Rozalie Hirs

Calendar 2016 [archive]


N30x31 – A tribute to Jeroen Mettes (1987-2006)

161216-jeroenmettes-n30-book-cover-perdu-amsterdamOn Friday 16 December 2016 at 20:00 CET at Perdu, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the work by poet, essayist, and blogger Jeroen Mettes (1987-2006) is commemorated by thirty-one Dutch poets reciting Mettes’ magnum opus N30+ during an evening-length tribute.

With appearances by Samuel Vriezen, Maartje Smits, Alfred Schaffer, Nadia de Vries, Geert Buelens, Zohra Beldman, Tonnus Oosterhoff, Frank Keizer, Anne van de Wetering, Frans-Willem Korsten, Lieke Marsman, Çağlar Köseoğlu, Arno van Vlierberghe, Lara Staal, Johan Herrenberg, Rozalie Hirs, Siebe Bluijs, Fiep van Bodegom, Roelof ten Napel, Dominique de Groen, Sophie van den Bergh, Mathijs Tratsaert, Max Urai, Aafke Romeijn, Obe Alkema, Saskia de Jong, Nam Chi Nguyen, Bram Ieven, Hannah van Binsbergen, Daniël Rovers, and Maarten van der Graaff. The evening is curated and presented by Lodewijk Verduin & Perdu Avonden Redactie.

Date: 2016-12-16
Time: 20:00 CET
Location: Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


New Emergences #5: Breaking the glass ceiling

161213-newemergences-katemoore-annelaberge-noelryan-rozaliehirsNew Emergences is a lecture and discussion series highlighting the current debates around gender in electronic, contemporary and experimental music. Within these fields, it is increasingly necessary to give a platform to current advocates for under-represented voices. We believe it is important to expose existing biases that impede the richness of our diversity. By openly discussing how the current environment validifies our artistic works by the identification of our gender, we hope to challenge the existing conditions. The series was initiated by, amongst others, Anne Wellmer and Semay Wu.

On Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 19:30 CET the fifth installment of the series welcomes key note speaker Kate Moore (AU/NL) and panelists Henriëtte Post, Joel Ryan (US/NL), and Rozalie Hirs.

The event is moderated by Anne La Berge (US/NL), and takes place at Splendor, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Date: 2016-12-13
Time: 19:30 CET
Location: Splendor, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX Amsterdam, Netherlands
New Emergences - Aesthetics, politics, philosophy and new emergences in current electronic music and its surroundings #5: Breaking the glass ceiling


Artist-in-Residence at Banff, Canada


From 6 November until 11 December 2016 Rozalie Hirs is Musician-in-Residence at The Banff Centre, Canada. During her stay in Canada she works on new music. With the generous support of the Artist’s Award from Banff Centre and a fellowship from Cultuurfonds.

Date: 2016-11-06
Banff Musician-in-Residence, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada


Teil der Bewegung, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Frankfurt

161022-frankfurter-kunstverein-frankfurt-2016-enclosureOn Saturday 22 October 2016 at 20:00 the poets Charlotte Van den Broeck, Mara-Daria Cojocaru, Franz Dodel, Ulrike Feibig, Rozalie Hirs, David Krause, Birgit Kreipe, Ulrike Almut Sandig, and Christoph Wenzel will read their poems during the program Open Books: Teil der Bewegung.The event takes place at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2.OG rechts) as part of the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016. It is moderated by Yevgeniy Bregyer and Carolin Callies.

Date: 2016-10-22
Time: 20:00 CET
Location: Open Books: Teil der Bewegung, Frankfurter Kunstverein (2. OG rechts), Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Performers: Charlotte Van den Broeck, Mara-Daria Cojocaru, Franz Dodel, Ulrike Feibig, Rozalie Hirs, David Krause, Birgit Kreipe, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Christoph Wenzel (poetry readings)


Performance at the Dutch Pavilion, Frankfurt

160901-rozaliehirs-gestammelte-werke-kookbooks-2016-catalog On 22 October 2016 at 13:00 CET Rozalie Hirs performs a short portrait concert at the Theatre in the Dutch/Flemish Pavilion, Guests of Honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016.

