Rozalie Hirs

News and events archive, search by tag: Deuss Music

2020/01/21

article 4 [map butterfly], The Wallis, Los Angeles, US

On 21 and 22 May 2020 at 20:00 PST the New York-based violinist Miranda Cuckson plays her production folds, a production drawing threads among women composers from around the world and across the centuries. The location is The Wallis (Lovelace Studio Theatre), Los Angeles, United States. The production, developed in collaboration with Katharina Rosenberger, and National Sawdust, New York, features works by Katharina Rosenberger, Liza Lim, Aida Shirazi, Barbara Strozzi, Rozalie Hirs, and others. Part of the production is article 4 [map butterfly] by Rozalie Hirs (The Hague: Deuss Music, 2004).

folds presents a sensory journey from the present to the past, engaging with the voices of other artists and bringing the ephemeral nature of sound and thought into dialogue with the tangible world. An array of paper objects — sculptures, manuscripts, scraps woven between the strings of the violin — highlights the importance of capturing the art and thought of past centuries. These traces of our physical world further serve as an impulse to reflect on our current dependency on the digital and virtual realms.


2020/01/21

Zenit [west] (2010) – New Zealand premiere

From 21 until 30 April 2020 the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) World New Music Days 2020 take place in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand. Part of the programme is a concert by the Los Angeles-based formalist quartet, featuring, among other pieces, the string quartet Zenit [west] by Rozalie Hirs (The Hague: Deuss Music, 2010). The performance by the formalists quartet takes place on 22 or 24 April 2020 in Auckland. The definite festival programme will be announced soon.


2020/01/21

hand in hand (2020), Lauffen am Neckar, Germany

On Saturday 21 March 2020 at 20:00 CET hand in hand for string quartet and soprano (2020) by Rozalie Hirs (music, text) will be performed 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 Klosterhof, Lauffen am Neckar, birthplace of the German poet Hölderlin. The new work is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

concert programme
Luigi Nono – Fragmente – Stille, an Diotima for string quartet (1980)
Rozalie Hirs – hand in hand for string quartet and soprano (2020)
Leoš Janáček – String Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters (1928)

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

The photograph of Sonar Quartett is by Piotr Bialoglowicz.


2020/01/21

hand in hand (2020), Heilbronn, Germany – world premiere

On 20 March 2020 at 19:30 CET hand in hand for string quartet and soprano (2020) by Rozalie Hirs (music, text) will receive its world premiere performance 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. An ode to the poet Hölderlin, the concert takes place on his two-hundred-and-fiftieth birthday. The new work is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

concert programme
Luigi Nono – Fragmente – Stille, an Diotima for string quartet (1980)
Rozalie Hirs – hand in hand for string quartet and soprano (2020)
Leoš Janáček – String Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters (1928)

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

The photograph of Sonar Quartett is by Piotr Bialoglowicz.


2020/01/19

article 4 (2004), Houston, Texas, USA

On Sunday 19 January 2020 at 7:30 PM the New York-based violinist Miranda Cuckson plays a solo recital at Duncan Recital Hall (Alice Pratt Brown Hall), The Sherperd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. The recital contains music by Anthony Cheung, Anna Meredith, Reiko Füting, Aida Shirazi, Iannis Xenakis, as well as the composition article 4 [map butterfly] by Rozalie Hirs (The Hague: Deuss Music, 2004).


2020/01/15

Lecture on further particulars and music, interactivity

→ Nederlands

On 15 January 2020 from 12:30 until 14:30 CET Rozalie Hirs presents a lecture on her poetry book verdere bijzonderheden (further particulars; Amsterdam: Querido| Singel Uitgeverijen, 2017) and music and/or digital, interactive applications. The lecture is interlaced with a poetry reading by Rozalie and followed by a discussion with the students.

The event concludes an intensive on contemporary poetry taught by Corina Breukink-Prosper at the University of Utrecht (Teachers College), The Netherlands.


2020/01/11

Interview by Cathy Cox, TAMA Music Festival, Tokyo, Japan

On 11 January 2020 at 15:00 JST music theorist Cathy Cox interviews the composer Rozalie Hirs in a special event during TAMA Music Festival, Tokyo, Japan, at the occasion of the Asian premiere of Hirs’ string quartet Zenit (2010), performed by greenroom players.

Music theorist Cox obtained her PhD from Columbia University, New York, in 2006. Since her graduation Cox has been a lecturer at Tamagawa University College of Arts/ Department of Media Design (玉川大学芸術学部メディア・デザイン学科) and since 2011 also at the Kunitachi College of Music Graduate School/ Sonology Department (国立音楽大学大学院, コンピュータ音楽研究室), both in Tokyo.

Download the TAMA Music Festival programme [PDF]
(more…)


2020/01/11

Zenit (2010), TAMA Music Festival, Tokyo – Asian premiere

On 11 January 2020 greenroom players perform two concerts at TAMA Music Festival, Tokyo, Japan, at 13:00 and 20:30  JST respectively. The afternoon concert includes the Asian premiere of Zenit (2010), the first string quartet by Rozalie Hirs (ロザリー ヒルス). The concert is preceded by an introduction to the work. At 15:00 music theorist Cathy Cox interviews Rozalie Hirs in a special event.

