tour / after

had a magic tour time playing amsterdam, eindhoven, rotterdam & enschede

grateful to have a platform for sharing the spaces, many thanks to those who helped me create it.

a few pictures :

(drawings / SJ Fowler, light design / James Murray)

Louis, dad, Garth

(above pics Bram Petreaus)

dream road crew James Murray / light design, Marc Schots / sound

 

 

 

Muziekfabriek @Radio4

Jet Berkhout at Radio4 invited me to be on her program Muziekfabriek. The set up of the show is that the guest chooses a well known classic work, and makes a new version. I re-did my take on Purcell’s When I’m Laid for the occasion, and added some vocals this time :

we had a good chat as well, about the upcoming tour and more. Jet also spoke to Theo Loevendie about our working together a few years ago, and he said some very kind words. listen back to the rest of the show here

November Music

Last weekend I performed Onur Türkmen‘s Songs from a Circle at November Music. It was the first time I did it in its fully staged version, and it was amazing to feel how much space that gave me to go deeper with the piece. Can’t wait to record it in Ankara in January !

I’ll be back at November Music this coming Saturday with the premiere of a powerful new work by Yannis Kyriakides :

Face is a multimedia composition for voice, violin, recorders, piano, live electronics and video, based on notions of face, not only as a manifestation of emotion and identity, but as a data set to be collected and used by external powers. The piece navigates between the problematic practice of anthropometry in the early 20th century, specifically the measurement of cranial features to determine character types, to the current use of emotional face recognition software to collect data about the emotional engagement of consumers.

MUSIC Yannis Kyriakides / IMAGE Johannes Schwartz / TEXT Maria Barnas

ELECTRA ENSEMBLE : VOICE Michaela Riener /  VIOLIN Diamanda Dramm / RECORDER Susanne Borsch / PIANO&KEYBOARD Saskia Lankhoorn

photo : Johannes Schwartz

DANCE

In 1986, Theo Loevendie wrote DANCE for my legendary former teacher Vera Beths. The solo violinist plays with a set of bells around her ankles, stomping her own accompaniment. Many of her students went on to play the piece, and in 2015 I had the chance to perform it live at Podium Witteman when Theo received the Andreas Medal from the City of Amsterdam :

https://www.npostart.nl/diamanda-dramm-dance-loevendie/06-12-2015/POMS_NTR_2727938

Last summer Theo wrote a new version of the piece, adding parts for recorder (Erik Bosgraaf) and clarinet (Carl Rosman). The solo violin part was left unchanged. We recorded it for Erik Bosgraaf’s new CD that was released this week, Nachklang : check it here // and already a nice review from the Groene Amsterdammer is in here :

“Bastardized Country & Western with a Turkish hint by Diamanda Dramm and two companions … An after party in many colours”