We know that low instruments can do much more than play functional bass notes, but it’s good to be reminded of it now and then. The name Lyrisch Laag (lyrically low) says it all as far as that goes. This concert will focus on the richness of the lower regions of the sound spectrum. Two bass clarinets and two low string instruments will play in various formations, with brand-new works by Michael Finnissy, Georgia Nicolaou and Frederik Neyrinck.
Michael Finnissy (premiere) / Georgia Nicolaou (premiere) / Frederik Neyrinck (premiere)
Coproduction: November Music, Basklarinet Festijn
Composer and pianist
Frederik Neyrinck (°1985) studied in Brussels, Stuttgart and Graz. He lives and works in
Vienna. He has worked with various ensembles and organisations such as
Asko|Schönberg, Bozzini Quartet and Brussels Philharmonic, and his works have
been recorded by I Solisti del Vento, Spectra Ensemble and Revue Blanche among
others. In 2017-2018, he is “season’s composer” at Concertgebouw Brugge. As a
pianist, he is member of Ensemble Platypus.
Michael Finnissy (°1946) is concerned with the political aspects of music. He
believes that all music is 'programmatic' to some degree, it exists within
a culture that reflects both the extra-musical and purely musical concerns
of the composer. It is a force for change. His engagement with political and
social themes has become more prominent as his career progressed. Finnissy
has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, the University
of Sussex, and is currently Professor of composition at
the University of Southampton.
In 2016, Georgia Nicolaou completed her Master’s degree in Composition
at Codarts, Rotterdam. Her works include pieces for chamber ensembles as well
as compositions for dance and music theatre. Besides acoustic, she also composes
electronic and electroacoustic music. In September 2016 she was awarded the Tera
de Marez Oyens prize for her work S o c I a l I C E, during the Gaudeamus Festival for contemporary
music in Utrecht.
Lyrisch Laag (Lyrically Low) is an
initiative of Fie Schouten, where various musicians come together to play
instruments with low tessitura. For this concert she joins forces with Marij
van Gorkom, with whom she also forms the ensemble Baklarinet Festijn, as well
as cellist Eva van de Poll and double bass player Beltane Ruiz Molina.
Fie Schouten (clarinet, right) specializes in contemporary music. She is head
teacher of bass clarinet at the Prins Claus Conservatorium Groningen. Schouten
regularly performs as a soloist as well as with diverse ensembles, and is the
artistic director of the Basklarinet Festijn. She also collaborates often with
celebrated and young composers, that have written over seventy pieces for her
and her ensembles.
Marij van Gorkom
Marij van Gorkom (left) studied bass clarinet with Harry Sparnaay and since devoted herself to her project Sonic Spaces, through which she seeks to further her instrument, create new music, and find her own path within today's music and art. It allows her to discover new musical possibilities and explore the depths, details, and nuances of her instrument as well as its relationship to electronics and digital media.
Eva van de Poll
Cellist Eva van de Poll studied
at the Conservatorium Amsterdam and the Messiaen Akademie. She’s earned her
stripes collaborating on film, theater and dance performances, world music and
contemporary chamber music projects at home and abroad. Eva is part of theater
group Plezant, Pavadita Tango String Quartet and the Haytham Safia Quartet and
has toured with various musicians. Since 2001, she collaborates with Fie
Beltane Ruiz Molina
Beltane Ruiz Molina studied bass and composition in
London and Berlin and a Master in early music in Basel. She has worked with the
most prominent modern orchestras and conductors in England, Germany and the
Netherlands. She often plays with contemporary music ensembles
like KNM Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter and Ensemble. Since 2010 she is member of
Zafraan Ensemble Berlin.