Mayke Nas (‘composer laureate’ of the Netherlands until last year) and artist Teun Hocks share a feeling for the vulnerable and the absurd in the everyday. Their Arsenaal der ongeleefde dingen (arsenal of unlived things), which is having its world premiere today, promises to be a tragicomic musical theatre piece. The musicians of Nieuw Amsterdams Peil are already dreaming about ‘scenes in which, against all odds, dreams keep being pursued with senseless overconfidence’.
Mayke Nas: Het arsenaal der ongeleefde dingen (premiere)
Copresentation November Music, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Mayke Nas studied piano and composition, and has written various commissioned pieces for ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Slagwerk Den Haag and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Nas likes to go where no one’s gone before: in 2006 she revived the concept of public participation with her fluxus-inspired piece Anyone can do it, written for six unprepared players, in 2011 she explored the insides of the piano with Douze Mains and in 2014 she turned Ralph Van Raat into a veritable puppeteer behind the piano in Behind the Scenes IV: El Angel Exterminador. From 2016 until 2018, Nas bore the title of Composer of the Nation.
Nieuw Amsterdams Peil
The Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP) was founded in 2005 by violinist Heleen Hulst and pianist Gerard Bouwhuis. As a collective, they aim to play a broad repertoire of chamber music as well as music theater in various flexible constellations. They choose to focus on the music of today. The musicians feel like a ‘band’ rather than an ensemble: little hierarchy and lots of personal input as well as performing without conductor creates a greater alertness, freedom and concentration.