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EPHÉMÈRE concertseries at Studio LOOS
Curators/Producers: Marie guilleray and Bjarni Gunnarsson
Art of Sound: Michele Abolaffio
Art of Food: Mari Mako

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Turbio aka Larva Peruzzotti (bass & field recordings) and Jonathan Ramirez (drums)
Adam Juraszek
Yedo Gibson (reeds) and Vasco Trilla (drums)

Tonight at Studio Loos, Ephémère will have the pleasure to host another great evening.  We will start with a performance of Turbio, a music project by Larva Peruzzotti (bass & field recordings) and Jonathan Ramirez (drums) based in Amsterdam. Then we'll have 'Rendered Environment’, a solo performance by Adam Juraszek - a loose compilation of real-time musical simulations. And to finish this evening, we will have a performance by Eke. Aware of contemporary conceptions EKE focuses on reshaping free improvisation using elements of noise, jazz, composed music and punk. The result is a dynamic, forward-moving and anarchic audio experience, featuring fresh instant compositions, broad contrasts in length, dynamics and texture, driving rhythms and high energy.





Chris Pitsiokos / Noah Punkt / Phillipp Scholz   *   Nora Mulder / Rogier Smal / Koen Kaptijn   *   Machinefabriek / Goncalo Almeida

Protein Reality: The trio features Chris Pitsiokos on alto saxophone, Noah Punkt on bass, and Phillipp Scholz on drums.

Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser. His music combines the intensity and immediacy of extreme rock forms and noise with the lyricism and forward propulsion of jazz and abstract detail of contemporary classical composers Iannis Xenakis, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann. Recent/current collaborators include Lydia Lunch, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Brian Chase, Mick Barr, Marc Edwards, Nate Wooley, Peter Evans, Joe Morris, Brandon Seabrook and Weasel Walter. Chris has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and the US. Chris was a 2015 recipient of a generous grant from the Robert D Bielecki Foundation and his music has been featured in the Village Voice, WKCR, WFMU, and on Alex Ross’ blog, The Rest Is Noise. 

Noah Punkt was born 1984. He plays el-bass / double bass / prepared instruments and is active in the field of improvisation / composition. He hols bachelor of arts – musicology and teaches at modern music school.

Philipp Scholz is a musician and composer, born in 1990. Student at Dresden and Leipzig. In 2014 he won the „ Neuer Münchner Jazzpreis“. He toured in: India, USA, Poland; Latvia, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, France, Portugal. He worked with and learned from: Werner Neumann, Heinrich Köbberling, Rudi Mahall, Pablo Held Hayden Chisholm, Jürgen Friedrich, Uli Kempendorff, Yves Theiler, Johannes Enders, Chris Pitsiokos, Claudio Puntin.

Nora Mulder is trained as a classical pianist in Rotterdam and Paris and now performing contemporary composed & improvised music on piano & cymbalom.
She performs solo, with her own groups 7090 and Trolleybus and with various ensembles for contemporary music throughout Europe. Apart from playing “concert music” whether composed or improvised, on piano or cymbalom, Nora surges for all possibilities of performance: a musician is not just heard, also to be seen. Therefor she is also to be seen in theatre and dance performances and works frequently with visual artists, dancers, actors, poets and chefs.

Rogier Smal is a drummer who experiments with free percussion sounds. Besides playing in art collective Dagora he plays with different musicians and solo. Lately Rogier has been lucky enough to have been making sonic waves of liberty with gems like: Jaap Blonk, Marshall Allen, Dylan Carlson, Eugene Chadbourne, Geoff Leigh, Ludo Mich, Sunburned hand of the man, Mik Quantius, Daevid Allen, Morihide Sawada and many more.

Koen Kaptijn is involved as a trombonist, improviser, composer and performance artist in 7090, Nieuw Trombone Collectief, CLAZZ Ensemble, David Kweksilber Big Band, Splendor Amsterdam, De Koene Ridders en de Veenfabriek. Besides this, a wide range of freelance based work in Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Rosa Ensemble and Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, makes Koen a flexible and highly active figures in the Dutch contemporary music scene.

