Rozalie Hirs

2017-10-28

Poetry performance during Geestdrift Festival

At the invitation of Joost Baars, the poets Edwin Fagel, Willem Jan Otten, and Rozalie Hirs perform alongside him during Geestdrift Festival at Geertekerk, Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 28 October 2017.

Geestdrift is a festival around theological themes with lectures, readings, literature, visual arts, and music. This year’s theme concerns the radical hermeneutics and weak theology of John Caputo, who opens the festival at noon with a keynote lecture entitled ‘In search of a god worthy of the name’. The poetry readings by Joost Baars, Edwin Fagel, Willen Jan Otten, and Rozalie Hirs take place from 15:45-16:45 CET. The photograph on the left shows Dette Glashouwer who presents her theatre show ‘Money money money’ later in the afternoon.

The Geertekerk in Utrecht is one of the oldest churches in the city: its construction began in the 17th Century. It was remodeled during the 19th Century and has been one of the spiritual and cultural centers of eastern Holland ever since. Apart from fulfilling the religious needs of its parishioners, the Geertekerk also hosts musical and cultural performances, and exhibitions.

Date: 2017-10-28
Time: 15:45-16:45 CET
Location: Geertekerk, Geertekerkhof 23, 3511 XC Utrecht, The Netherlands

2017-10-27

Uit het nest geroofd (Robbed from the nest)

From 27 October until 26 November 2017 the poetry exhibition Uit het nest geroofd (Robbed from the nest) shows twenty poems of the Dutch and Flemish poets Abdelkader Benali, Julie Beirens, Bernard Dewulf, Astrid Haerens, Stefan Hertmans, Rozalie Hirs, Esther Jansma, Frank Keizer, Nafiss Nia, Iduna Paalman, David Van Reybrouck, Bart Van der Straeten, Marc Tritsmans, Maud Vanhauwaert, Miriam Van hee, Geert Viaene, Jante Wortel, Kira Wuck, and Geert Beeckman, selected by Jozef Deleu, publisher of Liegend Konijn. The poems are accompanied by visual art works by Raf Coorevits, Lodewijk Deleu, Sam Dillemans, Johan Tahon, and Tom Vanrijckegem.

The exhibition is an initiative of Cultuur Centrum De Steiger, Menen, Belgium, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the literary magazine Liegend Konijn. The exhibition is opened on 27 October 2017 at 19:30 CET and closed on 26 November 2017 at 11:00 CET with performances by Maud Vanhauwaert, Bart Van der Straeten, and Bernard Dewulf, Astrid Haerens respectively. The hosts is Griet Vanryckegem. With an introduction by Chiel Vandenberghe and Jozef Deleu. The events are to be concluded by a reception.

Date: 2017-10-27
Time: 19:30 CET
Location: Cultuur Centrum De Steiger, Waalvest 1, 8930 Menen, Belgium

2017-10-22

Luisterhuis (The Listening house; 2017), Dutch Design Week

From Saturday 22 October until Sunday 29 October 2017 The Listening House (Luisterhuis; 2017) by Machiel Spaan (concept, design) and Rozalie Hirs (music) is exhibited the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. (photograph ©2017 Allard van der Hoek)

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Date: 2017-10-22
Time: 11:00-18:00 CET daily
Location: Dutch Design Week, Strijp Area/ Dutch Design Academy, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2017-10-20

parallel world [breathing] (2017), Concertgebouw


Very happy with the performance of my new composition parallel world [breathing] for flute, clarinet, percussion, two harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) at Koninklijk Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, yesterday. The concert was part of the Entrée Late Night. The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who performed the work, were Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello), and Alexander de Blaeij (conductor). Photographs by Renske Vrolijk.

The new work was a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

Download program booklet [PDF]


2017-10-19

parallel world [breathing] (2017) – concert premiere

171019-concertgebouw-orchestra-rozalie-hirs-horizon-seriesOn 19 October 2017 as part of the Entrée Late Night, soloists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform parallel world [breathing] for flute, clarinet, percussion, 2 harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. The new work is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

The concert takes place at 22:15 CET at the Koorzaal as part of Entrée Late Night and is free of admission. The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who perform the work, are Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

Earlier that evening the programme Multiversum features orchestral works by Ligeti, Vivier, and Eötvös, as well as lectures on cosmology and theoretical physics. We Are Public members can buy tickets for the entire evening for €5. Download program booklet [PDF]

The photograph shows the world premiere of parallel world [breathing] by Rozalie Hirs at the Open Dag of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands, on 7 October 2017.

Date: 2017-10-19
Time: 20:15 CET
Location: Spiegelzaal or Koorzaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands
Performers: Soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra: Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

2017-10-18

Book launch at Ausland, Berlin

Here are two photographs made by Marit Vos at Ausland, Berlin, of yesterday’s book launch of gestammelte werke (Berlin: kookbooks, 2017) by Rozalie Hirs. Presenting a multilingual reading of the poems for the first time was so much fun!

Cia Rinne read Swedish, Spanish, and French translations by Boerje Bohlin, Diego Puls, and Kim Andringa/Daniel Cunin/Henry Deluy respectively; Daniela Seel read German originals and German translations by Ard Posthuma/Daniela Seel/Rozalie Hirs; Rozalie Hirs read Dutch and English originals, as well as English translations by Donald Gardner.


2017-10-17

Duo booklaunch Mette Moestrup & Rozalie Hirs, Berlin

On 17 October 2017 at Ausland, Berlin, the Danish poet Mette Moestrup and the Dutch poet Rozalie Hirs present the book launches of their respective poetry books Stirb, Lüge, Stirb, and gestammelte werke, both published this year by kookbooks, Berlin.

