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Roland Kuit has been exploring and broadening the language of sound for over 25 years. On 23-06-2017, a special world premiere took place in the Kampa Museum – The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation in Prague (CZ). With this three part work “Tactile utterance”, Roland succeeded in expressing the 50 years of painting by Tomas Rajlich… 

 

Sonologist- composer Roland Emile Kuit balances on the interface between research, music and sound art. The new listening.

Roland Kuit has been exploring and broadening the language of sound for over 25 years. In search of new forms of listening Kuit started to create synthetic environments of sounds in the ’90’s. Resulting in sound exhibitions in art galleries followed by publications in art magazines as l’Orbe and Avenue Magazine, Sound On Sound Magazine and WIRED. To free these sound concepts from the traditional speaker boxes Kuit began the transition of his sounds into installations. Visualizing sound. F.i. The Electroacoustic Domestic Pet and his cityscape Paris, a Centre Pompidou rebuild tubed speaker wall.

Roland Kuit started studying the flute and piano at the Royal Conservatory The Hague but very quick switched to study electronic music at the Institute of Sonology in the 80’s. With teachers as Gottfried Michael Koenig, Werner Kaegi, Stan Tempelaars and Jaap Vink.  Among analogue studio techniques, Roland learned to develop programs for algorithmic composition and digital sound synthesis.
The electronic possibilities in music and sound are infinite and were the right tools for Kuit. Analogue and digital modular synthesizers and the KYMA system, a super computer for sound, are the instruments for Kuit. Sound is typically a ‘time thing’. With this system, Kuit can influence the present by events that will happen in the future. And vice versa. This is called Time Warping. And where an acoustic instrumentalist can create twenty articulations per second, the Kyma can do a thousand. Real-time analysis of sound of acoustical instruments or other sounds can be done perfectly with the computer algorithms, creating composition possibilities that are very interesting in the spectral realm.

In his early years Roland made the connection between the other disciplines as painting, ballet, sculpture and architecture. In 1996, Roland Kuit composed ‘The Rajlich Concept’ for the painter Tomas Rajlich. A work for violin, viola, double bass and synthesizer. Archives Center Pompidou.

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On 23-06-2017, a special world premiere took place in the Kampa Museum – The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation in Prague (CZ). This in honor of the exhibition Tomas Rajlich: Zcela abstraktní retrospektiva, an overview of the work of Tomas Rajlich. For this occasion Roland Kuit composed a KYMA extended string quartet. With this three part work “Tactile utterance”, Roland succeeded in expressing the 50 years of painting by Tomas Rajlich. The new ways in composition and research of physical modeling in spectral music Roland had experienced at the IRCAM in Paris and the computer algorithms came together in this work.

Part 1: BRUSH, from a pianissimo-bowed wood sounds to noise, to an elaborated crescendo of 8 minutes ending in a broad fortissimo textural cluster. The KYMA system producing spectral echoes of the strings sounds.
Part 2: MAZE, when we look at a grid, we see first concentrated – to open – to condensed again. This goes for both horizontal and vertical. The string quartet interpreted the ‘intersections’ by means of percussive violin sounds.
These sounds as a type of particles copied 100 times with the KYMA system, resulting in a noise wall. A riterando to the center of the piece made that these particles could be distinguished as single sounds. Of these single sounds, Roland made “spectral pictures” that could be smeared as suggestions to complement the grid lines. Followed by an acceleration to prestissimo particles again.
Part 3: SURFACE, multiphonics morphing to airy flageolets. The KYMA system creates algorithmic multiplexed sounds and dissolving into a muffled softness.
The audience was captivated for 24 minutes by the music produced by the famaQ string quartet and Roland Kuit. An eight minutes standing ovation followed.

To celebrate the centennial of the founding of the art movement De Stijl (2017), Kuit created a triptych for Dutch radio station Concertzender.

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Roland Kuit is a creative expert in De Stijl movement and electronic music.
We have a responsibility so see this with contemporary eyes and ears. To be radical as well with respect to the past. Kuit’s research started in the Mondrian house, House of Birth of the painter Piet Mondrian: Monads and Beyond. Together with the Dutch Light artist Karin Schomaker, researching Mondrian and movement in digital visual arts (2013).

All started with the special relationship between Piet Mondrian and composer – pianist Jacob van Domselaer. Between 1913 and 1917, Van Domselaer composed Proeven van Sijlkunst (Samples of Style in Art, for piano, 1916). The first combined relation between the horizontality and the verticality in music. Relating to the passivity and activity. A static balance. The tension lies into the metre, the perpendicular element. Supplemented by quasi-chaotic tone clusters.
Between 1950 and 1955, the Belgian composer and founder of the musical serialism Karel Goeyvaerts, managed to broaden this principle of the standing sound structures. Goeyvaerts stacked electronic created sinus tones on each other as sound objects. Additive synthesis. 
CAHIER-M published by the Dutch composer Dick Raaijmakers (2000) is about the morphology of electric sound. This inherently single-layered type of sound is discussed in the light of ‘neo-plastic’ music as suggested by the painter Piet Mondriaan in the 1920’s. He advocated a kind of music that consisted of single-layered, ‘single-colour’ electric sounds.