Download TAMA Festival programme [PDF]


2019/12/15

meditations (2017) – North American premiere

On 15 December 2019 the pianist Keiko Shichijo plays a solo programme, featuring works by Komitas, Debussy, Monpou, Schubert, as well as meditations (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. The location is The episcopal church of St. John the Baptist, Aptos, California.

concert programme
Komitas – Six dances (1907): Yerangi, Unabi, Marali, Shshiki, Het U Araj, Shoror
Debussy – Feux d’artifice (from: Préludes, Book II)
Mompou – Charmes (1920-21): Pour endormir la soulfrance, Pour pénétrer les âmes, Pour inspirer l’amour, Pour les guérisons, Pour évoquer l’image du passé, Pour appeler la joie

intermission

Rozalie Hirs – meditations (2017): on continuity, on repetition, on tenderness, on lines, on imitation
Schubert – Six Moments Musicaux D 780


2019/12/09

Venus [morning star] (2010) – Swiss premiere

On Monday 9 December 2019 at 20:15 CET Ronan Gil de Morais plays 40 Jahre Sixxen, a concert featuring the sixxen, a set of six metal mallet instruments, originally conceived by Iannis Xenakis for the movement Métaux of his composition Pléïades (1979). The concert, consisting of the performance of a selection of compositions for this special set of instruments, includes a tryout of Venus [morning star] (2010) by Rozalie Hirs, Métaux by Xenakis, as well as a new piece scored for sixxen and gamelan. The sixxen instruments used during the concert are made by LUNASON, Basel. The location is Großer Saal at Musikakademie, Basel. With special thanks to Sarah Brabo-Durand.
(more…)


2019/12/01

article 7 [ways to climb a mountain] (2012), Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam

On 1 December 2019 at 13:30 CET, bass clarinettist-at-large Fie Schouten performs during MicroFest Amsterdam 2019, a one-day festival for microtonal music at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her program clarinets in space includes article 7 [ways to climb a mountain] for bass clarinet and electronic sounds (2012) by Rozalie Hirs.

The festival is curated by the Huygens-Fokker Foundation (artistic director: Sander Germanus). Composers featured during the festival are Henk Badings, Fabio Costa, Jan van Dijk, Sebastian Dumitrescu, Matthias Kadar, Juhani Nuorvala, Harry Partch, Joachim F.W. Schneider, Julia Werntz, among others. Performers include Ensemble SCALA, Ere Lievonen, Scordatura Ensemble, and Vokalprojekt 31. Download the full programme booklet [PDF] here.


2019/11/22

article 4 (2004), Iglesia Santa Mónica de Barcelona – Spanish premiere

On 22 November 2019 the violinist Takao Hyakutome performs the Spanish premiere of article 4 [map butterfly] (2004) by Rozalie Hirs at Iglesia Santa Mónica de Barcelona, Spain. The concert is part of the Festival ciclo OUT.SIDE, curated and performed by Barcelona Modern Ensemble (artistic director: Demian Luna).


2019/11/19

Lecture at Pratt Institute, New York

On 19 November 2019 from 14:00-15:50 EST Rozalie Hirs gives at talk to the Creative Writing class of professor Christian Hawkey at Pratt Institute, New York. Topics include the influence and the use of multilingualism, music, and digital media in her writing. And the influence of poetry on her music.

Rozalie reads poems from gestammelte werke (Berlin: kookbooks, 2017), verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam, Singel uitgeverijen|Querido, 2017), gestamelde werken (Amsterdam, Querido, 2012), Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam, Querido, 2008). She then shows and talks about arbre genéalogique (2011), Geluksbrenger online (design, programming: Harm van den Dorpel; 2010), Zichtboek van gestamelde werken (design, programming: Cox & Grusenmeyer; 2013), Curvices (spatial design: M3H architecten; programming: Yvan vander Sanden; design: Cox & Grusenmeyer; 2013), In LA (2003; English version, 2010), and Bridge of Babel (2009).


2019/10/01

dreams of airs (2017-18)

Contents

1. Summary
2. Program notes
3. In the press
4. Interview
5. Technical details
6. Performances

Summary

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) and Martín Mayo (amanuensis).

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

Program notes

dreams of airs: the longing of language – spoken word, binaural beats, brain waves, mirror neurons

The new full-length composition dreams of airs (2017-18) by the Netherlands-based composer/ poet Rozalie Hirs offers a unique listening experience. The listener is guided through mesmerizing accelerandos and rallentandos in a lounge-like environment. The combination of spoken word, music, and visuals serves to stimulate various senses at once. The audience is seated around the room, as are the musicians, to ensure unencumbered interaction. This intimate concert setting can also be regarded as a visual installation, including moving images by Boris Tellegen and Geert Jan Mulder.

Spoken word is the bedrock of Rozalie Hirs’ new cycle dreams of airs (2017-18). The completed work will fully integrate music and poetry in various forms. The text is at times a conveyor of meaning, at times it serves as pure sound poetry. The instruments emulate the speaking voice. First they shadow it, to then take up an autonomous role in constant dialogue with each other and with the voice. The composer-poet has performed her own poetry since 1991 and has developed an inimitable elocution style down the years. Hirs refers to the underlying, intrinsically musical, structure of language as the longing of language. In the poetry cycle long at present longing in her fifth poetry book gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012) Hirs uncovers this phenomenon through Markov chain analysis, a mathematical statistical model revealing the underlying patterns within any structure.

Like the musicians, the listeners are seated around the room so they can more easily relate to the players and their physical gestures via the process of automatic imitation; a staple of everyday communication due to the mirror neurons that are constantly firing in our brains. This phenomenon, which we associate with empathy, reinforces the notion of the listeners that they understand the music and words ‘from within’. The moving images provide an additional visual connection between performers and audience.

