Rozalie Hirs

2014-11-27

Lichtende Drift (2014) – world premiere

Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

On 27 November 2014 Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (principal player and artistic director) perform a new work by Rozalie Hirs for string orchestra, commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

In her youth Rozalie developed an early affection for the works by Béla Bartók, starting with the works for piano solo, soon to be followed by the works for strings: his string quartets, duos for two violins, violin concertos, Divertimento for strings, and Music for Strings, Celesta and Percussion.

Hirs’s new work is written in reply to Bartók’s Divertimento. She regards it as an honor to be performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta alongside her first musical hero. Further compositions in the program are Fugue on the name B.A.C.H. by Robert Schumann and Concerto Funebre by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. The soloist of the evening is violinist Isabelle Faust.

The instrumentation of the new work by Hirs is 6-6-5-4-2 (6 first violins, 6 second violins, 5 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses).

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Date: 2014-11-27
Time: 20:15
Location: Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Piet Heinkade 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (principal player)
World premiere of a new composition commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta



Lichtende Drift [invitation]

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of Lichtende Drift, the brand-new composition for twenty-three part string orchestra, commissioned by and and dedicated to Candida Thompson and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, with financial support of Netherlands Fonds Podiumkunsten.

Yesterday the public in Concertzaal Tilburg already had a chance to hear the composition after the lovely interview with Rob van Steen during the preconcert program.

Tonight it will open the concert at the contemporary music series Donderdagavondserie at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ. Before the concert Thea Derks will talk about the program and interview me about the new work and its compositional ideas. Welcome!

Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Upper Foyer deck, 19:15 CET: Preconcert talk & interview by Thea Derks
Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Main Hall, 20:15 CET: Concert

Rozalie Hirs – Lichtende Drift WP
Robert Schumann – Fugue on the name of B.A.C.H.
Karl Amadeus Hartmann – Concerto funèbre for violin and string orchestra (featuring Isabelle Faust, violin)
Béla Bartók – Divertimento

Stage rehearsal of Lichtende Drift by Rozalie Hirs, performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, at Concetrtzaal Tilburg, The Netherlands, on 26 November 2014

Rozalie Hirs: Closeup of the score Lichtende Drift (2014); Dedication to Candida Thompson and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, November 2014

(pictures above: rehearsal of Lichtende Drift at Concertzaal Tilburg, 26 November 2014 & close-up of the dedication on the first page of the score on one of the music stands of Amsterdam Sinfonietta)

(picture below: rehearsal of Lichtende Drift at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 19 November 2014)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta rehearsal of 'Lichtende Drift' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs, at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 19 November 2014


2014-11-26

Lichtende Drift (2014) – try-out

Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

On 26 November 2014 at 20:00 CET Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (principal player and artistic director) perform the try-out of a new work by Rozalie Hirs for string orchestra, commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Furthermore Rob van Steen interviews Rozalie about her compositional ideas, and the new work.

In her youth Rozalie developed an early affection for the works by Béla Bartók, starting with the works for piano solo, soon to be followed by the works for strings: his string quartets, duos for two violins, violin concertos, Divertimento for strings, and Music for Strings, Celesta and Percussion.

Hirs’s new work is written in reply to Bartók’s Divertimento. She regards it as an honor to be performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta alongside her first musical hero. Further compositions in the program are Fugue on the name B.A.C.H. by Robert Schumann and Concerto Funebre by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. The soloist of the evening is violinist Isabelle Faust.

The instrumentation of the new work by Hirs is 6-6-5-4-2 (6 first violins, 6 second violins, 5 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses).

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Date: 2014-11-26
Time: 20:00
Location: Concertzaal Tilburg, Louis Bouwmeesterplein 1, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Performers: Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (principal player)
Try-out of a new composition commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta



Rozalie Hirs and Amsterdam Sinfonietta

This is a photograph of Rozalie Hirs being interviewed before the world premiere of her brandnew music composition Lichtende Drift (2014), commisioned and performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (artistic director, principal player) in Tilburg, The Netherlands. With financial support of the Netherlands Foundation of Performing Arts.

Below is the listening link to an excerpt of Lichtende Drift (2014) by Rozalie Hirs on YouTube.




article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] [invitation]

Solo recital by Fie Schouten at Chiesa San Gregorio, Treviso, Italy on 9 November 2014 - L'Arsenale/ Nuova Musica Treviso (photograph by Ensemble L'arsenale)

You are cordially invited to the solo recital by Fie Schouten (bass clarinet) today at 17:30 CET at Chiesa di San Gregorio, Treviso, Italy. She performs article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] by Rozalie Hirs, and works by Ig Henneman, Robin de Raaff, David Dramm, Mauricio Kagel. The concert is part of Festival L’arsenale/ Nuova Musica a Treviso. Welcome!

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2014-11-08

Nadir (2014) – Dutch premiere

Quatuor Bozzini (photograph: Michael Slobodian) at November Music with a new work by Rozalie Hirs

On 8 November 2014 at 19:00 Bozzini Quartet will present the Dutch premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. In 2011 and 2012 the exquisite Bozzini Quartet, based in Montréal, toured Hirs’s first string quartet Zenit (2010) in Canada, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The new work is scored for two violins, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The sounds are synthesized from sinetones through additive synthesis. The other pieces on the programme are a new work by Frederik Neyrinck and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat. (photograph: Michael Slobodian)

With special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Arne Bock for the sound projection in the hall.

Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

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Date: 2014-11-08
Time: 19:00
Location: November Music, Muziekcentrum De Toonzaal, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Performers: Bozzini Quartet
New musical work commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music



Nadir [invitation]

Bozzini Quartet performing 'Nadir' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at Cenakel, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 28 October 2014

You are cordially invited to the Netherlands premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs, performed by Bozzini Quartet, today at 19:00 CET at November Music, De Toonzaal, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The other pieces on the program are Gestalt X (2014) by Frederik Neyrinck, also a Netherlands premiere, and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat. Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

With special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Arne Bock for the sound projection in the hall.

