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2017-02-14

On Tenderness (2017) world premiere [invitation]

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of On Tenderness for piano and electro-acoustic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs, performed by Megumi Masaki. The premiere concert takes place tonight at 20:00 as part of the Pro Series at Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada. The composition On Tenderness is dedicated to the Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain aka Sleeping Buffalo, honoring the sacred grounds of the Stoney Nakoda, on which the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has been built. Welcome!


2017-02-08

This Singing of Tongues (2013) on SoundCloud

A new addition on SoundCloud: This Singing of Tongues (2013) by Rozalie Hirs, a song from her album Curvices and the nineteenth poem from her poetry book Curvices and Musicles (Uitgeverij Vleugels, Bleiswijk, 2013).

The track is also features in her poetry and music installation Curvices, commissioned by Klankenbos/Sound Forest, Neerpelt, Belgium: Curvices (2013) is a digital application, a virtual poetry and sound installation for cell phones, that accompanies you on your walk through the museum park Klankenbos/ Sound Forest in Neerpelt, Belgium. By changing location you codetermine the development of the music and the poetry. Where are you? What do you hear? Is it indigenous birds that are singing in the forest or do you hear birds from Portugal through your cell phone? Is it a siren you hear or is it the wind? By exploring the terrain you probe sounds and words, you make a journey through the forest, around the world, in as many steps as you like.

The forest has been divided into ten zones, virtual spaces, each with their own composition and animation, that have been composed, designed, and programmed, respectively by Hirs, Cox & Grusenmeyer and Yvan Vander Sanden. The soundapp Curvices registers your location through the GPS on your cell phone or tablet. If you enter a new zone, the corresponding composition sounds and the animation becomes visible. If you are between zones, you hear a recognizable interlude full of birds and sparkling overtones.

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)


2017-01-23

Tenso 2017: Panel discussions on words and music [invitation]

You are cordially invited to two panel discussions with fellow composers and writers this morning at Philharmonie de Paris, France, as part of the International TENSO Conference. We will discuss all kinds of uses of words in music and the intrinsic music of words and poetry. The event is open to the public. Welcome!

Programme

09:30 CET
opening words with Emmanuel Honoré (FR) and Leo Samama (NL)

09:45 CET
keynote: the verbal and non-verbal aspect of music Eero Tarasti (FI)

10:15 CET
the composer face to face with the text
panel: Philippe Hersant (FR), Thierry Machuel (FR) Violetta Cruz (COL) and Sebastian Androne (RO)
moderator: Laurent Slaars (FR)

11:30 CET
the writer face to face with the music
panel: Rozalie Hirs (NL), Nicole Corti (FR), Aoife Mannix (IE), Stephen McNeff (UK)
moderator: Sylvie Douche (FR)

Addition 17:30 CET Here is the page with some of the works and topics I mentioned this morning.


2017-01-22

Nadir (2014) now online

Dear all, the first movement of my composition Nadir (2014) is now shared online. Nadir (2014) for string quartet and electronic sounds was commissioned by November Music, with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund. It was first performed by the Bozzini Quartet at November Music, Den Bosch, and Transit Festival van Vlaanderen, Leuven, in November 2014.

The sound diffusion in the hall was by Arne Bock. The film is by Patricia Werner Leanse. Enjoy!


2017-01-17

Roseherte now on SoundCloud

Dear friends, these weeks I shall be sharing a few more sound recordings of my works through SoundCloud. First of all here is the live recording of Roseherte as performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Micha Hamel (conductor) in November 2008. This live recording received additional mastering by Guido Tichelman. For more info on the composition, please visit its main page.


2017-01-01

Happy 2017!

Happy new year – wishing you love, happiness, and lots of new music, poems, and other arts in 2017!

Here is a photograph taken by my sweetheart on a rooftop in Amsterdam just after midnight, where we were celebrating with friends. Yes, it was this foggy, and yes, the fireworks were this red (at times).


2016-12-02

On Tenderness (2016) try-out [invitation]

megumimasakiThe amazing Megumi Masaki is performing the try-out of my new composition On Tenderness for piano and electronic sounds (2016) today at 11:00 at the Rolston Hall at Banff, Canada. I will also introduce the work and talk about previous compositions. Welcome!


2016-11-19

In Canada

161117-rozaliehirs-deersbesidemywindow-banff Currently finding myself as an Artist-in-Residence at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada. So happy to be here. Discovering recording as part of the creative process, playing with sounds and words, trying out things, deep listening. New stuff in the making!

Deeply grateful for the generous support of the Artist’s Award of Banff Centre and a fellowship of Cultuurfonds. For the beautiful deers and colleagues whom I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. And for the ever-changing view.

Photograph on the left: two deers sitting beside my window yesterday afternoon.
Photographs below: pink cloud during a Banff sunset last week; welcome tour by Jim Oliver last week (with Jim Oliver, Armen Bazarian, John Millard, Fern Lindzon, Robyn Jacob, Lydia Hol); Banff sunset after first snowfall.

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2016-10-21

Performance at Mousonturm, Frankfurt [invitation]

161021-mousontum-frankfurt-wortkuesten-und-sprachpolderOn Friday 21 October 2016 at 19:30 CET Anneke Brassinga, Rodaan al Galidi, Rozalie Hirs, Elvis Peeters, and Miriam van Hee perform 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. Welcome!


2016-10-21

Performance at Lesart Bühne, Deutschlandradio Kultur [invitation]

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This morning, 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 as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. Welcome!


2016-06-27

OpenMusic workshop @ Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy [invitation]

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On 4 September 2016 from 11:00-17:15, as part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy, I shall be teaching 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. We shall install the software and the OMTristan library on our laptops, and take the first steps towards building patches and performing musical calculations. We also shall look into some examples of how these calculations can turn into musical scores and data for sound synthesis.

