Rozalie Hirs


Book presentation Han van der Vegt

Han van der Vegt: Navigatiesystemen (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek, 2015))

On 28 January 2015 at 20:30 CET the new poetry book Navigatiesystemen (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek, 2015) by Han van der Vegt is presented at Perdu, Kloverniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, with a poetry reading by himself. Additional performances by the poets Onno Kosters, Jacob Groot, and Rozalie Hirs. Furthermore, Frank Keizer and Johan Herrenberg present essays on the new poetry book. A reception closes the event.

Date: 2015-09-28
Time: 20:30
Location: Perdu, Kloverniersburgwal 86, 1012 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Han van der Vegt, Onno Kosters, Jacob Groot, Rozalie Hirs, Frank Keizer, Johan Herrenberg


Poet at Reverse, Copenhagen, Denmark


From 25 until 27 September 2015, Aleksandr Skidan (RUS), Eugene Ostashevsky (RUS) and Mónica de la Torre (MEX/US), Lars Skinnebach (DK), Ann Jäderund (SE), Elaine Feeney (IR), Mira Gonzalez (US), Uljana Wolf (DE), Cia Rinne (FIN), Yoko Tawada (DE/JAP), Caroline Bergvall (FR/NO), and Rozalie Hirs (NL) are among the poets of this year’s REVERSE International Poetry Festival, FKA Copenhagen International Poetry Festival. The festival takes place at Literaturhaus in Copenhagen, Denmark. For upcoming events you can stay in touch with REVERSE through Facebook.


Date: 2015-09-25
Location: REVERSE, Literaturhaus, Møllegade 7, 2200 København N, Denmark

Reverse Poetry Festival, Copenhagen [invitation]


If you happen to be in Copenhagen this weekend, do join us at REVERSE International Poetry Festival – will be reading at ARK BOOKS, Møllegade 10, 2200 Copenhagen N, this Saturday 26 September 2015 at 18:00 and performing electroacoustic works with poetry at LITERATURHAUS, Møllegade 7, 2200 Copenhagen N, this Sunday 26 September 2015 at 21:00. With sound diffusion by Arne Bock. Other featured poets are Cia Rinne, Uljana Wolf, Caroline Bergvall, and many others. Looking forward to a total poetry immersion.


Opening of the Amsterdam Poetry Season

Paul Rodenko

Op 18 September 2015 the literary venue Perdu in Amsterdam opens its new season with a special programme around the experimental poetry anthology Met twee maten by Paul Rodenko (Amsterdam: Bert Bakker; 1954). The following poets will write new works especially for the evening, and perform and discuss what they’ve written: Mathijs Tratsaert, Hélène Gelèns, Ellen Deckwitz, Paul Bogaert, Alfred Schaffer, and Rozalie Hirs.

Date: 2015-09-18
Time: 20:30 CET
Location: Perdu, Kloveniersbrugwal 86, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Mathijs Tratsaert, Hélène Gelèns, Ellen Deckwitz, Paul Bogaert, Alfred Schaffer, Rozalie Hirs


Curvices Amsterdam at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ – opening

Rozalie Hirs: Curvices app (2013) closeup

During the 2015/16 season the Curvices Amsterdam (2015) poetry and music app by Rozalie Hirs is featured at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the occasion of its tenth anniversary. The launch takes place on 11 September 2015 at 17:00 CET at the terrace of Restaurant Zouthaven. Composer/poet Rozalie Hirs and architect Machiel Spaan talk about the brandnew installation around Muziekgebouw and take the audience on a guided tour. The launch is followed by a reception.

Curvices (2013) is a digital application, a virtual poetry and sound installation for mobile devices by Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice), Cox & Grusenmeyer (design, animations), Yvan Vander Sanden (software design, realisation), and Machiel Spaan (spatial design), based on the poetry book Curvices and Musicles by Rozalie Hirs. It is location specific and was originally commissioned by Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, for Klankenbos, the first open-air museum for sound art in Europe. The brandndew version Curvices Amsterdam, location specific to the space around Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, is a birthday gift from Rozalie and was made possible with financial support by M3H Architecten.

The app is open to the public around the clock from 11 September 2015 until 15 September 2016. You can download the app for free with the QR code provided on the day of its launch.

Date: 2015-09-11
Time: 17:00 CET
Location: Terrace (outside Restaurant Zouthaven), Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Rozalie Hirs, Machiel Spaan (lecure & guided tour)

Curvices Amsterdam [invitation]


You are cordially invited to the launch of Curvices Amsterdam (2015) on Friday 11 September 2015 at 17:00, at the terrace of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (next to Restaurant Zouthaven), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Rozalie Hirs and Machiel Spaan will introduce the work and take you on a guided tour exploring the area around Muziekgebouw and Pakhuis de Zwijger.

Curvices Amsterdam (2015) is an audiovisual mobile application that accompanies you on a walk around Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. By changing location, you codetermine the development of the music and the poetry. Exploring the terrain, you probe sounds and words, you make a journey along the river IJ in as many steps as you like.

Curvices Amsterdam (2015) was developed at the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, with financial support of M3H Archtecten. The original Curvices (2013) was commissioned by Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, for the open-air sound art museum Klankenbos, with financial support of a Composition Stipend 2012-13 of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

You can download the Curvices Amsterdam app for free from iTunes, the App Store, and Google Play. The app is location specific and will only work at the indicated area between Muziekgebouw and Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, during the 2015-16 season (11 September 2015 – 14 September 2016).

