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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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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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