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.”

music by Dramm, La Berge Dramm, Bach, Corelli. Purcell, Biber. text by SJ Fowler. decor by Ascon de Nijs. costume bij Maison the Faux.

co-production Wonderfeel Festival (NL), Music on Main (Canada), Mittelfest (IT), Gaudeamus (NL). made possible by the Keep an Eye Production Prize.

indonesia tour diary

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.

Maison the Faux

had the honor of writing a piece and performing it in the Maison the Faux show at Amsterdam Fashion Week. i quoted sj fowler and somewhere over the rainbow

(images Team Peter Stigter)

there’s no place like maison …

garment developement Marloes Dadswell / styling Pascal Joel Weber / show choreography Joanne Schouten / movement choreography Tatiana Mateeva / sound design Star Studded Studios / live music Diamanda Dramm / light design JUR / production design Studio Met Met / Show visuals Willem Stapel / Furniture and bedding MADE / make-up MAC / hair Wella PRO and Sebmanofficial 

rewatch the live stream here 


Deense Detective

Had a great time in January and February making the Deense Detective (Danish Detective) – a thriller radio play in 15 episodes that we performed live in 4 parts at Theater Kikker, Utrecht. Produced by Rosa Ensemble, featuring.. Florian de Backere : script, voices, foley / Floris van Bergeijk : compositions, voices, keys, foley / Daniel Cross : voices, percussion, foley / Diamanda Dramm : voices, violin, foley / Koen Kaptijn : voices, trombone, foley / Peter Jessen : voices, double bass, foley / Sebastiaan Pos : sound engineering

all episodes now available as podcasts at VPRO here




Oslo, RAM & Birmingham

had a great time teaching in the last few weeks //

spent three days at the Norwegian Academy of Music coaching chamber music and hanging out with Terje Moe Hansen‘s violin class. we talked and played and talked and played, covering the Violin Spaces as well as other contemporary violin repertoire and delving into surrounding topics as well. such a joy to have time for real exchange.

had an afternoon workshop and evening concert at Royal Academy of Music in London together with Garth, he coached the viola’s on Viola Spaces, and I took the violins. then we had an all-Spaces concert, playing them in various constellations. the next day we went to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and did more or less the same thing. following that we stayed for a day to teach private lessons. a pleasure to tag team with Garth, complementing each other in these masterclass situations. exciting to enter a new phase in such a long standing collaboration.

with the RAM violins