Andrew Bird in Magnet

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…”

Yurodny

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

Weeshuis

On April 2nd, Helena and I play Peter Schat’s Genen for violin and piano at the Orphanage of Dutch Music (Weeshuis van de Nederlandse Muziek), a wonderful series promoting forgotten gems. Schat biographer Bas van der Putten will be there to give an insight into the work and the life behind it.

watch the trailer

weeshuis pic

RACHE

Electra plays RACHE by Boudewijn Tarenskeen.

See you there if you dare…

INFO

20/03 Piet Hein Eek Eindhoven
30/03 Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij Amsterdam
15/04 Korzo Den Haag
16/04 Grand Theatre Groningen

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    photo by Anne Reinke