Rozalie Hirs

Calendar 2015 [archive]


To witness matter


On 11 December 2015 at 20:30 CET Perdu will host an evening around structures of remembrance, forms of subjectivity gathering, and communication.

“memory for two, memory for several, world-memory, memory-ages of the world”
(from: Cinema 2: The Time-Image (1989) by Gilles Deleuze. Translated into English by Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta. p.119).

Patricia Pisters presents a lecture on her work. Baha Görkem Yalim shows installation and video work. Mia You discusses prose by the Lebanese-American writer and painter Etel Adnan. Rozalie Hirs reads selections from the poetry collection Seasons (2008) by Adnan. Hirs also presents some of her own music compositions specifically dealing with the topic of memory and the act of remembering.

View visual works by Etel Adnan here.

Date: 2015-12-11
Time: 20:30 CET
Location: Perdu, Kloverniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Poetry reading at Psoken Wrod, Clonakilty, Ireland


On 8 December 2015 at 20:30 Rozalie Hirs is reading her poetry at Psoken Wrod, a monthly Poetry Series in Clonakilty, Ireland.

Date: 2015-12-08
Time: 20:30
Location: De Barra's Folk Club, 55 Pearse St, Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland


Performance at book launch of Beyond the vanishing point by Frans Budé

151208 Frans Budé  Meulenhoff Achter het verdwijnpunt, 2015 boekpresentatie met Anneke Brassinga, Elma van Haren en Rozalie Hirs

On 3 December 2015 at 20:30 CET the poets Frans Budé, Anneke Brassinga, Daan Doesborgh, Elma van Haren, and Rozalie Hirs perform at the book launch of Beyond the vanishing point by Frans Budé (Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 2015). Poet and critic Erik Lindner will introduce the work of Budé with an essay. The event takes place at Perdu, Amsterdam. Welcome!

Date: 2015-12-03
Time: 20:30 CET
Location: Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Infinity Stairs (2014)

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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)


The honeycomb conjecture (2015) – world premiere


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.


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

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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.


Performance during anniversary event Klankenbos/ Sound Forest

Curvices, digital application, poetry and sound installation for mobile devices 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)

On 18 October during the 10th anniversary event of Klankenbos in Neerpelt, Belgium, Rozalie Hirs presents two open air performances (one at 13:00 and one at 15:00 CET respectively) of her electroacoustic music and poetry. Furthermore, at 15:30 CET she guides a tour around her music and poetry app Curvices for mobile devices, specifically designed for and commissioned by Klankenbos. Other performances are by Tony di Napoli (F), Peter Jacquemyn & ChampdAction (B), Erwin Stache (D), Stijn Demeulenaere (B).

Klankenbos/ Sound Forest: anniversary event on 18 October 2015 - poster

Date: 2015-10-18
Time: 11:00
Location: Klankenbos/ Musica, Dommelhof, Neerpelt, Belgium


30 + 30 Poets’ Marathon

Read My World Festival logo

On 3 October 2015 om 20:00 Rozalie Hirs is part of the Poets’ Marathon at the international Literature Festival Read My World.

Date: 2015-10-03
Time: 20:00 CET
Location: Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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


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)


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150724-Anne Rainwater and Kate Campbell play a recital with works by Rosalie Hirs, Gyorgy Kurtag, and John Zorn

On 24 July 2015 the pianists Kate Campbell and Anne Rainwater play game-based music from the past thirty years. The concert, curated by Danny Clay, is the first concert in the brand-new series don’t be a stranger at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.

György Kurtág – Jatekok
Rozalie Hirs – article 1 to 3
John Zorn – Carny
Danny Clay, Kate Campbell, Anne Rainwater – New collaborative work

Date: 2015-07-24
Time: 19:30 PST
Location: Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, California, United States


Atlantis ampersand (2015) – world premiere


On 6 June 2015, Klangforum Wien, Vokalensemble NOVA, and Enno Poppe (conductor) perform the 25-hour program Urbo Kune at Holland Festival, Amsterdam. Part of the program is Atlantis ampersand, a brand-new work by Rozalie Hirs for eighteen players (2fl, cl, bass cl, cfg, cor, tp, tb, 2perc, pf, acc, midi keyboard, 2vlns, vla, vc, cb), eight singers (2SATB), and electronic sounds, commissioned by Holland Festival. The performance of Hirs’ work takes place at 14:25 CET at the Main Hall of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ.

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

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Date: 2015-06-06
Time: 14:25 (changed starting time!)
Location: Grote zaal (Main hall), Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Performers: Klangforum Wien, Vokalensemble NOVA, and Enno Poppe (conductor)
World premiere of Atlantis ampersand (music, text) for voices, ensemble, and electronic sounds. Commissioned by Holland Festival.


