Stellar reviews for 'eisler on the go'
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The world premiere performance of 'Eisler on the Go' took place on May 4th in Amsterdam as part of the Dutch remembrance day celebrations. The press were unanimous in their praise for the production. Below is a selection of quotes from the reviews.
'A musical theatre play that is daring, highly successful and charmingly unorthodox. The eight musicians from the New European Ensemble also form a choir and perform small acting roles in the play. Some with stiff and charming theatricality and others (such as violist Emlyn Stam) with surprising strength.'
**** NRC Handelsblad
'A psychological thriller unfolds which is stifling and gripping and transcends the day-to-day. The casting of Jon van Eerd in the leading role was a brilliant move and the musicians perform exquisitely.'
**** De Volkskrant
'Although today's political situation is completely different, there is a great degree of relevance in this play for our time. Much like during the late 1940ís today's world has become more right-wing, artists are forced to defend themselves and governments refuse to support more subversive forms of art. This gives the whole performance a sense of tension and urgency.'
DAvid binney meets NEUe in amsterdam and the hague
The world famous alto saxophonist and composer David Binney joins the New European Ensemble for two ground breaking concerts in Amsterdam’s Bimhuis (Fri December 18th) and The Hague’s Korzo Theater (Sat December 19th). He performs as a soloist with the ensemble and composes new pieces in which he will transcend the boundaries between new music and bebop.‘One of the most gripping and distinctive alto players and composers of his generation (Jazz Times).’
NEuE and kamerkoor kwintessens honour arvo pärt with 3-day festival
This autumn Arvo Pärt celebrates his 80th birthday. The New European Ensemble and Kamerkoor Kwintessens honour him with a 3-day festival in The Hague’s magnificent Grote Kerk. From 9 till 11 October 2015 both ensembles present a multifaceted programme that does fully justice to Pårt’s impressive versatility as a composer.
NEuE joins concertgebouw orchestra’s AAA-series twice in season 2014/15
The New European Ensemble is excited to join this season’s AAA-series of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with two programmes. On 24 September we perform Pergolesi’s and Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater in the orchestra’s festival that focuses on ‘The Sublime’. On 5 November we present Rolf Wallin’s and Josse De Pauw’s Strange News in a series of concerts that commemorate the First World War.
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The AAA-series is now in its fifth season. The formula had proved to be successful. The orchestra plays a programme with contemporary and 20th-century music, often with premieres of new works by major composers. With the concert halls in Amsterdam and guest ensembles around each concert a mini-festival is organized. Website: www.aaaserie.nl.
NEuE prominent guest in Umeå’s Made Festival 2014
The New European Ensemble is one of the most prominent visiting groups during the prestigious MADE Festival in Umeå, this year’s European Capital of Culture. On May 7th we will present the world premiere of Saiyah, a new piece by Benjamin Staern.
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It is his most substantial ensemble work to date, co-created with our principal conductor Christian Karlsen and multimedia artist Yoko Seyama. The starting point for Saiyah is Staern’s ability to see colours while he hears sounds. Yoko Seyama makes Staern’s perception visible with mystical light sculptures. They move changing the projected colors in captivating interaction with the music. The concert will be broadcast live on Swedish Radio P2.
Music and visual art will also merge in Nox Borealis (May 9th), an installation by Kaija Saariaho and composer/multimedia artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière, which is usually exhibited with the use of a pre-recorded soundtrack. For the first time the music for Nox Borealis will be performed live. The audience will lie down on mattresses surrounded by the musicians while the light installation projects colours onto the ceiling.
On the festival’s closing night on May 10th we will present works by Dutch and American composers. The evening’s main piece is Kate Moore’s Days and Nature for sound machine and large ensemble. The programme also includes music by John Adams and Louis Andriessen as well as a new version of Heiner Goebbels’ Faust im Wappen with David Moss as soloist.
The New European Ensemble was invited to join the MADE Festival by Föreningen Kammarmusik NU Stockholm. In partnership with Umeå European Capital for Culture 2014 and the Norrland Opera it will presents a large programme exploring the relationship between music and visual art during the festival, under Christian Karlsen’s artistic direction.
magnus lindberg composer in residence in season 2013/14
This season Magnus Lindberg is composer in residence of the New European Ensemble. It is exciting and a privilege to work closely together with him. In November we kicked off our Lindberg Project in which we present his major masterworks for ensemble.
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Magnus Lindberg, from Finland, is regarded as one of our time’s major composers. His compositions are performed by the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles and conductors. Lindberg’s music is superbly crafted, energetic, colourful and appeals to a broad audience.
NiCad & NEuE join forces
We are excited to announce a new collaboration with NiCad, the International Rock Band from The Hague. At the State-X New Form Festival and at the third edition of the White Crow Music Festival we’ll present a show that transcends the boundaries between rock, contemporary and live electronic music.
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Like our ensemble NiCad was formed by international students at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Their music has been described as ‘dynamic’, ‘out-of-the-box’ and ‘with lyrics that appeal straight to the heart’. For almost ten years now NiCad has performed and released cd albums to great critical acclaim. We are looking very much forward to join forces, since we both share the dream to present our audiences with new musical experiences.
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague