Rozalie Hirs

Premieres, presentations

2020-03-20

New work for string quartet and soprano – world premiere

On 20 March 2020 at 19:30 a new work (poetry, music) for string quartet and soprano receives its world premiere by Sonar Quartett and Maraile Lichdi (soprano). The new work by Rozalie Hirs is a commission by Förderkreis für Neue Musik Heilbronn e.V. The location is Kilianskirche, Heilbronn, Germany.

concert programme
Luigi Nono – Fragmente – Stille, an Diotima
Rozalie Hirs – New work
Leoš Janáček – String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters

Sonar Quartett
Susanne Zapf (violin)
Wojciech Garbowski (violin)
Nikolaus Schlierf (viola)
Cosima Gerhardt (cello)

The photograph of Sonar Quartett is by Piotr Bialoglowicz.

Date: 2020-03-20
Time: 19:30
Location: Kilianskirche, Kaiserstraße, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Performers: Sonar Quartett, Maraile Lichdi (soprano)

2019-10-06

Sacro Monte (1997) – Danish premiere

On Sunday, 6 October 2019 at 16:00 CET Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen plays a programme around the composer Niels Viggo Bentzon, including the world premiere of Hommage á Niels Viggo Bentzon (2019) by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, as well as the Danish premiere of Sacro Monte (1997) by Rozalie Hirs.

concert programme
André Jolivet (1905-1974) – 12 Inventiones pour 12 instruments (1966)
Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour – Hommage á Niels Viggo Bentzon (2019) *
Niels Viggo Bentzon (1919-2000) – Sonate for 12 instrumenter Op. 257 (1970)
Rozalie Hirs (1965) – Sacro Monte (1997) **
Ib Nørholm (1931-2019) – 12 minutter af deres tid (1992)
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* world premiere
** Danish premiere

Date: 2019-10-06
Time: 16:00 CET
Location: KoncertKirken, Blågårds Plads, 2200 København, Denmark
Performers: Athelas Ensemble, Jean Thorel (conductor)

2019-08-29

POESIS exhibition, Kunsttempel, Kassel, Germany

On Thursday 29 August 2019 at 19:00 CET the exhibition POESIS Sprachkunst | Language Art is opened, featuring visual works of around sixty language artists from seventeen countries. Its accompanying catalogue is available at Kunsttempel, Kassel, Germany. Curator of the exhibition and catalogue is Friedrich Block.

The exhibition is open tot the public from Friday 30 August until 6 October 2019 (Fri-Sun 15:00-18:00 CET). For more info visit the event on Facebook.
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Date: 2019-08-29
Time: 19:00 CET
Location: Kunsttempel, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 177, 34119 Kassel, Germany
Performers: Carola Metz, Kulturamt der Stadt Kassel (opening speech), Friedrich Block (host, curator)

2019-08-08

The Cricket recovers – US premiere

On 8 August 2019 the opera The Cricket recovers by Richard Ayres (music) and Rozalie Hirs (libretto), based on the novella De genezing van de krekel by Toon Tellegen, recieves its US premiere at Tanglewood. The work will be performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Adès (conductor).

Cast
Emily Helenbrook – Vole, Sun
Robin Steitz – Cricket
Kameryn Lueng – Squirrel
Chloë Schaaf – Ant, Owl
Eric Finbarr Carey – Sparrow
Walter Aldrich – Gallworm, Falling
Nathaniel Sullivan – Elephant

Read the review by Andrew Clements, The Guardian, of the Aldeburgh premiere in 2005 here.

Date: 2019-08-08
Time: 20:00 EST
Location: Tanglewood Music Center (Seiji Ozawa Hall), Tanglewood, United States
Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music

2019-05-20

lightclouds (2019) – German premiere

On 20 May 2019 at 20:00 CET Ensemble Musikfabrik presents the German premiere of lightclouds (2019), a new work for “super brass” quartet, ensemble, and electronic sounds, by Rozalie Hirs, during the Konzertreihe Musikfabrik im WDR. The new work is a commission by Stichting Omroep Muziek/ NTR Zaterdagmatinee with financial support of BankGiro Loterij and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. The location of the concert is WDR Funkhaus Wallrafplatz (Großer Sendesaal), Cologne, Germany. The concert programme also features works by Ter Schiphorst, Chin, Bauckholt, and Germanus. The concert is preceded with a Publikumsgespräch (pre-concert talk) by two musicians of the ensemble with Rozalie Hirs and Sander Germanus; the talk starts at 19:15 CET.

Performers include the “super brass” players Marco Blaauw (trumpet), Christine Chapman (horn), Bruce Collings (trombone), Melvyn Poore (tuba), as well as Helen Bledsoe (flute), Carl Rosman (clarinet), Peter Veale (oboe), James Aylward (bassoon), Benjamin Kobler (piano), Ulrich Löffler (keyboard), Dirk Rothbrust (percussion), Hannah Weirich (violin), Sara Cubarsi (violin), Axel Porath (viola), Dirk Wietheger (violoncello), and Florentin Ginot (double bass). The conductor is Emilio Pomàrico; the sound master is Paul Jeukendrup. The above photograph shows Marco Blaauw on trumpet.

concert programme
Sander Germanus – Im Vortex (2019)
Iris ter Schiphorst – Zerstören (2005-06)
Rozalie Hirs – lightclouds (2019)
Unsuk Chin – Gougalon (2009-11)

The score of lightclouds (2019) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Date: 2019-05-20
Time: 20:00
Location: WDR Funkhaus Wallrafplatz (Großer Sendesaal), Wallrafplatz, 50667 Köln, Germany
Performers: Musikfabrik and Emilio Pomàrico (conductor)
Commissioned by NTR Zaterdagmatinee

2019-05-18

lightclouds (2019) – world premiere

On Saturday 18 May 2019 at 14:15 CET at Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Musikfabrik performs lightclouds (2019), a new work for “super brass” quartet, ensemble, and electronic sounds, by Rozalie Hirs, commissioned by Stichting Omroep Muziek/ NTR Zaterdagmatinee with financial support of BankGiro Loterij and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. The concert programme Beyond Borders also features works by Chin, Bauckholt, and Germanus.

