Jodlowski with Nadar in Esslingen

The first concert trip of the year begins next Tuesday with a trip to Esslingen, Germany. There I get to play Pierre Jodlowski‘s awesome and somewhat creepy OUTERSPACE with Nadar Ensemble as part of our “Doppelgänger” program. We’ve been invited to present this program at tonArt Esslingen, a festival for contemporary music.

We play at 8 pm on the 16th of January in the Kulturzentrum Dieselstraße. If you are in the neighborhood, come check it out!

Some recent publications

I have been lucky enough in the past couple months to have some of my articles published. Last school year, I started a PhD in the Arts at the University and Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. The first year was spent analyzing and researching six exemplary pieces. So if you are looking for some Christmas reading, two of those studies have now been published. Follow the links below:

Conducting Silence: The use of conducted and measured silences in Michael Maierhof’s Zonen 6 for guitar orchestra (2007–2008, 2018), in Forum+ Online, Fall 2019 edition

Like Clockwork: John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchesta, in Hands-On, 2019

Enjoy!

 

Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra

 

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Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra

Featuring: The Students of the Nadar Summer Academy #9, Thomas R. Moore and Special Guests

This Wednesday: at the 2nd annual Articulate Research Festival in Antwerp, Belgium

2 performances: 16:50 & 17:45

Venue: Royal Academy of the Fine Arts in Antwerp

Location: De Tempel

It’s Free!

See you there!

6 weeks & 6 programs with Nadar

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Over the course of six weeks, Nadar will have presented six programs in five venues. Starting in the middle of August we presented the works of composers who participated in the 2nd Nadar Summer School at deSingel in Antwerp, Belgium. We then held our annual (number 9!) Nadar Summer Academy for young performers in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Then it was off to Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht, The Netherlands for two shows in the first week of September. Last weekend we played three concerts in the Sint-Jakobskerk in Ghent for the great OdeGand festival. And lastly, during the final weekend of September, we are off to Musica Strasbourg to present one of my personal favorites, our Doppelgänger Deluxe program.

What a great way to start the season!

 

Cage at the Nadar Summer Academy 2019

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Last week I got to spend some time with some incredible and inspirational young performers at the annual Nadar Summer Academy for young performers put on by Matrix [Centre for New Music]. We coached them on works by Alexander Schubert and John Cage and they impressed us with their own creations, a miniature opera and a new composition for trio by Benjamin Windelinckx. It was a wonderful week. 

I personally got to dive deeper into Cage’s challenging and confrontational “Concert for Piano and Orchestra.” With the musicians, we explored Cage’s score and created our own version with no less than 4 pianists! The parcours and finger (not to mention elbow, head, knees, palms, noses, and pelvis) work those guys and gal pulled off made quite the show. Luckily we get to do it again. In October you find us at the Articulate Festival in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Signale at Time of Music, Finland

As this exciting and varied season begins to draw to its close, I’ll be headed off to Finland and the Time of Music festival to once again suit up and take on Stockhausen’s masterpiece Signale zur Invasion & Oktophonie together with Klaas Verpoest, video, and Patrick Delges, sound (from Centre Henri Pousseur.) We are thrilled to be taking part in this great festival and even more excited to play a role in the opening festivities.

Here is a link to the show.

Here is a link to the teaser.

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Spring time in Belgium

I am afraid that I am little behind on my blog posts. Still it has been a really exciting spring so here’s a quick update:

27maart2019_KF-47.jpg27 March: after returning in early March from Portugal, Nadar flew into their next project: The Night of the Unexpected II for Klara Festival 2019 at the Kanal in Brussels. We performed an incredibly diverse and virtuoso program that included Wettl’s Nocturne for 16 lamps and Michael Beil’s Key Jack for solo pianist. I was lucky enough to be able to repeat two really cool solo-conductor pieces: Alexander Khubeev’s Ghost of Dystopia and Alexander Schubert’s Point Ones

6 April: Being a member of Nadar ensemble means getting to take on true challenges, such as Exit F by Michael Maierhof. The piece, which were performed at the Bijloke’s annual “Ear to the Ground,” is for 4 hot air balloons and 8 musicians. I got to play one of the percussion parts. How about that! In one season I debuted on horn and also as a  percussionist!

1 and 2 May: Stefan Prins and Daniel Linehan created a really interesting piece for 10 musicians and 7 dancers called Third SpaceWhen the show came to deSingel (Antwerp) in May, Nadar was invited to join the production. Having performed quite a bit of Stefan Prins’s music, it was really interesting to see his work from the perspective of a dance performance. For me, it added a new layer of drama to his music.

25 May: German composer, Alexander Schubert, was featured at the Musica Electronica Nova festival in Wroclaw, Poland, in a portrait concert titled: A Private Room – Alexander Schubert. Schubert is an important composer for our ensemble and apparently we are important to him, as well, because he invited us to come to Poland to perform his portrait. Personally, it was nice to be able to do the Alexander’s solo-conductor piece, Point Ones, with the composer present, offering very helpful feedback and, in his own words, “really enjoying my interpretation.”

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30 May: Rounding off an incredible month, Nadar ensemble premiered Bernhard Lang’s Hermetika IX, at Concertgebouw Brugge. This evening-length performance was written specifically for our ensemble and for the building in which we premiered it. The audience was led on a parcours throughout the beautiful halls, walkways and hidden nooks and crannies of this incredible concert hall, ending in their Angel Room with Lang’s Angels Song.

The month of June sees performances with SPECTRA in Dusseldorf and quite a few shows conducting Soldaat van Oranje, de musical in the Netherlands. In July, I am off to the Time of Music festival in Finland to once again suit up and launch into Signale zur Invasion from Stockhausen.

 

 

From Portugal to Belgium and Horror to Noise

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Last week, with my fellow Nadar musicians we explored new resonances in the mountainous and quite literally cheesy city of Seia and the lovely seaside city of Aveiro, Portugal. We appeared as guests on both the Dias de Música Electroacústica (in Seia) and the Arte No Tempo Festivals (in Aveiro). We had the opportunity to premiere a new piece by Luis Pena,Tracking Reality #1. (Bravo Luis!) I also got to play Pierre Jodlowski‘s really cool and more than a bit horror-like OUTERSPACE for Trombone and Video. Good times! 

This week, it’s back to Antwerp to work with the guitar class at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. We are premiering the revised version of Michael Maierhof‘s Zonen 6 for Guitar Orchestra. 18 guitarists! Who would wanna miss that! Here is a link to the concert – Sunday, 17 March at 11 am. See you then!

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