This is the line-up of the 5th edition of Wonderfeel: 19, 20 and 21 July 2019.
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Wonderfeel Festival Orchestra
Bruch: Double Concerto for clarinet and viola; Brahms: parts from the First Serenade
led by Johannes Leertouwer
Upon its release, Max Bruch’s Double Concerto received scathing criticisms: it was deemed “weak, unexciting, first and foremost too restrained, and unoriginal.” But the piece, written for clarinet, viola, and a chamber orchestra that slowly grows to a symphony orchestra, is anything but boring. Perhaps the piece was too romantic for the quoted reviewer, back in 1912, but it is incomparably well-suited for daydreaming while lying in the grass, just like Brahms’ First Serenade. Which means it is perfect for our festival’s opening!
Judith van Wanroij, Barbara Kozelj & Thomas Beijer
Hits from Three Centuries of Opera
Judith van Wanroij - soprano
Two divas, a master pianist and gems from many operas: that’s what you can expect at Het Veld this afternoon. Soprano Judith van Wanroij and mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj sing famous duets from the 17th, 18th and 19th century. Additionally, the two stars will demonstrate their solo singing with gypsy melodies and dramatic arias.
Mendelssohn Octet; Sjostakovitsj opus 11
Joris van Rijn - violin
Sixteen years old! Mendelssohn was only a teenager when he wrote his beautiful Octet in E. It was a birthday present for his violin teacher, but the piece, which is brimming with energy and youthful passion, feels like a present to us all. The ROctet – offspring of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra – will release the piece on CD in the near future. At Wonderfeel, they will perform it in combination with Shostakovitch’s opus 11, which is also a string octet.
De Avond van de Liefde
Floris Kortie - presentation and idea
Featuring: Judith van Wanroij (voice), Bart de Kater (clarinet), Filip Jordens (voice), Laura van der Heijden (cello), Pepijn de Wit (voice), Nicole Jordan (voice), Noa Eyl (violin) and Kwaya (choir).
The first twilight of Wonderfeel will be the perfect time for cuddling. Floris Kortie has curated the Evening of Love, which comprises five centuries of music. Caravan, the ensemble led by pianist and composer Julian Schneemann, will provide accompaniment. Perfect love, star-crossed love, unreachable love, tormented love, forbidden love: all of it is a source of beautiful music. Be prepared to dream and swoon!
Nesrine Belmokh - voice and dcello
The sound of NES is just as diverse as the background of its members. Jazz, classical, soul, traditional Arabian music: all these influences come to the surface in their music. At Wonderfeel the band will play songs from their first album Ahlam. The title track – ahlam means ‘dream’ – covers all things important in life: love and peace. Let’s throw another log on the fire!
If you can’t sing, then sing along! It’s the telling slogan of De Meezingbende (The Singalong Gang). For more than 15 years, they’ve organized legendary sing-along nights in Café ’t Monumentje in the Amsterdam Jordaan. At Wonderfeel, they’ll take the important responsibility of keeping us warm around the campfire , doing so by accompanying classic Dutch songs.
Terry Riley - keyboards & voice
When you think of minimal music, you think of Terry Riley. But jazz, ragtime and North-Indian raga have all become sources of inspiration to this grandmaster, who has been expertly lured to Wonderfeel. Riley, who’s over eighty, enjoys touring with his son Gyan, because: ‘Nothing I have done in this life has given me more satisfaction than improvising with Gyan.’ Be sure and hear this!
Bach: Partita No. 1
Lucia Giraudo - baroque violin
Reverbs, beats, distortion en delay – they’re not the usual suspects when performing Bach’s partita No.1. Still, they’re baroque violinist Lucia Giraudo’s and composer/drummer Brendan Faegre’s weapons of choice in Switched. Baroque meets electronic music – which is actually very Bach. Didn’t he himself blend the French, German, English and Italian styles from his time? Exactly!
Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy
“Summer festivals are risky (…). All the terrible stuff: open air, minimal rehearsals, thousands of people, food, hippies and a hundred concerts happening in 3 days – a perfect horror movie for me,” spoke the young Pavel Kolesnikov before playing Wonderfeel 2016. Well, about that… He is back again, and is dragging Samson Tsoy along into this perfect horror, with a fine Rameau program. Thankfully, he has come to see the light: ‘I was wrong. It is a simple and reliable model of paradise!’
Peter Gijsbertsen & Gilbert den Broeder
Zeven levensliederen en een aanslag
Peter Gijsbertsen - tenor
Everybody recognizes the feeling: do you make eye contact with the other cyclists waiting at a traffic light? This and other awkward and curious situations, put into words by Marc Pantus, were set to music by Bart Visman in Zeven levensliederen en een aanslag (Seven Songs of Life and an Attack). It was premiered last year by the winner of the Dutch Music Award, tenor Peter Gijsbertsen, who will now perform it at Wonderfeel. Delightfully absurd!
Music Masters on Air
Once upon a two times three
New work by Liesbeth Decrock, Jean-François Jung, Krzysztof Rau, Andrea Tarrodi and Aart Strootman
Jessica Bäcklund - soprano
Five premieres in one program, come and hear it with your own ears! Music Masters on Air commissioned five composers to delve into one theme: ‘fairy tales: finding or losing your identity’. One of them is Aart Strootman, who was triggered by the many explicit numbers in the Grimm Fairy Tales – 3 daughters, 12 o’clock, 7 dwarfs... The narrator in his composition suffers from arithmomania: a strong need to count things.
Michaela Riener - voice
Yannis Kyriakides - music
Digital facial recognition is here, and was the inspiration for Face. It’s a composition for voice, violin, recorders, live electronics, and video. The software used not only recognizes faces, but also emotions. Composer Yannis Kyriakides translated algorithms to music, and then enriched the result with visuals by Johannes Schwartz and poetry by Maria Barnas. How do we see each other? Ensemble ELECTRA presents alternative portraits in sound and vision.
