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!


UPDATE FEB 2021

We are looking forward to be able to organise some concerts again. We hope for a long and sunny spring and summer, where we can have concerts outdoors!

Meanwhile check out the video of An Interplanetary Night: Knalpot + Frank Wienk (Binkbeats) at Bimhuis on the 19th of December 2020.

8 Feb 2021


UPDATE NOV / DEC 2020

We are very happy to be able to announce two great concerts coming up in December.

On 5 December we will have another concert (two shows!) in the Sexy Planet series, presented by SITP, Stichting Doek & De Ruimte, featuring Meral Polat Trio, Wolter Wierbos solo, Michael Moore / Onno Govaert and, last but not least Sanem Kalfa / George Dumitriu. We are very much looking forward to this full and challenging programme!

Then we will have another Interplanetary Night at the Bimhuis featuring Knalpot & Frank Wienk (Binkbeats) and Blik (Annelie Koning, Luc Ex, Tristan Renfrow,. We expect a whirlwind of improvisations, electronics and tight compositions. Discover new collaborations and experimental forms!

So join us!

25 nov 2020