Everyone has two ears but only a few people are aware of the fascinating universe hidden behind those auditory canals. For example, binaural beats are created when our left and right ears simultaneously hear two specific tones that differ only slightly in frequency, causing the brain to generate an illusory pulse. Specific frequencies produce brainwaves that match certain mental states such as waking, sleeping, focusing, learning, dreaming or meditation. Rozalie Hirs’ new work activates binaural beats that correspond to patterns that we associate with, for example, lucid dreaming and creativity. The binaural beatings create flow and help listeners to be in the moment. A plethora of binaural beats to which many beneficial characteristics are attributed can be found online. Binaural beats are known to aid sleep and increase one’s energy, motivation, and IQ. Come, listen, and experience for yourself what it does to you!

©2017 Rozalie Hirs

In the press

And also here Nora Fischer takes the audience by the hand along the colourful words drawn out by Rozalie Hirs, reinforced with binaural beatings. With these beatings Rozalie Hirs seeks to evoke brain waves that bring us into a meditative state. She must be doing a pretty good job, because I have rarely encountered such a breathlessly listening audience.
Ronald Rijken: Rozalie Hirs’ klankwereld van de binaural beats, Klankgat online, 12 november 2018.

Dreams of Airs is a complex piece of art, and very beautifully performed. In addition, it is also highly effective, for me any case. I feel clear and very energized.
Ronald Rijken: Rozalie Hirs’ klankwereld van de binaural beats, Klankgat online, 12 november 2018.

Interview

A song it no longer poetry, it is music
Thea Derks

Rozalie Hirs (1965) is multi-talented. She has made a name for herself as a poet and as a composer. For her cycle dreams of airs she wrote the poems as well as the instrumental and electronic music. The cycle is inspired by the physical phenomenon of binaural beating: when your left and right ears are offered two almost identical tones, your brain creates a third (phantom) tone that consists of the difference in frequency between the two. When the frequency differences are small enough, the resulting tone, perceived as a beating, may evoke different moods and states of mind. Dreams of Airs was premiered in November Music, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, in 2018, and will be again performed in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, on Sunday 6 January 2019.

Hirs was born in Gouda and studied chemical engineering at the University of Twente and composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, with, among others, Louis Andriessen. In New York she continued her studies with the French spectralist Tristan Murail at Columbia University. In 2007 she obtained her ‘Doctor of Musical Arts’ title (DMA) with a dissertation on spectral composition techniques and the composition Platonic ID.

She has written six Dutch collections of poems, all published by the Dutch renowned publisher Singeluitgeverijen|Querido, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She also writes in English and German, and in 2017 her multilingual collection gestammelte werke was published by the German KOOKbooks, Berlin. Her poetry and music are both lyrical and innovative. She often combines traditional instruments with electronic sounds and collaborates with visual artists and graphic designers. Though Hirs regularly performs her own poems, whether or not embedded in music, dreams of airs is her first concert-length poetry and music cycle.

Where does the title come from? What does it mean?

The working title for the cycle was dreams of breathing, because breath, and air for that matter, are at the very basis of our existence and communication, our voice’s uttering of words. Air is also the archaic English word for song or melody, so the title also means ‘dreams of melodies’. For me, this alludes to melodies of speech, including the phrasing of sentences, text, and rhythm. For me, a song is no longer poetry, it has become music because of the composer’s interpretation, shaping his or her reading experience into music. With spoken language one stays closer to the original poetry, and its implied melody of speech. One still hears the inner melody and rhythm of language, which have not yet become singing.

This time you do not read the poems yourself; the voice part is performed by Nora Fischer.

In the past thirty years I have been performing poetry, while gradually developing my own characteristic speech melody. It has taken me years to translate this typical intonation and speech rhythm into a meaningful notation, so my pieces can be performed by others as well, even when I am not around. Interestingly, during the premiere my mother constantly had the feeling that I was on stage myself, meaning that the notation, indeed, had captured some of the essence of my speech melody.

The speech melody, the rhythm and the intonation are all fully composed and notated, aren’t they?

Yes, but because aimed for a natural kind of speech, I didn’t want to force Nora to imitate the exact register of my voice. So I indicated the pitches with crosses; she simply follows the resulting contour – or Gestalt – in tune with the music, yet may transpose it to match the central fundamental pitches characterizing her own voice. The result sounds natural and simple, but at the same time the speech melody is very specific, because its conception of tonality matches the harmonies present, as well as the phrasing, implied by the sentences, and breathing. All pitches are connected to each other through spectral harmonies, whose central gravities are in a constant flux of transformation. The dreaming in the title refers not only to the meditative, contemplative way in which the poems are expressed, but also to their associative, fleeting content and the way they are treated musically.

Some of the poems are in Dutch, and there are also German and English poems?

Yes, I see dreams of airs as a manifesto for Europe, and the world, for expressing oneself in different languages as a first step towards communication. It is humanistic and idealistic, it is about the freedom of the imagination, about inner seeing and hearing from the individual’s perspective. You can reach out to another person by the attempt to speak their language. This includes not only the speech melody and meaning, but also the mere sounds themselves.