Asko|Schönberg led by Marzena Diakun
Composer Kate More is not only concerned about the earth, but also about the universe. Conveniently, her father is a scientist specialized in space trash. Kate will treat us to a seething harmony of atmospheres, to natural disasters, and to an exciting sci-fi graphic novel on outer space – Space Junk, a collaboration between father and daughter, between science and art.
Paganini, Chopin & Rachmaninoff
Eline Hensels - cello
Is it even possible to perform the works written by Paganini, the Devil’s Own Violinist, on the cello? Especially if you can only use a single string, like in his Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s Mozes? Eline Hensels, armed with her powerful tone and confident bowing technique, rises to the challenge. As a counterweight for this display of prowess she will play Chopin’s lovely Cello Sonata, op 65, and the dreamy Mélodie from the Morceaux de Fantaisies for piano by Rachmaninoff.
3x3 is extended due to its success. A dancer and a trumpeter improvise 3x3 minutes, on a dance floor that is 3x3 meters, in an artful feat where both try to provoke the other – with unexpected results. Is this dancing to music, or is it something completely different? It’s up to the audience to decide.
Schneemann, Bach, Yun, Azmeh, Balter
Thomas Dulfer - fagot
A composition based on the performer’s heartbeat is no everyday occurrence, but it’s not the only surprise bassoonist Thomas Dulfer has planned for this show. After graduating from the Royal Conservatory with straight A’s, he became the young artist in residence of the NJO Muziekzomer. In his solo performance, he will switch from a Bach partita to Isang Yun’s solemn Monolog, taking a touching detour by way of November 22 by Azmeh. Another special touch: a loopstation will provide the necessary accompaniment.
Thorwald Jørgenson - theremin
Everybody who knows Midsummer Murders, knows the theremin: a kind of remote-controlled musical saw. But the trained percussionist Thorwald Jørgensen knows that the theremin can do a whole lot more than make scary ghost sounds. In his solo compositions he combines his instrument with different effect pedals, a loop station, and his own voice – and the result is a revelation!
Bach, Biber, Berio, Sciarrino, Montanari
Elicia Silverstein - violin
The captivating Elicia Silverstein (1990) drew the title of her debut The Dreams & Fables I Fashion from a sonnet by Metastasio, one of Mozart’s librettists. Her mission was to create a link between past and present, erasing borders and creating a new and inspiring musical language. In this solo performance, for which she will use both Baroque and modern violin, she will captivate the listener with her intense interpretations.
Symphonic music on guitar
Petrit Çeku, Pedro Ribeiro Rodrigues, Tomislav Vukšić - guitar
Three guitarists can do more than one, which is why these three men decided to start a guitar trio. Six strings just isn’t enough when you want to play symphonic pieces written by the big composers. Triple your string count and all of a sudden Dvořák’s Slavic Dances and De Falla’s Sombrero de Tres Picos are within your grasp – and how! Come and be amazed by the dazzling tones produced by these energetic boys.
Nieuw Amsterdam Klarinet Kwartet
Ode to Amsterdam
Sergio Hamerslag, Bart de Kater, Tom Wolfs, Jesse Faber - clarinets
Some people consider Amsterdam the Venice of the North. For some it’s a junkie’s heaven, and for others it’s a melting pot where families have to wait generations to get a parking permit. The New Amsterdam Clarinet Quartet embraces Mokum Aleph in all its facets, and pays tribute to all its inhabitants – from the Eastern-European busker to the Argentinian Amsterdammer Diego Soifer, from the legacy of the Royal Concertgebouw to the urban romance of good old Wim Sonneveld.
Ella van Poucke & Caspar Vos
Debussy, Ravel & Rachmaninoff
Ella van Poucke - cello
Making a debut at the Concertgebouw at the age of ten, becoming artist in residence of the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival 2018 at age 24. If these aren’t the tell- tales of a career about to take off in a huge way, we’ll eat our shoe. Cellist Ella van Poucke moves her bow with the subtlest touch. This makes Caspar Vos, the man in charge of caressing the keys, her ideal partner. Come and swoon at Ravel’s Habanera and Rachmaninoff's glorious Cello Sonata.
Pavel Kolesnikov - piano
When twilight falls in this quintessential model of Dutch pastoral paradise (to quote pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, 2018), the scene just isn’t complete without the right musical accompaniment. Even on a dark night this ‘poet of the keyboard’ (according to The Guardian) will invoke the moon’s magic with Beethoven’s Mondschein, after which we can sail into the darkness to Schumann’s Nachtstücke.
Horatio Clare & Vincent van Amsterdam
Something of His Art
In 2017, Horatio Clare followed the trail once traveled by the young Bach in 1705, when he walked 400 kilometers from Arnstadt to Lübeck in order to listen to his hero Buxtehude. In his journal on the journey, Something of His Art, Clare discusses the changing landscapes, the flora and fauna he encounters, Bach’s music, and Clare’s own battle with depression. Accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam will play parts of Bach’s Goldberg Variations to accompany this touching report.
Daan van den Hurk
Murnau: film biography Richard Wagner (90 min)
Daan van den Hurk - piano
It’s time to take a seat for the silent movie Richard Wagner (1913) by the legendary director F.W. Murnau. With great attention to detail and exuberant costumes, he painted the life and work of Wagner. Unfortunately, the costs to use Wagner’s music for the soundtrack were prohibitively high, which is why composer and lead actor Giuseppe Becce wrote his own score. The result is an amalgam of Wagner, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini, which was also the birth of the phenomenon of film scores. Pianist Daan van den Hurk will perform Becce’s compositions at Wonderfeel.