Photograph: Bozzini Quartet performing Nadir (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at Cenakel, Tilburg, The Netherlands, on 28 October 2014.


2014-11-07

Tribute to Gerrit Kouwenaar

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On 7 November 2014 at 19:00 CET a group of Dutch poets will perform in tribute of Gerrit Kouwenaar (1923-2014). They will read his selected poems Vallende Stilte (Amsterdam: uitgeverij Querido, 2008) at Perdu, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Date: 2014-11-07
Time: 19:00
Location: Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Jan Kuijper, Merijn Schipper, Thomas Möhlmann, Han van der Vegt, Mustafa Stitou, Rozalie Hirs, Bernke Klein Zandvoort, Lucas Hirsch, Hélène Gelèns, Martijn Den Ouden, Liesbeth Lagemaat, Neeltje Maria Min, Pieter Boskma, Johan Herrenberg



Curvices Den Bosch music and poetry app [invitation]

Rozalie Hirs: Curvices music and poetry app (track: Proofs of Love)

From today onwards the Curvices music and poetry app is a permanent virtual installation at De Citadel in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The app is available as a free download for iOS (iPhone and iPad) or Android (all other phones and tablets) or through scanning the OR code below. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00-17:00. The app is loation specific and only works when present on the grounds of De Citadel in Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

Enjoy!

Curvices (2013) is a digital application, a virtual poetry and sound installation for mobile devices, based on the poetry book Curvices and Musicles by Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice), Cox & Grusenmeyer (design, animations), Yvan Vander Sanden (software design, realisation), and Machiel Spaan (spatial design).

[PDF English Curvices Den Bosch]
[PDF Nederlands Curvices Den Bosch]

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Adapted for De Citadel, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, at the kind invitation by November Music, 2014. Commissioned by Klankenbos / Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, 2013. With financial support from a Composition Stipend 2012-2013 from Fonds Podiumkunsten. In collaboration with Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Patricio Wang (bass guitar), Martín Ibarburu (drums), Carlos Dalla-Fiore (mixing, mastering), Matthijs de Valk (technical assistance). Special thanks to Magnus Robb for giving permission for the use of his bird song recordings.

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(photographs: walking with the Curvices app in Klankenbos, Neerpelt)


2014-11-07

Curvices Den Bosch music and poetry app – opening

Rozalie Hirs: Curvices music and poetry app (track: Proofs of Love)

From 7 November 2014 onwards the Curvices music and poetry app is a permanent virtual installation at De Citadel in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The app is available as a free download for iOS (iPhone and iPad) or Android (all other phones and tablets) or through scanning the OR code below. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00-17:00. The app is loation specific and only works when present on the grounds of De Citadel in Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

Curvices (2013) is a digital application, a virtual poetry and sound installation for mobile devices, based on the poetry book Curvices and Musicles by Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice), Cox & Grusenmeyer (design, animations), Yvan Vander Sanden (software design, realisation), and Machiel Spaan (spatial design).

Adapted for De Citadel, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, at the kind invitation by November Music, 2014. Commissioned by Klankenbos / Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, 2013. With financial support from a Composition Stipend 2012-2013 from Fonds Podiumkunsten.

[PDF English Curvices Den Bosch]
[PDF Nederlands Curvices Den Bosch]

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Date: 2014-11-07
Location: De Citadel, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Performers: Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice, vocals), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Patricio Wang (bass guitar), Martín Ibarburu (drums), Carlos Dalla-Fiore (mixing, mastering), Matthijs de Valk (technical assistance). Special thanks to Magnus Robb for giving permission for the use of his bird song recordings.
Commissioned by Klankenbos / Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, 2013. With financial support from a Composition Stipend 2012-2013 from Fonds Podiumkunsten.

2014-11-06

Roseherte – world premiere of the new version for orchestra

November Music: Perfromance of 'Roseherte' by Rozalie Hirs at opening concert, 6 November 2014During the opening concert of November Music 2014 on Thursday 6 November 2014 Roseherte (2008) by Rozalie Hirs will be performed by Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
In its original version this work is scored for a ninety-piece symphony orchestra & electronic sounds. On 6 November 2014 a brandnew version for forty-two piece orchestra & electronic sounds will be played. The new instrumentation is 2222.2221.arp.2perc.pf.66442 & electronic sounds. For more info on the composition, please visit its main page.

Special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in CSound and to Jan Panis for sound projection in the hall.

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Date: 2014-11-06
Time: 19:30
Location: November Music, Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
Performers: philharmonie zuidnederland
World premiere of the new version for small orchestra, commissioned by November Music.



Roseherte [invitation]

Rehearsal of 'Roseherte' (2008; 2014, arrangement) by Rozalie Hirs with Bas Wiegers and Philharmonie Zuidnederland

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of the new arrangement of Roseherte for 42 players and electronic sounds (version for 90 players and electronic sounds, 2008; 2014) at the opening concert of November Music tonight at 20:00 CET at Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The performers are Bas Wiegers (conductor) and Philharmonie Zuidnederland. For more info on the composition, please visit its main page.

Concert program:

Rozalie Hirs – Roseherte
Stian Westerhus – The Redundance 40 (ft. Stian Westerhus)

– intermission –

Kate Moore – Days & Nature
Valgeir Sigurdsson – No Nights Dark Enough (ft. Valgeir Sigurdsson)

It would be great to see you at the concert and have a drink together afterwards.

(photograph: rehearsal of Roseherte with Bas Wiegers and Philharmonie Zuidnederland in Philipszaal, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 4 November 2014)