Rozalie Hirs (Gouda, April 7, 1965) is a contemporary Dutch 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, reading, and the imagination. Her music consists of vocal, orchestral, and electronic compositions. She often combines traditional instruments with electronic sounds. Her poetry includes both printed collections and digital poetry: interactive poems created in collaboration with visual artists, and graphic designers. Her music scores are published by Deuss Music, her poetry books by Singeluitgeverijen|Querido, Amsterdam, and kookbooks, Berlin.
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 new full-length composition 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 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.
Logos interactive website (map: Noëlle von Eugen; design, programming in Flash: Matt Lee; poetry: Rozalie Hirs; 2002) was the first interactive online website of a full length Dutch poetry book. Available online September 2003 – November 2012. Available for download now as a standalone digital application [Mac OsX].
A short presentation by Rozalie Hirs at the occasion of the TENSO Professional Meeting 2017 on some her works, focussing on how words can inform music and visual arts/design. About differences between experiences of reading and listening.
Curvices Amsterdam (2013, 2015) is an interactive song cycle, a virtual poetry and music installation, for cell phones and mobile devices, that accompanies you on your walk around the concert venue Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. By Rozalie Hirs (music, poetry, voice), Cox & Grusenmeyer (design, animation), Yvan vander Sanden (software design, realization), Machiel Spaan (spatial design).
Stipends, fellowships, selections, prizes, and other distinctions.
Music composition by Rozalie Hirs for bass clarinet and electronic sounds
“At the other end of history came the world premiere of Rozalie Hirs’ engrossing string quartet, Zenit, played by the superb new L.A.-based Formalist Quartet. Everything I might say about Hirs’ unsettled music I could also say the opposite. It is also quite settled. It forges ahead with tentative sounds and silences. It stops and starts yet flows. It has a hint of hard-hitting Dutch Minimalism, yet it offers a feast of radiant string harmonics, pulsating outside of rhythm.” (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times)
article 4 [map – la carte géographique – landkaartje] by Rozalie Hirs is a composition for violin solo. It was commissioned by Concerten Tot en Met, with financial support by the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund. First performed by Anna McMichael (violin) at Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 1 April 2004.