Machinefabriek is the alias of Rutger Zuydervelt. Rutger’s music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic experiments. His pieces can be heard as an attempt to create sonic environments for the listener to dwell in. Finding tension in texture, tone and timing, the result can be very minimalistic at first glance, but reveals itself upon closer listening. The devil is in the details. Rutger was born in 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and now resides in Rotterdam. He started recording as Machinefabriek in 2004. After a series of self released cd-rs, his official debut Marijn was issued in 2006, with great critical acclaim. Since than, a solid stream of music was released on labels such as Type, Important, Home Normal, 12K, Entr’acte, Dekorder, Miasmah, Consouling Sounds, Experimedia and Staalplaat. He performed all over the globe, from Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan.

Gonçalo Almeida born in 1978 Lisbon, Portugal.
Lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he followed studies at Rotterdams Conservatorium, having studied with Heyn van Geyn, Stefan Lievestro, Marius Beets and Peter Leerdman, finishing his master degree in 2008. Plays in a variety of projects that go from modern jazz, freejazz, jazzcore and free improvisation music, having shared the stage with improvisers such has Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Wilbert de Joode, Martin van Duynhoven, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, Jasper Stadhouders among others. Also has been working in collaboration with multi media such as video artists, modern dancers, poets, and theater makers. In the main projects that he is involved as double bass player, he has a deep input as a composer.





Maia Francisco – fixed media piece Maia Francisco will present a 20min. fixed media piece made of sine waves. The audience should feel free to walk around the space in order to have a full sonic experience. Maia Francisco studied art and design at Barcelona’s Escola Massana Centre d’Art i Disseny and piano at the city’s Conservatory of Music. As a student at the Institute of Sonology at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, she does research on the use of the pure sine waves in music.

Rodrigo Parejo & Kenzo Kusuda - This performance at Ephémère will be the first artistic encounter as a duo, of the spanish flutist and improviser Rodrigo Parejo, and the japanese dancer/choreographer Kenzo Kusuda. Rodrigo Parejo is a spanish flutist and improviser dedicated to Creative Music, World, Jazz and Improvised music. His versatility and capacity of adaptation has brought him to work broadly in different music worlds.

Holland-based Japanese choreographer/dancer Kenzo Kusuda reveals the poetry of the dancing body. Kusuda takes the audience to a world filled with imagination.

Henry Vega - Emphatic Portraits

Henry Vega will present a solo laptop performance. Born in New York City (1973), Henry is an active composer and performer of new music whose works appear in productions of theatre, dance and concert music that focus solely on modern artistic trends. His music ranges from virtuosic instrumental writings to subtle colourful compositions orchestrating traditional instrumentations with the world of electronic sound.






Mari Mako   *   Pijama and the Patterson   *   Casper Schipper

Mári Mákó is an interdisciplinary sound and performance artist. She has been mostly experimenting with live electronic improvisation. Mári is currently studying at the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and has been guest student at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Budapest in 2011. For this concert she will present a new piece where she is going to play on the citera and along with this she is also digitally processing the sound of it, with the intention to realise other sonic textures.

Pijama and the Patterson was born from the music sharing experience of Guillermo Celano and Claudio Tursa. Claudio Tursa is coming on tour from Mexico, he is a multi-faceted sound artist who has been experimenting for the last 25 years. He studied musical production and Tibetan singing bowls developing sound healing techniques. His work goes from latin rhythms to meditative ethereal soundscapes. In the last year his work is highly influenced by shaman philosophy, sacred sounds, and DIY electronic instruments.

Guillermo Celano, composer and guitarist has been leading various active projects in the Nederlands during the last decade. In this project, Celano explores the possibilities of the instrument from a different perspective than he is accustomed to. The beauty and quality of the sound as the motor for creation are the main subject of this trip.

