NEWS

November 23 2016

New Li Po Songs…

New Li Po Songs: we are delighted to welcome four composers in our Scordatura studio: Kate Moore, Anna Mikhailova, Miranda Driessen and Anne La Berge. They each will write a “new Li Po Song” for Scordatura’s upcoming Partch project. We looked at the special instruments and performed some authentic Partch Li Po songs to inspire them.

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…Preparing our composers’ project New Li Po Songs. Left to right: Alfrun Schmid (voice), Miranda Driessen (composer), Reinier van Houdt (keyboard/Chromelodeon), Lucia Mense (flutes), Anne La Berge (composer), Lucas van Helsdingen (reeds), Harm Mouw (caterer Harm’s Kitchen), Elisabeth Smalt (Adapted Viola). Photo by Charles van Gelder

September 26 2016

Rose Petal Jam news!

We are presenting our great new project at the chamber music fair Kamermuziek Dag in Hilversum. Read more about Rose Petal Jam, The Amsterdam Partch Project 

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September 3 2016 22.00

Scordatura on BBC radio 3

HEAR AND NOW with Rob Worby broadcasts part of our London concerts and an interview with Elisabeth.

August 2016

Rose Petal Jam

@ work at the Amsterdam Partch Project Headquarters

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August 24 2016

Five stars!!!

Squeezed in between Bach and Brahms, we are delighted that our Enclosures, on Peter Adriaansz’s new CD, got 5 stars in the national daily newspaper ‘Volkskrant’!

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 and by the way…

we had a great review in the concertzender blog!

Hoogtepunt van de avond was de sublieme uitvoering van ‘Enclosures’ door Scordatura… read more

June 15 2016

CD launch of Enclosures 

a beautiful piece by Peter Adriaansz that we recorded in 2008.

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Adapted Viola has a sister

(Or is it a boy? Discuss.)

Kithara I has been premièred in London by the dauntless, stout-hearted Samuel Vriezen and the good news is: it works!

with many thanks to Fondation Gavigniès

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1st & 2nd March 2016

Bobfest

“Two days of Music and Talks around the work of Bob Gilmore”

Scordatura played four concerts at the festival ‘The World according to Bob‘ in London: with works of Partch, Vivier, Mâche, Sabat, and the Vicentino project.

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Nov 29, 2015, 15.00

Vicentino in Muziekgebouw

Our project ‘Vicentino a second life‘ is part of Microfest Amsterdam in the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ.

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May 31 2015, 14.00

Lijnenspel

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Our concert LIJNENSPEL in the wonderful Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, together with  Samuel Vriezen on keyboard and Lucas van Helsdingen on bass clarinet. click here

In LIJNENSPEL (which means something like ‘a play of lines’) long sounds in a variety of shapes, waves and forms pass by like clouds at the horizon. Together they create a landscape of pure harmonies. A unique listening experience! Tenney, Sabat and Vriezen’s compositions use each in their own way ‘pure tuning’ as their tonal system. In contrast, Henneman’s solo viola piece moves from a wild and crazy rhythmic outburst of dissonants into a song of ten poetry lines, arriving to rest in a slow melody of flageolets.

Programme:

James Tenney, Harmonium #1
Marc Sabat, Jean-Philippe Rameau
Ig Henneman, Ten Lines -Solo Song for viola with improvisation (world première, on the poem Soil for Legs by Nanao Sakaki)
Samuel Vriezen, Vincent, Homesick for the Land of Pictures (which is also the title of a poem by Peter Gizzi)

June 6 2015

For Bob

Splendor Amsterdam opens their house for an evening in memory of Bob: a mega program full of tributes, newly written compositions for Bob, arrangements by Bob, films with Bob, we perform Anne La Berge’s composition Lumps that was written for Scordatura in 2011.

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februari 21 2015

Cork

We just performed our first concert as a duo in Cork University. Including  a moving performance of Alvin Lucier’s ‘I Remember’ together with our Irish friends.

