The theme of the 2009 Nederlandse Muzidagen (Dutch Music Days) is ‘Poetry and Music’. In my new piece In den oneindige (‘In the infinity’), written for Ensemble Klang and male voice, I examine the Dutch language and how it sounds to me as a non-native speaker. The text is based on a satirical poem called SIGARET KOMT VAN ZUIG ERUIT, written by the renowned Dutch poet Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer. Ensemble Klang asked 9 non-Dutch composers who have spent a substantial amount of time in the Netherlands and one native Dutchman to work with this poem.
Ensemble Klang; Peter Scheele, Bass Baritone
Oct 11, 2:30PM @ Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, BAM Zaal, Amsterdam
The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University present the 30th Annual Music Festival between October 22 and 24. Steven Stucky as the main guest composer in this edition, over 25 composers from across the nation will be featured during this event. Claire Chase and Daniel Lippel, the core members of international Contemporary Ensemble will revive one of my So-Ri series So-Ri I (2001) for flute and guitar. Please visit the website to see a complete schedule of the events.
The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking and eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven core players – some of the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, the Empyrean Ensemble has premiered approximately 200 works throughout the course of their existence and has performed widely throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series. My Serenade for Four Strings (2005) will be performed on the opening program for their 2009 season. This program will kick off during the Festival of New American Music at California State University at Sacramento.
Nov 8, 8PM Capiscrano Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Nov 15, 7PM Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
The internationally acclaimed Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival will be taking place this year from 20 through 29 November. Aside from Jonathan Harvey, the hcmf composer in residence for 2009, the festival will feature an abundance of interesting composers from all over the world. I am happy to announce that two recent works of mine will be receiving their UK premiere at Huddersfield this year: JungGa, a concerto for oboe/musette and ensemble, written for Ernest Rombout and the Nieuw Ensemble, and my recent music theater work Words and Beyond: Hwang Jin-Yi, to be performed by Percussion the Hague, mezzo-soprano Margriet van Reisen and dancer Kenzo Kusuda.
JungGa – Ernest Rombout, oboe/musette; Bas Wiegers, conductor; Nieuw Ensemble
Nov 24, 7:30PM @ St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, UK
Words and Beyond: Hwang Jin-Yi – Percussion The Hague; Margriet van Reisen, voice; Kenzo Kusuda, dance
Nov 26, 8PM @ Bates Mills, Huddersfield, UK