Performers include the “super brass” players Marco Blaauw (trumpet), Christine Chapman (horn), Bruce Collings (trombone), Melvyn Poore (tuba), as well as Helen Bledsoe (flute), Carl Rosman (clarinet), Peter Veale (oboe), James Aylward (bassoon), Benjamin Kobler (piano), Ulrich Löffler (keyboard), Dirk Rothbrust (percussion), Hannah Weirich (violin), Sara Cubarsi (violin), Axel Porath (viola), Dirk Wietheger (violoncello), and Florentin Ginot (double bass). The conductor is Emilio Pomàrico; the sound master is Paul Jeukendrup. The score of lightclouds (2019) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands. The above photograph shows the world premiere of Claude Vivier’s Hiérophanie (1970) by Ensemble Musikfabrik in 2010.

concert programme
Sander Germanus – Im Vortex (2019) world premiere
Rebecca Saunders – Bite (2015)
Carola Bauckholt – Schlammflocke (2010)
Rozalie Hirs – lightclouds (2019) world premiere
Unsuk Chin – Gougalon (2009-11)

Before the concert at 13.40-14.05 CET Frederike Berntsen presents a preconcert talk; she interviews the composers Sander Germanus and Rozalie Hirs at Spiegelzaal (Mirror hall), Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Welcome!

Date: 2019-05-18
Time: 14:15 CET
Location: Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Musikfabrik and Emilio Pomàrico (conductor)
Commissioned by Zaterdagmatinee

2019-04-02

World Poetry Festival, Montevideo, Uruguay

From 2 until 7 April 2019 Rozalie Hirs is a guest poet at the World Poetry Festival/ Mundial Poético de Montevideo, Uruguay. During the festival Hirs and other international poets from France, Spain, Brasil, Perú, Haiti, Argentina, perform in different cities around Uruguay. In addition the new Spanish poetry book by Hirs ahora es una rosa (Montevideo: Yauguru Books, 2019; Spanish translations by Diego Puls) will be presented.

With financial support of the Netherlands Foundation for Literature

Date: 2019-04-02
Location: World Poetry Festival, Montevideo, and other cities, Uruguay
Martín Barea Mattos (festival director), Gustavo Wojciechowski (publisher of Yauguru Books), Diego Puls (translator)

2018-11-10

Dreams of Airs (2017-18), November Music – world premiere

On Saturday 10 November 2018 at 19:00 CET the Belgian SPECTRA Ensemble, Nora Fischer (soprano), and Filip Rathé (conductor) perform the world premiere of Dreams of Airs (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs during the contemporary music festival November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

Dreams of Airs (2017-18) is a cycle of poetry and music by Rozalie Hirs. Its sound world features eight musicians, a singer who speaks, and electronic sounds. The visual artists Boris Tellegen and Geert Jan Mulder designed a live video installation for the performance. The duration of the performance is around 60 minutes.

Thanks to the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund and the Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industry for financial support. Thanks to MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Maison Dora Maar for their generous and indispensable residencies and fellowships. With special thanks to Johan Reyniers (dramaturgical advice), Martín Mayo (amanuensis), and Greet Swinnen (production).

Rozalie Hirs – music (score, electronic sounds), poetry
Boris Tellegen, Geert Jan Mulder – image

Filip Rathé – conductor
Nora Fischer – voice
Tille Van Gastel – flute
Cedric De Bruycker – clarinets
Frank Van Eycken – percussion
Jona Kesteleyn – electric guitar
Gabi Sultana – piano
Pieter Jansen – violin
Bram Bossier – viola
Peter Devos – cello
Quentin Meurisse – sound diffusion

The score of dreams of airs (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Date: 2018-11-10
Time: 19:00 CET
Location: Willem Twee Concertzaal (FKA De Toonzaal), Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, 5211 HE Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Performers: SPECTRA Ensemble, Nora Fischer (soprano), Filip Rathé (conductor)

2018-11-09

Silenced (2018) – world premiere

On 9 November 2018 the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents her production Fantastic Women with brandnew songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights.

Fantastic Women contains musical works by the composers Aleksandra Bajde, Rozalie Hirs, Anda Kryeziu, Kate Moore, Georgia Nicolaou, Barbara Okma, Annelies Van Parys, Calliope Tsoupaki, Renske Vrolijk, Yiran Zhao, based on poetry by, among others, Hirs, Plath, and Wesendonck. The new work composed by Hirs for the project is entitled Silenced (2018).

The production is developed in collaboration with Jorinde Keesmaat (director), Desiree van Gelderen (light), Sammy Van den Heuvel (costumes, set design), and Robin de Bruijn (dramaturgy). The new works are commissioned by November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. With financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund and the Eduard van Beinum Foundation.

Date: 2018-11-09
Time: 12:30-13:30 CET
Location: November Music, Willem Twee Concertzaal (FKA Toonzaal), Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Performers: Bauwien van der Meer (soprano), Caecilia Boschman (piano)

2018-07-20

Meditations (2017) – German premiere

On 20 July 2018 the German (forte)pianist J. Marc Reichow plays Meditations for piano and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs during Musik der Jahrhunderte: Der Sommer in Stuttgart. The Festival is a collaboration between Akademie Schloss Solitude, Ensemble ascolta, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester; it takes place at different venues in the city of Stuttgart from 19-22 July 2018. The portrait photograph of Marc Reichow on the left is by Arne Hilt.
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Date: 2018-07-20
Time: 21:00 CET
Location: Theaterhaus / Südseite-P1, Siemensstrasse 11, 70469 Stuttgart , Germany
Performers: J. Marc Reichow (piano)
Der Sommer in Stuttgart

2018-05-13

parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) – world premiere

On 13 May 2018 at 15:30 CET ASKO|Schönberg and Etienne Siebens (conductor) present the world premiere of parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) by Rozalie Hirs during the fifth anniversary edition of the Dutch Harp Festival at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018), commissioned by ASKO|Schönberg with support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, 2 harps, 2 percussionists, electronic sounds, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

During the concert the new work is preceded by Hirs’ recent parallel world [breathing] (2017), commissioned by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam. The harpists Ernestine Stoop and Godelieve Schrama act as soloists during both performances.