The program consists of poetry and music hybrids by Hirs, including the new composition ein tag (2006-16). It is based on the poetry cycle with the same name from her forthcoming poetry book gestammelte werke (Berlin: kooknooks, 2017). Translated by Daniela Seel and the author.

Date: 2016-10-22
Time: 13:00 CET
Location: Dutch/ Flemish Pavilion, Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, Messegelände, Frankfurt, Germany
Performers: Rozalie Hirs (voice, pre-recorded & electronic sounds)


Performance at Mousonturm, Frankfurt

161021-mousontum-frankfurt-wortkuesten-und-sprachpolderOn Friday 21 October 2016 at 19:30 CET Anneke Brassinga, Rodaan al Galidi, Rozalie Hirs, Erwin Mortier, and Leonard Nolens, read their poetry during the program Wortküsten und Sprachpolder – Neue Poesie aus Flandern und Niederlanden. The event takes place at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. It is moderated by Dirk Hülstrunk.

Date: 2016-10-21
Time: 19:30 CET
Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Performers: Anneke Brassinga, Rodaan al Galidi, Rozalie Hirs, Erwin Mortier, Leonard Nolens


Performance at Lesart Bühne, Deutschlandradio Kultur


On Friday 21 October 2016 at 10:00 CET Elke Schlinsog interviews Herman van Veen, Margriet de Moor, and Rozalie Hirs on their literary and musical works. By way of intermission, Rozalie Hirs performs three short timeslots of poetry and music hybrids. The event takes place at the Lesart Bühne of Deutschlandradio Kultur during the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016.

Date: 2016-10-21
Time: 10:00-11:00 CET
Location: Lesart Bühne of Deutschlandradio Kultur, Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, Messegelände, Frankfurt, Germany


Performance at Lyrikbuchhandlung, Frankfurt

161020-lyrikbuchhandlung-frankfurtOn Thursday 20 October 2016 at 20:00 CET Rozalie Hirs performs her poems at the Buchhandlung der Lyrikverlage, Frankfurt, Germany. It is the first time Hirs reads from her brand-new poetry book gestammelte werke (Berlin: kookbooks, 2017). German translations by Ard Posthuma, Daniela Seel and the author.

Full program

Date: 2016-10-20
Time: 20:00-1:00
Location: Lyrikbuchhandlung, Schwedlerstraße 1-5, 60314 Frankfurt, Germany
Performers: Frans Budé, Sascha Kokot, Rozalie Hirs, Hans Thill, Anja Bayer, Sudabeh Mohafez, Titus Meyer, Kinga Tóth, Daniela Seel, Max Czollek, Timo Berger, Alexander Graeff, Dirk Uwe Hansen, Adrian Kasnitz, Johannes Frank


Guest poet at Frankfurter Buchmesse, Germany


From 19-23 October 2016 Rozalie Hirs is one of the guest poets at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Germany, invited by the Netherlands Foundation for Literature. She presents her poetry in Dutch and German and performs her poetry-music hybrids at a few events throughout the week. The Netherlands and Flanders are guests of honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016.

The work of the Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch, who passed away five hundred years ago, is commemorated by several Dutch and Flemish artists and writers. Here by the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom with the essay Eine düstere Vorahnung in Neue Zürcher Zeitung on 30 January 2016.

Date: 2016-10-19
Time: 10:00 CET
Location: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Frankfurt, Germany


Performance at the Planetarium of Brussels, Belgium

On 9 September 2016 Rozalie Hirs, Heike Fiedler, and Laurence Vielle perform at the Heyzel Planetarium, Brussels, during the Underground Poetry Festival 2016

On Saturday 10 September 2016 at 18:00 CET Rozalie Hirs performs poetry and music hybrids at Alberteum, the Planetarium of Brussels, Belgium. Also Heike Fiedler and Laurence Vielle will be performing their works. After the intermission Angela Rawlings, Maja Jantar, and Vincent Tholomé present the world premiere of a new collaborative project.

All performances are part of the Third Annual Brussels Poetry Fest, Belgium, 9 through 11 September 2016. Heike Fiedler, Laurence Vielle, and Rozalie Hirs are guest poets during the international events, consisting of performances and workshops in collaboration with the UZB hospital and BELvue Museum, Brussels. The full programme booklet can be downloaded here: [PDF]

The Heysel Exhibition Park was especially designed for the Brussels International Exposition (1935) and Expo (1958). The Atomium (1958) and the Planetarium (1935) are well known monuments in Heysel Park.