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

You can apply for the workshop by sending an e-mail to academy@muziekweek.nl 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.

The workshop takes place at Muziekhuis, Loevenhoutsedijk 301, 3552 XE Utrecht, The Netherlands.


2016-06-07

Performance at Romanfabrik, Frankfurt [invitation]

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The Netherlands and Flanders, hosts at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse, invite cordially to tonight’s performance by the poets and musicians Andy Fierens, Rozalie Hirs, Jasper van ‘t Hof, and Heinz Sauer at Romanfabrik, Frankfurt. The starting time is 20:00 CET. The address is Hanauer Landstraße 186, 60314 Frankfurt, Germany (Map view). Welcome!


2016-05-22

Review on portrait concert of Rozalie Hirs: “one of the most captivating poets at this moment”

Portrait concert of Rozalie Hirs  at Penhuis and Festival van Vlaanderen, Kortijk, Belgium (host: Alain Demotte)

A review by Paul Rigolle, published by the online literary magazine De Schaal van Digter on 27 April 2016, names Rozalie Hirs as “one of the most captivating poets at this moment”.

On 24 April 2016 the Festival van Vlaanderen and Penhuis, Kortrijk, Belgium, presented a portrait concert of Rozalie Hirs, consisting of her poems, three music compositions, and an interview. The programme was curated by Gie Devos and Joost Fonteijne. Host was Alain Delmotte. The Bozzini Quartet performed Rozalie Hirs’ string quartets Zenit (2010) en Nadir (2014). Hirs performed her poems and the music and poetry hybrid Bridge of Babel (2009). Photographs: Gie Devos.

Bozzini Quartet performing 'Nadir' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs during her portrait concert at Penhuis and Festival van Vlaanderen, 24 April 2016

Rozalie Hirs after her portrait concert at Penhuis and Festival van Vlaanderen on 24 April 2016


2016-02-19

WDR Radio broadcast of The honeycomb conjecture

151108-RozalieHirs-rehearsal-AskoSchonberg-ReinbertdeLeeuw-Thehoneycombconjecture Listen to the recent WDR radio broadcast of the concert Mouvement, including the world premiere of The honeycomb conjecture (2015) by Rozalie Hirs, performed by ASKO|Schönberg and Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor), at NOW! Prismen in Essen, Germany, on 8 November 2015. Available online for the next thirty days.


2016-02-09

article 8 [infinity] & Infinity Stairs – US premieres [invitation]

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You are cordially invited to the concert Unexpected Consequences in Chicago on 11 February 2016 by the trio Sonic Hedgehog, featuring Shanna Gutierrez (flutes), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), and guest performer Erin Gee (voice). The concert includes the US premieres of two music compositions by Rozalie Hirs: Infinity Stairs for trio and electronic sounds & article 8 [infinity] for flute and electronic sounds. The full program is listed below. Welcome!

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)


2016-02-05

Platonic ID – UK premiere [invitation]

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You are cordially invited to the UK premiere of Platonic ID (2005-06) by Rozalie Hirs, performed by the Birmingham New Music Group and Richard Baker (conductor), at CBSO Centre in Birmingham tomorrow. The concert also features the world premiere of Parallel Colour by Edmund Finnis, as well as works by Claude Vivier, Tansy Davies, Jonathan Harvey, and Franco Donatoni. Welcome!

Platonic ID (2005-06) was commissioned by ASKO|Schönberg with financial support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund. Below in its first recording by Guido Tichelman, performed by ASKO|Schönberg and Bas Wiegers (conductor), released by Attacca Productions.


2016-01-31

article 8 [infinity] [invitation]

Marieke Franssen rehearsal of 'article 8 [infinity] by Rozalie Hirs, 30 January 2016

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of article 8 [infinity] (2014, 2016 version for bass flute and electronic sounds) performed by Marieke Franssen at her double recital with Ilonka Kolthof this Tuesday 2 February 2016 at 20:30 CET at De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands. It would be nice to see you there – welcome!

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 picture shows Marieke playing article 8 [infinity] at our rehearsal yesterday.


2016-01-01

Happy New Year!

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With this photograph of the mysterious shore of Toe Head in the county of Cork, Ireland, I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year – full of growth, new ideas, music, poetry, images, thoughts, feelings – may you be well!


2015-11-10

Performance by ASKO|Schönberg

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

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

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

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2015-11-06

Interview, Harry Mulisch Festival, De Balie [invitation]

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

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

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


2015-10-31

PAM PAN Maanmensen [invitation]

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Today at 16:00 CET the graphic novel Maanmensen (2015) by Pam Emmerik is launched in the auditorium of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Furthermore the exhibition of all its constituent pictures is opened in the print room of the museum. A reception will follow at the espressobar.

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An afternoon celebrating the work of Pam Emmerik (1964-2015)

16.00 CET AUDITORIUM
book launch, lectures and readings
Sjarel Ex
Serge Onne & Harald Autsbo
Theo Huigens
Katrin Verlende
Petra Boolman
Rozalie Hirs

17.15 CET PRINTROOM
opening of the exhibition

17:30 CET ESSPRESSOBAR
reception, performance by Toine Klaassen


2015-10-30

Impossible screenplay [invitation]

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You are cordially invited to an evening around impossible screenplays tonight at Perdu, Amsterdam, at 20:30 CET. Maud Vanhauwaert and Dick Tuinder introduce films and drawings by Dick Tuinder. Theatertroep interprets two screenplays by Delphine Lecompte and Rozalie Hirs, recently published in an issue of the Flemish Literary Magazine DW B (Dietsche Warande & Belfort) curated by Vanhauwaert around the topic of impossible screenplays. A discussion with Theatertroep, Frank Keizer, Bernhard Christiansen, and Rozalie Hirs concludes the evening.