The multilingual libretto begins with an emerging day and ends with a kind of apotheosis, a philosophical reflection on love, based on a book by Erasmus. The binaural beatings serve as to induce a continually changing sound space, bringing the listener into several subsequent states of mind. The left and right loudspeakers produce slightly different tones, resulting in highly spatialized sounds. In my piece I use this electronically induced spatial effect as well as concrete beating pulses. In reaction to this, as scientific research has led us to believe, your brain might create its own inner binaural beatings with frequencies related to different states of mind such as meditation, alertness, creativity, dreams, or flow.

The full ensemble plays during three out of seven movements. Furthermore, an instrumental trio, and several movements with solo voice with soundtrack are part of the cycle.

I started the piece from the fifth movement, infinity stairs, a trio with electronic sounds, scored for flute, bass clarinet, electric guitar. In this trio, composed in 2014, the separate parts also may function as solo pieces, and can be played separately. Infinity stairs is the only movement of the cycle in which the voice doesn’t participate, so the listener gets some semantic rest. The trio revolves around ascending and descending lines, just like the infinitely ascending and descending steps in one of the famous etchings of Maurits Escher. I have tried to translate this optical illusion into an auditory illusion, along with large glissandi and the binaural beating effect I mentioned before.

The other movements were shaped around this center piece?

Yes, the cycle opens with spinning languages, evoking daybreak: bird twittering, a flute solo, followed by solo voice. In the second movement, golden vielleicht, the voice performs together with a few other instruments. The third, who put on my shoes, is a tutti movement, a hyper-lyrical journey through nature, as well as an encounter with death; it serves as an ode to life, the imagination, and independence, my Alice in Wonderland so to speak. The fourth movement at present longing, composed for solo voice with soundtrack, is based on a poem about the urgency of longing and physical desire. The tutti movement waves is about a bottle nose dolphin swimming in the sea. The concluding movement here and nowness is an ode to love, in which all instruments blend together with the voice’s urgent speech in a kind of spectral minimalism.

In essence, dreams of airs can be regarded as one big daydream about the imagination, and how language arises, while speaking, feeling-thinking, dreaming.

©2019 Thea Derks, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 4 January 2019 (this English translation was revised and expanded by the composer on 1 October 2019).
Download [Dutch; PDF] program notes by Thea Derks

Technical details

commission
dreams of airs (2017-18) was commissioned by Stichting Iris or Hazel, with financial support by the Netherlands Foundation for the Performing Arts.

instrumentation
voice
flute
Bb clarinet & bass clarinet
percussion
electric guitar
piano
violin
viola
cello

a MIDI pedal for triggering the electronic sounds, to be played by one of the musicians, and laptop

duration
60′ ca.

publisher
Deuss Music

further technical requirements
1.) QLAB software, to be installed on the above mentioned laptop
2.) The ‘dreams of airs’ QLAB sampler, to be obtained through Deuss Music.
3.) Microphone and stand for the voice
4.) Amplifier and mixer in the concert hall
5.) Stereo loudspeakers, to be placed within the ensemble
6.) Optional amplification of the ensemble (i.e. microphones, cables)

Performances

6 January 2019, 20:00, Rozalie Hirs (portrait concert): Dreams of Airs, Avontuurlijke Muziek Series, Tivoli|Vredenburg/ Hertz Hall, Utrecht, The Netherlands – Spectra Ensemble, Filip Rathé (conductor), Nora Fischer (voice)

10 November 2018, 19:00, Rozalie Hirs (portrait concert): Dreams of Airs, November Music, Willem Twee Concertzaal FKA De Toonzaal, Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, 5211 HE Den Bosch, The Netherlands – Spectra Ensemble, Filip Rathé (conductor), Nora Fischer (voice) – world premiere


2019/09/07

meditations (2017) – French premiere

On Saturday 7 September 2019 at 16:00 CET the pianist Keiko Shichijo plays a solo programme, featuring, among other pieces, Spaces (1969) by Tom Johnson and meditations (2017) by Rozalie Hirs.

concert programme
Erik Satie – Deuxième Prélude du Nazaréen (1893)
Morton Feldman – Three pieces for piano (1954)
Tom Johnson – Spaces (1969)
Rozalie Hirs – article 3 [a] (2003)

intermission

Rozalie Hirs – Meditations (2017)
Bunita Marcus – Julia (1989)
Erik Satie – Troisième Nocturne (1919)

(more…)


2019/07/21

meditations (2017)

On Sunday 21 July 2019 at 13:00 CET the pianist Keiko Shichijo plays a solo programme, featuring works by Hirs, Hirsch, Marcus, and Ustvolskaya, during Wonderfeel. This outdoor festival takes place at the Estate Schaep en Burgh near ‘s-Graveland, The Netherlands.

concert programme
Liisa Hirsch – Vseva’s Light (2007)
Rozalie Hirs – Meditations (2017)
Galina Ustvolskaya – Sonata No. 5 (1986)
Bunita Marcus – Julia (1989)


2019/07/20

Silenced (2018)

On 20 July 2019 from 18:15-19:00 CET the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents her production Fantastic Women, with songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights, at Wonderfeel Festival, The Netherlands.

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 work (music, text) 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.

The day after, on 21 July 2019 at 13:00 CET, another composition of Rozalie Hirs will sound at Wonderfeel: meditations (2017), performed by the pianist Keiko Shichijo.


2019/06/07

Silenced (2018), Vredenburg, Utrecht

On 7 June 2019 the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents her production Fantastic Women, with songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights, at Club Nine, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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 work (music, text) 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.