New CD Six by Slagwerk Den Haag


Delighted that Venus, commissioned by/ dedicated to Slagwerk Den Haag and premiered at Holland Festival 2010, is now available as a recording. Yesterday the brand-new CD by Slagwerk Den Haag Six, with works for percussion sextet, was presented at the opening of Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht. The CD features works by Iannis Xenakis, Peter Adriaansz, Maarten Altena, Luiz Yudo, Tom Johnson, and Rozalie Hirs, as well as a bonus track by Steve Reich. More information on the CD can be found here.

New sounds in the cloud: In LA (2003, 2010 English version)

The electroacoustic composition In LA (2003, 2010 English version) by Rozalie Hirs, based on her own poetry, in a performance by Arnold Marinissen, is now on SoundCloud. In LA (2003, Dutch version) was composed as a portrait of the composer Louis Andriessen and is dedicated to him. The text is based on an interview with Andriessen that Hirs conducted in 2003 inquiring after his first memories. In 2010 Hirs translated the piece into English. In LA (2003, 2010) is inspired by the psychoacoustic Cocktail Party Effect, which was taken as a metaphor for the act of remembering, for ‘hearing’ a particular stream of memories within a cacophony of competing memories during its emergence into consciousness. In LA is the second track on the portrait CD Pulsars (Amsterdam: Attacca Productions, 2010) featuring Hirs’ electroacoustic compositions and poetry.

Curvices Amsterdam (2015)

RozalieHirsCurvices-Amsterdam Poster-Muziekgebouw-aan-t-IJ-2015

Download PDF [Nederlands]


1. Program notes
2. Technical details
3. Opening, entrance

Program notes

Curvices Amsterdam (2013, 2015) is an interactive poetry and song cycle, a virtual poetry and music installation, for cell phones and mobile devices, that accompanies you on your walk around the concert venue Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. By changing location you codetermine the development of the music and the poetry. Where are you? What do you hear? Is it indigenous birds that are singing in the forest or do you hear birds from Portugal through your cell phone? Is it a siren you hear or is it the wind? By exploring the terrain you probe sounds and words, you make a journey through the forest, around the world, in as many steps as you like.

The space around Muziekgebouw and along the broad river IJ have been spatially designed, i.e. divided, by architect Machiel Spaan into nineteen zones, virtual spaces. Each of the zones has its own composition and poem, written and composed by Rozalie Hirs, and an animation, designed by Cox & Grusenmeyer. Yvan Vander Sanden designed the software and programmed the app. The soundapp and interactive poetry and song cycle Curvices Amsterdam registers your location through the GPS on your cell phone or tablet. If you enter a new zone, the corresponding composition sounds and the animation becomes visible. If you are between zones, you hear a recognizable interlude full of birds and sparkling overtones.

The original Curvices (2013) app was written and composed by Rozalie Hirs, commissioned by Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, for the open-air sound art museum Klankenbos, with financial support of a Composition Stipend 2012-13 of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. Curvices Amsterdam (2015) was adapted for the spaces around Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, at the occasion of its tenth anniversary, with financial support of M3H Archtecten.

Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice)
Cox & Grusenmeyer (design, animation)
Yvan vander Sanden (software design, realization)
Machiel Spaan (spatial design)

Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar)
Patricio Wang (bass guitar)
Martín Ibarburu (drums)
Magnus Robb (birdsong recordings)
Carlos Dalla-Fiore (mixing, mastering)
Mathijs de Valk (technical assistance)

Technical details


The composition Curvices (2013) consists of ten tracks and an interlude:
A Six destinations (2013) duration 3’32”
B Aurora borealis (2013) duration 4’49”
C This singing of tongues (2013) duration 1’58”
D Ladders of escape (2013) duration 3’37”
E Too many snakes here (2013) duration 2’26”
F Climbing a small rock (2013) duration 3’01”
G Substance of memory (2013) duration 2’03”
H Proofs of love (2013) duration 3’40”
J Words roll into brightness (2013) duration 2’44”
K Lines of moving about desert, salt water, cities (2013) duration 1’30”
Interlude (2013) duration 17’32”

speaking voice (A, B, D, E, F, G, K)
vocals (C, H, J)
electric guitar (C, H, J)
bass guitar (A, C, H, J, K)
drums (A, C, H, J, K)
electronic and electroacoustic sounds

The music for Curvices (2013) was composed by Rozalie Hirs on the basis of her bibliophile poetry collection Curvices and Musicles (Bleiswijk: Studio 3005, 2013). The book is designed, set, and hand printed by Marc Vleugels.
Rozalie Hirs: Curvices and Musicles (Bleiswijk: Studio 3005, 2013) Chapbook cover

Lines of movement. Mark six destinations of your
choice on a map of your choice. The destinations may
possess significantly different histories, ages,
numbers of inhabitants, and snackbars. Trace six
different paths of your choice from [here] to each
of the destinations, adding up to thirty-six different
paths. Add one more path connecting all six places,
preferably with the shortest possible distance, taking
into account unsurmountable obstacles such as mountains,
lakes. Buy one pair of new shoes. Pack your backpack.
With what? A tent, sleeping bag, gun?

The total duration of the entire compostion is 47’11”. The duration of the sound walk is determined by each individual visitor.

Opening, entrance

11 September 2015, 17:00 CET, Terrace of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (next to Restaurant Zouthaven), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Official opening with a guided tour and lecture by Rozalie Hirs and Machiel Spaan.

From 11 September 2015 until 14 September 2016 the installation is permanently accessible to the public, and free of entrance fee, at the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam.. The Curvices Amsterdam sound and poetry app (2015) is available as a free download iTunes (for iPhones, and iPads), and Google Play (for Android phones and tablets). Please note that the Curvices Amsterdam app is location specific, hence it only works when actually present around Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.