During this evening the multilingual poetry book gestammelte werke (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is presented to the German audience. The new book, recently published by the Berlin-based experimental publishing house kookbooks, can be regarded as a manifesto for Europe and the world. Rozalie Hirs, Cia Rinne, and Daniela Seel kick off the evening with a language caroussel of poems in Dutch, German, French, English, and Spanish, selected from the new compendium. Mette Moestrup and Rike Scheffler present a duo reading from Moestrup’s new poetry book Stirb, Lüge stirb, that recently appeared with kookbooks. Daniela Seel interviews Hirs and Moestrup about their new books. With additional performances by Rike Scheffler (music, poetry) and Cia Rinne (multilingual poetry).

Date: 2017-10-17
Time: 20:00
Location: Ausland, Lychener Str. 60, 10437 Berlin, Germany
Performers: Mette Moestrup, Rozalie Hirs, Daniela Seel, Rike Scheffer, Cia Rinne

2017-10-17

Welcome to the duo booklaunch of Moestrup & Hirs, Berlin

Welcome to the duo booklaunch of Mette Moestrup and Rozalie Hirs today at Ausland, Berlin, Germany. The event starts at 20:30 CET (doors open at 20:00 CET).

Today the Danish poet Mette Moestrup and the Dutch poet Rozalie Hirs present the book launches of their respective poetry books, the bilingual (Danish, German) Stirb, Lüge, Stirb, and multilingual (Dutch, German, English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, Swedish, Serbian, Albanian, Lithuanian) gestammelte werke, both published this year by kookbooks, Berlin.

Moestrup and Hirs read poems from their new books. With guest appearances by Rike Scheffler, Cia Rinne, as well as kookbooks publisher Daniela Seel. It would be great to see you there!

The poems of gestammelte werke were selected by Daniela Seel from Hirs’ five most recent poetry books: Speling (Amsterdam: Querido, 2005), Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: Querido, 2008), gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012), Curvices and Musicles (Bleiswijk: Uitgeverij Vleugels, 2013), verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam: Querido, 2017). With special thanks to all translators who contributed to gestammelte werke: Daniela Seel, Diego Puls, Ard Posthuma, Kim Andringa, Henri Deluy, Aurea Sison, Donald Gardner, Daniel Cunin, Anton Papleka, Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lucic, Ausra Gudaviciute, Gytis Norvilas, Nina Tarhan Mouravi, Boerje Bohlin, Moze Jacobs. And to Andreas Töpfer for the cover and book design.

For more information, please visit Rozalie Hirs’ new German website. Buy the book at Amazon.


2017-10-08

Poem of the day at Fixpoetry

Today the poem ‘der tag rollt auf die Strasse’, translated into German by Rozalie Hirs and Daniela Seel, is Poem of the Day/Text des Tages at Fixpoetry. It was selected from Rozalie Hirs’ new multilingual book gestammelte werke (Berlin: kookbooks, 2017). On Fixpoetry you can also read the wonderful review Polyphone Bedeutungsströme by Marcus Neuert about the new book.


2017-10-07

In Science Park

It was a wonderful premiere concert of parallel world [breathing] by eight soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra at Science Park today. Thanks to Alexander de Blaeij (conductor), Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Petra van der Heide (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello), and Chris Weeda (sound diffusion)! Here is a photograph by Machiel Spaan of the event.

Looking forward to the next concert of this new work during the Late Night of Horizon Series at Koorzaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 19 October 2017 at 22:15 CET. It would be great to see you there!


2017-10-07

parallel world [breathing] (2017) – world premiere

171007-deeltjesverneller-cern-rozalie-hirsOn 7 October 2017 soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra perform three concerts of ‘parallel world [breathing]’ for flute, clarinet, percussion, 2 harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs.

The concerts take place in the Brain Wave Pavilion (located in the entrance hall in the main building at Science Park) throughout the afternoon, at 12:30, 14:30, and 16:00 respectively. These free performances are part of the ‘Open Dag’ at Amsterdam Science Park, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who perform the work, are Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

The new work by Rozalie Hirs is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

(photograph: 6 October 2017, rehearsal at Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
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* Sandrine Chatron is principal harpist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Date: 2017-10-07
Time: 12:30; 14:30; 16:00 (three concerts)
Location: Science Park, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Performers: Soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra

2017-10-07

World premiere of parallel world [breathing] (2017) – welcome!

Today, on 7 October 2017 soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra perform three concerts of ‘parallel world [breathing]’ for flute, clarinet, percussion, 2 harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. Welcome!

The concerts take place in the Brain Wave Pavilion (located in the entrance hall in the main building at Science Park) throughout the afternoon, at 12:30, 14:30, and 16:00 respectively. These free performances are part of the ‘Open Dag’ at Amsterdam Science Park, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who perform the work, are Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

The new work by Rozalie Hirs is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

(photograph: 6 October 2017, rehearsal at Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).


2017-10-01

Hilbert’s Hotel (2015)

On 1 October 2017 at 11:00 CET the Huygens-Fokker Foundation, Center for Microtonal Music, presents the concert program Fokker organ XL for the 31-tone tempered Fokker organ at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The program also features Rozalie Hirs’s composition Hilbert’s Hotel for microtonal organ and electronic sounds (2015), commissioned by Huygens-Fokker Foundation.

Special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider.

concert program
Christina Viola Oorebeek – Speed Loops (medium slow, shifting)
Théodore Dubois – Cantilène religieuse, Marcietta
Jukka Tiensuu – Fantango
Rozalie Hirs – Hilbert’s Hotel
Lauri Supponen – Spring scram
Jean Langlais – Pasticcio
Adolf Friedrich Hesse – Fantasia in d op. 87

Date: 2017-10-01
Time: 11:00 CET
Location: Kleine zaal, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade, Amsterdam, The Netherlands