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11 December 2019 | 8:30 pm | Den Haag
Culture Unlimited Festival – NEuE & Vocal Ensemble Consorte

From 3 November – 20 December the Culture Unlimited Foundation presents the first edition of the Culture Unlimited Festival

New European Ensemble will present:

Kinan Abou-afach – Chronicles I (à la samā’ī) – for string quartet, is a contemporary reflection on the middle-eastern sama’i music, loosely following the form where multiple sections (Khana) are introduced and followed by a refrain (Tasilm). But the deconstructed form in the piece allows the Taslim to reappear as a motivic fragment throughout the multiple sections. The mood of this work moves between melancholic, to pensive, to hankering for Abou-afach’s homeland, Syria.

Wassim Ibrahim – Syriac Fantasy
The life in the Syriac – Aramaic Church has a feeling of emancipation of time. It consists of a constant motion, in an attempt to dive into the inner life of Man, unleash the imagination in a purely spiritual life. Syriac fantasy is one of various Syriac Aramaic stories.

Together Consorte and New European Ensemble will perform Nocturne in European Waters is a new composition by Jonas Bisquert. Bisquert explains that water is full of contradictions: a river can bring people together, but also divide them. An ocean is an enormous barrier between different continents, but also the bridge. On a more metaphorical level there is also a contradiction between the poetic and political aspect of water. In his preparations for this piece he did an extensive study of poetry about water. He made a selection of four poems by a Syrian, a Portuguese and two Dutch poets, in which the poetic and the political are united. For example in the poem of the Palestinian-Syrian Randa Awad, who is present as a vocalist during the performance, her experience of water symbolizes her journey to Europe.

This project is made in cooperation by Gaudeamus and was presented September 2019 at their festival.

The twelve-member Vocaal ensemble Consorte, brings a program about rivers and oceans. Water has a quality of stillness. It is the nocturnal world, the stilled, the world behind our world, through which we wade. The inside of things. But it is also the world of the storm, where everything originates and ends:
Tomás Luis de Victoria – Super flumina Babilonis
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Silence and music

New European Ensemble takes part in the Culture Unlimited Festival at the following dates:
9 December – Brussels
11 December – Den Haag
16 December – Amsterdam
19 December – Leiden
20 December – Rotterdam

Culture Unlimited Festival – NEuE & Vocal Ensemble Consorte
11 December 2019 | 8:30 pm
Kloosterkerk | Den Haag
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14 December 2019 | 8:00 pm | Den Haag
Culture Unlimited Festival – Tony Overwater Ensemble & NEuE

From 3 November – 20 December the Culture Unlimited Foundation presents the first edition of the Culture Unlimited Festival

Tony Overwater Ensemble with New European Ensemble string quartet – Om De Oude Wereldzee
Nizar Rohana – Ud
Rada Avcharova – violin
Mihkel Kerem – violin
Emlyn Stam – viola
Willem Stam – cello
Maarten Ornstein – clarinet
Rembrandt Frerichs – forte piano and harmonium
Tony Overwater – double bass and violone
Ruven Ruppik – percussion

‘Om de Oude Wereldzee’

‘Om de Oude Wereldzee’ was made for the movie with the same title. When former prime minister and theologian Abraham Kuyper returned from his trip around the Mediterranean in early twentieth century, he described his impressions in the travelogue ‘Om de Oude Wereldzee’ ‘Om de Oude Wereldzee’. A documentary film was made by IKON about this trip, in which the music serves to enliven the travelogue. For the transcultural experience that had to be based on ‘Om de Oude Wereldzee’ Overwater collected musicians and a set of instruments that absorbs influences from the entire Mediterranean and yet leaves a uniform impression.