In the evening of 13 May 2018 at 20:30 CET the cycle parallel world and sea is also performed during the concert Obsessions #1 at Tivoli|Vredenburg (Hertz Hall). The score of parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Date: 2018-05-13
Time: 15:30 CET
Location: Tivoli|Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Performers: ASKO|Schönberg, Etienne Siebens (conductor), Ernestine Stoop (harp), Godelieve Schrama (harp)

2018-03-11

Launch of new Forum, Amsterdam

On 11 March 2018 at 14:00 CET a new series of the magazine for architecture FORUM, published by Genootschap Architectura et Amicitiae (founded 1855), present its first issue ‘The Hall’.

The launch party takes place at the Academy for Architecture, Amsterdam; it features a lecture by Machiel Spaan, musical performances by Klaske Oenema, and a round table discussion with Pieter van Hoexem, Haiko Meijer, Juliette Gilson, and Elsbeth Ronner. The afternoon is closed by a reception.

FORUM #1 ‘The Hall’ contains articles and photographs by Machiel Spaan, Madeleine Maaskant, Elsbeth Ronner, Luuk Kramer, Bart de Baets, Sandra Kassenaar, and many others, as well as poems by Rodaan Al Galidi and Rozalie Hirs.

Date: 2018-03-11
Time: 14:00 CET
Location: Akademie van Bouwkunst, Waterlooplein 211-213, 1011 PG Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2018-03-10

CD release Electric Language by Wiek Hijmans

On 10 March 2018 at 16:00 CET the electric guitar player and musician-at-large Wiek Hijmans present the launch of his fourth solo album Electric Language as part of the illustrous series Ladder of Escape, Attacca Productions, Amsterdam. At Splendor in Amsterdam, Wiek Hijmans plays a short concert, consisting of works by Morton Feldman, Yannis Kyriakides, Maarten Altena, Rozalie Hirs, Christian Wolff, Peter Ablinger, and himself. The concert is to be followed by a reception.

Date: 2018-03-10
Time: 16:00 CET
Location: Splendor, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar)

2018-02-21

Meditations (2017) – UK premiere

On Wednesday 21 February 2018 the British pianist Philip Thomas and the Canadian percussionist, composer, and electronic musician Colin Frank play the opening concert of the Electric Spring Festival at the University of Huddersfield, UK. During this program Philip Thomas also presents the UK premiere of Meditations for piano and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs.

The Electric Spring Festival, hosted by the University of Huddersfield, is a five-day electronic sonic exploration.

Date: 2018-02-21
Time: 19:30 GMT
Location: Creative Arts Building (Phipps Hall), University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK
Performers: Philip Thomas (piano)

2017-11-23

Book launch verdere bijzonderheden (2017)

On 23 November 2017 at 17:00 CET the poetry book verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam: Querido; 2017) by Rozalie Hirs will be presented to the public at the independent literary Athenaeum bookshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Rozalie reads a few poems from the new volume. With additional performances by her admired colleagues Anneke Brassinga, Jaap Blonk, Eva Gerlach, Bernke Klein Zandvoort, and Astrid Lampe. The presentation and readings are to be followed by a reception.

Date: 2017-11-23
Time: 17:00-19:00 CET
Location: Athenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14, 1012 XA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Jaap Blonk, Anneke Brassinga, Eva Gerlach, Bernke Klein Zandvoort, Astrid Lampe, and Rozalie Hirs

2017-11-12

Meditations (2017)

171111-november-music-philip-thomas-pianoFrom 3-12 November 2017 November Music, the contemporary music festival of The Netherlands, takes place in Den Bosch. During its Kunstmuziek Route on 12 November 2017 at 12:00 CET the British pianist Philip Thomas presents the premiere of Meditations for piano and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs, followed by two additional performances in the afternoon, at 13:00 and 14:00 CET respectively.

Meditations was composed with financial support of a Stipend from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund and an Artist’s Award from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Date: 2017-11-12
Time: 2:00, 13:00, and 14:00 CET (three concerts)
Location: Muzerije (Hofzaal), November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Performers: Philip Thomas (piano)

2017-11-07

Meditations (2017) – world premiere

171111-november-music-philip-thomas-pianoFrom 7-12 November 2017 the Sounds of Music Festival takes place in Groningen, The Netherlands. This year the British pianist Philip Thomas presents the world premiere of Meditations for piano and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs at Sounds of Music, Groningen, with additional performances at November Music, Den Bosch. In addition Oerknal New Music Collective performs works by Adams and Feldman.

Programme
John Luther Adams – Canticles of The Sky
Rozalie Hirs – Meditations (2017; world premiere)
John Luther Adams – The Wind in High Places (2011)
Morton Feldman – Clarinet and String Quartet (1983)

Meditations was composed with financial support of a Stipend from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund and an Artist’s Award from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Date: 2017-11-07
Time: 20:30
Location: Grand Theatre, Groningen, The Netherlands
Performers: Philip Thomas (piano) and Oerknal New Music Collective: Daniel Boeke (clarinet), Mariana Hutchinson Siemers (violin), Raphaella Engelsberg (violin), Lidwine Dam (viola), René van Munster (cello)

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. The score of parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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.

2017-10-17

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

2017-10-07

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.

parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund. The score is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

(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

2017-06-28

article 4 [map butterfly] (2004) – Finnish premiere

On 28 June 2017 the Avanti! Quartet and John Storgårds (violin) open the Avanti! Summer Sounds Festival in the pitoresque church of Pernaja, one hour from Helsinki. The concert, curated by Lotta Wennäkoski, this year’s festival composer, consists of works by Xenakis, Trbojevic, Ravel, and Hirs.

Programme
Iannis Xenakis – Ikhoor for string trio
Jovanka Trbojevic – Oro for string quartet
Rozalie Hirs – article 4 [map butterfly] for solo violin Finnish premiere
Maurice Ravel – Sonata for violin and cello

Date: 2017-06-28
Time: 19:00 CET
Location: Church of Pernaja, Finland
Performers: Avanti! Quartet, John Storgårds (violin)

2017-05-17

article 7 [ways to climb a mountain] (2012) – Austrian premiere

On 17 May 2017 Fie Schouten plays the Austrian première of article 7 [ways to climb a mountain] (2012) during her residency at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien. Schouten commissioned the composition with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund, and played its world premiere on 12 November 2012 at November Music.