The ‘screenplay’ by Rozalie Hirs is Atlantis (2015), a new multilingual collage poem, based on her previous poetry, including translations by Kim Andringa, Donald Gardner, Henri Deluy, Diego Puls, and Willem Groenewegen. This poetry cycle was originally written for Hirs’ composition Atlantis ampersand, commissioned by Holland Festival and premiered by Klangforum Wien and Vokalensemble NOVA at Holland Festival during the Urbo Kune event on 6 June 2015.

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[Update at 23:00 CET: Photograph of Theatertroep performing Hirs’ Atlantis at Perdu, 30 October 2015]

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2015-10-08

Interview for Gonzo Circus now online

The interview by Griet Menschaert for Gonzo Circus, also featuring a portrait photograph by Sara Anke Morris, is available in English now and can be read online at ISSUE (or by just clicking on the below picture). In this interview at the occasion of the tenth anniversary event of Klankenbos, Neerpelt, Belgium, Rozalie Hirs talks about her Curvices app, commissioned by Klankenbos/Musica, music, poetry.

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2015-09-23

Reverse Poetry Festival, Copenhagen [invitation]

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If you happen to be in Copenhagen this weekend, do join us at REVERSE International Poetry Festival – will be reading at ARK BOOKS, Møllegade 10, 2200 Copenhagen N, this Saturday 26 September 2015 at 18:00 and performing electroacoustic works with poetry at LITERATURHAUS, Møllegade 7, 2200 Copenhagen N, this Sunday 26 September 2015 at 21:00. With sound diffusion by Arne Bock. Other featured poets are Cia Rinne, Uljana Wolf, Caroline Bergvall, and many others. Looking forward to a total poetry immersion.


2015-09-11

Curvices Amsterdam [invitation]

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You are cordially invited to the launch of Curvices Amsterdam (2015) on Friday 11 September 2015 at 17:00, at the terrace of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (next to Restaurant Zouthaven), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Rozalie Hirs and Machiel Spaan will introduce the work and take you on a guided tour exploring the area around Muziekgebouw and Pakhuis de Zwijger.

Curvices Amsterdam (2015) is an audiovisual mobile application that accompanies you on a walk around Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. By changing location, you codetermine the development of the music and the poetry. Exploring the terrain, you probe sounds and words, you make a journey along the river IJ in as many steps as you like.

Curvices Amsterdam (2015) was developed at the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, with financial support of M3H Archtecten. The original Curvices (2013) was commissioned by Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, for the open-air sound art museum Klankenbos, with financial support of a Composition Stipend 2012-13 of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

You can download the Curvices Amsterdam app for free from iTunes, the App Store, and Google Play. The app is location specific and will only work at the indicated area between Muziekgebouw and Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, during the 2015-16 season (11 September 2015 – 14 September 2016).


2015-09-10

New CD Six by Slagwerk Den Haag

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Delighted that Venus, commissioned by/ dedicated to Slagwerk Den Haag and premiered at Holland Festival 2010, is now available as a recording. Yesterday the brand-new CD by Slagwerk Den Haag Six, with works for percussion sextet, was presented at the opening of Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht. The CD features works by Iannis Xenakis, Peter Adriaansz, Maarten Altena, Luiz Yudo, Tom Johnson, and Rozalie Hirs, as well as a bonus track by Steve Reich. More information on the CD can be found here.


2015-09-07

New sounds in the cloud: In LA (2003, 2010 English version)

The electroacoustic composition In LA (2003, 2010 English version) by Rozalie Hirs, based on her own poetry, in a performance by Arnold Marinissen, is now on SoundCloud. In LA (2003, Dutch version) was composed as a portrait of the composer Louis Andriessen and is dedicated to him. The text is based on an interview with Andriessen that Hirs conducted in 2003 inquiring after his first memories. In 2010 Hirs translated the piece into English. In LA (2003, 2010) is inspired by the psychoacoustic Cocktail Party Effect, which was taken as a metaphor for the act of remembering, for ‘hearing’ a particular stream of memories within a cacophony of competing memories during its emergence into consciousness. In LA is the second track on the portrait CD Pulsars (Amsterdam: Attacca Productions, 2010) featuring Hirs’ electroacoustic compositions and poetry.


2015-08-26

Venus mission completed

Zaha Hadid's Bach Pavilion; Rozalie Hirs's percussion set up for her composition 'Venus' (2010), Holland Festival, Amsterdam

It’s a delight to have completed the mastering of my composition Venus (2010) together with Guido Tichelman today. It has been a long process. Venus for six percussionists and electronic sounds was commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag for Holland Festival 2010. It was premiered in the Bach Pavilion by Zaha Hadid at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 8 June 2010. Venus is inspired by the pavilion’s loops and twists, and by the sixxen, a set of percussion instruments especially devised for Xenakis’ Pleiades in 1989. The Moebius loop of Hadid’s pavilion reminded me of the trajectory of the planet Venus in the sky as seen from the earth, when compared over the course of many nights.

The recording by Guido Tichelman of the three movements of Venus, [morning star], [invisible], and [evening star], took place at Philipszaal, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in February 2012. The recording was supported by Henk Heuvelmans/ Gaudeamus/ Muziek Centrum Nederland. The second and third movement Venus [invisible] and Venus [evening star] were mixed and mastered in the summer of 2012. The mixing and mastering of the first movement Venus [morning star] has been waiting until the summer of 2015 to be completed.

The brand-new CD of Slagwerk Den Haag, also featuring compositions by Xenakis, Ayres, van Rossum, Adriaansz, Yudo, Johnson, will be presented at the opening concert of Gaudeamus Music Week at Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 9 September 2015. The complete recording of Venus will be posted on Soundcloud soon.


