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Gaudeamus at the Culturale Sundays of Utrecht ▸▸

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Saturday 04 12 2014

Gaudeamus Canada: Machines

Gaudeamus Muziekweek director Henk Heuvelmans is currently in Canada for the first edition of Gaudeamus Canada. He shares his experiences in a series of blog posts.

Yesterday was the final day of an exciting Gaudeamus Montreal.

In the morning Marc Langlois took me to a theatre in Longueuil, on the other side of the city over two gigantic bridges across the water. Here, Martin Messier and Nicolas Bernier are in the final creation process of their new "Machine_Variation" which will be premiered in May: a huge wooden percussion instrument attached to computers, in and with which they gave me a solid and very private try-out show. What a nice way to start the day!

The final concert in the evening was by Ensemble La Machine, with extra help from Koen Kapteijn and conductor Bas Wiegers. They premiered a piece by Cléo Palacio-Quintin and "Dreams of the blind" by Yannis Kyriakides, next to other works by Maxime McKinley and Ryo Dainobu.

Today everyone is going home again, except for the musicians of Trio 7090, who will repeat their impressive concert (with works by Trevor Grahl, Michael Finnissy, Cassandra Miller) on 12 April at Array Music in Toronto.

For those who are able to go there: it will be a unique experience!


Friday 04 11 2014

Gaudeamus Canada: Leftovers?

Gaudeamus Muziekweek director Henk Heuvelmans is currently in Canada for the first edition of Gaudeamus Canada. He shares his experiences in a series of blog posts.

Finally the results of the young composers' workshop with Trio 7090 were presented last night. The day before I had a nice conversation with Erin Gee, a young vocalist/composer working in the field between human voices / electronic bodies and human bodies / electronic voices.

In the evening the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble performed a brand new piece for 14 instruments and electronics by young Canadian James O'Callaghan at the Pollack Hall of McGill University's Schulich School of Music (a mouthful). This concert wasn't part of Gaudeamus Montreal. Shook hands with Denys Bouliane, who was the very first Canadian composer to be present at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (in the early 80s); he is the co-chair for music composition with Chris Harman, who was at Gaudeamus several times and got an Honorary Mention in 2001.

Yesterday I visited the MatraLab, the Musicmovementmedia-art-theatretheory-research-agency at Concordia University, where Jen Reimer and Navid Navab showed me their work and the Matralab Box, a nice small black room filled with equipment, where Navid was preparing a beautiful interactive installation together with a visual artist.

In the evening there was a short concert by trumpet player Amy Horvey who performed works by Louis Andriessen, Isak Goldschneider, Cecilia Arditto, Cassandra Miller while Richard Ayres (so lots of music from The Netherlands, unexpectedly!) prepared us up for the Leftovers presentation: works/situations/performances by Gabriel Dharmoo, Noriko Koide, Thanasis Deligiannis, Christopher Reiche, Bart de Vrees, Adam Basanta and Grzegorz Marciniak.

They had a very good time here in Montreal, working with Bas Wiegers, Nora Mulder and Koen Kapteijn of Trio 7090 and being inspired by each other, the musicians and their colleagues from Montreal.

The concept for this "Leftovers"-workshop was to start from older not-yet-used ideas of each of the participants, and then develop these ideas together with the Trio into a piece. Elder composers Yannis Kyriakides and Christopher Butterfield now and then advised how to mold the proposals into works with a beginning and an end. The result: a really very diverse and sometimes very theatrical show of works, of which the audience didn't know the author: after the concert they could look at the original "leftover"-proposals and guess which piece was whose.... I feel that some results will have a second life, perhaps at Gaudeamus Muziekweek later this year; and in all cases the composers have learned a lot from this week.

So: this is really something to follow up again in the near future!


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01 Mei 2014

Ensemble Windstreken & Ruben Zahra in Rasa ▸▸

10 Mei 2014

Rumor Festival #77 ▸▸

25 Mei 2014

Gaudeamus at the Culturale Sundays of Utrecht ▸▸

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