April 4th, 2017. The second day of the fiftieth Spring Festival of the Composition Department of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. The first evening gig was staged by LU.DH. In their own words:'Formed in 2016 and based in Den Haag, LU.DH is a brand new Contemporary Music Ensemble, characterized by an unconventional setup of 7 instruments. In its main focus stands the exploration of sounds, the experimentation on diverse combinations, new techniques, improvisation, graphic notation and cross-over arts experiences. Close collaborations with composers and artists of different disciplines are crucial in order to create new musical aesthetics.' This is for them reason to work closely with students of the Composition Department and Arts Faculty to conceive concerts and music-exhibitions.
Harpist Caterina Bevegni introduced the members of the Ensemble LU.DH and told:"We have been working together for around one year. We started last year with some workshops to get to know composers and to get new music. And this year finally we opened this really nice cooperation with the Composition Department of the Conservatory. So we are planning some concerts and events. And our main interest is to combine music with other disciplines. The first two pieces are inspired by a poem by French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. Later on you will see other disciplines combining with our music."
For the opening piece of the concert the members of LU.DH took up position on stage, halfway and at the top of the stands. In Un nid de bκtes blanches composer Georgi Sztojanov presented a lily-white and smooth piece. In the composition by Lise Morrison called Il y a un horloge qui ne sonne pas the double bass gently kicks off. The harp joins, gradually increasing the volume. Percussion and accordeon take over from the harp. A very soft spoken piece.
LU.DH in Jimena Maldonado's composition
Georgi Sztojanov introduced his piece '... it comes, it goes ...':"I am really sorry for my voice. Tomorrow I have to sing Louis Andriessen's De Materie. So I am not allowed to sing tonight. I prepeared this fantastic ensemble to do the job without me. But my composer part of my heart brought me here. The musical material is based on a chorale which I wrote a few years ago for my great friend Yael Levy for her birthday. You Are Eternally Loved which reads Yael. Originally it was a string trio and I slowed down the piece, so that you can hear the beautiful colours in this Ensemble." Georgi conducted the piece himself. Which consists of widespread layers of long notes by the instruments to emphasis the timbre.
LU.DH with the three composers