2019/05/25

parallel world and sea (2017-18)

On Saturday 25 May 2019 at 13:00 CET at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, ASKO|Schönberg honours Louis Andriessen as a pedagogue by playing new works by four of his former students, Mary Finsterer, Pete Harden, Martijn Padding, and Rozalie Hirs. The concert programme is entitled Ter ere/ In honour.

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

The concert is part of the Andriessen Festival at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, taking place from 23-26 May 2019. The score of parallel world and sea (2017-19) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.


2019/05/25

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.


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.


2019/05/20

Der Himmel über Köln – german premiere of lightclouds (2019), invitation

You are cordially invited to the German premiere of lightclouds (2019), a new work for “super brass” quartet, ensemble, and electronic sounds, by Rozalie Hirs, performed by Ensemble Musikfabrik during Konzertreihe Musikfabrik im WDR. The starting time of the concert is 20:00 CET on 20 May 2019. The location of the concert is WDR Funkhaus Wallrafplatz (Großer Sendesaal), Cologne, Germany.

The new work is a commission by Stichting Omroep Muziek/ NTR Zaterdagmatinee with financial support of BankGiro Loterij and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

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.

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.


2019/05/18

Silenced (2018), Operadagen Rotterdam

On 18 May 2019 at 20:30 CET the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents her production Fantastic Women, with songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights, at Operadagen Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The location is the Eduard Flipsezaal at de Doelen, Rotterdam.

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 work (music, text) 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.


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!


2019/05/17

lightclouds (2019) world premiere at Concertgebouw – invitation

With much pleasure I herewith invite you to tomorrow’s world premiere of lightclouds (2019), a new work for “super brass”, ensemble, and electronic sounds, performed by Musikfabrik, Emilio Pomàrico (conductor), and Paul Jeukendrup (sound diffusion). The location is Concertgebouw (main hall), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The concert starts at 14:15 CET. After the concert we’ll head over to the Concertgebouw Café (glass entrance hall Concertgebouw, corner Van Bearlestraat) with family and friends – would love to say hi to you – come along if you like to and have time.

lightclouds was commissioned by NTR Zaterdagmatinee, with financial support of BankGiro Loterij and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. The score of lightclouds (2019) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.


2019/03/24

Silenced (2018), De Pont, Tilburg

On 24 March 2019 at 13:30 CET the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents her production Fantastic Women, with songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights, at De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

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 work (music, text) 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.


2019/03/15

Silenced (2018), Korzo theatre, The Hague

On 15 March 2019 at 20:30 CET the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents her production Fantastic Women, with songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights, at Korzo Theatre, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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 work (music, text) 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.


2019/01/06

Dreams of Airs (2017-18), Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands

On 6 January 2019 20:00 at Tivoli|Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands, the Belgian SPECTRA Ensemble, Nora Fischer (soprano), and Filip Rathé (conductor) perform a new work by Rozalie Hirs. The concert is part of the Avontuurlijke Muziek Series.

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. The concert performance is concluded with an interview by Thea Derks, music journalist.

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.


2019/01/04

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.


2018/12/06

Silenced (2018), Atria, Amsterdam

On 6 December 2018 the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents her production Fantastic Women, with brandnew songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights, at ATRIA, the Amsterdam Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History.

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.


2018/11/11

Silenced (2018), Amsterdam

On 11 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, in Amsterdam.

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.


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.


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.


2018/11/08

Silenced (2018) – tryout

On 8 November 2018 the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents a tryout concert of 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 (music, text) 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.


2018/11/07

Silenced (2018) – preview

On 6 November 2018 the soprano Bauwien van der Meer presents a preview of her production Fantastic Women with brandnew songs on the topic of emancipation and women’s rights. The evening at Splendor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, also features by a round table with composers Renske Vrolijk, Kate Moore, Barbara Okma, and Georgia Nicolaou.

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.


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.
(more…)


2018/05/13

parallel world and sea (2017-18)

On 13 May 2018 at 20:30 CET ASKO|Schönberg and Etienne Siebens (conductor) perform the new double harp concerto parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs during the concert series Obsessions at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The harpists Ernestine Stoop and Godelieve Schrama act as soloists during the performance. The concert is preceded by an interview with Rozalie Hirs about her musical obsessions, as well as a reading of her poems.

parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs so far 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 new 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.

Earlier on 13 May 2018 at 15:30 CET the cycle parallel world and sea is also performed during the Dutch Harp Festival at Tivoli|Vredenburg. The score of parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.


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.


2018/04/15

Zenit (2010)

On 15 April 2018 at 20:15 CET DoelenKwartet plays Hirs’ first string quartet Zenit (2010) during the program Van buiten naar binnen. The concert is part of the Red Sofa Series at Juriaansezaal, De Doelen, Rotterdam. The concert also features works by Caroline Berkenbosch, Maxim Shalygin, and Willem Jeths. At 19:15 CET Hans Woudenberg, cellist of Doelenkwartet, interviews the four composers on the red sofa (photograph: Louis Haagman).

Download program booklet [PDF; Dutch]


2018/04/06

parallel sea [to the lighthouse]

The new composition parallel sea [to the lighthouse] for twelve instruments and electronic sounds (2018) is completed. I feel deeply grateful for the commission by ASKO|Schönberg and its artistic director Fedor Teunisse, the support of the Performing Arts Fund, The Netherlands, as well as the artist-in-residence at Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, France. The score of parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

At Maison Dora Maar a most wonderful mistral-filled month of March was spent. The picture on the left shows the view from my window in the artist’s studio where I worked many hours a day on the new work. The picture below depicts an almond tree fiercely blossoming on top of the hill at Lacoste, one of the neighboring villages of Ménerbes.


