Contemporary Music

sun 18 jun 2017 17:00 

Today’s Music by Today’s Composers. Martijn Voorvelt and Samuel Vriezen.

Martijn Voorvelt (1967, Amsterdam) started composing at 13. He studied musicology at the University of Amsterdam and obtained a PhD in 1998 at the University of Leeds on a thesis about experimental post-punk pop music. In the mean time he won the composition prize of the National Violin Competition Oskar Back (1994) and participated in the Young Composers Meeting 1997 in Apeldoorn. His compositions stand out because of their expressiveness, playful form experiments, and the emphasis on the intensity of performing live. He was selected, as the only Dutchman, for the ISCM World Music Days in Hong Kong, where his theatrical string quartet 4/4 won the C.A.S.H. prize for young composers. Over the last few years, Martijn’s compositions have been regularly performed in Canada mostly. Furthermore, he has written hundreds of pop songs and performed as guitarist and singer in various – unsuccesful- bands, including his current band Ruddy Shelduck. He has been editor-copywriter of the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest since 2013 and chief editor of the monthly magazine Preludium.


1. Morton Feldman: For Samuel Beckett (1987), fragment. Kammerensemble Neue Musik Bern conducted by Roland Kluttig. ca 3’00’’

2. This Heat: Cenotaph. Van Deceit (1981). 4’39’’

3. Martijn Voorvelt: In Passing (2004). Francien Schatborn viola, Jeannette Koekkoek piano. Live recording Uilenburger Synagoge Amsterdam. 6’20’’

4. Samuel Vriezen: Within Fifths, part IV (2006). Samuel Vriezen: piano
From the CD Tom Johnson Samuel Vriezen. 7’44’’

5. Martijn Voorvelt: Frederick’s Doctor (2012), fragment. Ensemble Continuum and tenor Christopher Mayell. Live recording The Music Gallery Toronto. 4’17’’

6. Samuel Vriezen: Disaster Songs (2012), David Kweksilber Big Band and soprano Claron McFadden. Live recording 26-1-2013, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, 15’35’’.

7 Five Simultaneous One Tone Pieces (Boon/Van Eijden/Fulkerson/Voorvelt/Vriezen, 2002). Five ad hoc ensembles. Live recording Concertzender, Bethaniënklooster Amsterdam. 13’13’’


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