Hilbert’s Hotel (2015) – world premiere

Keyboard of the 31-tone Fokker organ for Rozalie Hirs's Hilberts Hotel (2015), premiere 26 April 2015 in Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

On 26 April 2015 at 11:00 CET the new composition Hilbert’s Hotel for microtonal organ and electronic sounds by Rozalie Hirs receives its world premiere during the program Hilbert’s Hotel at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The organ is the 31-tone Fokker organ of the Huygens-Fokker Foundation, Center for Microtonal Music, Amsterdam. The photograph shows the keyboard of the instrument.

Other works on the program are Reflexions Sonores by Henri Carf and several baroque works for flute and organ. The performers of these works are Ere Lievonen (organ) en Raymond Honing (flute).

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

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Date: 2015-04-26
Time: 11:00 CET
Location: Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Piet Heinkade 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Nieuw Amsterdams Peil: Rozalie Hirs

Ensemble NAP (photograph: Pietro Cinotti, 2010)

On 21 April 2015 in De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil and Rozalie Hirs are performing a program with works by Hirs, some of her musical heroes, and one of her former students. The musicians are Heleen Hulst (violin), Gerard Bouwhuis (piano), Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (clarinet), Mick Stirling (cello), Arne Bock (sound projection), and Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice).

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Date: 2015-04-21
Time: 20:15
Location: De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Performers: Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice)


Portrait concert, Mills College, United States


On 18 April 2015 at 20:00 PST Mills Performing Group (MPG), founded in 1963 by Darius Milhaud, Luciano Berio, and Morton Subotnick, will perform works by Hirs during Mills Music Now at Mills College, Oakland, California. Furthermore on the progam will be a new work co-composed and performed by James Fei (live electronics) and Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice, electronic sounds).


Date: 2015-04-18
Time: 20:00 PST
Location: Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland CA 94613, United States
Performers: Mills Performing Group (MPG)
Portrait concert with works by Rozalie Hirs (music, text). World premiere of a new work co-composed by James Fei (live electronics) and Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice, electronic sounds)


Lecture, UC Santa Barbara, United States

Clarence Barlow, chaire Composition Department, UCSB

On 13 April 2015 Rozalie Hirs is giving a lecture at the Composition Department at University of California, Santa Barbara, on her recent compositions Nadir (2014), Lichtende Drift (2014), Roseherte (2008, 2014 rev.), and Infinity Stairs (2014). Topics may include frequency-based compositional techniques, the use of OpenMusic as a compositional tool, and sound synthesis in SuperCollider and CSound.

(photograph: Clarence Barlow, chair of the Composition Department, UCSB)

Date: 2015-04-13
Location: Composition/ Department of Music, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States


Family Tree


On 12 March 2015 at 20:00 the percussionist Peter Prommel performs Family Tree (English, German, Dutch; music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; animation: Harm van den Dorpel) at the occasion of the TROMP Repertoire Days 2015 in Kawasaki, Japan.

Date: 2015-03-12
Location: TROMP Repertoire Days 2015, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. Kawasaki, Japan
Performers: Peter Prommel (voice, soundtrack)


Infinity Stairs


On 20 February 2015, Marieke Franssen (flute), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Christian Karlsen (conductor), and Arne Bock (sound diffusion in the hall) perform four compositions by composer-poet Rozalie Hirs at Ostadetheater, Amsterdam. Furthermore on the program are several works for spoken voice and soundtrack by Hirs, that she performs herself. In addition she will read a few poems from gestamelde werken (work in stuttering; Amsterdam: Querido, 2012). The concert is part of a poetry and music weekend, curated by Sylvia Stoetzer.

Event on Facebook


Date: 2015-02-20
Time: 20:30
Location: Ostadetheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Marieke Franssen (flute), Christian Karlsen (conductor), Arne Bock (sound diffusion in the hall), Rozalie Hirs (voice)
Portrait concert of composer-poet Rozalie Hirs.


De Wonderkamer: poetry reading and lecture

Micha Hamel

On February 17, 2015, Rozalie Hirs is giving a one-hour poetry lecture and reading at fellow poet and composer Micha Hamel’s series De Wonderkamer. She reads her poetry, performs a few of music and poetry pieces, and talks about their underlying ideas. followed by a discussion.

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Date: 2015-02-17
Time: 20:45
Location: Vreeland, The Netherlands
Performers: Rozalie Hirs (voice, live electronics, soundtrack)