Date: 2016-09-10
Time: 18:00 CET
Location: Alberteum/ Het Planetarium van Brussel, Avenue de Boechout 10, 1020 Brussels, Belgium
Performers: Rozalie Hirs (voice, electronics)
Third Annual Brussels Underground Poetry Festival


OpenMusic workshop @ Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy


On 4 September 2016 from 11:00-17:15, as part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy, Rozalie Hirs teaches a one day workshop on OpenMusic (IRCAM). This is a workshop for composers who would like to get acquainted with OpenMusic and explore its possibilities towards the compositional process. Together we install the software and the OMTristan library on your laptops, and take the first steps towards building patches and performing musical calculations. We also look into some examples of how these calculations can turn into musical scores and data for sound synthesis.

The course is based on Hirs’s two articles from Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic, a book she co-edited with the late Bob Gilmore in 2009.

You can apply for the workshop by sending an e-mail to with your name and a short statement why you would like to take part in this course and what you would like to learn (deadline: 15 August 2016). The workshop is open to a maximum of twelve participants. A ticket for the workshop can be obtained through this link.

Date: 2016-09-04
Time: 11:00-17:15
Location: Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy, Muziekhuis, Loevenhoutsedijk 301, 3552 XE Utrecht, The Netherlands
Ticket for the entire workshop €35,-


article 6 [waves] – Swedish premiere


On August 14 2016 the Swedish guitarist Jacob Kellerman will perform article 6 [six waves] for guitar and electronic sounds (2013) by Rozalie Hirs at a double recital at Hammarby Sjöstads Kapell, Stockholm, Sweden. The concert starts at 18:00 CET.

Date: 2016-08-14
Time: 18:00 CET
Location: Hammarby Sjöstads Kapellet, Lugnets Allé 46, Stockholm, Stockholms län, 120 66, Sweden


Performance at Romanfabrik, Frankfurt


On 7 June 2016 at 20:00 CET Rozalie Hirs performs Bridge of Babel (2009) and some other poetry-music hybrids at Romanfabrik, Frankfurt, Germany. In addition she reads her poetry in Dutch and German. The event, curated by Michael Hohmann, also features the Flemish poet Andy Fierens and the jazz musicians Heinz Sauer (saxophone) and Jasper van’t Hof (piano). With financial support of the Netherlands Foundation for Literature.

Date: 2016-06-07
Location: Romanfabrik, Hanauer Landstraße 186, 60314 Frankfurt, Germany
Performers: Rozalie Hirs (voice, laptop), Andy Fierens (voice), Heinz Sauer (saxophone), Jasper van't Hof (piano)


Portrait concert: Rozalie Hirs – poetry and music

On 24 April 2016 Penhuis Kortrijk and Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk present a portrait concert with poetry and music by Rozalie Hirs. Alain Delmotte is the host of the event, consisting of a performance by the Bozzini Quartet of Hirs’ string quartets Zenit (2010) and Nadir (2014), as well as a poetry performance by the composer-poet. The event is curated by Joost Fonteyne and Gie Devos. The location is Schouwburg, Kortrijk, Belgium.

Special thanks to Roel Das for the sound projection in the hall and to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis for Nadir.


Date: 2016-04-24
Time: 10:30-13:30
Location: Theater Antigone, Kortrijk, Belgium
A collaboration of Penhuis and Festival van Vlaanderen, Kortrijk, Belgium


Tijd en Sintel – 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 20 March 2016 11:00 CET at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the Huygens-Fokker Foundation presents Het woord aan het woord, a programme in which spoken word plays a prominent role, featuring the poets Maria van Daalen, Rozalie Hirs, Lieke Marsman, Han van der Vegt, and Samuel Vriezen. Ere Lievonen plays the 31-tone Fokker organ.

The programme features recent compositions by Samuel Vriezen and Charles van Hemelryck, as well as the world premiere of Danny De Graan’s composition Het Verschil (2016), based on the text and voice of Lieke Marsman, and Hirs’ composition Tijd en Sintel for spoken voice, 31-tone organ, and electronic sounds.