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January 2015

Bob

Our keyboard player and artistic leader Bob Gilmore has passed away on January 2nd at the age of 53. Since we started Trio Scordatura in 2006 Bob has given us an overdose of inspiration and we will use this to continue exploring the fascinating world of tuning and microtonality. Trio Scordatura will go further under the name Scordatura, it’s a name change that Bob already was considering. We always enjoyed playing projects with guest players and we will continue to do so, with Bob in our hearts and souls.

Read here a tribute for Bob written by his friend, the composer Donnacha Dennehy.

October 10 2014

Vicentino in Ghent, Belgium

So last week Trio Scordatura successfully launched our new project Nicola Vicentino: a second life at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, as part of their Research Festival 2014. Two of the four new pieces are now online: Christopher Fox’s new piece on our SoundCloud page here; and Lucia D’Errico’s piece here.

October 4 2014

Splendor concert

On Friday October 31 (Hallowe’en), Trio Scordatura makes its debut in Amsterdam’s cool new concert venue Splendor, at the invitation of Michiel Weidner. Four new works specially written for us by Amsterdam-based composers, together with an arrangement of one older piece written for our host Michiel Weidner. Samuel Vriezen’s setting of Peter Gizzi’s poem about Vincent van Gogh is paired with the world premiere of a multimedia work combining sound, colour and word by Aliona Yurtsevich. The programme opens with two responses – by Anne La Berge and Yannis Kyriakides – to the sixteenth century microtonal madrigals of Nicola Vicentino, and closes with Guy De Bièvre’s deconstruction of old pop songs in The Many Gypsies in Me, in which Trio Scordatura is joined by Michiel on cymbalom.

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September 20 2014

Dublin concert on Vimeo

Extracts from our performance of Scott Mc Laughlin’s at least two things in Dublin last June, together with a fragment of an interview with Scott by Ian Wilson, is up on Vimeo courtesy of the good people at Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre: http://vimeo.com/99261258

September 17 2014

Brazil 84 DVD is out!

The new Phill Niblock DVD, Brazil 84, is finally out on Mode Records! It has our studio recordings of two of his notated ensemble works, Tow by Tom (for two “orchestras”, with our friends Nelly Boyd from Hamburg) and Three Orchids (with our friend Guy de Bièvre on dobro). A beautiful film in stunning colours, and superb sound mix by Johan Vandermaelen. Will soon be available to purchase, for that perfect Christmas present!

September 12 2014

Poetry International

Our performance of Samuel Vriezen’s Vincent, Homesick for the Land of Pictures back in June has now been put online by Poetry International Rotterdam, where we premiered it. Check it out – http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/24668/poem_eng_audio. It begins with a few seconds of tuning, by the way – the piece begins when the voice enters! We’ll play it again (Sam) on October 31 in Splendor, Amsterdam – come and hear it!

August 24 2014

Scordatura on Mode Records

Our recordings of Phill Niblock’s Three Orchids and (with our Hamburg friends Nelly Boyd) Tow by Tom are finally coming out on a DVD from Mode Records, featuring Niblock’s film Brazil ’84. HOORAY! No confirmed release date yet, but SOON, so watch this space!

March 24 2014

Two new pieces

This past week we have begun rehearsals for two major new pieces, both kindly commissioned for us by the Fonds Podiumkunsten in Holland: one by Samuel Vriezen, the other by Aliona Yurtsevich.
Despite their differences, both pieces are strongly rooted in the poetry that inspired them. Samuel’s piece sets a long poem by the American poet Peter Gizzi, about Vincent van Gogh; and Aliona’s uses a sequence of twelve of her own poems, each taking a different colour to symbolise a range of moods, images and emotions. Samuel’s piece will hopefully be premiered in June, Aliona’s in early autumn; details will follow. Samuel kindly explained the form of his score (on the ground) to us. Elisabeth removed her boots as an aid to comprehension.
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Amsterdam-based ensemble performing music using new tuning systems and microtonality