Date: 2017-05-17
Location: Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, Vienna, Austria

2017-04-25

article 8 [infinity] (2014) – Polish premiere

On Tuesday 25 April 2017 Ensemble 306, Marieke Franssen (flute), and Stephan Heber (cello) perform a concert of premieres at the 29th International Composers’ Festival of Krakow, Poland.

Marieke Franssen (flute) plays the Polish premiere of article 8 [infinity] for flute or bass flute and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs. The photograph shows Marieke Franssen on bass flute during a rehearsal of article 8 [infinity].

Programme

Daan Manneke – Surge/Stephan hebe dich…! for solo cello (2005) *
Kaija Saariaho – Mirrors for flute and cello (1997)
Lasse Thoresen – With an open hand or a clenched fist? for solo flute (1976) *
Jukka Tiensuu – bLeuelein for solo cello (2010) *
Kaija Saariaho – NoaNoa for flute and electronics (1992)
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Transitions for solo cello (2014) *
Rozalie Hirs – article 8 [infinity] for flute and electronics (2014) *
José María Sánchez-Verdú – Deploratio II for flute and cello (2001) *

* Polish premieres

Date: 2017-04-25
Time: 19:30
Location: Academy of Music Concert Hall, 43. Św. Tomasza Street, Krakow, Poland
Performers: Ensemble 306, Marieke Franssen (flute), Stephan Heber (cello)

2017-02-14

On Tenderness (2017) – world premiere

On 14 February 2017 Megumi Masaki performs the world premiere of On Tenderness for piano solo and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. Masaki collaborated with Hirs at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in November 2016, followed by a try-out concert of the piece on 2 December 2016 at Rice Recital Hall, Music and Sound, Banff, Canada. The premiere concert takes place on Valentine’s Day at the Pro Series of Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada.

Date: 2017-02-14
Location: Brandon University, School of Music, Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Queen Elizabeth II Building, 270 18th Street , Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9 Canada
Performers: Megumi Masaki (piano)
The Pro Series: Faculty Concert

2016-02-12

article 7 [seven 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)

2016-02-11

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
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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)

2016-02-06

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
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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)

2016-02-02

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

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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

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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)

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

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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.

2015-09-11

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)

2015-06-06

Atlantis ampersand – world premiere

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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.

2015-04-26

Hilbert’s Hotel – 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

2015-04-18

Portrait concert, Mills College, United States

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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).

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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)

2015-02-20

Infinity Stairs

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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.

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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.

2014-11-27

Lichtende Drift (2014) – world premiere

Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

On 27 November 2014 Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (principal player and artistic director) perform a new work by Rozalie Hirs for string orchestra, commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

In her youth Rozalie developed an early affection for the works by Béla Bartók, starting with the works for piano solo, soon to be followed by the works for strings: his string quartets, duos for two violins, violin concertos, Divertimento for strings, and Music for Strings, Celesta and Percussion.

Hirs’s new work is written in reply to Bartók’s Divertimento. She regards it as an honor to be performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta alongside her first musical hero. Further compositions in the program are Fugue on the name B.A.C.H. by Robert Schumann and Concerto Funebre by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. The soloist of the evening is violinist Isabelle Faust.

The instrumentation of the new work by Hirs is 6-6-5-4-2 (6 first violins, 6 second violins, 5 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses).

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Date: 2014-11-27
Time: 20:15
Location: Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Piet Heinkade 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Candida Thompson (principal player)
World premiere of a new composition commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta

2014-11-08

Nadir (2014) – Dutch premiere

Quatuor Bozzini (photograph: Michael Slobodian) at November Music with a new work by Rozalie Hirs

On 8 November 2014 at 19:00 Bozzini Quartet will present the Dutch premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. In 2011 and 2012 the exquisite Bozzini Quartet, based in Montréal, toured Hirs’s first string quartet Zenit (2010) in Canada, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The new work is scored for two violins, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The sounds are synthesized from sinetones through additive synthesis. The other pieces on the programme are a new work by Frederik Neyrinck and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat. (photograph: Michael Slobodian)

With special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Arne Bock for the sound projection in the hall.

Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

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Date: 2014-11-08
Time: 19:00
Location: November Music, Muziekcentrum De Toonzaal, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Performers: Bozzini Quartet
New musical work commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music

2014-11-06

Roseherte – world premiere of the new version for orchestra

November Music: Perfromance of 'Roseherte' by Rozalie Hirs at opening concert, 6 November 2014During the opening concert of November Music 2014 on Thursday 6 November 2014 Roseherte (2008) by Rozalie Hirs will be performed by Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
In its original version this work is scored for a ninety-piece symphony orchestra & electronic sounds. On 6 November 2014 a brandnew version for forty-two piece orchestra & electronic sounds will be played. The new instrumentation is 2222.2221.arp.2perc.pf.66442 & electronic sounds. For more info on the composition, please visit its main page.

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

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Date: 2014-11-06
Time: 19:30
Location: November Music, Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
Performers: philharmonie zuidnederland
World premiere of the new version for small orchestra, commissioned by November Music.

2014-10-25

Nadir (2014) – world premiere

Quatuor Bozzini (photograph: Michael Slobodian) at November Music with a new work by Rozalie Hirs

On 25 October 2014 during the Transit Festival (Festival van Vlaanderen) Bozzini Quartet will present the world premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs. In 2011 and 2012 the exquisite Bozzini Quartet, based in Montréal, toured Hirs’s first string quartet Zenit (2010) in Canada, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The new work is scored for two violins, viola, cello, and electronic sounds. The sounds are synthesized from sinetones through additive synthesis. The other pieces on the programme are a new work by Frederik Neyrinck and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat. (photograph: Michael Slobodian)

With special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Arne Bock for the sound projection in the hall.

Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

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Date: 2014-10-25
Time: 16:00
Location: Transit - Festival van Vlaanderen/ Vlaams-Brabant, Leuven, Belgium
Performers: Bozzini Quartet
World premiere of a new composition, commissioned by Bozzini Quartet, and November Music

2014-09-17

Infinity stairs (2014) – world premiere

Rehearsal with Fie Schouten, Shanna Gutierrez, and Wiek Hijmans (playing sketches for 'Infinity Stairs' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs)On 17 September 2014 at 20:30 CET Shanna Gutierrez, Wiek Hijmans, and Fie Schouten will present a recital with works by Mauricio Kagel, Jorrit Dijkstra, Kaija Saariaho, Morton Feldman, Frederick Gifford, Christian Wolff, and Rozalie Hirs. The recital features the world premiere of two new trios: Infinity stairs (2014) by Rozalie Hirs, and Adage of Spontaneity (2014) by Fredrick Gifford.

With special thanks to Christian Karlsen (conductor) and Arne Bock (sound projection in the hall)

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Date: 2014-09-17
Time: 20:30
Location: Bethanienklooster, Barndesteeg 6b, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Shanna Gutierrez (flute), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet)
World premiere. Written with financial support of a composition stipend of Performing Arts Fund NL.

2014-09-12

article 8 [infinity] (2014) – world premiere

Shanna Gutierrez (flute) plays the world premiere of article 8 [infinity] (2014) by Rozalie HirsOn 12 September 2014, at the event New Adventures in Performance during the Gaudeamus Music Week, Pete Harden (guitar), Susanna Borsch (recorder), and Cherish Menzo (dance) present and add to the neon elk a pinch of tarragon by Marina Poleukhina (RU 1989), who is nominated for the Gaudeamus Prize 2014.

The concert starts off with a performance by Shanna Gutierrez (flute, bass flute), who presents Sur les débris for bass flute and electronics (2013) by Francisco Castillo Trigueros (MX 1983), nominated for the Gaudeamus Prize 2014, as well as the world premiere of article 8 [infinity] (2014) for flute and electronic sounds by Rozalie Hirs, who was chairman of the jury of the Gaudeamus Prize in 2011.

Date: 2014-09-12
Time: 21:15
Location: New Adventures in Performance, Gaudeamus Music Week, RASA, Pauwstraat 13-a, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
World premiere. Written with financial support of a stipend awarded by the NL Performing Arts Fund.

2014-04-17

život mogućnosti – book presentation, Serbia

Rozalie Hirs: život mogućnosti (Serbian, Croatian translation: Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lučić). Poetry book. Banja Luka: Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2014. ISBN 978-99-955-8050-6. 124pp.On 17 April at 19:00 hrs CET the new translated poetry book život mogućnosti by Rozalie Hirs is presented at Leila, Belgrade, Serbia. Hirs presents a performance lecture, including the performance of her composition Bridge of Babel (2009), a reading of her poems in several languages, and a discussion on interdisciplinary aspects of her work. The book, published by Zdravko Kecman, Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, Banja Luka, contains ninety poems by Rozalie Hirs, translated by Jelica Novaković and Radovan Lučić. The cover illustration of the book is by visual artist Harm van den Dorpel. The introduction is written by Laurens Ham.

život mogućnosti (Serbian, Croatian translation: Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lučić), Banja Luka: Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, 2014. Bosnia & Herzegovina. ISBN 978-99-955-8050-6. 124 pages.

Date: 2014-04-17
Time: 19:00
Location: Leila, Belgrade, Serbia
With financial support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature

2014-04-15

Poetry reading and debate, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Rozalie Hirs: život mogućnosti (Serbian, Croatian translation: Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lučić). Poetry book. Banja Luka: Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2014. ISBN 978-99-955-8050-6. 124pp.On 15 April 2014 at 12:00 CET Bosnian poets and translators will be visiting Visoka škola za ekonomiju, Prijedor, for a debate with Rozalie Hirs on the new poetry book život mogućnosti, that was presented a day before in Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina. They read poems and translations from the book and discuss poetry, translation, and intermedial aspects of poetry.

The book, published by Zdravko Kecman, Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, Banja Luka, contains ninety poems by Rozalie Hirs, translated by Jelica Novaković and Radovan Lučić. The cover illustration of the book is by visual artist Harm van den Dorpel. The introduction was written by Laurens Ham.

život mogućnosti (Serbian, Croatian translation: Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lučić), Banja Luka: Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, 2014. Bosnia & Herzegovina. ISBN 978-99-955-8050-6. 124 pages.

Date: 2014-04-15
Time: 12:00
Location: Visoka škola za ekonomiju i informatiku (Higher education for economics en informatics), Ulica Mitropolita Petra Zimonića bb, Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Performers: Rozalie Hirs, Zdravko Kecman, Živko Malešević, Branislav Kecman, Ivana Kitonjić
With financial support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature

2014-04-14

život mogućnosti – book presentation, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Rozalie Hirs: život mogućnosti (Serbian, Croatian translation: Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lučić). Poetry book. Banja Luka: Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2014. ISBN 978-99-955-8050-6. 124pp.On 14 April at 19:00 hrs CET the new translated poetry book život mogućnosti by Rozalie Hirs is presented at Banski Dvor Cultural Center, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The book, published by Zdravko Kecman, Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, Banja Luka, contains ninety poems by Rozalie Hirs, translated by Jelica Novaković and Radovan Lučić. The cover illustration of the book is by visual artist Harm van den Dorpel. The introduction is written by Laurens Ham.

život mogućnosti (Serbian, Croatian translation: Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lučić), Banja Luka: Kuća Poezije/Biblioteka Prevodi, 2014. Bosnia & Herzegovina. ISBN 978-99-955-8050-6. 124 pages.

Date: 2014-04-14
Time: 19:00
Location: Banski dvor Cultural Center, Kulturni centar, Trg srpskih vladara 1, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Performers: Rozalie Hirs, Zdravko Kecman, Milenko Stojičić, Aleksandra Čvorović, Minja Golubović
With financial support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature

2014-03-12

Performances, Germany

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On 12 March 2014 the Poetry bookstore/ Lyrikbuchhandlung, Leipzig, Germany, is celebrating the opening of the Leipzig Book Fair (Leipziger Buchmesse) with a live poetry event from 20:00-1:00.

At 23:00 CET Daniela Seel, Valeri Scherstjanoi, and Rozalie Hirs are performing their own work. This evening also marks the launch of the new poetry book ein tag (Berlin: hochroth Verlag, 2014) by Rozalie Hirs, translated by Ard Posthuma, Jan Oberländer, and the author.

