Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (Netherlands)
SONiC’s installment from across the pond, Netherlands’ most innovative musical collective brings a program of Dutch, English and American compositional “finds.”
Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP) is a group of several like-minded musicians who explore the diversity and richness of chamber music by composers of widely divergent musical trends, with a particular emphasis on the 20th-21st century repertoire, while also shedding light on composers and their sources of inspiration, or – in a wider focus – by defining their place within the context of music history.
The collective, formed by violinist Heleen Hulst and pianist Gerard Bouwhuis in 2005, consists of specialists in the performance of new music. Because of this commitment they receive regular offers from composers who would like to write for them. Pieces were created for NAP by Martijn Padding, Guus Janssen, and Rob Zuidam.
“Anaïs Nin”, a monodrama, written by Louis Andriessen for NAP and Cristina Zavalloni, saw its first performance in 2010. In earlier years several of their programmes featured music by Ligeti, Cage, and Poulenc. NAP also co-operates with other disciplines in art like dance, film, visual arts and even scent. Recent projects were The Lost by filmmaker Reynold Reynolds, UrWald by fimmaker/composer Arnoud Noordegraaf, Narcissus by Calliope Tsoupaki and Conversations with my Mother, by Benedict Weisser. And newly the project Aan Barrels written for NAP and a live barrel-organ by the young composers Janco Verduin and Reza Namavar. In the near future a collaboration is in progress with director Jeroen De Man in a staged concert with music by Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov. www.nieuwamsterdamspeil.com
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