenia. The event is further supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, the EU Delegation to Armenia and the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).

Composer and sonic artist Roland Emile Kuit at the Aram Khachaturian Museum

Composer and sonic artist Roland Emile Kuit is considered a pioneer of the art form generally referred to as “sound installation”. He introduced and taught this form of audio art at the Vrije Academie The Hague, as well to the installation area. A metamorphosis from the traditional speaker boxes into ‘sonic spaces’. 

Kuit’s sonic work ranges from experimental sound-architectural installations to acousmatic performances, often in cooperation with artists, designers and scientists. Kuit is researching chaotic systems, sound at atomic levels, morphology and decision-making processes beyond algorithm and stochastic approaches. 

Kuit lectures, performs/exhibits worldwide at universities, art galleries, museums and creative hubs.


Kuit was this year at the SONO Studios in Prague recording his latest work ‘Tactile Utterance’ for Tomas Rajlich with the Fama Q String Quartet. Kuit had the opportunity  to record a painting Tomas Rajlich in his atelier. For this occasion, Kuit had brought his ZOOM H6 recorder and connected 4 contact microphones to the canvas. As Rajlich was working, proportioning out and shaping the acrylic paint, Kuit managed to seize this sonic autograph in paint of Tomas Rajlich.

These recordings were taken back to the Netherlands to Kuit’s studio. Here he had to find ways to deal with these raw recordings. The idea was to create a quadraphonic sonic art space by processing the material into sonic art. Roland used the Kyma system to analyse these sounds in the spectral realm.

As Rajlich is modifying the appearance, hardness, flexibility, texture, and other characteristics of the paint surface, Kuit had to find a way to work likewise. Kuit’s idea of working in the spectral realm is that he can add more ways to deconstruct sound. He has now the possibility to separate frequencies, amplitudes and time, reconstructing sounds composing new textures.

Kuit created from acrylic sounds the spectra used by Oscillator Banks of 256 separate oscillators. Each oscillator is associated with a patial from the time-varying spectrum given in the Spectrum field. As a result this data is modulated and articulated into the ‘sonic space’. Air as canvas, acrilyc has a voice now.

Orlando Festival at Roduc

Visit the Orlando Festival at Rolduc/Kerkrade from August 9th to 19th. Orlando 2018 tries to present a fair share of baroque, classical, romantic, 20th century and 21st century repertoire. And in addition, as usual, a lot of attention for Dutch chamber music…

As guests of honour our composer-in-residence Louis Andriessen will hold a key position in this year’s programming. No less than 23 of Louis’ works, spanning a period of 60 years of composing, will be heard at this year’s Orlando Festival. From his early work in 1957 until his latest organ compostion from 2017! Louis will be present at the festival for a couple of days in order to rehearse as many pieces as possible with the Orlando musicians. Also will be performed the Septet by his teacher Kees van Baaren as well as two compositions of his former student Martijn Padding, who is now his successor as teacher in composing at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Visit the website of the Orlando Festival

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Kris Oelbrandt: trappist en componist

Kris Oelbrandt: Trappist of componist, wat komt eerst?
Die twee zijn zo vervlochten dat ik echt niet kan kiezen. Zelfs chronologisch valt er geen onderscheid te maken. Rond mijn 15de begonnen beide lijnen zich af te tekenen. Ik kwam in aanraking met de trappistenabdij van Zundert en was totaal ondersteboven. Het klopte gewoon!
Een tijdje later ben ik een week gaan meeleven. Ik herinner me nog het gevoel dat ik had tijdens de terugrit naar huis: de drukte van de wereld die terug op me afkwam. Ik miste al meteen het stille gemeenschapsleven. Op mijn 18de ben ik gaan aankloppen om in te treden. ‘Ga jij maar eerst muziek studeren’, zeiden de monniken. ‘Wij lopen niet weg.’

Wat trok jou als tiener zo aan in het trappistenleven?

(Lieve Wouters in KerkNet)

Het riep een gevoel op van in mijn vroege kindertijd toen mijn vader me meenam naar de mis. Ik was een tijdje misdienaar. Stil bij het altaar zat ik te luisteren naar wat ik niet begreep. Ik bekeek de glasramen, de kelk. Op een of andere manier sprak het tot mij. Ik voelde er vrede in.

Als puber raakte ik op een ander spoor, maar midden in die periode kwam ik in die stille omgeving en werd ik overmand door diezelfde sfeer van vroeger in de kerk. Mijn moeder fronste de wenkbrauwen toen ik zei dat ik een week wilde gaan meeleven, maar het mocht.

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Wonderfeel festival 2018!

The seven covered Wonderfeel stages are spread out within a short distance of each other on the 25 hectares of a stunning conservation area in ‘s-Graveland. These venues offer something for everyone: from baroque to minimal music, to jazz, world and pop music. You can listen to world-class musicians, the most exciting newcomers, and respected members of the musical establishment…
Several works of Donemus will be performed during this wonderful Wonderfeel Festival …   

Shapeshift o.l.v. Maxim Shalygin
Friday 17:30 – 18:30

Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs
Nothing is as sublime as wallowing in a good Requiem, and the crowning glory of many such magnificent pieces is often the tearful Lacrimosa. How can it be topped? Maxim Shalygin – a member of Dutch composers collective Shapeshift – rose to the challenge and created a compelling, entirely instrumental Lacrimosa in which seven violins convey the emotions usually expressed by the human voice. Hear this plea for forgiveness and reconciliation.
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Songs from the forest – Helana Basilova
De Schuur – Saturday 19:00 – 19:45

Helena Basilova presents a musical ode to the life and work of her father, as a follow-up to her ‘Letter in a Bottle’ about his forgotten compositions. Pianist and composer Helena Basilova presents a musical ode to the life and work of her father, as a follow-up to her ‘Letter in a Bottle’ about his forgotten compositions. Pianist and composer Alexander Basilov (1946-2007) was a student of Alfred Schnittke. Helena places her father’s music within the context of works by other Russian composers and includes images of the Russian forest where she spent her childhood summers, and where her father sought inspiration. (1946-2007) was a student of Alfred Schnittke. Helena places her father’s music within the context of works by other Russian composers and includes images of the Russian forest where she spent her childhood summers, and where her father sought inspiration.

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Duo Simons|Napolov – Canto Ostinato/Simeon ten Holt
Saturday 18:00 – 18:45

Konstantyn Napolov – marimba
Eke Simons – piano
Music that’s as refreshing as a visit to a spa, or having a lie-in at the weekend: Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt has a unique power. In this version for piano and marimba, Eke Simons and Konstantyn Napolov lift your spirits high above the concert stage. Observe the festival grounds slowly disappearing beneath you, and allow your entire being to relax during these 45 timeless minutes of pure pleasure in an all-natural setting.
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Canto Ostinato – Nederlands Saxofoon Octet
Sunday  11:00 – 12:00

Start your Sunday with Canto Ostinato of Simeon ten Holt by the Nederlands Saxfoon Octet!
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Maxim Shalygin – Blessing

Maxim Shalygin wrote a personal composition for a 25th anniversary. Written for tenor and string quartet, the work will be performed during the party organized by the happy couple…

Tenor Gábor Bálint and the Babylon Quartet will give the premiere. At a later moment, the work will be recorded and released on all main digital distribution channels such as Spotify, iTunes etc. Maxim Shalygin wrote the work on lyrics provided by the couple, a hymn text by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). The couple looks forward to this premiere at their party. The lyrics express their feelings. A composition like this is a treasure for the future, even for children and grandkids…

We bless the Lord, the just, the good,
Who fills our hearts with joy and food:
Who pours his blessings from the skies,
And loads our days with rich supplies. etc.

Dutch Music Days at Sacharov Art Festival

For already more than 15 years, Dutch Music Days get a special place in the program of the Sacharov Art Festival which takes place once in two years in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. Coming edition will be on June 5-6. The Netherlands Embassy in Russia will visit the performances…   

The opening concert program at the Philharmonic hall includes Saxophone Concerto by Hanna Kulenty (with Evgeny Novikov as soloist) and Morphic Waves by Joey Roukens by Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Peter Biloen.

The program of the second day Night of the Unexpected will be held in the National Center Contemporary ArtsNCCA Arsenal – and include a wide range of Dutch music, including Candy Box by Chiel Meijering, Lipstick and Grab it! by Jacob TV, Cloud Atlas by Douwe Eisenga, P.S. by Dmitry Kourliandski, Karaoke Etudes by Yannis Kyriakides performed by Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Evgeny Novikov (saxophone) and sound-artist Gert-Jan Prins.

More info about the concert on June 5th

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Night of the Unexpected