Rozalie Hirs: ein tag (Berlin: hochroth verlag, 2014) book cover

Date: 2014-03-12
Time: 20:00
Location: Lyrikbuchhandlung, Karl-Heine-Str. 59, Leipzig, Germany

2014-01-24

Exhibition of visual poetry, Kassel

Oskar Pastior (Urs Engeler Verlag)

On 24 January 2014 at 19:00 the exhibition TINO, SatzZeichungen is officially opened. The drawings shown in this exhibition are all inspired by an Oskar Pastior quote: “Tino ist im Garten und sieht eine Orange.”

All drawings were devised by the following poets who have performed at 3 durch 3 – reihe Sprachkunst, Kassel, Germany, during its first decade: Friedrich Achleitner, Friedrich W. Block, Jonathan Bragdon, Klaus Peter Dencker, Brigitta Falkner, Gundi Feyrer, Zsuzsanna Gahse, Ilse Garnier, Pierre Garnier, Hellmut Geissner, Michael Göbel, Rozalie Hirs, Franz Hohler, Felix Philipp Ingold, Nils Jablonski, Steffi Jüngling, Thomas Kapielski, Angelika Kaufmann, Nina Kaun, Ingomar von Kieseritzky, Fredericke Lorenz, Paul Maar, Rana Matloub, Friederike Mayröcker, Franz Mon, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Dietmar Pfister, Eckhard Rhode, Gerhard Rühm, Carola Ruf, Valeri Scherstjanoi, Siegried J. Schmidt, Lisa Spalt, Michael Stauffer, Christian Steinbacher, Gisela Weimann, Eberhard Weyel, Herbert J. Wimmer, Paul Wühr.

The exhibtion is open to the public from 24 January through 23 February 2014 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 15:00 until 18:00.

Date: 2014-01-24
Time: 19:00
Location: Kunsttempel, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 177, Kassel, Germany

2013-11-29

In state of [war] – world premiere

Rozalie Hirs Suburban Video Lounge

On Friday 29 November 2013 at 20:30 CET the new text music composition In state of [war] (2013) by Rozalie Hirs is performed for the first time as part of Words Live 4, an arts event dedicated to spoken words, at Perdu, Amsterdam. The performers are Paul Bogaers, Florian Cramer, Cora Schmeiser, Rosie Heinrich, Toine Horvers, Émilie Gallier, Mariëtte Groot, Myriam van Imschoot, Teun de Lange, Gerrit-Jan de Rook, Samuel Vriezen, and B. Zwaal. In state of [war] (2013) for twelve spoken voices is a sequel to In LA (2003) for six spoken voices.

Words Live 4 is organized by Sub-urban Video Lounge. It consists of a broad selection of contemporary word art in The Netherlands The curators of Words Live are Toine Horvers and Kathrin Wolkowicz. Information about the previous edition, Words Live 3, can be found here.

Date: 2013-11-29
Time: 20:30
Location: Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam
Performers: Paul Bogaers, Florian Cramer, Cora Schmeiser, Rosie Heinrich, Toine Horvers, Émilie Gallier, Mariëtte Groot, Myriam van Imschoot, Teun de Lange, Gerrit-Jan de Rook, Samuel Vriezen, B. Zwaal
World premiere, new composition commissioned by Toine Horvers and Perdu

2013-11-23

Curvices (2013) – opening

Rozalie Hirs: Curvices (Informatie, plakkaat, 2013)

On Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 15:00, the new poetry and soundinstallation for mobile devices Curvices (2013), composed and written by Rozalie Hirs, and commissioned by Klankenbos, Neerpelt, Belgium, is presented. Hirs, Cox & Grusenmeyer will introduce the work and the guests can make their first sound walk together with the app. Furthermore, the bibliofile poetry book Curvices and Musicles (Bleiswijk: Studio 3005, 2013) by Rozalie Hirs is presented. Welcome!

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)

Bibliofile poetry book/chapbook (English)
Rozalie Hirs (poetry)
Marc Vleugels (book design, typesetting, printing)
Publisher: Studio 3005

Date: 2013-11-23
Time: 15:00
Location: Sound Forest, Dommelhof, Neerpelt, Toekomstlaan 5, Belgium
Commissioned by Klankenbos, Neerpelt, België

2013-09-21

article 6 – world premiere

Wiek Hijmans, electric guitar

Concert with the first performance of article 6 for electric guitar and electronic sounds, as part of the solo recital Gevonden werken (“Found works”) by Wiek Hijmans, programmed by Rozalie Hirs at Hijmans’s request. The program consists of works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Tristan Murail, Roi Nachson and Rozalie Hirs.

Date: 2013-09-21
Time: 20:30
Location: Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, Den Haag
Performers: Wiek Hijmans

Commissioned by Wiek Hijmans with financial support from Fonds Podiumkunsten.

Published on: September, 2013

2013-03-25

Ain, silabar ain – world premiere

David KweksilberOn 25 March 2013, the new composition Ain silabar ain for big band (2013) by Rozalie Hirs receives its world premiere at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The new work is a commission by David Kweksilber Big Band with financial support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

Date: 2013-03-25
Time: 20:30 CET
Location: Bimhuis, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: David Kweksilber Big Band
Commissioned by David Kweksilber Big Band with financial support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund

2012-11-11

article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] – first performance

Fie Schouten

Sunday, November 11, 2012, in the afternoon, the new composition article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] for bass clarinet and electronic sounds is premiered during November Music. Fie Schouten performs the work in three recitals at 12:30, 14:30 and 17:00, in the Lutherse Kerk, Den Bosch. The three recitals each last one hour. Also on the program: works by Theo Loevendie and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Date: 2012-11-11
Time: 12:30
Location: November Music, Kunstmuziekroute: Lutherse Kerk, Verwersstraat 49, Den Bosch.
Performers: Fie Schouten (bass clarinet)
New composition commissioned by Fie Schouten with financial support from Fonds Podiumkunsten

Published on: November 2012

2012-09-19

gestamelde werken – book launch

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On September 19, 2012, the fifth poetry collection by Rozalie Hirs, gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012; ontwerp: Michaël Snitker) has its book launch party at Van Rossum bookshop, Amsterdam. With performances by Sasja Jansen, Anneke Brassinga, Frank Keizer, Jaap Blonk, and Rozalie Hirs. Querido editor Mirjam van Hengel presents the first copy of the book to the author, and Samuel Vriezen interviews her about the new work. Host for the night is Joost Baars.

