The Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, 42, has won the University of Louisville’s 2013 Grawemeyer Award for music composition in recognition of his work “Up-close” for cello, string ensemble, electronic soundtrack and film. Read more
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You make choices for your kids/what they eat/what they wear/what they read/and what they hear and see. These words appear on a graphic for Speeltheater Holland Studio, the latest enterprise of married collaborators Onny Huisink and Saskia Janse — who’ve come to Arizona as part of an ongoing partnership with Childsplay in Tempe. Read more
The Dutch singer-songwriter Blaudzun not only released his new album, Heavy Flowers, shortly, he also played stunning shows at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival. We took the chance to have a short interview with the nice guy in black clothings. Read more
Willem Breuker (1944-2010)
The blend of anarchism, precision and humor suggested by Willem Breuker Kollektief (WBK), the ensemble the Dutch saxophonist/composer led for 36 years until his death from lung cancer on Jul. 23rd, 2010, underlined the fascinating contradictions in his music. A collective has everyone on equal footing no matter how skilled, yet this Kollektief had Breuker as the undisputed boss of a group of first-class soloists. Furthermore the sly joke in this wordplay was also reflected in the WBK’s on-stage horseplay. Breuker not only ensured that the unmistakable modern jazz played included themes by notated composers such as Kurt Weill and George Gershwin, but also a large helping of physical and instrumental comedy that might culminate in the vocalizing of a ’20s ditty like “Yes We Have No Bananas”. (Click link to read more)
Source: New York City Jazz Record
There was a scruffy prophet harbingering in Times Square for three days last week. The expressive sage was actor Donald Fleming, performing a free-wheeling “happening” in the middle of (the pedestrian plaza on) Broadway. Pleinvrees/Agoraphobia (“Pleinvrees” means agoraphobia in Dutch) is part theater, part performance art and part guerilla intervention in the public space. The performance was produced by Dutch director Lotte van den Berg as part of the “Crossing the Line” Festival and was co-presented by the Times Square Alliance.
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He’s been called the world’s greatest D.J. With some 18 years behind the deck, the master spinner has hundreds of records to his name, plays sold out concerts all throughout the year and raked in $23 million in 2011, putting him firmly on Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Celebrities. But it wasn’t until 2001, he caught the ear of mainstream audiences with his remake of this song by Delerium. Since then Tiesto worked with some of the world’s biggest chart-topping artists including Gotye and Kanye West.
Date: August 14, 2012
News Item: The Misfit Pop Art of JacobTV
Jacob ter Veldhuis, the Dutch composer better known as JacobTV, comes as close to pop art as classical music is ever likely to get. Borrowing the “speech-melody” technique of Scott Johnson (John Somebody) and Steve Reich (Different Trains), he loops sampled conversation to form the basis for his music. His music scrutinizes American popular culture, using it as an entry point for an nuanced critique of American democracy and capitalism.
Few people under age 90 might even ask that question; but now anyone can learn the answer, thanks to “Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room,” a fascinating documentary making its East Coast premiere next week at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. A debut feature by Dutch director Vera Iwerebor, the film tells the remarkable story of a silent-screen child-star who, circa 1923, was as well-known to movie-fans as Pola Negri, Rudolph Valentino and Jackie Coogan. (Click link to read more)
Source: Wall Street Journal
Twin Prostitutes, Growing Old Plying Their Trade in Amsterdam
Movie Review: ‘Meet the Fokkens,’ a Documentary on Dutch Sisters
When Martine Fokkens bustles into the small grocery store early in “Meet the Fokkens,” a 2011 documentary portrait of identical twin prostitutes, she calls out a cheery hello to the man behind the counter. She has a purple hat and orange scarf framing her plump white face and a Chihuahua tucked under an arm, and what she needs, she announces, is a box of condoms. She was 69 when the movie was shot and still plying her trade from one of the picture windows in Amsterdam’s red-light district. Two years earlier her sister, Louise, had hung up her own riding crop because, as the second twin explains in this insistently upbeat movie, “I couldn’t get one leg over the other.” (Click link to read more)
Source: New York Times
The biggest event in dance music is coming to New York.“Sensation” has been blowing the minds of fans in 22 countries — from Brazil to Spain to Russia and Chile — for 13 years. When the extravaganza arrives at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in October, expect no less if a recent visit to a show in Amsterdam is any evidence. (Click link for more information)
Source: New York Daily News