Had a wonderful week in Ankara visiting Bilkent University.
Packed it in : recorded Onur Türkmen’s solo cycle Songs from a Circle, taught a seminar for the composer’s department and recorded student pieces, taught the lovely the Bilkent violin students, and played a concert in the Klassik Keyiflir series at Müze Evliyagil. The concert was all Knox – Garth and I switched off playing solo’s and duo’s, then we played Garth’s quartet and sextet with Bilkent faculty members and students.

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