Amaranti Ensemble is a traverso (Baroque flute) & harpsichord duo based in the States. In the winter they got in touch, and asked me to write them a piece for their project “From Scapegoat to Feminist Icon – Reflections on Guinevere”. I am always delighted to meet musicians who actively promote female composers, and excited for our collaboration!
At first I was unfamiliar with the story of Guinevere (aka “King Arthur’s wife”) but soon learned that her character (in various retellings of the story over the course of a millenium) is a reflection of ideas about women. My Guinevere is a woman with strength and sex-appeal, but still unmistakably woman. I like how my work so often ends up being about what this means to me.
Read more about the project here.
In 2018 I wrote a piece for Doris Hochscheid and Frans van Ruth (cello & piano), a musical painting of my inner communication with the beauty of the Himalaya’s, where I’d been shortly before. Doris & Frans have made a lovely video of it, at a green and summery Salon Ruigoord. Allow yourself to be transported, for 20 minutes…
– click here for the video –
The Cello Museum is an initiative by two cellists based in the States: a website about all things cello.
What’s more, they feature unaccompanied cello music by women composed in their series “That’s what she said”. As a cellist and female composer, I can’t imagine a more perfect match! And am delighted to be included in their December issue.
Take a look
In 2015 I wrote the Moon Suite (cello solo) for my good friend Ragnhild E. Wesenberg. She recently made an awesome video recording of it, which is now online for your eyes and ears.
I’m delighted that Ugly Pug will be recording Crossroads (recorder, electric guitar, viola da gamba, harpsichord) in January. Their album will be presented in April. See Agenda for more information, and stay tuned for more updates on this exciting collaboration.
The Dostojevski Kwartet are performing Jitterbug Quartet at the Strijkkwartet Biennale Amsterdam in Muziekgebouw aan’t Ij in January. I had an interesting conversation with the writer Frederike Berntsen about my music, and what it’s like to write a string quartet in this day and age. She will be writing an article for the festival book about me and three other composers.
photo by Tess Photography
In August I played my work To capture the heart at the Cellofestival Zutphen with the wonderful shakuhachi master Harrie Starreveld. We made a video of it later. Click here to have a look.