Date: 2012-09-19
Time: 20:00
Location: Boekhandel Van Rossum, Beethovenstraat 32, Amsterdam

2011-11-10

Arbre Généalogique – world premiere

Rozalie Hirs and Susan Narucki (after the premiere of 'Arbre généalogique', Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, 10 November 2011)

On November 10, 2011, at 20:15, the world premiere of the musical composition Arbre Généalogique (2011) by Rozalie Hirs is taking place as part of the PROMS concert series in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. The piece is  performed by Susan Narucki (soprano), Pierre-André Valade (conductor) and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble.

Date: 2011-11-10
Time: 20:15
Location: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Performers: Susan Narucki (soprano), Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Pierre-André Valade (conductor)

World premiere
New composition commissioned by ASKO|Schönberg with financial support from the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts (Fonds Podiumkunsten)


2011-01-06

Bridge of Babel
Geluksbrenger online – presentatie
In LA
Pulsars

Rozalie Hirs, Logos, Gent, Belgium, 6 January 2011 (photograph: Peter Van Lancker)

On January 6, 2011, Rozalie Hirs is performing her compositions Bridge of Babel (2009), Pulsars (2007) and In LA (2003) at the Tetrahedron of the Logos Foundation in Ghent. Additionally, she is presenting the new interactive poetry website Geluksbrenger, which was developed in collaboration with visual artist Harm van den Dorpel. She is also giving the first public reading of her cycle die deed mijn schoenen aan (2010).

Date: 2011-01-06
Time: 20:00
Location: Logos Tetrahedron, Bomastraat 26-28, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

2011-11-13

Pulsars – CD launch

Rozalie Hirs: Pulsars (Amsterdam: Attacca Records, 2010; sleeve design: FokkeWubbolts)

On November 13, 2010, at 15:00, the musical composition Pulsars (2007) by Rozalie Hirs is played during Cineac Sonore at November Music, ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Additionally, the CD of the same name, Pulsars, (Amsterdam: Attacca Records, 2010) is launched. Hannah Bosma of Muziekcentrum Nederland, the CD’s co-producer, presents the first copy to the composer.

Date: 2011-11-13
Time: 15:00
Location: Cineac Sonore (Filmzaal 4), November Music, Boschdijkstraat 45, 's-Hertogenbosch

2010-11-05

Bridge of Babel – world premiere

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On November 5, 2010, at 21:00, Rozalie Hirs performs her new musical composition, Bridge of Babel (2009), as part of the Babel Festival in Amsterdam.

Date: 2010-11-05
Time: 21:00
Location: Babelfestival, Ostadetheater i.s.m. Restaurant Babylon, Van Woustraat 117, Amsterdam

2010-06-08

Venus – world premiere

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On June 8, 2010, the three movement percussion ensemble composition Venus (2010) by Rozalie Hirs is premiered as part of the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. The piece was commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag with financial support from the Eduard van Beinum Foundation. Additionally, works were played by Gérard Grisey, Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, Richard Ayres and Abel Paul. There are two performances, at 16:00 and at 20:30. The location is the Bach Pavilion by architect Zahd Hadid, constructed especially for this edition of the Holland Festival at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam.

Date: 2010-06-08
Time: 16:00
Location: Holland Festival, Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 27, Amsterdam
Performers: Slagwerk Den Haag, Clare Gallagher (sound projection)
World premiere. New composition commission by Slagwerk Den Haag with financial support from the Eduard van Beinum Stichting

2010-05-01

Zenit – world premiere

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On May 1, 2010, as part of Les espaces acoustiques and beyond: new music after Gérard Grisey, the work Zenit (2010) by Rozalie Hirs is premiered, in a performance by The Formalist Quartet. The location is the REDCAT/ Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theatre in Los Angeles, United States.

You can find critical praise for the piece by Marc Swed writing in the LA Times here.

Date: 2010-05-01
Time: 20:30
Location: REDCAT/ Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theatre, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, United States
Performers: The Formalist Quartet
Les espaces acoustiques and beyond: new music after Gérard Grisey

2010-04-08

zichtbaar als zichzelf – world premiere

Henk van der Waal

On April 18, 2010, at Castrum Peregrini, the world premiere of zichtbaar als zichzelf (2010), a musical and textual composition by Rozalie Hirs and Henk van der Waal is performed, based on the text of the same title by Henk van der Waal. Hirs and Van der Waal perform the work together.

Date: 2010-04-08
Time: 16:00
Location: Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401, Amsterdam
Performers: Henk van der Waal, Rozalie Hirs

2010-01-14

Contemporary compositional techniques and OpenMusic – book launch

Rozalie Hirs, Bob Gilmore: Contemporary Compositional Techniques and OpenMusic (Paris: IRCAM/Delatour, 2009)

On January 14, at the Amsterdam Conservatory, the book Contemporary compositional techniques and OpenMusic, published by IRCAM and Editions Delatour is launched. The book is edited by Rozalie Hirs and Bob Gilmore. At the launch, Hirs gives a lecture on the book, on the musical composition Le Lac (2001) by Tristan Murail, and on the OpenMusic computer program.

Date: 2010-01-14
Time: 14:00
Location: Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Oosterdokskade 151, Amsterdam

2009-06-27

Bridge of Babel – exposition opening

Android, 2009 (Roel van Timmeren in collaboration with the composers Rozalie Hirs, Gerda Geertens, Huba de Graaf, Mayke Nas), sound installation at Kinkerbrug, Amsterdam, 2009

On June 27, 2009, the sound installation Android (2009) is opened, designed by Roel van Timmeren/ ILAP especially for the Kinker bridge in Amsterdam. In this installation, the electro-acoustic musical composition Bridge of Babel (2009) by Rozalie Hirs is heard, as well as brand new works by Gerda Geertens, Huba de Graaff and Mayke Nas. The installation is on display during the three months of summer.