New European Ensemble takes part in the Culture Unlimited Festival at the following dates:
9 December – Brussels
11 December – Den Haag
16 December – Amsterdam
19 December – Leiden
20 December – Rotterdam

Culture Unlimited Festival – Tony Overwater Ensemble & NEuE
14 December 2019 | 8:00 pm
De Nieuwe Regentes | Den Haag
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16 December 2019 | 7:00 pm | Amsterdam
Culture Unlimited Festival – Under The Surface & NEuE

From 3 November – 20 December the Culture Unlimited Foundation presents the first edition of the Culture Unlimited Festival

Under the Surface is a unique trio of three musicians from different generations who have found each other in a common urge to search for space and silence through improvisation.
The prize-winning (Edison Award) singer and composer Sanne Rambags will sing a number of poems from the literary magazine De Gids no. 2019/2 with the central topic of Rivers. Sanne is one of the few singers of her generation who is able to improvise in a very open way, sometimes with self-written texts and poems, sometimes by positioning herself completely between the musicians. This gives her voice an instrumental function which is beautifully in line with the open group sound and the playing of Lijbaart and Stadhouders.
Drummer Joost Lijbaart belongs to the top of the Dutch jazz scene. Bram Stadhouders is one of the most promising musicians in the European improvisation circuit. Bram has been selected for several important highlights such as the Dutch Young VIP tour, North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment, “Take Five Europe”, BIMhuis Carte Blanche and more.

New European Ensemble will play:
Kareem Roustom – Shades of Night

I. Al-Ghurub الغروب – Sunset
II. Al-Shafaq الشفق – Twilight
III. Al-Ghasaq الغسق – Fully dark.
IV. Al-Sudfa السدفة – The ‘light’ or ‘the darkness’
V. Al-Fahma الفحمة – The most intense blackness of the night
VI. Al-Buhra البهرة – Midnight
VII. Al-Sahar السحر – The time of the breathing of the dawn
VIII. Al-Fajr Al-Katheb الفجر الكاذب – False dawn
IX. Al-Fajr Al-Saadeq الفجر الصادق – True dawn

Giuliano Bracci – Tutto chiudi negli occhi
Giuliano Bracci piece is a dialogue with Josquin. His music is present, filtered and altered as a memory or a dream. To imagine the effect of memory or oblivion on a fragment of music, to think about the acoustic (and) poetic effect of a sound submerged (for centuries).
What happens to the sound? What is lost?

Then NEuE and Under the Surface will also play together, taking each other and the audience on a new adventure.

New European Ensemble takes part in the Culture Unlimited Festival at the following dates:
9 December – Brussels
11 December – Den Haag
16 December – Amsterdam
19 December – Leiden
20 December – Rotterdam

Culture Unlimited Festival – Under The Surface & NEuE
16 December 2019 | 7:00 pm
Amstelkerk | Amsterdam
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17 December 2019 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon Heine – Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen

Heinrich Heine’s Deutschland ein Wintermärchen is a satirical epic detailing his journey from Paris to Hamburg during the winter of 1843. The work was censored after its publication because of its anti-German language and satirical, political caricatures. Robert Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen are similarly witty and satirical as is György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Schumann inspired by his predecessors piece for clarinet, piano and viola.

Texts: Heinrich Heine (German)
Music: Robert Schumann and György Kurtág
Actor: Jan Hellberg
Musicians: James Meldrum – clarinet, Shuann Chai – piano, Emlyn Stam – viola

Literary Salon Heine – Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen
17 December 2019 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague
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18 December 2019 | 8:30 pm | Amsterdam
Literary Salon Heine – Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen

Heinrich Heine’s Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen is a satirical epic detailing his journey from Paris to Hamburg during the winter of 1843. The work was censored after its publication because of its anti-German language and satirical, political caricatures. Robert Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen are similarly witty and satirical as is György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Schumann inspired by his predecessors piece for clarinet, piano and viola.

Texts: Heinrich Heine (German)
Music: Robert Schumann and György Kurtág
Actor: Jan Hellberg
Musicians: James Meldrum – clarinet, Shuann Chai – piano, Emlyn Stam – viola

Literary Salon Heine – Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen
18 December 2019 | 8:30 pm
CC Amstel | Amsterdam
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21 January 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon Rimbaud – Een seizoen in de hel

Arthur Rimbaud’s Une Saison en enfer was written in a rundown farmhouse on the French-Belgian border in 1873. The poet was heavily under the influence of absinthe, opium and alcohol, which explains the often hallucinatory and personal character of the texts. Rimbaud’s wide-ranging texts are paired with the exploratory music of Berio, Saariaho and Gubaidulina who all sought out new sound worlds and colours in their works for flute, harp and viola.

