Edition 10 Handmade Homegrown – season finale with BloedRood performing Albertine

Edition 10 – Handmade Homegrown with Den Haag based ensemble BloedRood.

BloedRood will be performing a new interpretation of the classic work by Arnold Schoenberg, namely Pierrot Lunaire, a piece premiered a century ago on October 16 1912, predating Stravinsky’s Le Sacre by only a few months which was permiered on 29 May 1913. Under the title Albertine, named after Albertine Zehme, the vocalist who premiered the piece, the interpretation reevaluates this seminal work from a contemporary perspective. Fitting for the 10th and final edition of this concert series, the piece enjoys its 100th season with a fresh face and new start.

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Interviews with members of the ensemble Bloedrood:

Annette Schenk

1) What makes you passionate about making a creating new music?

Making and creating new music offers me the change to explore my instruments and use my own creativity. Looking for new sounds, new ways of playing and using the clarinet is not only fun to do, but also helps you to understand your instrument better. Combining music with theatre gives me the opportunity to tell stories without being limited to just one medium; everything is possible. And taking the audience with me on this journey is a wonderful feeling.

2) What is your earliest memory of music making?

When I was 6, the local wind orchestra gave me an eb-clarinet. Although I had no idea how to play it, I couldn’t just leave it in the case, waiting for my first lesson the following week. So I put it together and practiced all week. I was very proud of all the sounds I could play, even though my teacher told me that I had my mouthpiece upside down…

3) When and how did you first come across Pierrot Lunaire and what was your immediate response to this piece?

The first time I came across Pierrot Lunaire was when I played the bass clarinet part during a project at the KC. Micha Hamel was conducting and I remember that at first I had great difficulties understanding what was going on. It all seemed so random. Everybody was very busy with his or her own part and it took quite some time before we were ready to actually play music. With BloedRood we decided to play without a conductor. At first it seemed like a crazy thing to do, but it helped us to get to know every little detail of this magnificent piece and made us feel absolutely free in playing it.

4) What is your favourite key?

It has been ages since I played a piece in an actual key, but if I had to choose I would have to say a key with a lot of flats. For some reason it fits the dark colour of the clarinet.

Rob van Dord

1) What makes you passionate about making a creating new music?

Having to find ways to make the music work, to let it be music. Making newly created music speak can be (more) complicated. Since music is a way of communication, making a piece speak is of great importance. This is a  challenge!

2) What is your earliest memory of music making?

Playing the recorder at school.

3) When and how did you first come across Pierrot Lunaire and what was your immediate response to this piece?

I saw Pierrot Lunaire for the first time in a semi-theatrical way, conducted. My immediate response was: my God what a horrible piece……such grey and unpleasant sounds all the time…..I obviously didn’t hear the colours that I hear  now in it, having rehearsed and played it so many times.

4) What is your favourite key?

f-sharp minor, G-major

Anna van Nieukerken

1) What makes you passionate about making a creating new music?

The feeling to be working on something new on music that didn’t exist before and no one has ever played.

2) What is your earliest memory of music making?

Playing the piano as a toddler at home and having lessons from my parents.

3) When and how did you first come across Pierrot Lunaire and what was your immediate response to this piece?

I first played Pierrot Lunaire at a singer’s end exam at the KC in 2000. My first response to the piece was rather practical: What?! How in the world will I ever be able to play this?

4) What is your favourite key?

D-flat major (on the piano)

Anne-Marie Volten

1) What makes you passionate about making a creating new music?

In playing new music I feel part of the realisation of a piece of art. The relation with the music and other musicians is pure, fresh and direct. There being no precedent and tradition, leaves a lot of room for expression and contact in exploring and performing a new piece.

2) What is your earliest memory of music making?

Singing songs while playing.

3) When and how did you first come across Pierrot Lunaire and what was your immediate response to this piece?

I already wanted to play it before I had heard it, when I came across it searching for pieces with less traditional instrumentation.

My immediate response was the conviction that this piece needs to be experienced in a live concert. (because the singer was covering up the music!!)

4) What is your favourite key?

g minor

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