Rozalie Hirs

2015-11-12

Infinity Stairs

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On 12 November 2015 at 20:30 CET the trio Sonic Hedgehog plays their second concert at Café De Ruimte, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Sonic Hedgehog is the result of a collaboration between the Dutch musicians Fie Schouten (bass clarinet) and Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar) and the American flutist Shanna Gutierrez, who were brought together by the Dutch composer Rozalie Hirs for the premiere of her composition Infinity Stairs in 2014. In Rozalie Hirs’ Infinity Stairs three independent solo pieces are joined into a cohesive whole, simultaneously sustaining and abandoning the soloist individuality of the three performers. Fredrick Gifford’s Adage of Spontaneity creates a meta-instrument, which below the calm surface is extremely active in subtly shifting colours.

Erin Gee’s new work for Sonic Hedgehog focuses specifically on the fringe articulations sounds of the mouth during normal vocal production, working with special mouth microphones and cameras that can capture the percussive pops, clicks and air sounds that surround each phoneme that is produced. The program begins and ends with the early Renaissance music of Dufay as a means of accentuating the broad color range of the instruments and the deep-rooted connection with contemporary music. The three polyphonic voices in Dufay’s works allude to the contrapuntal textures and the use of timbres in the other pieces of the program.

Date: 2015-11-12
Time: 20:30 CET
Location: Café De Ruimte, Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Shanna Gutierrez (flutes), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Erin Gee (voice)



Performance by ASKO|Schönberg

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Very happy with yesterday’s premiere of The honeycomb conjecture performed by Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor) and ASKO|Schönberg at the closing concert of NOW! Prismen 2015 at the Philharmonie Essen, Germany. Above is a photograph of the dress rehearsal in the afternoon. Below is a photograph taken just after the performance.

Special thanks to Philharmonie Essen for commissioning the new composition, to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider, to Jan Panis for sound projection in the hall, to Justus Vriesen for being such an impeccable producer, to Fedor Teunisse for his moral support, and to Wim Vos and Günther Steinke for programming the piece in the first place, along with such heroes as Vivier, Saariaho, and Lachenmann.

Extra special thanks to Machiel Spaan and Maria van Daalen for their love and friendship during the creative process.

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2015-11-08

The honeycomb conjecture (2015) – world premiere

Asko|Schönberg

On 8 November 2015 at 17:00 CET ASKO|Schönberg presents the closing concert of NOW! Prismen 2015 at the Philharmonie Essen, Germany. Part of this Spectral program are works by Helmut Lachenmann, Kaija Saariaho and Claude Vivier, as well as the world premiere of The honeycomb conjecture, a new work for large ensemble and electronic sounds by Rozalie Hirs, commissioned by Philharmonie Essen.

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

Programme

Claude Vivier – Et je reverrai cette ville étrange
Kaija Saariaho – Graal theâtre
Rozalie Hirs – The honeycomb conjecture world premiere
Helmut Lachenmann – Mouvement – vor der Erstarrung

→ Nederlands

Date: 2015-11-08
Time: 17:00 CET
Location: Festival NOW!, Philharmonie Essen (Alfried Krupp Saal), Essen, Germany
Performers: ASKO|Schönberg
World premiere of The honeycomb conjecture, a new work for large ensemble and electronic sounds by Rozalie Hirs. Commissioned by Philharmonie, Essen, Germany, for Festival NOW! Prismen.



Interview, Harry Mulisch Festival, De Balie [invitation]

Harry Mulisch Festival 2015

On 6 November 2015 at 23:00-23:45 CET Jeroen Vullings will interview Rozalie Hirs at De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at the occasion of the Harry Mulisch Festival. Topics will include poetry, music, literature, digital arts, new media. Welcome!

This event is part of Het Mirakel, a series of interviews by Jeroen Pullings that evening on the integration of science and other art forms in literature. The guests are psychologist Inge Schilperoord (20:00 CET), designer Marlies Dekkers (21:00 CET), actor Thijs Römer (22:00 CET), and composer Rozalie Hirs (23:00 CET).

The full programme of the festival can be viewed here. The Festival is organized by Letterkundig Museum, The Netherlands.