Texts: Arthur Rimbaud
Music: Luciano Berio, Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina
Actor: Bas Maassen
Musicians: Felicia van den End – flute, Astrid Haring – harp, Emlyn Stam – viola

Literary Salon Rimbaud – Een seizoen in de hel
21 January 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague
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22 January 2020 | 8:30 pm | Amsterdam
Literary Salon Rimbaud – Een seizoen in de hel

Arthur Rimbaud’s Une Saison en enfer was written in a rundown farmhouse on the French-Belgian border in 1873. The poet was heavily under the influence of absinthe, opium and alcohol, which explains the often hallucinatory and personal character of the texts. Rimbaud’s wide-ranging texts are paired with the exploratory music of Berio, Saariaho and Gubaidulina who all sought out new sound worlds and colours in their works for flute, harp and viola.

Texts: Arthur Rimbaud
Music: Luciano Berio, Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina
Actor: Bas Maassen
Musicians: Felicia van den End – flute, Astrid Haring – harp, Emlyn Stam – viola

Literary Salon Rimbaud – Een seizoen in de hel
22 January 2020 | 8:30 pm
CC Amstel | Amsterdam
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29 January 2020 | 7:30 pm | The Hague
Opera Melancholica – première

OPERA2DAY and the New European Ensemble welcome you at the anatomical theatre of the human mind. Through cinematic minimal music by composer Philip Glass and a story by the ‘Master of the Macabre’ Edgar Allan Poe you will be presented with fantastic visions and horrifying delusions live at the theatre. The production focuses on the Dutch première of Glass’s compelling opera in two acts ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, with a libretto by Arthur Yorinks based on Poe’s story. The piece portrays the melancholiac Roderick Usher and his twin sister Madeline, who in this production is portrayed by both a soprano and a female dancer. We will immerse you in Usher’s melancholia and show you all corners of the human mind: Opera Melancholica.

Melancholia is a human trait. We harbour lucid dreams of a better world and life after death. These can be overwhelming experiences, but we pay a price for such ideals when we have returned to harsh reality. That is, if we can find our way back….

Co-production with OPERA2DAY and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam

Music: Philip Glass, The Fall of the House of Usher (Netherlands Premiere)
Concept and stage direction: Serge van Veggel
Conductor: Carlo Boccadoro

 

CAST

Physician / director Rene M. Broeders
Roderick Santiago Burgi / Georgi Sztojanov
William Drew Santini
Madeline (voice) Lucie Chartin / Emma Fekete
Madeline (dance) Ellen Landa (Scapino Ballet Rotterdam)
Physician Georgi Sztojanov

Opera Melancholica – première
29 January 2020 | 7:30 pm
Koninklijke Schouwburg | The Hague
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1 February 2020 | 8:15 pm | Leiden
Octets in Leiden

The German composer Jörg Widmann was inspired by Schubert’s beloved octet to write a work for the same unique instrumental setting that balances the warmth of the clarinet, bassoon and horn with five strings. The vast structure and refined instrumental dialogues in Schubert’s work ensure its place as one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire.

PROGRAM

Jörg Widmann – Octet

Franz Schubert – Octet D 803

Octets in Leiden
1 February 2020 | 8:15 pm
Aalmarktzaal | Leidse Schouwburg | Leiden
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2 February 2020 | 2:20 pm | Leiden
02022020 Space

In honor of this unique date the New European Ensemble is partnering up with composers and performers around the globe to present live and streaming concerts every hour over the course of 24 hours for each of the world’s time zones. Each piece explores the nature of time and space, past, present and future.

Works include:

14:20 – New work by Lam Lai

15:35 – Parallel worlds mapping by Tak-Cheung Hui

16:20 – New works by Graham Flett, Lise Morrison and Germaine Sijstermans

02022020 Space
2 February 2020 | 2:20 pm
Scheltema | Leiden

18 February 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Die Verwandlung von Kafka

Kafka’s The Metamorphosis tells the grotesque story of a man who wakes up one day to find he has been transformed into a giant insect. Because he is unable to communicate or make his way in the world the man is locked into his room. Ligeti’s Horn Trio and Janacek’s On an Overgrown Path are juxtaposed with the melancholy and the struggle in Kafka’s story.