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.


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.


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.


2017/10/20

parallel world [breathing] (2017), Concertgebouw


Very happy with the performance of my new composition parallel world [breathing] for flute, clarinet, percussion, two harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) at Koninklijk Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, yesterday. The concert was part of the Entrée Late Night. The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who performed the work, were 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), and Alexander de Blaeij (conductor). Photographs by Renske Vrolijk.

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

Download program booklet [PDF]


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.


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).
___
* Sandrine Chatron is principal harpist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


2017/10/07

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).


2017/08/11

At MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire

Feeling grateful for the quiet composing surroundings of MacDowell Colony these weeks. It made me realize to have never experienced the real surround sound of rain or rustling leaves to this extend. At night. During work in a house with windows opening in all directions, and surrounded by trees only. With just chickens and solar panels in the distance.

This little house in the woods, the Delta Omicron Studio, was originally built in 1927 and has recently been completely stripped, insulated, and renovated. It looks like a house from a fairy tale, doesn’t it? Also, Willard Pond is like a dream for a city creature like me. We swam across to the other side to pick a few wild blueberries.

And yes, as deadlines are approaching, I find myself working on finishing a chamber composition for Concertgebouw Orchestra (first performances: Science Park, Amsterdam, 7 October; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 19 October). A Dutch poetry manuscript for my publisher Querido, Amsterdam (publication date: 5 December 2017). And piano pieces for Philip Thomas (first performance: November Music, Den Bosch, 12 November 2017). Feeling grateful to be finding new music and poetry here and now.

Will be showing new sketches and musical works, as well as reading poetry, during my open studio this Sunday. Delta Omicron Studio, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Sunday 13 August 2017 2-5PM. Welcome!


2017/08/07

Composer-in-Residence at MacDowell

From 7 August until 7 September 2017 Rozalie Hirs is Composer-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, the oldest artist colony in the United States, founded in 1907. During her time at MacDowell she will be working on new compositions and poems. The picture below shows the founder Marian McDowell.


2017/07/23

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

On Sunday afternoon 23 July 2017 Fie Schouten plays article 7 [ways to climb a mountain] for bass clarinet and electronic sounds (2012) by Rozalie Hirs and Mountains by Ton de Leeuw in a short programme, curated by visual artist Pé Okx. The programme is part of the summer series Zomer aan de Roossloot at the Kunstboerderij in Bergen, The Netherlands.


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


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.


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


2017/03/14

On Tenderness (2017)

On 14 March 2017 during the Edmonton New Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Mikolaj Warszynski and Zuzana Simurdova present a recital with works for two pianos as well as piano works for four hands. In addition one of them performs the new composition On Tenderness for solo piano and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. Visit New Music Edmonton on Twitter or Facebook for more info on the program.


2017/02/14

On Tenderness (2017)

Contents

1. Listen
2. Program notes
3. Technical details
4. Performances

Listen

An excerpt of the premiere recording will be published soon.

Program notes

On Tenderness for solo piano and electroacoustic sounds (2017) is a tender exploration of sound and touch. The pianist walks her or his hands through several harmonic fields spanning either parts or the entire register of the piano. The harmonic fields are reinforced through the simultaneous appearances of electroacoustic sounds, triggered by the pianist with help of a MIDI pedal. The sounds were recorded inside the piano, in close proximity to the strings, allowing for the listener to partake in the inner resonance and interference of each harmonic field, and thus witness its sustain and decay in more detail. The pianist animates the appearance and ceasing of the sounds in larger gestures, amplifying, and interpreting them in an ongoing dialogue.

On Tenderness (2017) was composed by Rozalie Hirs to be premiered by Megumi Masaki, at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, on 14 February 2017. Masaki also played the try-out of the composition at the Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, on 2 December 2016. On Tenderness is dedicated to the Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain aka Sleeping Buffalo.

The composition was researched and composed during Hirs’ residency at the Banff Centre with the generous support of Banff Centre Artists’ Award. The sounds were recorded by Hirs on a Steinway concert grand piano at the Rolston Recital Hall and on a Yamaha baby grand piano at the Rice Studio, Banff Centre. With special thanks to Stuart Bremner for technical support, and to Bert Picknell and Mark Cramer for piano tuning and advice.

Technical details

duration
7′ ca.

instrumentation
piano
midi pedal & laptop with the Max stand alone player installed (to be obtained through the composer or Donemus Publishing)

The electronic sounds are custom-made sounds by Rozalie Hirs for the composition On Tenderness, and are to be used only and exclusively during concert performance of that composition. ©2016-17 Rozalie Hirs, all rights reserved.

dedication
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).

further technical requirements
1.) Max standalone player installed on the above mentioned laptop
2.) Amplifier and mixer in the concert hall
3.) Stereo loudspeakers, to be placed next to or near the piano on the podium

Performances

14 February 2017, 20:00, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada, Megumi Masaki (piano)
14 March 2017, 19:00, Edmonton New Music Festival, Edmonton, Mikolaj Warszynski (piano) or Zuzana Simurdova (piano)


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.


