At the intersection of spring and (hopefully) post-covid renaissance, I am delighted to be playing for live audience again, in the oldest church of Amsterdam.
Playing in de Oude Kerk is almost like having a conversation with the space around me, blending with my own sound reflected off the oldest walls in town. A gorgeous acoustic is a true pleasure, and this one brings out the fragility and expressiveness of solo cello and the colours of my Moon Suite in such a way that I’m led to believe that this combination was meant to be.
The Moon Suite (solo cello, 2015) is a special piece for me: the first large work I wrote after graduating, my “coming-of-age” piece as a composer, a piece that linked two of my worlds (as a performer and creator of music). The piece is about many things, but especially about different aspects of being a woman and my experience of it. This is a theme that continues to intrigue and inspire me, and which will also form the core of “40 Ways of Being (a Woman)”.
As the name suggests, the Moon Suite is based on different moon phases – a narrative as cyclical as the reality of everyday feminine existence. In this time when the world is waking up again from a long hibernation, I am delighted to be bringing parts of it to life.
Concert on Friday 4 March 2022 8am, at de Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. https://oudekerk.nl/en/programma/silence-34-40-ways-of-being/
Over the summer, I wrote a playful and slightly mischievous piece for amateur Open Score ensemble. That means it’s playable by any instruments, to be determined by what happens to be available. It was a fun challenge.
I am delighted that my creation (which goes by the name of IKaggen) got selected for the final of CoMA’s composition competition (that’s “Contemporary Music for All”), and will be performed in Maastricht in March!
Read more here.
I am thrilled to announce that Donemus Publishing will be publishing my music!
Expect to hear more about this in the near future.
Flashback to almost three months ago, when Ugly Pug premiered my piece Crossroads and their similarly named album. Watch the aftermovie here!
(Really, do; it’s very cool!)
Thea Derks interviewed me about Crossroads and wrote a wonderful article about the piece, my music, and the collaboration between me and Ugly Pug.
Read it here in English of het Nederlands
CD Digipak edition of Ugly Pug’s debut album #Crossroads (Olive Music/Etcetera Records) is now available to order here! I am delighted with this amazing recording of my work (Crossroads)by these gentlemen.
The extensive booklet includes, next to program notes and introductions of every composer, the ensemble and the musicians, beautiful and comprehensive liner notes by Sara Constant.
You can purchase or listen to it online or get a physical copy here.
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.