Rewire 2023 features some of the most incredible and distinctive artists working in the field of contemporary and minimal music right now. With their unique approaches to sound, texture, instrumentation and performance, these artists are celebrated for their musical explorations and artistic inventions.
What will surely be an unforgettable Rewire 2023 highlight, American composer Ellen Fullman & The Living Earth Show perform their piece Elemental View three times in Nieuwe Kerk with a custom-built instrument of 136 20-metre-long strings. Elemental View will be performed three times on Friday 7 April and promises to be a true highlight of the festival. Please register via our digital ticket office in order to reserve your seat.
Another unique festival highlight is the world premiere of a new performance by Aura Satz, Rhodri Davies & Julia Eckhardt, performing the newly commissioned trio composition Éliane Radigue: Occam Delta XX. Expanding the cycle of Occam Ocean acoustic works by highly innovative and influential contemporary composer Eliane Radigue, this piece combines film, harp and viola to explore a cinematic language that enacts the rippling effects of Radigue’s sound.
A beautiful meeting of two friends and inventive musical minds will be the live performance of Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden, who delivered the spellbinding album I get along without you very well, which showcases the incredible vocal range of Arkbro, singing on a record for the very first time, resulting in the most affecting and surprising of pop albums.
On Saturday, head to the Barthkapel to witness the self-designed and created organs by Oscar Peters, on which sound artist and composer performs Echos, that has been written for his self-built organs and features the saxophonists Wietse Voermans and the clarinettist Fie Schouten as collaborators.
Then head to Korzo for a show by Julia Reidy, the prolific Berlin-based guitarist and composer, who mostly explores the outer ranges of the guitar. Their microtonal, ambient compositions employ non-conventional tonal arrangements conveying lone figures in desolate landscapes.
Polish composer, sound artist and sound engineer Aleksandra Słyż will kickstart your Saturday night with her tackling of sound as a physical phenomenon, exploring the very bodily sensations caused thereby. During Rewire 2023, Słyż and the quartet of musicians – Kosma Műller, Kamil Babka, Anna Szmatoła and Gerard Lebik – playing violin, viola, cello and alto saxophone respectively, will perform the music of her brilliant second album A Vibrant Touch in a live setting.
Start your Sunday in Korzo with the performance of Bakunawa by sound artist, improviser, musician, and composer Pak Yan Lau who has developed over the years a rich, dense, and captivating sound universe from prepared pianos, toy pianos, synths, electronics, and various sound objects. Bringing along this wondrous combination of instruments, the resulting piece is rich in harmonic textures, shaping an immersive musical world of enthralling sonic details.
Then stick around for a collaborative performance of the virtuoso, versatile and innovative artist in marimba and percussion, the Bulgarian-born, Netherlands-based musician Tatiana Koleva, and the renowned Bulgarian kaval player Zhivko Vasilev. They will share the world premiere of their new show WOOD - SKIN - AIR.
In Koninklijke Schouwburg, Okkyung Lee's Yeo-Neun Quartet will perform Yeo-Neun, the culmination of one of longest and most intimate arcs in the remarkable career of the highly renowned composer Okkyung Lee. Its 10 discrete works are born of the ambient displacement of the musician’s life: from her early days spent away from home studying the cello in Seoul and Boston, to her subsequent move to New York and the nomadism of a near-endless routine of tours.
Is there a better way to conclude your Rewire 2023, than with a rendezvous with the legendary artist, poet and performer Patti Smith? Rewire 2023 presents the world premiere of Correspondences, the result of an ongoing collaborative project and conversation between Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith, that has spanned over 10 years and across multiple geographies, uncovering the sonic steps left by poets, film makers, revolutionaries and extraordinary events that have taken place in specific locations. Featuring visuals by filmmaker Pedro Maia, Correspondences will be performed by Soundwalk Collective’s Stephan Crasneanscki and Simone Merli, Patti Smith, Diego Espinosa Cruz Gonzalez, Lucy Railton and Nicolas Becker.
Please note that for Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith an additional Plus Ticket is required.