2017/01/17

Roseherte (2007-08; 2014)

Contents

1. Listen
2. Program notes
3. Technical details
4. Performances

Listen

Program notes

Roseherte (2007-08), for a ninety-piece symphony orchestra and one hundred and fifty electronic sounds, borrows its name from the Middle Dutch mythical animal that lives in the depths of the heart. Roseherte (Rose hart) is roused from her eternal sleep by the Occitan unicorn. They set out in the rain as the sun breaks through and rainbows appear in the silver-grey sky. They sing about the zeppelins and air balloons flying by. Along with humming high-tension cables they sing of clouds and time. They are fond of pairs of dominant seventh chords whose roots are separated by the consonant interval of a perfect fifth. These pairs of seventh chords occur in various transpositions throughout Roseherte, and can be conceived as combinations of two or three harmonic series with matching partials. Roseherte employs ring modulation calculations between the two dominant seventh chords occurring within a pair. In this way, the two chords are, as it were, heard in the light of each other.
All calculations were done with OpenMusic software and transformed into the orchestral score by hand and ear. The calculated frequencies underlying the instrumental score were, then, used for sound synthesis with Csound software. During the performance of Roseherte, a musician triggers the synthesized sounds with a sampler, while two stereo loudspeakers that are placed next to the orchestra on stage project the electronic sounds into the hall. The resulting flexible soundtrack amplifies the orchestral mass during the performance: It adds perspective to the orchestral sound, blends with it mysteriously as a kind of aural halo, and, then again, sets itself apart placing the orchestra, as it were, in a sound space.

Technical details

duration
15′ ca.

instrumentation (2008, version for symphony orchestra: 91 players)
3 flutes (flutes 2: also piccolo)
3 oboes (oboe 3: also cor anglais)
3 clarinets (clarinet 3: also bass clarinet)
3 bassoons (bassoon 3: also contrabassoon)

4 French horns
3 trumpets
2 tenor trombones
1 bass trombone
tuba

timpani (1 player)
4 percussionists: crotales (bowed and hit), 3 glockenspiels, 4 thai gongs, tubular bells (twee octaves: one standaard and one low set), vibraphone (4 octaves), marimba, 12 bell plates (or bell plate sampler, to be obtained through the composer), 3 cymbals (high, medium, low; to bow with string bows), 2 sand paper blocks, bass drum

celesta (1 player)
piano
harp

midi keyboard & laptop for electronic sounds (1 player)

16 violins I
14 violins II
12 violas
10 cellos
8 double basses

instrumentation (2014; revised version for orchestra: 42 players)
2 flutes (flute 2: also piccolo)
2 oboes (oboe 2: also cor anglais)
2 clarinets (clarinet 2: also bass clarinet)
2 bassoons (bassoon 2: also contrabassoon)

2 French horns
2 trumpets
1 tenor trombones
1 bass trombone
tuba

2 percussionists: crotales (bowed and hit), glockenspiels, thai gongs, tubular bells, vibraphone (4 octaves), marimba, 3 cymbals (high, medium, low; to bow with string bows), 2 sand paper blocks, bass drum

piano
harp

midi keyboard & laptop for electronic sounds (1 player)

6 violins I
6 violins II
4 violas
4 cellos
2 double basses

further technical requirements
1.) Logic software, to be installed on the above mentioned laptop
2.) The ‘Hirstotaal’ sampler, to be obtained through Donemus Publishing.
This sampler with 150 electronic sounds was programmed by sound engineer and designer Jan Panis. The sounds were synthesized by Rozalie Hirs with technical assistance by Casper Schipper. The sound synthesis was done with the help of Csound software. Together the electronic sounds become a flexible soundtrack, that is used both as a reference for the orchestra with respect to the microtonal tuning as well as shaping a sound space within which the orchestral sound can evolve.
3.) Amplifier and mixer in the concert hall
4.) Stereo loudspeakers, to be placed next to or near the orchestra on the podium

Performances

6 November 2014 (version for orchestra: 42 players), 19:00, November Music, Verkadefabriek (Grote Zaal), Den Bosch, The Netherlands – Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Bas Wiegers (conductor)

21 September 2012 (version for symphony orchestra: 90 players), 19:30, Fifty-fifth International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland – Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Pascal Rophé (conductor)

8 November 2008 (version for symphony orchestra: 90 players), 20:15, Nederlandse Muziekdagen: Oer, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Micha Hamel (conductor) – world premiere

Rozalie Hirs: Roseherte, 21 september 2012, Warsaw Philharmonic, Pascal Rophé

Photograph: Rozalie Hirs on stage after the performance of Roseherte by the Warsaw Philharmonic at Warsaw Autumn (photo ©2012 Jan Bogacz)


2016/08/14

article 6 [waves] – Swedish premiere

160814-Jacob-Kellermann-guitar-recital-Stockholm

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


2016/04/24

Portrait concert: Rozalie Hirs – poetry and music

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

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

(more…)


2016/02/12

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

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

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


2016/02/11

article 8 [infinity] – US premieres
Infinity Stairs

160211-Sonic Hedgehog-RozalieHirs-InfinityStairs-article8

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

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

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


2016/02/02

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

160202-Duo-Leeghwater-Marieke-Franssen-bass-flute

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

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

*

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

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


2015/11/12

Infinity Stairs (2014)

151112-Sonic Hedgehog-RozalieHirs-InfinityStairs-article8

On 12 November 2015 at 20:30 CET the trio Sonic Hedgehog plays their second concert at Café De Ruimte, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Sonic Hedgehog is the result of a collaboration between the Dutch musicians Fie Schouten (bass clarinet) and Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar) and the American flutist Shanna Gutierrez, who were brought together by the Dutch composer Rozalie Hirs for the premiere of her composition Infinity Stairs in 2014. In Rozalie Hirs’ Infinity Stairs three independent solo pieces are joined into a cohesive whole, simultaneously sustaining and abandoning the soloist individuality of the three performers. Fredrick Gifford’s Adage of Spontaneity creates a meta-instrument, which below the calm surface is extremely active in subtly shifting colours.

