Rozalie Hirs


Venus mission completed

Zaha Hadid's Bach Pavilion; Rozalie Hirs's percussion set up for her composition 'Venus' (2010), Holland Festival, Amsterdam

It’s a delight to have completed the mastering of my composition Venus (2010) together with Guido Tichelman today. It has been a long process. Venus for six percussionists and electronic sounds was commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag for Holland Festival 2010. It was premiered in the Bach Pavilion by Zaha Hadid at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 8 June 2010. Venus is inspired by the pavilion’s loops and twists, and by the sixxen, a set of percussion instruments especially devised for Xenakis’ Pleiades in 1989. The Moebius loop of Hadid’s pavilion reminded me of the trajectory of the planet Venus in the sky as seen from the earth, when compared over the course of many nights.

The recording by Guido Tichelman of the three movements of Venus, [morning star], [invisible], and [evening star], took place at Philipszaal, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in February 2012. The recording was supported by Henk Heuvelmans/ Gaudeamus/ Muziek Centrum Nederland. The second and third movement Venus [invisible] and Venus [evening star] were mixed and mastered in the summer of 2012. The mixing and mastering of the first movement Venus [morning star] has been waiting until the summer of 2015 to be completed.

The brand-new CD of Slagwerk Den Haag, also featuring compositions by Xenakis, Ayres, van Rossum, Adriaansz, Yudo, Johnson, will be presented at the opening concert of Gaudeamus Music Week at Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 9 September 2015. The complete recording of Venus will be posted on Soundcloud soon.


New sounds in the cloud: article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012)

Fie Schouten: article7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) by Rozalie Hirs

One more music composition has been posted to SoundCloud and can be listened to online: the relatively recent article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) for bass clarinet and electronic sounds, by Rozalie Hirs, commissioned by and dedicated to Fie Schouten with financial support from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. The world premiere took place at 11 November 2012 at November Music.

article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) was the starting point for a new series of compositions that are all intrinsically related: article 6 [six waves] (2013) for electric guitar and electronics sounds, article 8 [infinity] (2014) for flute and electonic sounds, and Infinity Stairs (2014) for flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar, and electronic sounds, premiered on 17 September 2014 at Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by Shanna Gutierrez, Fie Schouten, Wiek Hijmans, Christian Karlsen (conductor), and Arne Bock (sound projection).


New portrait photograph by Sara Anke Morris

Rozalie Hirs (Portrait photgraph: ©2015 Sara Anke Morriis) Amsterdam, 8 August 2015

Last week the Belgian photographer Sara Anke Morris took a series of photographs to accompany a new interview by Griet Menschaert for Gonzo (Circus) Magazine. The interview is about the forthcoming lauch of my Curvices Amsterdam app at the tenth anniversary weekend of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, on 11 September 2015 and the tenth anniversary event of Klankenbos, Neerpelt, Belgium, on 18 October, 2015. Photographs and interview shall appear in the forthcoming issue of Gonzo (Circus) Magazine next month. This photograph can be used free of charge, for non commercial purposes only, as long as it’s accompanied by the following credit line: ©2015 Sara Anke Morris.