2015-08-22

New sounds in the cloud: article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012)

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

One more music composition has been posted to SoundCloud and can be listened to online: the relatively recent article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) for bass clarinet and electronic sounds, by Rozalie Hirs, commissioned by and dedicated to Fie Schouten with financial support from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. The world premiere took place at 11 November 2012 at November Music.

article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) was the starting point for a new series of compositions that are all intrinsically related: article 6 [six waves] (2013) for electric guitar and electronics sounds, article 8 [infinity] (2014) for flute and electonic sounds, and Infinity Stairs (2014) for flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar, and electronic sounds, premiered on 17 September 2014 at Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by Shanna Gutierrez, Fie Schouten, Wiek Hijmans, Christian Karlsen (conductor), and Arne Bock (sound projection).


2015-08-14

New portrait photograph by Sara Anke Morris

Rozalie Hirs (Portrait photgraph: ©2015 Sara Anke Morriis) Amsterdam, 8 August 2015

Last week the Belgian photographer Sara Anke Morris took a series of photographs to accompany a new interview by Griet Menschaert for Gonzo (Circus) Magazine. The interview is about the forthcoming lauch of my Curvices Amsterdam app at the tenth anniversary weekend of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, on 11 September 2015 and the tenth anniversary event of Klankenbos, Neerpelt, Belgium, on 18 October, 2015. Photographs and interview shall appear in the forthcoming issue of Gonzo (Circus) Magazine next month. This photograph can be used free of charge, for non commercial purposes only, as long as it’s accompanied by the following credit line: ©2015 Sara Anke Morris.


2015-07-30

New sounds in the cloud: Book of Mirrors (2001)

As promised one more earlier music composition: Book of Mirrors (2001) by Rozalie Hirs, commissioned by Asko|Schönberg (formerly known as Asko Ensemble) for Soundscreen at Holland Festival 2001 with financial support by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. The music was especially composed to be played live by nineteen musicians of ASKO|Schönberg and Stefan Asbury (conductor) along with the film #23.2/Book of Mirrors by Joost Rekveld, an abstract film of light diffracting and reflecting via grids and mirrors. The music composition is dedicated to Machiel Spaan.


2015-07-26

New sounds in the cloud: article 0 [transarctic buddha] (2000)

Promised to post some earlier tracks on SoundCloud this summer. Here is a music composition from 2000: article 0 [transarctic buddha] commissioned by and dedicated to the wonderful Arnold Marinissen, as part of the portrait CD Platonic ID (Amsterdam: Attacca Productions, 2007). Sound recording and mastering by Guido Tichelman. The composition is published by Donemus Publishing.

article 0 [transarctic buddha] was also recorded a few years later (and beautifully so) by Johannes Fischer.


2015-06-10

Atlantis ampersand named as music highlight in Theaterkrant

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Wonderful review by Pieter Rings in Theaterkrant:

“The highlight of the music takes place right away in the afternoon: the world premiere of Atlantis ampersand by Rozalie Hirs. The sound of the orchestral instruments passes from soft to loud (crescendo), reinforced by an eight part choir. Then the storm ceases (diminuendo) en silence emerges. The stillness is kept for a moment before the sound grows once again, but with new harmonies and tonalities, to then diminish and die out. Again and again. The succession of sound waves crested with song has a soothing effect, almost hypnotising. When in the next movement several waves tumble over one another this soft undulation remains without ever subsiding.”

“Het hoogtepunt van de muziek is er al meteen in de middag: de wereldpremière van Atlantis ampersand door Rozalie Hirs. Het geluid van de instrumenten van het orkest gaat van zacht naar hard (crescendo) waarna een achtkoppig koor er nog een schepje bovenop doet. Hierna gaat de storm weer langzaam liggen (diminuendo) en wordt het weer stil. Dit wordt even vastgehouden en dan begint het geluid weer opnieuw aan te zwengelen, nu met andere akkoorden en toonsoorten, om daarna weer af te nemen en te versterven. Telkens opnieuw. Die opeenvolging van geluidsgolven met de zang als schuimkoppen werkt rustgevend, bijna hypnotiserend. Als in een volgend deel van het stuk de verschillende golven over elkaar heen rollen blijft die rustgevende deining bewaard zonder dat het geheel een branding wordt.”


2015-05-01

Hilbert’s Hotel

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Last Sunday, on 26 April 2015 at 11:15 CET, the brand-new composition by Rozalie Hirs Hilbert’s Hotel (2015) for 31-tone player organ and electronic sounds received its premiere at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The work was commissioned by the Huygens-Fokker Foundation with financial support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

All calculations were carried out in OpenMusic, the sound synthesis in SuperCollider. During the concert Protools was used as an interface to communicate with the organ through 3 channels of MIDI messages. Special thanks to Casper Schipper for his assistance with the sound synthesis.

(the photograph shows Hirs sitting at her computer next to the 31-tone organ during the premiere of Hilbert’s Hotel on 26 April 2015)

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2015-04-17

Rehearsing with James Fei

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Rehearsing with James Fei today for tomorrow’s concert at Mills College, California.

The photograph shows the live electronics setup James will be playing during the brand-new co-composition who put on my shoes (2015) by Fei (music) and Hirs (text, music). The new composition is based on the poetry cycle who put on my shoes by Hirs, translated from the Dutch by Donald Gardner. Its Dutch sibling die deed mijn schoenen aan was originally published as part of her poetry book gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012).


2015-04-12

Grant from Performing Arts Fund

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Earlier this week the Dutch Performing Arts Fund announced that Rozalie Hirs is the recipient of a grant for her new composition for Klangforum Wien and Vokalensemble NOVA. The composition will be premiered during Urbo Kune on 6 June 2015 at 14:25 CET in the Main Hall of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The new work (music, text), a commission by Holland Festival, is scored 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.


2015-04-11

Poet at Reverse in Copenhagen this September

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Delighted to have been invited by Reverse, formerly known as the Copenhagen International Poetry Festival, to be their guest at this year’s edition. The festival takes place at Literaturhaus in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 23 until 27 September 2015. It will be a joy to perform there and meet the other poets from all over the world. For current events see the Reverse Facebook Page.


2015-03-04

Photograph by Bianca Sistermans

Rozalie Hirs (portrait photograph by Bianca Sistermans ©2014)

New portrait photograph by Dutch photographer Bianca Sistermans, taken on 8 August 2014, Amsterdam. This photograph is part of a larger series of portraits by Sistermans, accompanied by interviews by Hester van Hasselt. (The online use of this photograph for non commercial purposes is free of charge. Please add credit line: Rozalie Hirs ©2014 Bianca Sistermans)


2015-02-19

Infinity Stairs [invitation]

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You are cordially invited to tomorrow’s portrait concert Infinity Stairs with music and poetry by Rozalie Hirs, featuring the wonderful musicians Marieke Franssen (flute), Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Christian Karlsen (conductor), and Arne Bock (sound diffusion in the hall). The concert consists of electroacoustic compositions, either with instruments or with spoken voice. It would be great to share the experience with you and meet you after this concert. Welcome!

Date: 2015-02-20
Time: 20:30 CET
Location: Ostadetheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The compositions were written with financial support of Performing Arts Fund NL or Café Sonore/ VPRO Radio.


2015-01-28

New composition for Klangforum Wien at Holland Festival 2015

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Delighted to be writing a new piece for Klangforum Wien for their project Urbo Kune at this year’s edition of Holland Festival. The new work (music, text), a commission by Holland Festival, will be scored 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.

The world premiere of the new piece will take place on 6 June 2015 at 14:25 CET at the Main Hall of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


2015-01-24

Currently reading Augustine

On my search for online translations of Augustine’s works I came across Internet Archive and this 1475 edition by Nicolas Jenson, contributed by the Kelly Library of The University of Toronto.


2014-11-27

Lichtende Drift [invitation]

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of Lichtende Drift, the brand-new composition for twenty-three part string orchestra, commissioned by and and dedicated to Candida Thompson and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, with financial support of Netherlands Fonds Podiumkunsten.

Yesterday the public in Concertzaal Tilburg already had a chance to hear the composition after the lovely interview with Rob van Steen during the preconcert program.

Tonight it will open the concert at the contemporary music series Donderdagavondserie at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ. Before the concert Thea Derks will talk about the program and interview me about the new work and its compositional ideas. Welcome!

Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Upper Foyer deck, 19:15 CET: Preconcert talk & interview by Thea Derks
Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Main Hall, 20:15 CET: Concert

Rozalie Hirs – Lichtende Drift WP
Robert Schumann – Fugue on the name of B.A.C.H.
Karl Amadeus Hartmann – Concerto funèbre for violin and string orchestra (featuring Isabelle Faust, violin)
Béla Bartók – Divertimento

Stage rehearsal of Lichtende Drift by Rozalie Hirs, performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, at Concetrtzaal Tilburg, The Netherlands, on 26 November 2014

Rozalie Hirs: Closeup of the score Lichtende Drift (2014); Dedication to Candida Thompson and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, November 2014

(pictures above: rehearsal of Lichtende Drift at Concertzaal Tilburg, 26 November 2014 & close-up of the dedication on the first page of the score on one of the music stands of Amsterdam Sinfonietta)

(picture below: rehearsal of Lichtende Drift at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 19 November 2014)

Amsterdam Sinfonietta rehearsal of 'Lichtende Drift' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs, at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 19 November 2014


2014-11-09

article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] [invitation]

Solo recital by Fie Schouten at Chiesa San Gregorio, Treviso, Italy on 9 November 2014 - L'Arsenale/ Nuova Musica Treviso (photograph by Ensemble L'arsenale)

You are cordially invited to the solo recital by Fie Schouten (bass clarinet) today at 17:30 CET at Chiesa di San Gregorio, Treviso, Italy. She performs article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] by Rozalie Hirs, and works by Ig Henneman, Robin de Raaff, David Dramm, Mauricio Kagel. The concert is part of Festival L’arsenale/ Nuova Musica a Treviso. Welcome!

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2014-11-08

Nadir [invitation]

Bozzini Quartet performing 'Nadir' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at Cenakel, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 28 October 2014

You are cordially invited to the Netherlands premiere of Nadir for string quartet and electronic sounds (2014) by Rozalie Hirs, performed by Bozzini Quartet, today at 19:00 CET at November Music, De Toonzaal, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The other pieces on the program are Gestalt X (2014) by Frederik Neyrinck, also a Netherlands premiere, and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat. Nadir (2014) was commissioned by Bozzini Quartet and November Music, with financial support from Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

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.

Photograph: Bozzini Quartet performing Nadir (2014) by Rozalie Hirs at Cenakel, Tilburg, The Netherlands, on 28 October 2014.


2014-11-07

Curvices Den Bosch music and poetry app [invitation]

Rozalie Hirs: Curvices music and poetry app (track: Proofs of Love)

From today onwards the Curvices music and poetry app is a permanent virtual installation at De Citadel in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The app is available as a free download for iOS (iPhone and iPad) or Android (all other phones and tablets) or through scanning the OR code below. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00-17:00. The app is loation specific and only works when present on the grounds of De Citadel in Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

Enjoy!

Curvices (2013) is a digital application, a virtual poetry and sound installation for mobile devices, based on the poetry book Curvices and Musicles by Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice), Cox & Grusenmeyer (design, animations), Yvan Vander Sanden (software design, realisation), and Machiel Spaan (spatial design).

[PDF English Curvices Den Bosch]
[PDF Nederlands Curvices Den Bosch]

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Adapted for De Citadel, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, at the kind invitation by November Music, 2014. Commissioned by Klankenbos / Musica, Neerpelt, Belgium, 2013. With financial support from a Composition Stipend 2012-2013 from Fonds Podiumkunsten. In collaboration with Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Patricio Wang (bass guitar), Martín Ibarburu (drums), Carlos Dalla-Fiore (mixing, mastering), Matthijs de Valk (technical assistance). Special thanks to Magnus Robb for giving permission for the use of his bird song recordings.

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(photographs: walking with the Curvices app in Klankenbos, Neerpelt)


2014-11-06

Roseherte [invitation]

Rehearsal of 'Roseherte' (2008; 2014, arrangement) by Rozalie Hirs with Bas Wiegers and Philharmonie Zuidnederland

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of the new arrangement of Roseherte for 42 players and electronic sounds (version for 90 players and electronic sounds, 2008; 2014) at the opening concert of November Music tonight at 20:00 CET at Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The performers are Bas Wiegers (conductor) and Philharmonie Zuidnederland. For more info on the composition, please visit its main page.

Concert program:

Rozalie Hirs – Roseherte
Stian Westerhus – The Redundance 40 (ft. Stian Westerhus)

– intermission –

Kate Moore – Days & Nature
Valgeir Sigurdsson – No Nights Dark Enough (ft. Valgeir Sigurdsson)

It would be great to see you at the concert and have a drink together afterwards.

(photograph: rehearsal of Roseherte with Bas Wiegers and Philharmonie Zuidnederland in Philipszaal, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 4 November 2014)


2014-10-24

Nadir [Invitation]

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With much pleasure I herewith invite you to the world premiere of the new string quartet with electronic sounds Nadir (2014), performed by Bozzini Quartet from Montréal, Canada, at Transit Festival, Leuven, Belgium, tomorrow at 16:00.

The other pieces on the program are Gestalt X (2014) by Frederik Neyrinck, also a world premiere, and Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery by Marc Sabat.

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.


2014-09-26

In my backyard [Invitation]

Jet Nijkamp: In my backyard

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition In my backyard by visual artist Jet Nijkamp today at 17:00 CET, with poetry films and drawings around Vondelpark, Amsterdam. The poetry films are based on new poems by Anna Enquist, Co Woudsma, and Rozalie Hirs, especially written for the project. The poets will read their new works. A reception will follow. The exhibition and event are in VondelCS, the former Filmmuseum in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Event on Facebook.


2014-09-17

Infinity Stairs [Invitation]

Rehearsal with Fie Schouten, Shanna Gutierrez, and Wiek Hijmans (playing sketches for 'Infinity Stairs' (2014) by Rozalie Hirs)

You are cordially invited to the concert Infinity Stairs today at 20:30 CET at Bethanienklooster, Barndesteeg 6b, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 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: Adage of Spontaneity (2014) by Fredrick Gifford, and Infinity stairs (2014) by Rozalie Hirs. Infinity stairs was written with financial support of a composition stipend of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

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

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2014-09-10

article 8 [infinity] – Invitation

Shanna Gutierrez (flute) played the world premiere of article 8 [infinity] (2014) by Rozalie Hirs

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of article 8 [infinity] (2014) for flute and electronic sounds by Rozalie Hirs, performed by Shanna Gutierrez, this Friday, 12 September 2014 21:15 CET, at Gaudeamus Music Week, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

At the event New Adventures in Performance during the Gaudeamus Music Week, Pete Harden (guitar), Susanna Borsch (recorder), and Cherish Menzo (dance) will 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 (2013) for bass flute and electronics 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.

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2014-07-19

Students’ work Kunstwelten 2014

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Herewith I have the pleasure to present some of the students’ works that came about during Creative Writing workshops at Kunstwelten, Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The workshops took place from 25 until 28 June 2014 at the Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Berlin, and from 30 June until 3 July 2014 at the Produktionsschule, Wolgast, Ostvorpommern, Germany.

The students of the Theodor-Heuss-Schule are high school students in their early teens (thirteen and fourteen years old), who have had language and literature lessons on a regular basis, but little to no exposure to creative writing. In September Ralph Etter, Sophie Narr, and Matthias Luthardt will do a follow-up workshop with the same group, making documentary films as well short feature films, loosely based on a selection of the texts that have just come about. Looking forward to seeing the results!

The students of the Produktionsschule are young adults (between about eighteen and twenty-four years of age), who have only had occasional literature and language lessons, though a few had experience in writing songs and lyrics.

In the creative writing workshops, the goal was to first open up the creativity flow of all participants, and to then look together at the poems that came about, and see how these could be improved and/or polished into a definite form. The students were open, worked hard, made a mess, laughed, googled, ran around, concentrated, and produced poems that caught them by surprise in the end. It was a pleasure to work with them.
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2014-05-27

Composer in Focus at November Music 2014

Rozalie Hirs (©2008 Co Broerse) attending a rehearsal of 'Roseherte' (2008) with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Micha Hamel (conductor), 5 November 2008, Hilversum

Rozalie Hirs will be one of the Composers in Focus at November Music, the contemporary music festival of The Netherlands, this year. Her composition Roseherte will be performed by philharmonie zuidnederland at the opening concert. Her brand-new string quartet with electronic sounds will be played by the Montréal-based Bozzini Quartet at their concert on November 8. And her sound and poetry app Curvices will be a permanent installation for the duration of the festival. More news will be posted on the November Music website soon!


2014-05-15

Recital by Todd Moellenberg [invitation]

Todd Moellenberg: Solo Recital, 15 May 2014

You are cordially invited to the solo recital by Todd Moellenberg today, 19:00 PDT, at the UCSD Conrad Prebys Music Center, 9500 Gilman Drive, San Diego, California. He will be playing works by Pierre Boulez, Rozalie Hirs, Olivier Messiaen, Katharina Rosenberger, and Ori Talmon. Welcome!

