Duet for solo violin (2021) (performed here by violinist Emma Breedveld) was originally written for the dance production Hotel HereWhereThere. This piece is also part of a larger work for solo violin and electronics entitled Heat and Memory that will be premiered on Nov. 7th 2021 at the November Music Festival in Den Bosch by violinist Emma Breedveld. About Heat and Memory:
What is time? Thanks to Einstein, we know that there isn’t just one time, but a multitude of times all intertwined. That is a fact. How we as humans experience time is more or less diametrically opposed to this. For us there is only one time: a more or less straight arrow that moves in only one direction. The past has already occurred, the future is yet to come and we find ourselves somewhere in between in an imaginary “now”. For this very reason, best-selling author and physicist Carlo Rovelli calls time a “multi-layered phenomenon”. The ‘real’ time of Einstein and our deep, emotional, human relationship to time both exist and are equally real.
Heat and Memory is a partly theatrical exploration of both worlds in sound. Both violinist and composer are on stage. The violinist plays, moves and whistles. The composer operates the electronics live.
Slowly out of nowhere, clouds of sound are formed from several layers of violin. Times and tempos are intertwined. The layers are unpredictabel and playful but also full of longing and melancholy. This music is not about past and future but simply about events that cause other events. An alienating and poetic quest for the intangibility of time as sound.
Back to Oz (2019) was the Christmas hit of 2019 at the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht. It was produced by Het Filiaal theatermakers, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht and Slagwerk Den Haag (Percussion group The Hague). The music is performed by KO!Brass, Slagwerk Den Haag, Naomi van der Linden, Henke Tuinstra, Sacha Muller, Maurits van den Berg, Jaike Belfor, Ramses Graus, Eileen Graham, Rosita Segers and Barend van Daal. (Click on the title in the link to see a list of all selections.)
What is a nail (2019) for mixed choir and ensemble (5 players) was commisioned by the Fenix Choir of Amsterdam for their 20th anniversary. The piece is based on the poem Susie Asado by Gertrude Stein. The choir members also play approximately 40 music-box mechanisms with as many different melodies as possible.
Libera Me (Leef zoals ik wil) from “An Utrecht Requiem” (2017) performed by the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Ensemble Insomnio. Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht
Dies Irae (Schuldig Hart) from “An Utrecht Requiem” (2017) performed by the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Esnemble Insomnio. Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht
Music for String Quartet taken from the theatre production, Spoor by Het Filiaal Theatermakers. Movements 2,3,5 and 7. Performed by the String Quartet of the Ives Ensemble: Emma Breedveld, violin; Carel den Hertog, violin; Ruben Sanderse, viola and Job ter Haar, cello.
Music from The Nightwatchman, (2018) a theatre production by Het Filiaal Theatermakers. Solo violin, viola and whistling by Emma Breedveld
Far from Earth (2017) solo instrumental composed for the theatre production Enkeltje Mars by Het Filiaal Theatermakers. Performed by G. Tarján on large and small amplified cacti, dried leaves, keyboard and hulusi (traditional Chinese flute) and voice.
Latitude/Longitude (2016) for harp and percussion. Commisioned by DuoHarpverk and the NFPK. Originally performed by Katie Buckley and Frank Aarnink, Reykjavik, Iceland. This performance, by Eva Tebbe, harp and Niels Meliefste, percussion is from the November Music Festival 2018. Score available from Donemus Publishers https://webshop.donemus.com/action/front/sheetmusic/14933
Endless Rain (2016) for harp (also playes gongs) and percussion (songbells or vibraphone and gongs). This piece is the last section of Latitude/Longitude. Performed by Katie Buckley and Frank Aarnink, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Jimisme (2015) for soprano, bass clarinet and soundtrack. Commisioned by Andrea van Beek and performed by Andrea van Beek, Gareth Davis and Jim Bouwens.
Don’s Dance (extended) (2014) created for the theater production Woestewolf by Het Filiaal Theatermakers.