2018, June 1
Besides composing and arranging I’ve always taught music as well: children, youth, students, teachers, you name it. That is why I am very excited that after the summer I’ll be teaching music at Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden once a week. This complements the teaching that I do at Codarts very nicely and keeps my composing and arranging fresh, too.
2018, March 2
In 2016 I approached Markus Berges of the fantastic German band ERDMÖBEL with a request: Would he like to write a lyric for me that is some sort of on INSTRUCTION?
This all had to do with the fact the David Kweksilber, Rodrigo Faina and I had concocted the plan to fill a concert for the David Kweksilber Big Band with only ‘Instructions’. Both, Rodrigo and I, had already been inspired in the past by texts of Julio Cortázar to write music. It led me to write ‘Instructions On How To Kill Ants In Rome’, for example.
Now everyhting should be bigger, bolder and maybe also a bit more contemporary, in the sense that we could ask a LIVING writer/poet to contribute to the program.
Well, to cut a long story short: Markus agreed and wrote a beatiful text, called ‘Rasenmäher‘ (lawnmower), that I used as a starting point for a piece.
But not only was Markus’ lyric a welcome addition to the DKBB concert’s repertoire, it also inspired Erdmöbel to write and play and arrange and release an album of their own called ‘Hinweise zum Gebrauch’, INSTRUCTION MANUAL.
This only goes to show that inspiration at the best of times works as a spark that ignites lots of different flames.
2018, January 10
It was great fun engraving Oene van Geel‘s score ‘Turbulence’ in Sibelius. We are both very happy with the result. I hope that this increases the chances of this beautiful piece to be performed the world over.
2017, December 9
SPOKEN Saxophone Quartet received the Keep an Eye Award, and besides a well-crafted piece of Cardboard also 10.000,- Euro to make a recording. So chuffed to work with such talent (and wealth…)!
2017, December 6
It is Sinterklaas here in the Netherlands and children (not the naughty ones, mind you) receive presents from the good, old Saint. Usually I don’t get too excited on this day, as I rarely get anything in my shoe anymore (too naughty?). But the developpers at Dorico sure made my day this year by introducing DYNAMIC CUES with the new update!
I was one of the first to purchase Dorico when it came out, but more out of solidarity with the former Sibelius development team. The first version was lacking many vital features for a professional engraver: Chord Symbols, Slash Notation, Piano Pedalling and CUES.
I knew, however, that Daniel Spreadbury and his exceptional team would make the wait worthwhile and they did. I salute you!
2017, November 30
Last chance to see and hear ‘Spiegelpaleis’ by Klaas de Vries – for now, at least. The first version in 2012 as well as the finished version of this year were engraved by me.
Here a radio interview on NPO1 KUNSTSTOF (in Dutch) with Klaas
(click on the picture to be redirected, please):
2017, November 29
2017, October 23
This week is projectweek @ Codarts and I’ll be talking RHYTHM with all the students of the composition department. While I will focus on theoretical concepts behind Groove, Pulse and Metre, colleague Friso van Wijck will guide the students to a more practical understanding of all those difficult rhythms.
2017, October 13
I’ve just heard that Stadsklanken will receive a 3rd run in 2018! For those who just cannot wait the video below:
2017, July 10
The Performing Arts Fund NL has decided that they like my plan for a Saxophone Quartet!
And … Spoken Saxophone Quartet have decided that they will premiere the piece.
2017, May 15
Paul Auster’s new novel ‘4321’ has made a great impression on me. It did in writing what I wanted to do for a long time in music: suggest different outcomes to one narrative. Below you see a plan of a new piece for a quartet. But which quartet will it be?
2017, March 23
Ever wondered why to use wavy beams? Ever wondered how?
Good news: From next semester on I’ll be sharing this knowledge (and some more) with students of Codarts.
“Contemporary Music Engraving” here we come!
[Excerpt above from ‘Spiegelpaleis’ by Klaas de Vries, published by Deuss Music]
2017, February 24
Finally: Laurens de Boer and I found time to re-connect, refreshing our ideas about my contribution to his fantastically challenging Percussive Piano project. I’ll be writing music inspired by Thelonius Monk, Frankie Dunlop and a Chrome dioxide cassette tape (remember those?). I’ll post about the proces from April onwards. Stay tuned.
2017, January 20
‘Stadsklanken’ also in 2017. The fitting song for this kind of weather from today’s performance:
2016, December 1
Sold out concert at De Doelen with ‘Instructions’ by Rodrigo Faina and me, played by the one and only David Kweksilber Big Band.
Listen to their ‘Instructions On How To Kill Ants In Rome’ here:
2016, August 23
Für die, die es gestern in Weimar verpasst haben, heute die letzte Chance (vorerst):
WANN? wenn nicht heute abend
WO? wenn nicht im Alten Schlachthof, Dresden
WIE? ähm, zu Fuss oder ÖPNV oder …
WER? wenn nicht IHR!
2016, August 12
Alles ganz GROSS und in Farbe.
Kommt alle und bringt alle anderen mit zu GROSSER Musik mit der GROSSEN Annamateur und der GROSSEN Stueba Philharmonie!
Jan Maihorn und meiner einer haben viele kleine Noten auf GROSSE Blätter geschrieben und der GROSSE Rio hat alle Lieder ausgedacht.
Es rollt etwas Großes auf uns zu.
Geplaatst door Anna Mateur op Woensdag 29 juni 2016
2016, June 26
Already the third performance of ‘Stadsklanken’. Listen to Naomi and a saw (played by Pepijn) singing.
You also hear Remses dancing. Well, that’s live/life, isn’t it?
2016, June 15
Premiere of ‘Rotterdamse Stadsklanken’ at De Doelen.
What an incredible joy and honour it was to engrave this piece by Klaas de Vries: ‘Schizzo’.
Watch a short documentary about his collaboration with René Uijlenhoet beneath:
2015, March 28
I have had great fun arranging this Gershwin Classic.
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