Pierre Boulez – First Sonata
Rozalie Hirs – article 1 to 3
Olivier Messiaen – Canteyodjaya
Katharina Rosenberger – Torsion
Ori Talmon – Learning from the laughing man


2014-05-13

Publication at kookbooks, Berlin, in October 2014

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Absolutely delighted to officially announce the forthcoming publication of gestammelte werke by kookbooks, Berlin, later this year. kookbooks has been one of my favorite publishing houses for years, so I feel deeply grateful. Here is the Autumn 2014 catalogue.

Rozalie Hirs: gestammelte werke (Berlin: kookbooks, 2014)

Rozalie Hirs
gestammelte werke Gedichte
Reihe Lyrik Band 39/ ca. 240 pages
€19,90
ISBN 978-3-9374-45-67-0
kookbooks, Berlin, Germany
October 2014


2014-04-12

Solo recital by Fie Schouten [invitation]

Fie Schouten

You are cordially invited to the solo recital by Fie Schouten (bass clarinet) on Sunday 13 April 2014 at 15:00 CET in Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Fie will perform Riassunto (2014) by Ig Henneman and article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) by Rozalie Hirs.

She also celebrates her new CD Ladder of Escape No. 11, just released by Attacca Productions. It features the following works:
Harmonien (2006) – Karlheinz Stockhausen
Schattenklänge (1995) – Mauricio Kagel
article 7 (2012) for bass clarinet and electronic sounds – Rozalie Hirs
Contradictie IVa (1998, 2001) – Robin de Raaff
Advice from a Caterpillar (2007) – Unsuk Chin

The concert is part of the bass clarinet festival festival.

Watch the trailer of the CD here:


2014-04-10

New CD by Fie Schouten – works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel, Rozalie Hirs, Robin de Raaff, and Unsuk Chin

Fie Schouten: Ladder of Escape, works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Maurizio Kagel, Rozalie Hirs, Robin de Raaff, Unsuk Chin (Attacca Productions, 2014)

With much pleasure I herewith announce the brandnew CD ‘Ladder of Escape’ No. 11 by Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), published by Attacca Productions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
This week, during the bass clarinet festival, the CD is available for a reduced price of €10.

TRACK LIST
Harmonien (2006) – Karlheinz Stockhausen
Schattenklänge (1995) – Mauricio Kagel
article 7 (2012) for bass clarinet and electronic sounds – Rozalie Hirs
Contradictie IVa (1998, 2001) – Robin de Raaff
Advice from a Caterpillar (2007) – Unsuk Chin
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2014-04-07

Book presentation in Banja Luka, Belgrade [invitation]

Rozalie Hirs: zivot mogucnosti (Banja Luke: Korice, 2014)

You are cordially invited to the presentation of život mogućnosti by Rozalie Hirs in Banja Luka and Belgrade. This poetry book is published by Zdravko Kecman, Biblioteka Prevodi, Banja Luka. It contains about ninety poems, translated by Jelica Novaković and Radovan Lučić, and an essay by Laurens Ham. The cover illustration is by Harm van den Dorpel.

The poems are a selection from five poetry books published by Uitgeverij Querido, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The new book is supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

SCHEDULE
* 14 April 2014 10:30 Lecture & reading. Filološki fakultet, Odsjek za engleski jezik, Bulevar vojvode Petra Bojovića 1a, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
* 14 April 2014 19:00 Book presentation. Banski dvor, Kulturni centar, Trg srpskih vladara 1, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina. With Rozalie Hirs, Zdravko Kecman, Milenko Stojičić, Aleksandra Čvorović, Minja Golubović.
* 15 April 2014 12:00 Lectures and Debate. Visoka škola za ekonomiju i informatiku, Ulica Mitropolita Petra Zimonića, Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina. With Rozalie Hirs, Zdravko Kecman, Živko Malešević, Branislav Kecman, Ivana Kitonjić.
* 17 April 2014 19:00 Book presentation. Leila, Kralja Petra 41, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia.

život mogućnosti (Serbian, Croatian translation: Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lučić), Banja Luka: Biblioteka Prevodi, 2014. ISBN 978-99-955-8050-6. 124pp.

Official invitation in Bosnian [PDF]

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(photographs: Book signing in Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 15 April 2014; Newspaper review of book presentation in Prijedor, Kozarski Vijesnik, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 18 April 2014)


2014-03-27

Bas Wiegers conducts opening concert of November Music 2014

Bas Wiegers (Photograph: Marco Borggreve)

Delighted to announce that Bas Wiegers will be the conductor of the opening concert of November Music this year. Together with Philharmonie Zuidnederland he will perform works by Stian Westerhus, Kate Moore, Valgeir Sigurdsson, and Rozalie Hirs.

Thursday 6 November 2014
20:00 – 22:00 CET
November Music, Verkadefabriek, ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Concert Programme
Rozalie Hirs – Roseherte (première of a new version for 40 players)
Stian Westerhus – The Redundance 40 (Dutch première)

Kate Moore – Engraved in Stone (première of new version)
Valgeir Sigurdsson – No Nights Dark Enough (Dutch première)


2014-03-10

Poetry readings at Lyrikbuchhandlung & Buchmesse, Leipzig, Germany [invitation]

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

Looking forward to being part of the Leipziger Buchmesse this week, with a new book, my first poetry book abroad: ‘Ein Tag’ (2014, hochroth Verlag, Berlin; herausgegeben von Peter Holland), with translations by Ard Posthuma, Jan Oberländer, and Rozalie Hirs. Illustration by Cox & Grusenmeyer.

