A Sort of Homecoming @ Club Guy & Roni

A Sort of Homecoming is ambient music for a dance performance by Club Guy & Roni.

What does war do to your soul? Can you really come home, or does a part of you always remain behind on the battlefield? Club Guy & Roni produced an interdisciplinary performance about the war that a veteran always carries within him. Three dancers and an actress explore the boundaries of dance, theatre and music to tell the soldier’s story.

The distinctively original dance company Club Guy & Roni from Groningen invited Judith Herzberg to write a new script for Igor Stravinsky’s famous work L’Histoire du Soldat (1918).

Proceeding from the theme of ‘the soldier’, Herzberg wrote the compelling story of Ikme, who returns scarred by the madness of the battlefield. He meets a woman and the devil, who both confront him with the world in which he lived before the war and where he no longer seems to belong.

Stravinsky’s powerful music, performer by Lunapark and combined with the raw, explosive dance language of Club Guy & Roni make the topicality of the story palpable. Unsettling and poignant.

April 4 in Theater Geert Teis, Stadskanaal
April 12 in Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
April 18 in Stadsschouwburg, Amstelveen

New CD: Cloud Chamber by Lunapark

My 2008 ensemble piece Cloud Chamber is featuring on the first CD of the new label M Records, by Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. The CD was recorded by Lunapark. It includes works by Louis Andriessen, Piet-Jan van Rossum, Arnold Marinissen and Dugal McKinnon.

Cloud Chamber is a comment on the first movement of Beethoven's last string quartet, Opus 132. Out of esteem I decided not to go standing too close to the master. Instead, in Cloud Chamber I am looking at Beethoven from a distance. Like his contemporary Kaspar David Friedrich puts the ‚Rückenfiguren’ in his paintings as a small silhouet, in rear view, and as part of a vast landscape.

You can buy the CD, titled A beautiful bed to lie down in, in Lunapark's webshop, or on iTunes.

Impure in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam

On Saturday February 1, Lunapark will be performing Impure, the concise and fast paced ensemble piece I composed last year. It will be accompanied by the Danny de Graan's new iPad concerto and Frederic Rzewski's Short Cuts, the later featuring the fabulous pianist Ralph van Raat.

You can buy your tickets for the concert here.