Erin Gee’s new work for Sonic Hedgehog focuses specifically on the fringe articulations sounds of the mouth during normal vocal production, working with special mouth microphones and cameras that can capture the percussive pops, clicks and air sounds that surround each phoneme that is produced. The program begins and ends with the early Renaissance music of Dufay as a means of accentuating the broad color range of the instruments and the deep-rooted connection with contemporary music. The three polyphonic voices in Dufay’s works allude to the contrapuntal textures and the use of timbres in the other pieces of the program.


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

→ Nederlands


2015/06/06

Atlantis ampersand (2015) – world premiere

150606-Klangforum-Wien-Urbo-Kune-Holland-Festival-Rozalie-Hirs

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.

→ Nederlands


2015/04/21

Nieuw Amsterdams Peil: Rozalie Hirs

Ensemble NAP (photograph: Pietro Cinotti, 2010)

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

→ Nederlands

(more…)


2015/04/18

Portrait concert, Mills College, United States

150221-Concert-Hall-Mills-College

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).

(more…)



Ard Posthuma, Curved Space, Logos, Doelenkwartet, De Doelen, Piet Gerbrandy, De Gids, Dichters in de Prinsentuin, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pulsars, article 5, Eleanor Livingstone, Jeroen Dera, Stanza Poetry Festival, David Kweksilber, Dutch Foundation for Literature, Tijd en Sintel, Van Doesburghuis, formalist quartet, Ronan Gil de Morais, Paris, ロザリー ヒルス, Greenroom Players, Carl De Strycker, Takao Hyakutome, Johan De Boose, Joël Bons, ein tag, Marijke Hoogenboom, Mikhail Malt, Niels Bogaards, Clarence Barlow, Richard Ayres, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Wim Henderickx, Nieuw Ensemble, Benjamin Thigpen, Marco Stroppa, Bert Van Herck, Rosalie Hirs, Bianca Sistermans, Ernestine Stoop, Lyrikline, Fixpoetry, Rozalie Hirsch, Rosalie Hirsch, ahora es una rosa, Cathy Van Eck, To the sun, Van Doesburg Rinsemahuis, Museum Drachten, Kars Persoon, Arbre généalogique, hochroth verlag, Hilbert's Hotel, Marc Reichow, Poëziecentrum, Edwin Fagel, Joep Stapel, Yauguru Books, Sonar Quartett, Jean Thorel, BCMG, WDR, Kulturkreis Heilbronn, Richard Baker, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Miranda Cuckson, Margot Dijkgraaf, 3 durch 3, James Fei, život mogućnosti, Olivier Messiaen, De Link, Attacca Productions, SPECTRA Ensemble, Filip Rathé, Huygens-Fokker, Henri Deluy, Etienne Siebens, Zaterdagmatinee, Nora Fischer, Boris Tellegen, Geert Jan Mulder, Jaap Blonk, Klangforum Wien, Kunstempel, 3durch3, Louis Andriessen, Keiko Shichijo, Emilio Pomarico, lightclouds, Jochem Valkenburg, Musikfabrik, Todd Moellenberg, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Katharina Rosenberger, UCSB, Gaudeamus, Laurens Ham, Philip Thomas, On Tenderness, Donderdagavondserie, Kaija Saariaho, philharmonie zuidnederland, Festival van Vlaanderen, Sound installation, Zephyrkwartet, Marieke Franssen, Stefan Asbury, Paul Craenen, Sound Forest, Ooteoote, Harm van den Dorpel, Performing Arts Fund, Lichtende Drift, Daniel Cunin, Johannes Fischer, Tristan Murail, Slagwerk Den Haag, Klankenbos, Bas Wiegers, Sixxen, Sacro Monte, Gérard Grisey, Bridge of Babel, Kim Andringa, In LA, Friedrich Block, Platonic ID, Infinity Stairs, dreams of airs, Venus, Nadir, article 8, Bert Palinckx, article 0, Book of Mirrors, Roseherte, article 6, Yvan Vander Sanden, Meditations, article 1 to 3, Maison Van Doesburg, Curvices and Musicles, article 4, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bozzini Quartet, OpenMusic, OMTristan, parallel sea [to the lighthouse], Bauwien van der Meer, Jorinde Keesmaat, Van Doesburg House, Ways of Space, Holland Festival, Remko Spaan, Luisterhuis, Interactive song cycle, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Daniela Seel, Cox & Grusenmeyer, Michaël Snitker, The listening house, article 7, parallel world and sea, Arnold Marinissen, parallel world [breathing], Joost Baars, kookbooks, Wiek Hijmans, Casper Schipper, Family Tree, gestammelte werke, November Music, Lucky Charm, Curvices, Fie Schouten, Teaching, Zenit, ASKO|Schönberg, gestamelde werken, Perdu, Geluksbrenger, verdere bijzonderheden, Donemus Publishing, Machiel Spaan, Uitgeverij Querido, Deuss Music