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Date: 2009-06-27
Time: 16:00
Location: Kinker bridge, Amsterdam (corner of Kinkerstraat and Tweede Kostverlorenkade)
Roel van Timmeren/ ILAP

2009-04-05

Curved space/ Gekromde ruimte – world premiere Aan de zon de wereld Poetry pieces I-III

Rozalie Hirs and Stevko Busch during WortMusik/Pianolab at the Goethe Institut, Amsterdam, on April 5, 2009, during the world premiere of 'Gekromde ruimte' by Rozalie Hirs (videostill)

On April 5, 2009, the event WortMusik takes place: a portrait concert of Rozalie Hirs featuring the artist, on the invitation of curator and pianist Stevko Busch, Gallery of Tones. During WortMusik the musical compositions Curved space/ Gekromde ruimte (2009), Poetry pieces I-III (2008) and Aan de zon de wereld (2006) by Rozalie Hirs are performed at the Goethe Institut, Amsterdam. The performance of Curved space/ Gekromde ruimte is a world premiere.

You can watch a compilation of clips from the concert on the YouTube link, below, and you can read all the poems here.

Date: 2009-04-05
Time: 14:00
Location: Goethe Institut, Herengracht 470, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Ned McGowan (flute), Tobias Klein (contrabass clarinet), Joost Buis (trombone, lapsteel guitar), Stevko Busch (piano), Robert van Heumen (computer, controllers), Arnold Dooyeweerd (double bass), Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice)
Stevko Busch (curator), Pianolab, Gallery of Tones

2008-11-27

Geluksbrenger – book launch

Rozalie Hirs: Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: Querido, 2008). Poetry: Rozalie Hirs. Book design: Michaël Snitker

On November 27, 2008, the launch party for the new poetry collection Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: Querido, 2008) by Rozalie Hirs takes place, with performances by Jaap Blonk, Geert Buelens, Rozalie Hirs and the Jackson Mac Low Band. Mirjam van Hengel, poetry editor for Querido, presents the first copy to the poet. The event is hosted by Joost Baars.

Date: 2008-11-27
Time: 20:30
Location: Stichting Perdu, Kloveniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008-11-08

Roseherte – world premiere

On stage after the premiere of 'Roseherte' by Rozalie Hirs, 8 November 2008

On November 8, 2008, the composition Roseherte (2008) for large orchestra and electronic sounds is premiered as part of the Nederlandse Muziekdagen (Dutch Music Days) at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. The work is performed by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted by Micha Hamel.

Date: 2008-11-08
Time: 20:30
Location: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Micha Hamel (conductor)

2008-06-14

article 5 [dolphin, curved time] – world premiere

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On June 15, 2008, the musical composition article 5 [dolpin, curved time] (2008) by Rozalie Hirs is premiered by soprano Irene Maessen as part of Festival Wendingen at the Bijbels Museum (Biblical Museum), Amsterdam. The piece is based on the poem ‘Tuimelaar’ from Rozalie’s poetry collection Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: uitgeverij Querido, Amsterdam; 2008), which is to be published soon.

On June 14, 2008, the piece is performed twice, at 13:00 and at 14:00. The next day, two more performances take place.

Date: 2008-06-14
Time: 13:00
Location: Wendingen Festival, Bijbels Museum, Herengracht 368, Amsterdam
Performers: Irene Maessen (soprano)
World premiere: new composition commissioned by Marja Bon and Wendingen

2008-05-08

Poetry pieces III – world premiere

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On May 8, 2008, the launch party of the new issue of the English language literary review, Versal VI, takes place at the Sugar Factory, Amsterdam. During the night, poets and writers Emmanuel Moses, Sandra Jensen, Wiljan van den Akker, Jennifer Arcuni, Michael Karmen, Julian Stannard and Jane Monk read original work. In addition, Rozalie Hirs performs the world premiere of her musical composition Poetry piece III (2008).
The night is hosted by Versal‘s Prue Duggan and Megan M. Garr.
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Date: 2008-05-08
Time: 20:00
Location: Sugar Factory, Lijnbaansgracht 238, Amsterdam
Versal VI (Amsterdam: wordsinhere, 2008)

2008-04-26

Poetry pieces I-III – world premiere, Aan de zon, de wereld, In LA, Van het wonder is woord

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On Saturday, April 26, 2008, Rozalie Hirs performs her musical compositions Aan de zon, de wereld (2006), In LA (2003), Poetry pieces I-III (2008) and Van het wonder is woord (2005) at Minardschouwburg, Ghent, Belgium, for the occasion of the Krikri/ Zaoem festival. The performance of Poety Pieces I-II is the world premiere of these compositions.

Other featured artists include poets/performers Angela Rawlings (Canada), Eduard Escoffet (Spain), Leevi Lehto (Finland), Ghalia Benali (Tunesia). Festival curators are Maja Jantar, Jelle Meander and Helen White.

Date: 2008-04-26
Time: 20:00
Location: Krikri/ Zaoem Polypoetry Festival, Minardschouwburg, Walpoortstraat 15, Ghent, Belgium

2007-05-12

Vlinders, gras (2007) – world premiere

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On May 12, 2007, the composition for four male voices Vlinders, gras (2007) by Rozalie Hirs is premiered at Tolhuistuin Festival, Amsterdam. The work is interpreted by the Jackson Mac Low Band (Samuel Vriezen, Joost Baars, Dante Boon, Martijn Voorvelt).

Date: 2007-05-12
Time: 16:00
Location: Tolhuistuin Festival, Tolhuisweg 5, Amsterdam
Performers: Jackson Mac Low Band (Samuel Vriezen, Joost Baars, Dante Boon, Martijn Voorvelt)

2007-02-11

Zenit, uur nul (2007) – world premiere

Zephyr Kwartet (Barbara Lüneburg, Jacob Plooij, Elisabeth Smalt, John Addison), 2007

On February 11, 2007, as part of the concert program The Soul Awakens, the string quartet Zenit, uur nul by Rozalie Hirs is premiered. The concert by the Zephyr Quartet takes place at Museum De Pont, Tilburg. Works are performed by Scelsi, Radulescu, Vivier and Hirs.

Date: 2007-02-11
Time: 14:30
Location: Museum de Pont, Wilhelminapark 1, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Performers: Zephyr Quartet (Barbara Lüneburg, Jacob Plooij, Elisabeth Smalt, John Addison)