For this performance at Ephémère – Studio Loos, Pijama and the Patterson will play a set of improvise music with very little written material. The point of departure is sound. It will be a set full of soundscapes, effects, samples, singing bowls, processed trumpet and electric guitar.


Casper Schipper is an electronic musician born in 1984 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. Works have been performed at the Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam DNK, the 2009 Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Week, Studio Loos, Instituto de Sonologia en Argentina,  the Institute for New Music, Bremen and Folkwang Hochschule Essen. He has also collaborated with composers Rozalie Hirs, Willem Boogman, VocaalLab and developed software for many others. He currently is part of “stichting the Game of Life”, managing it’s 192 speaker Wave Field Synthesis system.





Trevor Wishart   *   Kaja Draksler   *   Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein

Trevor Wishart is an English composer, based in York. Wishart has contributed to composing with digital audio media, both fixed and interactive. He has also written extensively on the topic of what he terms “sonic art”, and contributed to the design and implementation of software tools used in the creation of digital music; notably, the Composers Desktop Project.

He was educated at the University of Oxford (BA 1968), the University of Nottingham (MA 1969), and the University of York (PhD 1973). Although mainly a freelance composer, he holds an honorary position at the University of York.[1] He was appointed as composer-in-residence at the University of Durham in 2006, and then at the University of Oxford Faculty of Music in 2010–11, supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Wishart’s compositional interests deal mainly with the human voice, in particular with the transformation of it and the interpolation by technological means between human voice and natural sounds.This is most evident in his albums Red Bird/Anticredos (composition period: 1973-77, publishing date: 1992) and VOX Cycle (1980-1988, 1990), and also in the compositions Tongues of Fire (1993-93, 2000), Globalalia (2003-2004, 2010), Two Women (1998, 2000), and American Triptych (1999, 2000).

He is also a solo voice performer and an improviser of extended vocal techniques, using the recordings of his own improvisations to compose his electroacoustic pieces as well, like he did for Red Bird and Vox 5.

Kaja Draksler (1987) is a Slovenian pianist and composer. After her studies in the Netherlands (BA in jazz piano and MA in classical composition), she decided to stay in Amsterdam, where she is an active member of the improvisors scene, performing extensively all over the Europe. Besides her frequent solo concerts, she has been working regularly with Čudars-Draksler Duo, Feecho, BadBooshBand, and Draksler-Santos Silva duo. She is also one of the founding members of the interdisciplinary group I/O. She recently formed her Octet. As a composer she has been commissioned by various international groups, ranging from vocal and chamber ensembles to big bands and orchestras. Kaja is interested in finding ways to merge the composition and (free) improvisation by working with different structures and musical logics. She is drawn to the idea of erasing the stylistic and historical musical borders, and discovering personal expression and language through composition and improvisation.

Jan T. (Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein) works in the field of computer music, media art and creative coding since the late 1990s. He performs ‘crispy’ sound collages using novel and custom made interfaces, produces sonic installations and occasionally composes for ensembles and fixed media. Currently, he focuses on designing audio apps for mobile devices which are released under TeaTracks.

In the past years, Jan contributed to the open source audio software SuperCollider. His music has been performed across the world at festivals such as ICSM World Music Days, ICMC, Spark, MusicAcoustica, TodaysArt, BEAST. Jan studied Media Design in Weimar, Sonology in Den Haag and Computer Music at the University of Birmingham. Currently, he works as an iOS developer in Appsterdam and is visiting lecturer for computer music at the University Ilmenau.





Semay Wu   *   Jihae Ko & Kay Patru   *   Ilya Ziblat/Germaine Sijstermans/Ziv Taubenfeld   *   Bjarni Gunnarsson

- live performance

Semay Wu is a cellist and composer, living in the Hague, and currently in the second year Sonology Masters "Instruments and Interfaces". She has been researching the articulation of gesture, the space it holds and the intentionality that drives it. She is also interested in the social aspects of improvisation, in how we place ourselves in the space. This evening she will present some of the ideas from her work-in-progress, which will be shown in full on the evening of June 27th, Institute of Sonology.


FLUID MOSAIC || Plastic Landscape is an installation performance exploring the interactivity of body, sound, and plastic material. The starting point of this project is to investigate the phenomenological presence of sensory perception and the direct relationship of the environment we live in. In this mutual interactive process we look, listen and observe the organic life of plastic and through mutual influence emerges a transformative quality where body becomes material and vice versa.

Jihae Ko is a dancer, choreographer and bodywork therapist based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theater (Modern dance), SNDO (performance studies and choreography) and Shenzou open university (Acupuncture therapy). While collaborating with numerous choreographers, visual artists and theater makers in Canada, Europe and South Korea, she is committed to bridging art practice and therapy as a path where creativity and inter-personal growth meet.

Kay Patru is a dance and movement improvisation teacher, choreographer, certified body work therapist based in Amsterdam. His work focuses primarily on developing improvisation and somatic awareness tools designed to awaken the innate intelligence of the body. His choreographic projects focus on designing the sensory experience of the body in relationship to (un)natural environments. He teaches regularly movement research and somatic awareness classes in Europe and South Korea. Kay Patru recently started researching and leading workshops around the impact of nature on the perception of the body.


- Free improvisation (two bass clarinets and a contrabass). Low frequencies, wooden bodies, fingers, lips, a bow. An orgy.

Ziv Taubenfeld born in Israel 1986, is a bass clarinet player and composer currently living in Amsterdam. Ziv's current projects are BONES (a trio that performs his compositions), PLOTS and KUHN FU as well as collaborations with many improvisers from around the globe.

Germaine Sijstermans is a (bass) clarinetist with a passion for contemporary, experimental music. She has spent the last decade working with composers, developing new works. Theatrical elements, use of space (figuratively and literally) and improvisation often play an important role in her performances.

Ilya Ziblat (1975) is a composer and a performer (bass). He often works also with electronics. His current interest is how musical freedom can be expressed by- and triggered through- composed structures. Beside collaborating with other musicians, he also worked with dance and visuals.


- Solo set celebrating the release of the album 'Paths' released by Granny Records in May 2016.

Paths consists of five compositions forming a totality of 53 minutes. The music is derived from three multichannel pieces premiered at the Tectonics festival in Reykjavík (2014), the Ephémère series in The Hague (2014) and Présences électronique festival in Paris (2015). These have been further reduced, combined and rearranged resulting in the five compositions found on the album.

We may think of music as navigating between different moments of continuous change. One chooses a starting point and from there tries to reach other positions. The way a contact between these occurs is however always different and depends on the engagement with previous points of encounter. Even very static situations create perceptual illusions of development, producing prolonged and continuous experience. It could be how things change that creates the feeling of time. Perhaps all development is a matter of process, of activity, of change. We have difficulties apprehending what we are but little difficulty experiencing what we do. This behaviour based view is an important aspect of the album that explores previously experienced musical situations, different points of contact, paths through musical material.

Bjarni Gunnarsson is an Icelandic Composer / Sound artist. Released numerous LP´s, EP´s, compilation tracks and reworks on labels like Vertical Form, Thule, Uni:form, Spezial Material, Trachanik, Lamadameaveclechien, Shipwrec and 3LEAVES. Collections of his solo works can be found on the CD “Safn 2006-2009”, released by the Belgium label LMALC in 2010,"Processes & Potentials" released by 3LEAVES in 2013 and "Paths" released by Granny Records in 2016. Faculty member at the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory in The Hague and currently teacher of algorithmic composition and computer music. Studied composition with Gerard Pape, Trevor Wishart, Agostino Di Scipio and Curtis Roads at the CCMIX music center in Paris. Holds a masters degree from Sonology supervised by Paul Berg, Kees Tazelaar and Richard Barrett. Currently working with algorithmic composition, generative environments, compositions and live electronics. Also working on new material with his long-lasting electronic music duo Einóma, and for MGBG, a duo of voice and electronics with Marie Guilleray.





Ji Youn Kang   *   Kristina Warren   *   Leo Svirsky & Arvind Ganga

- Solo Live Electronics

Ji Youn Kang (Seoul, Korea) is a composer and sound artist based in The Hague, The Netherlands. She moved to The Netherlands in 2006 and achieved her Masters’ degree both in Sonology at The Royal Conservatorium, and in Composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Her objectives and interests revolve around the creation of her own musical language that (re)presents the Korean tradition and cultural elements using materials from Korean music as well as newly created sounds. Most of her music pieces have been composed based on the rites of Korean Shamanism, and many of them were written for the WFS system (192 loudspeakers), exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces. At the same time she has been composing Live Electronic pieces for both traditional and non-traditional instruments, ranging from a solo instrument to a large orchestra, exploring mostly the primitive, empowering rhythmical elements and the noisy sound sources that the Korean ritual music involves.

- Is There Time (for voice and electronics)

Is There Time, for voice and electronics, imagines densely layered software expression resulting from extended vocal utterances. This piece uses the Abacus, a novel performance interface incorporating an Arduino Teensy, to modulate processing on the live voice. Is There Time aims to combine my dual practices as vocalist and laptop musician, and to explore how mouth and technology can act as extensions of each other.

Kristina Warren is an electroacoustic composer and improvising vocalist based in Liverpool, England. Her creative work explores noise, communication, and time; most recently she is interested in the noisy and expressive micro-temporalities of voice. Warren's works have been performed at events such as the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), and by ensembles such as Ekmeles, JACK Quartet, and Sō Percussion. She is a PhD candidate in Composition & Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia.

- Improvisations on piano, accordeon and guitar

Arvind Ganga is a guitar player from Den Haag, the Netherlands. He takes a physical approach to guitar playing, employing objects and extended techniques to explore new sonic possibilities. His music draws from influences as diverse as noise and drones, North Indian ragas, experimental rock, and everyday sounds. With free improvisation he brings these together into an intense, loosely structured, chaotic mesh that is bathing in the rays of a deep red sun. Ethereal noise with a punk-improv attitude. Arvind plays solo, improvises with like-minded musicians, and is active in music/dance improvisation. His music took him to play squats, galleries, clubs and festivals from Poland to Portugal, Chile and Perú.

Leo Svirsky is a pianist, composer, and accordionist currently based in the Hague. He is active in the world of new and improvised music, as well as interpreting a broad range of piano repertoire. He has premiered new works by composers such as Michael Pisaro, Peter Adriaansz, Cornelis de Bondt, David Pocknee, Maya Verlaak, and Robert Blatt. As an improviser, he has collaborated with among others, Jasper Stadhouders, Raoul van der Weide, Onno Govaert, Katt Hernandez, Jaap Blonk,Ab Baars, Anne La Berge,, Marshall Allen, John Berndt, and Veryan Weston. His performance of Veryan Weston’s large-scale open form piece Tessellations was released by the seminal British improv label Emanem. His own composition “Songs in the Key of Survival” was released on Baltimore's Ehse Records. Other performers of his works include the accordionist Sergejj Tchirkov, pianists Teodora Stepancic and Reinier van Houdt, guitarists Elliot Simpson and David Pocknee, clarinetist Germaine Sijstermans, flutist Antoine Beuger, singer Maria Valdmaa, and the Ensemble “A Place to Listen”. Festival appearances include the Holland Festival, Rewire (the Hague), Sonic Circuits (DC), High Zero (Baltimore), Rumours Festival, (Utrecht), Peter the Great (Groningen), and Klangraum (Dusseldorf). He has recently earned a Masters in Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, under Martijn Padding and Cornelis de Bondt.





This Ephémère is inspired by the catalog and friends of Granny Records, a record label founded in Thessaloniki, Greece publishing works by contemporary electronic musicians. Granny also supports acts of innovative artists by organizing events and concerts in the city of Thessaloniki.

Sabina Ahn   *   Yota Morimoto & Shuhei Takezawa   *   Andrius Arutiunian

Sabina is a Korean artist who works with sound, visuals and coding. She has graduated from a MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University in London, and she has moved to the Hague recently to continue her research in ArtScience at the Art Academy/Royal Conservatory. Her recent research involves finding hidden rules and patterns in natural elements and translating them into different shapes of perceptual experience.

Breath is an interactive light and sound installation/performance, operated by human breath. As a wind instrument, this work has been developed to control sound and light with human breathing, made
of DIY circuits and e-wastes.Breath uses amorphous energy from the human body and transforms it into different shapes: breathe to light and sound, vitalising an inorganic object. Human respiration is visualised by dimming bulbs, activates the machine and involves functioning.The piece has been made of electronic junks such as old telephone’s microphone and old PC’s metal frame to illustrate new life from the dead devices and to allude a transformable relationship between human/natural element and machine.

Yota Morimoto is a Japanese composer, sound artist and researcher born in Brazil, and based currently in The Hague. He holds a master’s degree in Sonology from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Birmingham in England. His music has been performed and commissioned by several ensembles and musicians and his sound installations and audio-visual works have been presented at various festivals all over the world. Yota is also active in sound design, sonification and an interactive sonic system implementation.

Shuhei Takezawa iis a Japanese cello and viola da gamba player. He plays in various styles ranging from early baroque to classical and contemporary music. Shuhei graduated at Tokyo University of Arts, and worked with New Japan Philharmonic from 2006 to 2013. He is a member of several ensembles and he is also a teacher at Toho Gakuen College Music Department. Since September 2015, Shuhei is studying Early Music with Lucia Swartz at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Andrius Arutiunian
is a Lithuanian-Armenian composer and sound artist based in The Hague. He studied composition under Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz in the Royal Conservatory Den Haag, and finished his MA studies in 2016. As a composer, one of his main interests is in the digital domain and the influence of the contemporary audio-visual culture on our perception of reality. In addition, the socio-historical context of technology often provides the basis for his music, with particular focus on communication and military technology.

VOYAGES (2016) - Live audio-visual set
In 1977 NASA succesfully launched two new spaces probes - Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, both designed to study the outer Solar System. Each had phonograph records attached to them which contained sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The sound collection consists of nature sounds, a selection of various music tracks, as well as spoken greetings in 55 languages, while the images show various concepts and moments from human life. This material was intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them and be able to decode them. Extra-terrestial speculations aside, it is rather obvious that the records were intended as a strong political statement, as they were conceived by NASA in 1977 – one of the iconic political institutions of USA during the Cold-War era. What therefore intrigues me about this material is not so much its possible perception by the extra-terrestials, but the way NASA’s team (led by Carl Sagan) chose to define humanity and planet Earth by its choice of particular music tracks and images. For this set Andrius has made a selection of images, sounds and music pieces that are encoded onto the Golden Records, and recomposed them live, allowing himself to wander freely between the original and new forms and contexts of the material Voyager 1 is currently the furthest spacecraft from Earth and the only one in interstellar space.





Roberta Štěpánková & Amund J. Røe   *   Eric Zinman / Onno Govaerts / John Dikeman   *   Graham Flett & Nicole De Brabandere

- The Crossroads

Roberta Štěpánková (Slovakia) and Amund Røe (Norway) common work began in autumn 2014. In their collaboration till now, they have been focusing on their experience of space in the process of music and dance composition and in the act of performance. The common question has been ´how do we experience the (inner/outer) space in composition and how does considering this informs the work process´.

Amund J. Røe was born into a Norwegian-Dutch family in 1985, and grew up in a small rural village in the Norwegian mountains. He finished a bachelor in piano at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, before further studies in composition, church organ and pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Oslo. Since 2012 Amund has been a studying composition at Codarts University for Arts in Rotterdam, under the guidance of Jan-Bas Bollen, René Uijlenhoet and Peter-Jan Wagemans. Besides being a composer he is a performing musician and improviser.

– Free improv

Eric Zinman’s statement: Music is empathy in action. We learn together. From the city I grew up in, music made life more livable, more beautiful and less violent. The ensemble is the lifeblood of our choices. “Hey baby  your band is so cool, they play so far oooooouuuutt, no in no in all very out. What got you into the music scene when it was clean, you dig and now you’re all dirty and jive?” “ It was all because of that flying saucer, they picked us up and got us a gig on Mars, called us head generals and booked us in the stars. The moons were dripping down like sliced melons, what a little moonlight can do’’” “that’s strange speech you make on that thing.” “My five year old daughter can play better than that. Where are you guys from?” They say we will never play here so we go there like children. “Why don’t you just stay in church and sing gospel?” Cuz all I ask of living is to feel a little life in you baby. Romeo pouncing on Juliet (and they both come from good families) those hot wet teenage seals, their bodies crashing like the sea, in the rapture of wind, trees, forests and animals surviving by their wit. with their vision looking out like spirit guides, playing in the sand along the shore..”

Born Eric Green Zinman, 1963. Began the study of piano and voice as a small child. Interest in classic music, Broadway, R&B and Rock and Roll. As an adolescent discovered Black Music :jazz, blues, gospel , the music of the strip clubs and hotels and modified his approach. This followed with composition studies with Bill Dixon, George Russell and Jimmy Giuffre. Since 1987 he produced a number of ensembles with Laurence Cook, Syd Smart, and Glynis Lomon. In the mid 2000’s he began to tour Europe with Mario Rechtern and met and played with many musicians. His activity and collaboration extends to theater, dance, film and poetry. Music is empathy in action, two souls rubbing together, the significant human story. Since 2000 he has recorded 18 albums and has been reviewed in 9 languages.

Onno Govaert drums, born 1987 in Kaatsheuvel (Efteling), lives in Amsterdam and is a member of different jazz, free jazz and improvised music groups such as Cactus Truck, Govaert/deJoode/Stadhouders trio, RIO, Trialectics, duo Vatcher/Govaert among others. He has played with musicians Arthur Doyle, Joe McPhee, Terrie Ex, Ab Baars, Chris Corsano, Roy Campbell, Jeb Bishop, Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Peter Evans, Matts Gustafsson and many more.

John Dikeman is an American saxophonist currently residing in Amsterdam. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, John’s playing runs the gamut of improvised music and technique, ranging from reductionist extended technique based improvisation to full throttle free jazz. The underlying characteristic of his music is an unnerving commitment, a total abandonment to sound. John was born in Nebraska in 1983 and grew up in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Thanks to the extreme isolation of his hometown, he spent most of his free time practicing and studying music. He quickly discovered the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, and Albert Ayler and instantly connected to the unmatched expressive power of free jazz. He moved to Amsterdam in December of 2007, after a brief stay in Budapest, Hungary. Since arriving in Amsterdam, John has jumped at the chance to re-enter the world of improvised music.

– ‘Hearing on the verge: cuing and aligning with the movement of the audible’

In ‘Hearing on the verge: cuing and aligning with the movement of the audible’, we engage the sonic landscape by recording and listening in movement. This is a cueing and aligning with the audible in our respective urban ecologies, in a counterpoint of moving and listening. We relay and exchange these recorded sounds, write and compose with them while expanding modes of listening across space-time and across situated milieu of hearing. As hearing in movement intensifies the verge of the audible, it multiplies, stretches and concentrates the otherwise indistinct noise of urban ecologies into new intensities, contours and articulations. In the process of moving with hearing, listening becomes a technique of gathering audible rhythms, refrains and qualities within and with an inhabited body. What’s more, the pathways of roads and corridors that habitually map and prescribe trajectories through space lose their force of extensive continuity, or the authority with which they delineate space and script, direction or position, within it — places become viscous in the attunement with their sonic consistency, in the dynamics with which it is stirred, swallowed and waded through.

Nicole De Brabandere is a PhD candidate in artistic research at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) under the supervision of Giaco Schiesser and Erin Manning. De Brabandere develops techniques to generate affective attunements across media and material milieu, including clay modelling, drawing, video, audio, choreography and discursive practice.

Graham Flett is presently a PhD candidate in Music Composition at Brunel University (U.K), under direction of Christopher Fox and Michael Finnissy, Flett’s artistic research aims at articulating how composed music and organized sound as an act of culturally mimetic behavior, can reveal new ways of creative expression.





Semay Wu & Manuela Lucia Tessi   *   Nicolas Chientaroli   *   Tomer Baruch

- live performance

Semay Wu will be using a few of her handmade Instruments to make collages of sound. Combining her voice for texts, and focusing on the relative physicality of gestural language, her work explores the glue between nuanced gesture - through the use of light sensors - and its emergent musical language. Her performance will be a simpler journey than the one during her research period in The Hague, however, it will explore similar paths.

Semay Wu (UK) is a cellist, sound and performance artist who explores the space between gesture, image and musical language. Hailing from Liverpool/Manchester as a freelance musician and composer, Semay came to The Hague in 2013 to study at the Institute of Sonology and STEIM in Amsterdam. Now finished, she continues to broaden her explorative work, basing herself in Scotland, to include the performative aspects of choreography, set design, instrument building.

Manuela Lucia Tessi is a dancer, teacher and maker based in Amsterdam and Berlin. She holds a degree in Modern Dance from the Theaterschool in Amsterdam and has spent the last several years performing and touring her work. Live music, whether composed or improvised, plays an important role in her performance work. She curates the series MD301 at cultural centre OT301 in Amsterdam with a focus on dance related to live music. Since 2004 Manuela has studied and worked with renowned dancer Katie Duck, who has been one of her greatest creative influences as well as dancers such as Sylvain Meret, Miri Lee, Laura Moro, Makiko Ito, Leyya Tawil, Vincent Cacialano, Paul Estabrook. She collaborates regularly with flutist Friederike Wendorf and guitarist Arvind Ganga a.o.

- piano solo

In this performance, Nico Chientaroli will present his first solo album “Cada Fuego es el Primero”, recorded in Splendor, Amsterdam and released by the Portuguese label Creative Sources. He’s been working with solo performances for quite a long time already, where improvisation or instant composition takes a very improtant place. In the cd there are six very different improvisations. He uses the keyboard as well as the strings and the entire interior of the piano with different objects. Argentinean pianist, improviser and composer Nico Chientaroli started his career playing with different bands in Buenos Aires. He always felt strongly attracted to improvisation. Therefore he formed his trio recording three albums where he explored improvisation through his compositions. He also participated in many projects related to jazz and improvisation in Buenos Aires. He moved to Amsterdam in 2013 to continue with his work and development. As a pianist, he explores and expands the boundaries of the piano and develops a very personal way of playing. In reviews his music is described as a magnificent and extraordinary journey of sound. Some,Improvisations enable beautifully structured and impressively melodic textures to surface.

- Aquifer, live electronics

Tomer Baruch is an interdisciplinary musician with an interest in a wide variety of genres, ranging from popular music to jazz, post-african and experimental electronic music. His works often dwell around the territories which lies between these genres, referencing them but committing to none. Aquifer is a solo project by Tomer Baruch in which he is digitally manipulates analog toys in order to construct nostalgic soundscapes and beats with or without a pulse.