Jehan Alain (1911-1940) – De Jules Lemaître (1935)
Samuel Vriezen (1973) – C31* Orbits (music, text; 2013)
Lieke Marsman (1990) – ‘eiland‘ & ‘een ochtend’ (poems, reading)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Preludium & fugue e BWV 533a
Danny de Graan (1973) – Het Verschil (poem: Lieke Marsman; 2016)
Han van der Vegt (1961) – ‘Ratel’ (poem, reading; improvisation: Ere Lievonen)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937) – Préambule Opus 31/1 (1914)
Maria van Daalen (1950) – ‘Juno’ (poem, reading)
Charles van Hemelryck (1981) Lamentations (2014)
Maria van Daalen (1950) – ‘Palmpasen 2016′ & ‘Ik zal een grafschrift voor je maken dat iedereen van buiten kent’ (poems, reading)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937) – Épitaphe Opus 31/4 (1914)
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656-1746) – Fuge II (1702)
Rozalie Hirs (1965) – ‘een dag 1-3’ (poems, reading)
Rozalie Hirs (1965) – Tijd en Sintel (music, poem; 2016)

Date: 2016-03-20
Time: 11:00 CET
Location: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Maria van Daalen (spoken voice), Lieke Marsman (spoken voice), Han van der Vegt (spoken voice). Samuel Vriezen (spoken voice), Ere Lievonen (organ), Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice)


article 7 [ways to climb a mountain] – US premiere

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

On 12 February 2016 at 19:30 CST Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), and Shanna Gutierrez (flutes) perform their artists-in-residence concert at the Concert Hall of Columbia College, Chicago, United States, celebrating three days of workshops. Among other works Schouten presents the US premiere of article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) for bass clarinet and electronic sounds by Rozalie Hirs, composed at the invitation of Schouten, and first performed by her at November Music, The Netherlands.

Date: 2016-02-12
Time: 19:30 CST
Location: Concert Hall, Music Center of Columbia College, 1014 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, United States
Performers: Shanna Gutierrez (flutes), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar)


article 8 [infinity] – US premieres
Infinity Stairs

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On 11 February 2016 at 20:30 at Constellation, Chicago, United States, Sonic Hedgehog plays the program Unexpected Consequences, consisting of works by Dufay, Wiek Hijmans, Erin Gee, Frederick Gifford, Jorrit Dijkstra, and Rozalie Hirs. Unexpected Consequences focuses on the intricacies and multiplicities of chamber music relationships and delves into the realm of what it means to collaborate in modern times. It is a tour de force through the realms of sonic possibilities of the three instruments (bass clarinet, flutes, and electric guitar), an exploration of sounds, ways of interacting, and the unexpected consequences that emerge. This powerhouse ensemble makes its debut appearance in North America with a program highlighting the unexpected synchronicity in music across time and location.

Sonic Hedgehog can be many trios: each different flute (Shanna Gutierrez, Chicago) changes the sound formation of the entire ensemble; same is true for each of the different clarinets (Fie Schouten, NL), including basset horn. The electric guitar (Wiek Hijmans, NL) is not only a guitar, but also an electronic interface, a midi instrument. In that sense the ensemble is also a wind duo with live electronics. Dedicated to uncovering new sound and sound combinations for their instruments, Sonic Hedgehog seeks to present concerts featuring works written expressly for the group as well as those with open form, theatrical elements, and improvisation.

Guillaume Dufay – Chansons for trio (transcribed for/by Sonic Hedgehog)
Wiek Hijmans – Songish (2015) for solo alto flute
Wiek Hijmans- To be honest (2015) for trio
Rozalie Hirs – article 8 [infinity] (2014) for flute and electronics
Fredrick Gifford – Adage of Spontaneity (2014) for trio
Jorrit Dijkstra – Veeg (2004) for flute and bass clarinet
Rozalie Hirs – Infinity Stairs (2014) for trio and electronics
Erin Gee – Mouthpiece XXV (2015) for voice and trio

Date: 2016-02-11
Time: 20:30
Location: Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, United States
Performers: Shanna Gutierrez (flutes), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Erin Gee (voice)


Platonic ID – UK premiere

Edmund Finnis

On Saturday 6 February 2016 the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/ BCMG and Richard Baker (conductor) perform Parallel Colour, a new composition by Edmund Finnis. The programme, curated by Richard Baker in collaboration with BCMG, also includes the UK premiere of Platonic ID by Rozalie Hirs, as well as works by Vivier, Davies, Harvey, and Donatoni.