Texts: Franz Kafka (German)
Music: Leoš Janáček and György Ligeti
Actor: Hans Radlof
Musicians: Jose Sogorb Jover – horn, Bobby Mitchell – piano, Mihkel Kerem – violin

Literary Salon – Die Verwandlung von Kafka
18 February 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague
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19 February 2020 | 8:30 pm | Amsterdam
Literary Salon – Die Verwandlung von Kafka

Kafka’s The Metamorphosis tells the grotesque story of a man who wakes up one day to find he has been transformed into a giant insect. Because he is unable to communicate or make his way in the world the man is locked into his room. Ligeti’s Horn Trio and Janacek’s On an Overgrown Path are juxtaposed with the melancholy and the struggle in Kafka’s story.

Texts: Franz Kafka (German)
Music: Leoš Janáček and György Ligeti
Actor: Hans Radlof
Musicians: Jose Sogorb Jover – horn, Bobby Mitchell – piano, Mihkel Kerem – violin

Literary Salon – Die Verwandlung von Kafka
19 February 2020 | 8:30 pm
CC Amstel | Amsterdam
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7 March 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Portrait – Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir is one of today’s most recognizable compositional voices. Her works are full of instrumental colour combining intricate detail with a sense of great expansiveness. She has written a new work for the New European Ensemble which will be premiered alongside a new work by the Swedish composer Jesper Nordin who shares a similar stylistic fingerprint.

PROGRAM

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir – New work (world premiere)
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir – Ró
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir –Fields
Jesper Nordin – New work (world premiere)

Portrait – Anna Thorvaldsdottir
7 March 2020 | 8:30 pm
Nieuwe Kerk | The Hague
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24 March 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Anne Frank – 75 years after

March 2020 will mark 75 years since the tragic death of Anne Frank whose childhood diary has captured the world’s imagination. Readings from her iconic diary are paired with the works of Leo Smit and Marius Flothuis, both Dutch composers who were sent to the camps by the Nazis. Smit died in Soribor while Flothuis survived deportation to Sachsenhausen.

Texts: Anne Frank – Het Achterhuis (Dutch)
Music: Leo Smit, Marius Flothuis
Actor: Ellen van Rossum
Musicians: Felicia van den End – flute, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Anne Frank – 75 years after
24 March 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague
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25 March 2020 | 8:30 pm | Amsterdam
Literary Salon – Anne Frank 75 years after

March 2020 will mark 75 years since the tragic death of Anne Frank whose childhood diary has captured the world’s imagination. Readings from her iconic diary are paired with the works of Leo Smit and Marius Flothuis, both Dutch composers who were sent to the camps by the Nazis. Smit died in Soribor while Flothuis survived deportation to Sachsenhausen.

Texts: Anne Frank – Het Achterhuis (Dutch)
Music: Leo Smit, Marius Flothuis
Actor: Ellen van Rossum
Musicians: Felicia van den End – flute, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Anne Frank 75 years after
25 March 2020 | 8:30 pm
CC Amstel | Amsterdam
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3 April 2020 | 8:15 pm | The Hague
Stabat Mater

The New European Ensemble presents yearly concerts with Arvo Pärt’s stunning Stabat Mater around the Easter week. We pair this work with Pergolesi’s ornate, 18th century Stabat Mater and a new work by the young Canadian/Estonian composer Riho Maimets for piano trio.

MUSICIANS

Keren Motseri – soprano
Carina Vinke – alto
Georgi Sztoyanov – tenor

 

PROGRAM

Riho Maimets – Three Contemplations for piano trio
Arvo Pärt – Stabat Mater
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater
3 April 2020 | 8:15 pm
Nieuwe Kerk | The Hague
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11 April 2020 | 2:00 pm | Amsterdam
Stabat Mater

The New European Ensemble presents yearly concerts with Arvo Pärt’s stunning Stabat Mater around the Easter week. We pair this work with Vivaldi’s energetic, baroque and operatic Stabat Mater.

