Can’t wait to play Oehring, Haas, and Cage at the Sounds of Music Festival in Groningen this weekend ! Interview with Job van Schaik / Dagblad van het Noorden
The Wire reviews Louth Contemporary Music Festival in Dundalk, Ireland –> and highlights Garth Knox’ solo violin works (“raw but focused .. like Derek Bailey on a tiny instrument”), and Jürg Frey’s trio for soprano, violin, and piano (“uplifting, comforting, fleeting .. containing the knowledge of its own ending”)
After hearing a short solo set of mine at Cross-Linx Festival back in February, Andrew Bird named my Schoenberg as one of his favorite recent finds in an interview with Magnet Magazine .. I’m extremely humbled with this mention by one of my big singer/violinist inspirations !
AB : “…I was just playing a festival in Holland with Glenn Kotche and Neil Finn and there was a young violinist named Diamanda Dramm who played a Schoenberg piece, I think was Pierrot Lunaire. She sang operatically while accompanying herself on violin. It was incredibly beautiful and mind-meltingly difficult. I realised that a lot of modern music turned me off at first because it’s played with such severity. Alban Berg string quartets also knocked me out recently. I think it’s the way they were played-perhaps more calmly. Too many string players strangle the music with passion and fury, so I’m taking another look at the Second Viennese School…”
Last month I had the pleasure of joining the Yurodny Ensemble from Ireland on a tour in Turkey. We played Onur Türkmen’s work Sailing To Byzantium, a magnificent 70 minute piece with a lot of room for improvisation. The ensemble was made up of Yurodny members and as well as Turkish musicians on traditional instruments. Here is a small documentary about our time there.
Watch: Sailing to Byzantium
Besides playing Peter Schat’s Genen, I had some fun with the Weeshuis tune – here in solo version recorded by VPRO.