WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #5

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

Laura Polence (voice, composition)

How do you feel?

I feel like I woke up on a new planet. A world where you live very strong and weak, happy and sad, ordinary and special every day and night. It's life with your newborn baby.

How do you stay inspired?

Inspiration comes from daily walks and doing everything that is still possible. Singing and occasional dancing remain available sources of inspiration.

How would it feel to perform live again? Describe in one word.

Exciting!


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #4

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

Terrie Hessels (guitar)

How do you feel?

It’s going well! After 40 years of playing, there’s now also time to finish some other things. A lot to do! And that feels good, although, of course, I miss the bigger social interaction, which is so great with playing live music. But it’s great to keep contact with some music friends. Good to hear that they’re doing well. Han, Ken, Paal, Fendika, etc.etc. And inspiring that Lena is working hard on her next release and project!

How do you stay inspired?

Emma and me are finishing the book on the crazy Africa Trip of 25 years ago. Amazing story, if I may say so myself.. Then we are working on a book about The Ex. So, contacting all former band members and people who were involved. Going through the huge archive. We did a lot!! And writing an article about some Wormer musicians in the ’40-ies. My father and his friend had a great band. I just managed to find somebody who could transfer the three 78’ records. Great to hear!!! And of course, working on the house!

How would it feel to perform live again? Describe in one word.

OUCH!! (My strings are rusty!)


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #3

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

March 2021

Annelie Koning (voice / composition)

1. How do you feel?
How I feel is very different everyday. When I work together, or do something with people I feel good. But when I'm working at home behind the computer it feels like I just work to work. After two days I need something to break the routine because I can't handle that the days are all the same. It makes me feel like I'm boring. I have the feeling that I do nothing because I can't share it with others. While I am actually working a lot. It makes me wonder if I should work anyway, or where I'm actually working for. It's really hard to keep myself motivated. To not lose my trust in that I will be rewarded for all the work I do. That I will share it one day.

2. How do you stay inspired?
I keep inspired by going on developing my projects. Write new music, keep working together. Exchange ideas. Work in new ways. Record new music. Have goals and give myself deadlines. Apply for open calls so that I have to write a new concept for a performance. Just start again every day at 10:00. Finds new things I want to practise. Work on different locations so I don't feel stuck in the same place. Be in nature. Stay healthy. Keep moving. Keep challenging myself. Be with people as much as possible.

3. Describe in one word how it would feel to perform live again for an audience.

Alive.


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #2

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

John Dikeman ( saxophone)

1. How do you feel?
At the moment I feel fantastic. I used the lockdown time to get my shit together and build a practice space in my backyard. It has been years since I could comfortably and reliably practice at home. I took a lot of time (and borrowed a lot of money...) to do it properly and I can play at any time without disturbing anyone. I grew up in isolation and possibly the heaviest period of study and discovery I had with music was while I was (musically) alone in Wyoming. I just need to be able to practice and I can make due for a while.

2. How do you stay inspired?

It's been gratifying working on a number of upcoming albums, concerts that were recorded prior to Corona but were sitting in my hard-drive... This gives me a feeling of being active in the music community and also makes me hopeful about future collaborations, tours etc.

3. How would it feel to perform live again? Describe in one word.
As Aca would say: MOFAYA!!

4. Photo
This photo my girlfriend took shows what it's been like most of last month...


WHAT'S UP? MUSICIANS' UPDATE #1

How is everybody doing in these anonymous and isolated times, without performances? A small tour along the (Amsterdam) improvised music scene to find out.

Ig Henneman (viola, composition)

1 How do you feel?
Being a DIY musician, a composer/performer/producer with a foundation, a website, a record label, there is never enough time to keep up. Suddenly the world became pretty quiet and surveyable, and at the same time very strange. Time to reflect. Now in the end I am used to the cancellations, the silence and I have enough peace to focus on composing.

2 How do you stay inspired?

By creating and making music, reading books, listening to music, by making walks around the block. Some streamed duo concerts from home with my neighbour Ab Baars, invited by Chicago organisations, felt very connected with the world. Internet is a great source for being inspired. There is so much to see, to read and to hear. So many colleagues put new stuff up and opened their archives so we all can enjoy and react on it. Recently the birds started singing again just like a year ago when this all started.

3 How would it feel to perform live again? Describe in one word.
Wonderful!

4 Photo 21-12-2020
The strangest 75th birthday party one can imagine: no guests, lots of flowers, numerous wishes on facebook, and my Composers Portrait in Orgelpark Amsterdam that would celebrate this anniversary postponed twice. Let’s hope the new date will work. September 12 it will be!