You are cordially invited to these readings: on 12 March 2014 at 20:00 hrs CET the poets Valeri Scherstjanoi, Jan Kuhlbrodt, Martina Hefter, Eberhard Häfner, Mikael Vogel, Stephan Reich, Carl-Christian Elze, Janin Wölke, Tristian Marquardt, Daniela Seel, Rozalie Hirs, Bertram Reinecke, G. H. H., and Martin Piekar will perform at the Lyrikbuchhandlung (Poetry Bookstore), Karl-Heine-Str. 59, Leipzig, Germany; on March 13, 2014 at 10:30 the poets Valeri Scherstjanoi and Rozalie Hirs will perform at the Leseinsel Junge Verlage, Halle 5 (Stand D200), Leipziger Buchmesse, Messe-Allee 1, Leipzig, Germany.

hochroth Verlag, Berlin


2014-03-03

Roseherte at November Music 2014

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Just received the great news that my composition Roseherte for orchestra and electronic sounds will be played by Philharmonie Zuidnederland during the opening of November Music 2014. It is a great honor to be making a new arrangement for the opening night on 6 November 2014, that will also feature works by Kate Moore and Juan Felipe Waller.

The new instrumentation consists of 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2, trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, harp, 2 percussionists, piano, strings (6 first violins, 6 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses), and electronic sounds (1 player). This means that the instrumentation is to be reduced from ninety to forty-two players – not an easy task. I shall be looking forward to analyzing the composition, and to the new arrangement, using all microtones that were originally calculated. In the original score the microtones were omitted from the first movement for reasons of pragmatism (not in the electronics, though, so the absolute non-approximated frequencies are still audibly present). Microtones were only used in the second movement of the score, once the lush spectral harmonic fields make their appearance. Trying to compensate somehow for the smaller number of available voices, I am now going to arrange the first movement microtonally as well, and hope to thus enhance the inner resonance of its harmonic material.

Already working on two other pieces to be premiered in October & November 2014: new pieces for Bozzini Quartet, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. It is an exciting, as well as a little bit intimidating, year!


2014-01-24

Performances at 3durch3 in Kassel [invitation]

Valeri Schertjanoi, Jonathan Seville Bragdon, and Rozalie Hirs, 24 January 2014, Kassel, Germany (photograph: ©2014 Gesa Esterer)

You are cordially invited to an evening with Valeri Schertsjanoi, Jonathan Bragdon, and Rozalie Hirs tonight at 3durch3 – reihe sprachkunst in Kassel, Germany. Schertsjanoi will be presenting sound and concrete poetry from his recent collection Partitions Scribentiques published by hochroth, Paris. Bragdon will show graphite drawings accompanied by a reading of his brandnew epic poem on consciousness, and the mind. Rozalie Hirs will read ‘a day’ in several languages (English and German translations by Donald Gardner and Ard Posthuma), ‘der zog meine schuhe an’ (German translation: Ard Posthuma), and perform her electroacoustic composition Bridge of Babel. Welcome!

Read a review of the evening here (Gesa Esterer: ‘Fliegende Augen mit federnden Flügeln’. Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine Zeitung, 26 January 2014)


2013-12-01

In state of [war] [invitation]

You are cordially invited to the performance of In state of [war] (2013), the text/music composition for twelve voices by Rozalie Hirs, this afternoon at 16:00 CET in Wallgallery, Rotterdam. 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 voices is a follow-up on In LA (2003) for six voices.

The programme is curated by visual artists Toine Horvers and Kathrin Wolkowicz and organized by Sub-urban Video Lounge. It offers full immersion of the audience in contemporary word art.

Toine Horvers: Head and neck (sagittal colour)

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2013-11-29

Invitation to performances in Amsterdam and London:
In state of [war] – world premiere
Bridge of Babel

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of In state of [war] (2013), the brand new text/music composition for twelve voices by Rozalie Hirs, tonight at 20:00 CET in Perdu, Amsterdam. And to the performance of her composition Bridge of Babel (2009) at the LCO Soloists Series, tonight 20:00 GMT at Lime Wharf, London.

The evening at Perdu is curated by visual artists Toine Horvers and Kathrin Wolkowicz, the evening of the LCO Solists is curated by composer-in-residence Edmund Finnis.

Toine Horvers: Wolk


2013-11-21

Invitation
Curvices app

Presentation Curvices App
Saturday 23.11.2013, 15:00 CET
Klankenbos / Musica
Dommelhof Theater, Neerpelt, Belgium

Rozalie Hirs LOGO Curvices (design: Cox & Grusenmeyer, 2013)

You are cordially invited to the public presentation of the app Curvices (2013) on Saturday, November 23, at 15:00 in Dommelhof Theater, Toekomstlaan 5, Neerpelt, Belgium. The artists will introduce their work, and then take you on a walk through Klankenbos. We close the event with a reception. Please confirm your presence with a message to info@musica.be or by calling +32 (0)11 610 510.

Curvices (2013) is an audiovisual mobile application that accompanies you on a walk through Klankenbos. By changing location, you codetermine the development of the music and the poetry. Exploring the terrain, you probe sounds and words, you make a journey through the forest, around the world, in as many steps as you like. For Curvices, Cox & Grusenmeyer took on the role of light designers and created a fitting light show. For further details on the sound app, see the attached PDF [English].

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)

Rozalie Hirs: BEELD Curvices (design: Cox & Grusenmeyer, 2013)

Rozalie Hirs (NL) is a composer and a poet. Her poetry and music are lyrical as well as experimental. The principal concerns of her work are the adventure of listening and reading, and the imagination.

Cox & Grusenmeyer
(BE) is a design duo, who investigate different ways of directing image and language. Based on the conviction that design is more than print, they have involved sound, installations, video, websites and costumes in their work.