Rozalie Hirs



In honor of Louis Andriessen – invitation

You are cordially invited to today’s concert Ter ere/ In honour. On Saturday 25 May 2019 at 13:00 CET at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, ASKO|Schönberg honours Louis Andriessen as a pedagogue by playing recent works by four of his former students, Mary Finsterer, Pete Harden, Martijn Padding, and Rozalie Hirs. The concert is conducted by his best friend and co-revolutionary Reinbert de Leeuw (both are in the above picture, together with, among others, Peter Schat and Misha Mengelberg).

concert programme
Rozalie Hirs – parallel world and sea (2017-18)
Mary Finsterer – And the sun will rise (world premiere; 2019)
Pete Harden – At Pappa’s Altar (2018)
Martijn Padding – Last Words (2010)


parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs consists of the following two movements:

i. parallel world [breathing] (2017)
commissioned by the University of Amsterdam & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

ii. parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018)
commissioned by ASKO|Schönberg

The work, composed with support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund, is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, 2 harps, 2 percussionists, electronic sounds, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The harpists Ernestine Stoop and Zoë Knoop act as soloists during the performance. Arne Bock is the sound master.


Dreams of airs (2017-18) – invitation

Happy new year!

I herewith cordially invite you to the performance of the recent evening-length cycle Dreams of Airs (2017-18) this Sunday 6 January 2019 20:00 at TivoliVredenburg (Hertz Hall), Utrecht, The Netherlands. The Belgian SPECTRA Ensemble, Nora Fischer (soprano), and Filip Rathé (conductor) perform the new work as part of the Avontuurlijke Muziek Series. The concert performance is concluded with an interview by Thea Derks, music journalist. It would be great to see you there and kick off the new year together – welcome!

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.


Meditations [invitation]

Today at 21:00 hours CET the pianist J. Marc Reichow plays the German premiere of Meditations for piano and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. The concert takes place during the Festival Der Sommer in Stuttgart. The location is Theaterhaus / Südseite-P1, Siemensstrasse 11, 70469 Stuttgart , Germany. The full program of the evening is shown below and here. Welcome!


Wiek Hijmans’ Electric Language CD [invitation]

You are cordially invited to today’s launch of Wiek Hijmans’ fourth solo album Electric Language as part of the illustrous series Ladder of Escape, Attacca Productions, Amsterdam.

The concert and party take place at Splendor in Amsterdam on 10 March 2018 at 16:00 CET. Wiek plays 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 (photograph: Anne La Berge).


Opening exhibition Kars Persoon The fly on the rose prevents us [invitation]

The exhibition The fly on the rose prevents us with brandew works by Kars Persoon and Omar Koubaa will be opened at Gallery Dom’arte at Rucphen near Roosendaal, The Netherlands. During the opening Timon Persoon performs music with his band The Visual, and Rozalie Hirs reads poems from her recent poetry book verdere bijzonderheden (further particulars; Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Querido, 2017). The event will be concluded with a reception. Welcome!


Meditations (2017), November Music [invitation]

You are cordially invited to three premiere concerts by Philip Thomas performing the brandnew composition Meditations for piano and electroacoustic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs during the Kunstmuziek Route at November Music this Sunday 12 November 2017 at 12:00, 13:00, and 14:00 CET. Philip will also be playing senza misura by Christopher Fox. With special thanks to Elizabet van der Kooij for the sound diffusion in the hall. It would be great to see you during and after one of the concerts – welcome!

The concerts take place in De Hofzaal (the courtroom) of Muzerije, Hinthamerstraat 74, Den Bosch, The Netherlands. This former palace of the bishop is located behind Sint-Janskatherdraal (Saint John’s Cathedral) in the city centre of Den Bosch. It is in walking distance of the main train station of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.


Finetuning Luisterhuis for November Music

This morning we have been finetuning Luisterhuis by Machiel Spaan (concept, design) and Rozalie Hirs (music) for November Music. At Willem II, the building across the street from Verkadefabriek in Den Bosch.

Remko Spaan has done wonderful carpentry work, yet again, and Casper Schipper has programmed and assembled the excellent electric wiring, sensor and speaker set-up. The interactive architectural sound sculpture is now up and running for the duration of the festival (3-12 November 2017). And is also very suited for young visitors. I will be around on several days. Do let me know if you like a small tour. Welcome!

Here are a few snapshots of this morning’s installation. The photographs, showing Casper Schipper, Rozalie Hirs, and Luisterhuis, were made by Machiel Spaan.


parallel world [breathing] (2017) – world premiere, invitation

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

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

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

parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs was co-commissioned by 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).


Luisterhuis (2017) opening, book presentation [invitation]

Today on 10 April 2017 at 16:00 CET the Luisterhuis, The Listening House, a new architectural sculpture and sound installation by Machiel Spaan/M3H Architects (concept, design) and Rozalie Hirs (music composition), will be shown to the public for the first time. It is part of the Dolls’ House Project, a traveling exhibition of model houses, each designed and assembled by a renowned Dutch architect. The accompanying book is also to be presented today at Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Welcome!

The Dolls’ House Project was initiated and curated by the architect Peter Masselink as a benefit exhibition to enhance awareness about congenital metabolic disorders: the Inborn errors of metabolism. A series of exhibitions of eighteen sculptures throughout The Netherlands during 2017-18 will be concluded by an auction of all sculptures; the revenue will be donated to scientific research on the diseases.

Luisterhuis (2017, The Listening House), a collaboration by Hirs and Spaan, can be regarded as the successor of their location-specific interactive sound and poetry app Curvices (2013) with virtual listening rooms, spatially designed by Spaan. The outdoor spaces can be explored by walking through the museum park Klankenbos, Neerpelt, Belgium (2013-present), Citadel, Den Bosch, The Netherlands (2014-present), and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam (2015-16). In Curvices, GPS technology localizes the listener’s position and triggers the respective song or soundtrack. In The Listening House the rooms are actually physically present as part of the model, an abstract dolls’ house, designed by Spaan. Again each room possesses its own soundtrack. The rooms and their sounds can be explored by walking around the model and approaching the desired position. Sensors judge the proximity of the listener and trigger the corresponding sounds signalling the environment and function of the living spaces.

With special thanks to Casper Schipper (electronic wiring setup of speakers and sensors), Layla Hollestelle and Menno Ubink (technical support).


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!


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.


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!


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!


Performance at Lesart Bühne, Deutschlandradio Kultur [invitation]


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!


OpenMusic workshop @ Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy [invitation]


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 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.


Platonic ID – UK premiere [invitation]


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.


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


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.


Interview, Harry Mulisch Festival, De Balie [invitation]

Harry Mulisch Festival 2015

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.


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


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!



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.


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.


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]


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.




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


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)


Nadir [Invitation]


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.


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.


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.



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:


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.

* 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)


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


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)


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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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


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 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.