Saxophone hero explained Daan van Koppen:" After having worked closely with Louis Andriessen for Regina van Berkel's dance performance 'Workers Union' in the summer of 2015 our ensemble had no own repertoire. We contacted Martijn Padding, who is head of the composition department of the Hague Royal Conservatoire. Four students wrote pieces specially for us: Yael Levy (Israel), Maria Rostovtseva (Estonia), Andrius Arutiunian and Brisa Fumero González. Indirectly Dutch broadcaster VPRO contacted us. They were after a young new ensemble to follow over a period of time. We were lucky to get television exposure in this way. And afterwards we were contacted by many composers who wanted to write for us. But unfortunately we have no money to commission compositions. But still we were able to interest reknowned Dutch composer Douwe Eisenga. He will deliver us a piece. For the direction of our ensemble. We want to explore the interconnection between contemporary classical music, rock and jazz. Take for example composer Marc Mellits. In the past I played a duo composition by him. And now we have parts of his composition Machines on our repertoire. There is a explicit connection between classical music and rock in Marc's music. That kind of music is our DNA. We don't want to copy Ensemble Klang.
We had a bit of a troubled en route to this gig. Due to last minute appearances of ensemble members as stand in at other ensembles our rehearsel scheme was drastically reduced. On top of that our percussionist fell ill yesterday. But still we all are on stage and manage to deliver."
|Kluster5 @ Nutshuis|
The young ensemble kicked off @ Nutshuis, The Hague on monday May 9th, 2016 with Give and Take by American composer Molly Joyce. A kind of funky piece, but very contemporary classical. With a distinct intro by the guitar. Then it becomes more rythmical with the piano and violin (pizzicato) joining. With first the baritone saxophone and later the xylophone joining it becomes more and more a very exiting however complex structured composition. Towards the end the soprano saxophone takes over the theme. But finally the guitar leads the way to an appropriate end. Which was followed by Palindromes and Melodies, Movement I by Canadian Paolo Griffin. An atmospheric composition. Piano, guitar and xylophone start with a laidback opening. Violin and baritone saxophone join in to create a bit of a psychedelic layer. Then ASMR by Lithuanian Andrius Arutiunian. ASMR stands for an euphoric experience in your head. With a taped voice, sirens and crumbling of aluminum foil etc. a downtempo and fascinating soundscape based on guitar work in the lower chords. Brisa Fumero González' 'Ode to the eyelid of a fish' was next. Martin van Hees:"Off course fishes don't have eyelids. But you WILL see our violinist Isa starring in this piece." Very true. Acoustic guitar, piano, alto saxophone and percussion gave this piece a slight touch of Asia and the medieval.
After that violinist isa Goldschmeding got a rest for the ensemble performed Hout by Louis Andriessen. A very well known and often performed highlight in contemporary classical music. Full of energy, with 98 as tempo. Maria Rostovtseva's composition with the long titel: Trouble doesn't shout when it arrives, but does it shout when it leaves? was up next. With Martin van Hees again on acoustic guitar, with water filled bottles and glasses as "percussion instruments" a tranquil experience was unfolded.
Yael Levy's Goldfish has three goldfish bowls play a large part in her composition. As percussion object, but also as sound box for piano cords and soprano saxophone. With a quiet beginning and ending, with in between a sudden eruption of sounds.
Finally three of the of the five parts of Marc Mellits' composition Machines shook the foundation of the building. However the middle part was a more a tranquil sequence. Marc Mellits, an American composer, himselfs describes his work as a mix between minimal music and rock. Daan:"I contacted Marc via e-mail with the question how I could get hold of the score. And his permission to fill in the designated cello with a baritone-saxophone. His answer to the latter question was something like:'Great idea. Sure, go ahead'."
A promising ensemble with a lot of potential, we will be hearing more and more about now and in the future.
Isa Goldschmeding - violin
Jennifer Heins - percussion
Tim Sabel - piano
Martin van Hees - guitar
Daan van Koppen - saxophones
Oscar Bouwmans - sound engineer
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