April 4th, 2017. The second day of the fiftieth Spring Festival of the Composition Department of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. The day before Martijn Padding paid tribute to the founder of the Festival, Dick Raaijmakers, in a theatrical way. The Catchpenny Ensemble honoured Raaijmakers with a special group composition: Decomposing Raaijmakers. Catchpenny invited Composition Department students Sara Zamboni, Alexandre Kordzaia and Jimena Maldonado to team up with Catchpenny composers Yvonne Freckmann and Nikos Kokolakis te write this piece. As the Ensemble wrote:'The main structure of the piece is a canon of musical material inspired by some of Dick Raaijmakers works, which are analytical and strictly generated.' In total the composition consists of eight parts. Part 1 is composed by Alexandre Kordzaia, parts 2 and 6 by Jimena Maldonado, parts 3 and 7 by Sara Zamboni, parts 4 and 8 by Yvonne Freckmann and part 5 by Nikos Kokolakis. While Jimena Maldonado and Yael Levy took care of the visuals.
The piece was conducted by Andrea Gasperin. In part 1 the stretched eletronic sounds by Alexandre dominate. Later on first the strings and then the piano excels above the basic electronic sounds.
Pianist Ivan Pavlov
Line up of the Catchpenny Ensemble for this gig: