In a Rewire first, we are teaming up with fellow The Hague festival Dag in de Branding for a special contemporary music route as part of the Rewire 2019 on Saturday, 30 March.
Twelve years into their existence, Festival Dag in de Branding has emerged as one of the leading platforms for new music in The Netherlands. For the ninth edition of Rewire festival and the 51st edition of Dag in de Branding, we are joining forces to showcase the latest developments in classical and improvised music on Saturday, 30 March. Co-curated with Dutch pianist Saskia Lankhoorn, the Rewire x Dag in de Branding route crisscrosses surprising festival locations and stars five unique live performances from the likes of Kit Downes & Ensemble Klang, Eli Keszler and Elaine Mitchener. Get to know this year’s Dag in de Branding x Rewire performers below and purchase your Rewire 2019 passes at Tickets.
20:00 at Lutherse Kerk
British jazz pianist Kit Downes is a jazz pianist, organist and composer who explores the intersection between the organised and the disorganised. His work as an organist is as much one of explorer and archaeologist as sparkling improviser and virtuosic interpreter. At Rewire 2019, he will present a new collaboration with leading new music group Ensemble Klang. Commissioned by Rewire and Dag in de Branding, the project sees Downes compose a new set of works for the Luthersekerk organ in which his subtle textures and ineffable harmonies combine with the sound profile of the church’s architecture.
19:05 at Korzo Zaal
New York-based percussionist Eli Keszler bridges avant-garde jazz and electronica. Renowned for his intensely rhythmic and propulsive solo drumming, Keszler builds deeply resonant and melodic worlds of sound that seem digitally-enhanced but are all produced by hand. After a year of collaborations with the likes of Laurel Halo and Oneohtrix Point Never, Keszler recently released a pair of outstanding records for Shelter Press, including full-length album ‘Stadium’ and his ‘Empire’ EP.
17:00 at Korzo Zaal
The work of Elaine Mitchener spans a wealth of artistic contexts and disciplines. Rooted in improvisation, contemporary music theatre and performance art, the British-born vocalist, movement artist and composer will perform her celebrated movement opera ‘Of Leonardo da Vinci’. Exploring the universality of death and rebirth, ‘Of Leonardo da Vinci’ melds vocal improvisation, sound art, image and movement into a singular artistic expression. Starring Mitchener in a leading role, the performance is directed by Dam van Huynh and also features music by David Toop and a film by Barry Lewis.
15:45 at Korzo Zaal
Amsterdam-based musician Diamanda Dramm is a veritable violin virtuoso. Picking up the instrument at the age of four, she premiered Louis Andriessen’s ‘Raadsels’ in the Concertgebouw for the opening of the Holland Festival at the age of 13 and went on to become the first ever string soloist to win the Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award at age 27. For Rewire x Dag in de Branding, Dramm presents ‘Violin Spaces Extended’, a performance for violin and electronics featuring visuals by James Murray and compositions by Garth Knox and David Dramm.
14:45 at Korzo Club
The union of New York-born new music composer Henry Vega and Dutch cellist Jan Willem Troost, Nine Volt is a new duo that bridges the worlds of traditional instrumentation and electronic sound. First coming together for the dance and film project Prague Pieces, Vega and Troost will present a new work entitled Nine Volt Motions at Rewire 2019. Harnessing Vega’s ‘microminimal’ approach and Troost’s folk, pop and contemporary music inspirations, Nine Volt Motions serves up a stunning, subtle and colourful electroacoustic experience.