MUSICIANS

Keren Motseri – soprano
Carina Vinke – alto
Georgi Sztoyanov – tenor

 

PROGRAM

Arvo Pärt – Stabat Mater
Antonio Vivaldi – Stabat Mater

 

 

Stabat Mater
11 April 2020 | 2:00 pm
Noorderkerk | Amsterdam
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17 April 2020 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
Fratres – Perspective on Pärt

This program chronicles Arvo Pärts evolution from the modernist, atonal composer of the Quintettino, through the invention of his own sound world in works like Fratres and Tabula Rasa to his In spe from 2010. His work is complimented with works by a new generation of Estonian composers Riho Maimets and Pärt Uusberg who have both been influenced by Arvo Pärt.

MUSICIANS

Hanna Shybayeva – piano
Rada Ovcharova – violin
Emlyn Stam – viola

PROGRAM

Arvo Pärt – Quintettino
Riho Esko Maimets – Three contemplations for piano trio
Arvo Pärt – Tabula rasa
Arvo Pärt – Pari intervallo
Arvo Pärt – Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte
Arvo Pärt – In spe
Pärt Uusberg – Sounds Behind the Times
Arvo Pärt – Fratres

 

 

Fratres – Perspective on Pärt
17 April 2020 | 8:15 pm
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ | Amsterdam

21 April 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Hemingway

Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is the story of a Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant fish, while fishing out at sea. The work explores our fight to survive when life and death and humanity and nature are juxtaposed. The readings are paired with trumpet and piano music from the United States by Antheil and Bernstein as well as the humorous solo trumpet works by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

Text: Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea (English)
Music: George Antheil, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Andriessen
Actor: Emlyn Stam
Musicians: Ryan Linham – trumpet, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Hemingway
21 April 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague
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22 April 2020 | 8:30 pm | Amsterdam
Literary Salon – Hemingway’s The Old man and the Sea

Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is the story of a Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant fish, while fishing out at sea. The work explores our fight to survive when life and death and humanity and nature are juxtaposed. The readings are paired with trumpet and piano music from the United States by Antheil and Bernstein as well as the humorous solo trumpet works by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

Text: Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea (English)
Music: George Antheil, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Andriessen
Actor: Emlyn Stam
Musicians: Ryan Linham – trumpet, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Hemingway’s The Old man and the Sea
22 April 2020 | 8:30 pm
CC Amstel | Amsterdam
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19 May 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Bernlef en muziek

Bernlef was one of the Netherland’s most distinguished poets. He had a special relationship to music and wrote numerous poems inspired modern composers and jazz musicians. Ravel’s violin sonata with its clear blues influence complements his texts and works by Kurtág, Satie and Schubert are played together with poems he wrote about their music.

Text: Bernlef (Dutch)
Music: Maurice Ravel, György Kurtág, Erik Satie, Franz Schubert
Actor: Roel Goudsmit
Musicians: Rada Ovcharova – violin, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Bernlef en muziek
19 May 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague
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20 May 2020 | 8:30 pm | Amsterdam
Literary Salon – Bernlef en muziek

Bernlef was one of the Netherland’s most distinguished poets. He had a special relationship to music and wrote numerous poems inspired modern composers and jazz musicians. Ravel’s violin sonata with its clear blues influence complements his texts and works by Kurtág, Satie and Schubert are played together with poems he wrote about their music.

Text: Bernlef (Dutch)
Music: Maurice Ravel, György Kurtág, Erik Satie, Franz Schubert
Actor: Roel Goudsmit
Musicians: Rada Ovcharova – violin, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Bernlef en muziek
20 May 2020 | 8:30 pm
CC Amstel | Amsterdam

30 May 2020 | 2:15 pm | Amsterdam
Anne Sofie von Otter sings Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone takes its departure point from a text by the French, Jewish philosopher and mystic Simone Weil. Weil fled to England where she died while on a hunger strike in 1943, refusing food as long as her compatriots in France went hungry. Saariaho’s dramatic work is a full scale oratorio. The ensemble will be joined by the Netherlands Chamber Choir and star soprano Anna Sofie von Otter for this performance.

MUSICIANS

Anne Sofie von Otter – soprano
Christian Karlsen – conductor
Netherlands Chamber Choir
New European Ensemble 

PROGRAM

Kaija Saariaho – La Passion de Simone (Netherlands premiere of the chamber version)

Anne Sofie von Otter sings Saariaho
30 May 2020 | 2:15 pm
Concertgebouw | Amsterdam
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