“Finnis’ glistening, dancing music has an air of quiet mystery, possessing the elusive quality of being both familiar and strange at once. His first BCMG Sound Investment commission departs from the standard ensemble line-up, with pairs of instruments providing unusual sound combinations. Like Finnis, Hirs writes music of a refreshingly original character. She examines and dissects sounds to a microscopic degree, creating exceptionally captivating ‘sonic spaces’. Her Platonic ID elegantly unfolds in rustling waves of rapid notes, halted by moments of calm in which short, luminous chorales suddenly shine forth.

The expressive intensity of Claude Vivier’s music, together with its compositional skill and innovation, make his oeuvre among the most compelling and distinctive of the late 20th century. Trois Airs pour un opéra imaginaire is his last completed work, and one of his best. Premiered just 17 days following his violent and untimely end in Paris in March 1983, the music inhabits a twilight realm between reality and the imagination, hinting at future directions in which his music might have travelled.”

Claude Vivier – Trois Airs pour un opéra imaginaire
Tansy Davies – Dark Ground
Edmund Finnis – Parallel Colour World premiere
Rozalie Hirs – Platonic ID UK premiere
Jonathan Harvey – Cirrus Light
Franco Donatoni – Still

Date: 2016-02-06
Time: 19:30 GMT
Location: CBSO Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Performers: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/BCMG, Richard Baker (conductor), Rebecca Bottone (soprano), Julian Warburton (percussion), Timothy Lines (clarinet)


article 8 [infinity] – world premiere of version for bass flute


On 2 February 2016, 20:30 CET, at De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands, the flautists Ilonka Kolthof and Marieke Franssen perform recitals on the piccolo and bass flute respectively. After the intermission Franssen presents Petit Aleph by Philippe Monoury, as well as world premieres of Invisible for bass flute and electronics (2016) by Rodrigo Faina and article 8 [infinity] for bass flute & electronic sounds (2016) by Rozalie Hirs.

Recital by Ilonka Kolthof (piccolo) and Anne Veinberg (piano)
Bart Spaan – Halo
Willem Boogman – Genieting VI
Vanessa Lann Beyon – ‘is’ and ‘is not’
Ned McGowan – Rickshaw Zip (2016) for piccolo and piano world premiere


Solo recital by Marieke Franssen (bass flute)
Philippe Manoury – Petit Aleph
Rodrigo Faina – Invisible for bass flute and electronics (2016) world premiere
Rozalie Hirs – article 8 [infinity] for bass flute and electronic sounds (2016) world premiere

The photograph shows Marieke Franssen playing bass flute with Duo Leeghwater.

Date: 2016-02-02
Time: 20:30 CET
Location: De Link, Het Cenakel, Cenakel 1, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Performers: Ilonka Kolthof (piccolo), Anne Veinberg (piano), Marieke Franssen (bass flute)


Lage Landen serie (Lowlands series), Ooteoote, 2016

Since 1 January 2012 Rozalie Hirs has been curator of the Lage Landen serie (Lowlands series) of new, previously unpublished poems by Dutch and Flemish poets. Eighty poems were published so far, followed by fourteen more in 2016. Read the full series at the literary webzine Ooteoote.

LL93: Ingmar Heytze – Wederopstanding
LL92: Martin Reints – Lucebert als visser
LL91: Serge van Duijnhoven – Geen kettingen meer
LL90: Maud Vanhauwaert – De wolken
LL89: Jan-Willem Anker – De rastaman in parka en housebroek
LL88: Elly de Waard – Galactische moeder
LL87: Alfred Schaffer – Op weg naar het casino
LL86: Idwer de la Parra – Merope
LL85: Frans Budé – Schilder aan het werk
LL84: Tonnus Oosterhoff – De dood houdt ermee op
LL83: Maria Barnas – Hoe de illustere vis
LL82: Jaap Blonk – Rolling Hills
LL81: Maria van Daalen – Juno
LL80: Frank Keizer – want onder normale omstandigheden

From 1 January 2017 onwards the series will be curated by Ooteoote.

Date: 2016-01-01
Location: Literary webzine Ooteoote, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands