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incredibly honored to be the recipient of next season’s Deutschlandfunk Förderpreis. It includes recording my debut album as artist in residence at Deutschlandfunk in their amazing Kammermusiksaal. Award ceremony september 2nd at Musikfest Bremen
I talked about it here to Pieter van Wielen on Nooit Meer Slapen
and here on Deutschlandfunk
the triple LP by laberge, laberge dramm and dramm is out june 1st. live recordings & unreleased material on 180-gram vinyl, plus a high-quality digital download code. the first release on Splendor Records.
history : in june 2017 we recorded three live concerts, and have done some additional tracking since, plus a lot of mixing, re-mixing anne and david’s old duo recordings, artwork, negotiations dramm style, negotiations la berge style, living, laughing etc. now we are super proud to share it with the world. snuck on the dramm composition boat with a debut track of my own called touch (words by SJF)
“a collector’s item upon release, this triple LP is a musical family history unlike any other. a rousing mix of punk, country, spoken word and electro. recorded live in Splendor Amsterdam by the 21st von Trapp family La Berge Dramm & guests.”
Modern Genetics was recorded during live concerts at Splendor Amsterdam,
in various studios in New York City and Amsterdam, in a hall in Eindhoven, and at home between 1990 and 2018.
recording engineers : Bastiaan Kuijt, Iwen Legro, Robert Bosch, Joerie Saal, Jurriaan Sielcken, Robert Poss. photo concept & direction : Carmen Schabracq. photographer : Dim Balsem. art design : Jos Kleij
Can’t wait to get kicking again.. My new solo program SUBVERSE will premiere this summer at Mittelfest (IT), Wonderfeel Festival (NL), and Gaudeamus Festival (NL). New collaboration with Ascon de Nijs and Maison the Faux for the decor and costume.
“An unrelenting solo violin set extending into the bass realm: Diamanda accompanies herself with her feet, using drums and organ pedal, uniting her whole physique into sound. She unfolds the sound of her violin, navigating its peripheries and pushing them out a little bit. The set designed uniquely for this program connects the sonic experience to its visual manifestation.”
co-production Wonderfeel Festival (NL), Music on Main (Canada), Mittelfest (IT), Gaudeamus (NL). made possible by the Keep an Eye Production Prize.
april 5 – 17 i was in indonesia to play concerts and give workshops. it was a really transformative experience in the best way. diary :
april 4/5 : amsterdam-doha-jakarta-solo. travelling with iwen legro, who does sound for the entire tour.
april 6 : day off. visit prince’s palace visit, check out the solo venue, attend a gamelan session.
april 7 : morning workshop in solo. evening concert and meet&greet at rumah banjarsari, a wonderful local outdoors venue with a young energetic audience. combination of 30+ celsius and analog lights makes for the hottest temperature i ever played at..
april 8 : travel day solo to salatiga. suni wijogawati from the erasmushuis is with us for tour, and for the length of it becomes our mom. she’s the connector, and crucial for a lot of the close contact i have with students, audience members, department heads, etc.
april 9 : long but super rewarding day at UKSW university in salatiga. lecture&workshop in the morning, concert in the evening. curious students, appreciative audience, overall a very warm-hearted place.
april 10 : travel day salatiga – jakarta.
april 11 : lecture & workshop at kesenian jakarta. noticable difference with salatiga students. this is definitely the big city and the students are more in the know and more career oriented. we cover a lot of ground, and geek out for a long while on tuning systems.
april 12 : concert and meet&greet at makara arts center. this hall is connected to a major university, and most of the audience is made up of students. a relief to be playing in some air conditioning finally. in general in these place i’m moved by the curiosity and openness of a lot of these people. very grateful that i had the chance to interact with so many students, some of which i’m still in touch with.
april 13 : concert and meet&greet at erasmushuis in jakarta. the entire tour was organized largely by the erasmushuis, and over the course of it i got to know several of the staff well. so playing the last concert here really feels celebratory. a full hall, and the best acoustics on the tour. huge thanks to iwen legro for doing sound, tuning kick drums, negotiating with all manner of exotic technical situations, and befriending the local crews. this made for a way more smoother safer funner experience.
april 14 – 16 : days off. train to bandung and scooter from there.
april 17 : bandung – jakarta – doha – amsterdam.