Roland Emile Kuit invented sound and elaborates upon this. He engages in research as a ‘sound architect’. Kuit constructed between 2010 and 2017 virtual electronic systems where spectral chaos was converted to serial sound constellations. Sounds that are captured at the atomic level and reduced to algorithmic trajectories. He used pure tones to create spectral building blocks. This means stacking energies to build harmonic sound planes. The diagonal aspect is obtained by phase differences. The spatial modus is setting this weighed points conscientiously in space to divide this spectrum and display it on a speaker maze.

On 9 July 2017 the World Premiere of Rietveld Pavilion took place in the sculpture park of the Kröller-Möller Museum in Otterlo. The Netherlands.
With this work, Kuit makes a connection between De STIJL constituted ideas, architecture, and today’s art.

Kuit’s output spans composition through sound art, sound-architectural installations, collaboration with experimental artists, designers and scientists, acousmatic performance and live electroacoustic improvisation. 
Research, imagination and technical association made him write his books about combined synthesis techniques. Lecturing at diverse universities and creating radio programs about electronic music giving him a platform to discuss his conceptual worlds. 
Roland Kuit performs on concert stages, art galleries and museums. 
His books about research in modular synthesis techniques, music and sound art are published by Donemus, Publishing House of Dutch Contemporary Classical Music.

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Highlighted Concerts: Vladimir Martynov, Joey Roukens & Patrick van Deurzen

This Summer, there will be interesting concerts with new music from Vladimir Martynov, Joey Roukens and Patrick van Deurzen… 

Vladimir Martynov

From June 25-27, Vladimir Martynov’s opera, ‘The Exercises and Dances of Guido‘, staged by Georgy Isaakyan, will be performed at the Moscow Youth Music Theater. The opera concerns modern music notation systems founded in 10th and 11th centuries by a Benedictine monk, Guido d’Arezzo.

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On July 19 and 20, the world premiere of the theater adaptation of Hemingway’s great novel, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, will take place at the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre in Russia. The play was commissioned by the International Tchekhov Theater Festival. Following the world premiere, there will be a second set of performances, on September 30 and October 1, also at the Vakhtangov Theatre. The stage direction, adaptation of the novel, and set design is by Anatoly Vassiliev, with music performed by Ensemble Opus Posth. The piece is dedicated to the centenary of the birth of renowned Russian conductor, Yuri Lyubimov.

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On July 23, Vladimir Martynov is a guest of the Festival Assisi Suono Sacro (Italy) for a composer portrait at the Cattedrale di San Rufino in Assisi. The program’s high-point will be the world premiere of ‘The Beatitudes‘ in the version specially made for ensemble Assisi Suono Sacro, with Martynov at the piano.

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Joey Roukens

On July 5, Joey Roukens’ orchestral piece ‘Morphic Waves‘ will have its Italian premiere in Rome with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Kristian Jarvi. The concert will take place during the outdoor summer festival, Luglio Suona Bene.

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Patrick van Deurzen

Patrick van Deurzen’sCimbalom concerto‘ was premiered April 29, 2017, with great enthusiasm and success. The 6th concerto in the Rotterdam Concerto Series at De Doelen, the concerto was inspired by the novel by Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, and features the unusual instrument, the cimbalom, as soloist. Recordings were made during the rehearsals and concert, and you can watch the trailer below to see highlights of the concert, as well as see fragments of interviews by the composer, conductor Conrad van Alphen, and soloist Jan Rokyta.

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Mahler, Symphony X

Complete Chronological Transcriptions of the Sketches, Short Scores and Orchestral Drafts of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony Nº X, edited by Frans Bouwman, now published by Donemus!
This transcription endeavors to provide an insight into the chronology of Mahler’s notation, to help clarify the development of Mahler’s own ideas and thus provide a scholarly grounding upon which future editors may base their editorial (and possibly compositional) decisions. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, it eschews any additions that did not originate from Mahler himself. It is intended as an easily accessible and comprehensible reference work for the music scholar, aspiring conductor or Mahler devotee.

Why this transcription?
Seven fully-fledged performing versions of Gustav Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony have now been published, all of which have been commercially recorded at least once. These efforts, together with recent books and articles on the subject, indicate an unabated interested in Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony. This transcription endeavors to provide an insight into the chronology of Mahler’s notation, to help clarify the development of Mahler’s own ideas and thus provide a scholarly grounding upon which future editors may base their editorial (and possibly compositional) decisions. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, it eschews any additions that did not originate from Mahler himself. It is intended as an easily accessible and comprehensible reference work for the music scholar, aspiring conductor or Mahler devotee.

Volumes
The present edition consists of three volumes:
Volume 1 presents chronological transcriptions of the orchestral drafts; occasionally, owing to lack of space in the supplementary Volume 2, Volume 1 also presents segments of the short scores.
Volume 2 is the supplementary volume, which contains the earlier stages of composition, plus chronological graphs of all the known manuscript material.
Volume 3 (i.e., the present volume) contains:
• Tables with descriptions of the manuscript pages.
• A detailed commentary about discrepancies among the sources, following the layout of the latest compositional stage (the orchestral draft, unless otherwise noted).

Reading the manuscript
The purpose of this edition is to present Mahler’s notation without editorial bias. The symphony was composed at great speed – the entire body of the manuscript was probably amassed in less than three months – and in the process of moving from preliminary sketches to increasingly elaborate drafts Mahler was not always precise, relying on experience to clarify some passages at a later stage (which would occasionally entail the crafting of necessary and appropriate counterpoint).

The most frequent difficulties in deciphering the manuscripts concern the legibility of the written pitches. Generally there are two types of problems:
• A clearly legible note that is apparently wrong.
• An ambiguously legible note that could be either right or wrong.

This edition does not eliminate seemingly obvious mistakes: it accurately presents what is evident in the manuscript and problematic places are discussed in the ‘Detailed commentary’.

Scholar Edition (three books) is available for € 202,50 (excl. VAT)

The Luxury Edition is available for € 285,00 (excl. VAT)

Maxim Shalygin – ballet ‘De zaak Carmen’

After the successful dance productions of Swan Lake and The Odyssey, choreographer Lonneke van Leth now presents “De zaak Carmen”. An impressive performance of 37 dancers, newly composed music by Maxim Shalygin, performed live by 11 musicians of the New European Ensemble, and a text written for the occasion by Martijn de Rijk for one actor and 24 singers… 

From August 25-27 at the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague there will be an exciting contemporary adaptation of Bizet’s classic opera, Carmen. After the successful dance productions of Swan Lake and The Odyssey, choreographer Lonneke van Leth now presents “De zaak Carmen”. The murder of Carmen has been resolved as soon as she was committed; her lover Don José confesses. However, the attorney-general cannot let go of the matter. Even in death, Carmen drags him into the darkness of the human mind: a place full of violence, longing, and alienation. An impressive performance of 37 dancers, newly composed music by Maxim Shalygin, performed live by 11 musicians of the New European Ensemble, and a text written for the occasion by Martijn de Rijk for one actor and 24 singers. All this in a setting by visual artist Vincent de Kooker.

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Welcome at Donemus, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky!

Donemus is honored to welcome Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, who has just signed a framework agreement with us. Rabinovitch-Barakovsky is acclaimed by critics and audiences as one of today’s most interesting composers, as a first-rate conductor, and as a gripping musical personality… 

Donemus is honored to welcome Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, who has just signed a framework agreement with us. Rabinovitch-Barakovsky is acclaimed by critics and audiences as one of today’s most interesting composers, as a first-rate conductor, and as a gripping musical personality. He is one of the first composers of minimalism, and since 1969 has connected the minimalist vision with a spiritual quest.

On June 30, July 1 and 2, Rabinovitch-Barakovsky’sRécit de voyage‘ (1976) for violin, cello, marimba, and piano, dedicated to the master-pianist Alexey Lubimov, will be used in the final section, ‘Marimba Dances‘, of a spectacular ballet evening with young choreographers by the Bayerische Staatsballet. The performances are part of the prestigious Munich Opera Festival.

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Highlighted Composer: Marijn Simons

On July 30, Marijn Simons’ ‘Chamber Concerto’ will be premiered at the Delft Chamber Music Festival. Performers will be Liza Ferschtman and Colin Currie, among others. Other upcoming premieres include ‘Quartet’ and ‘Étoile de la mer’… 

On July 30, Marijn Simons’ ‘Chamber Concerto‘ will be premiered at the Delft Chamber Music Festival. Performers will be Liza Ferschtman and Colin Currie, among others. The composer about his latest work: “There is no score of ‘Chamber Concerto’, since every musician must play his or her part in an independent tempo from the others and without any synchronization. Thus creating a ‘Chamber Concerto’ for four soloists, each one playing his or her part with a maximum of individual expression, intensity and stage presence.

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Upcoming premieres and projects

After the success of Simons’ first opera, ‘Emilia Galotti‘, the Koblenz Theatre has commissioned a new piece from him, this time a ballet based on Heiner Müller’s ‘Quartet‘, choreography by Steffen Fuchs. Music will be performed by the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie and Mino Marani. The world premiere is on September 20, 2017. The last two performances, on December 20 and 29, will be conducted by the composer himself.

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On May 18, 2018, the Netherlands Radio Choir and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic will perform Simons’ newly commissioned ‘Étoile de la mer‘.

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Marijn Simons’ ‘Symphony no. 2‘ has just been released on iTunes.

The symphony has traversed its path toward, through, and past Mahler to arrive at a place of timeless wonder – the depot’s props fallen into dust, its doors thrown open to the morning sun.” – Christopher Hailey

 

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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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