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with Mondriaan Kwartett (Amsterdam)
Mayke Nas: Dangerous Game

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 8 p.m.
Embassy of the Netherlands
Klosterstraße 50, 10179 Berlin
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Mondriaan Quartet
Jan Erik van Regteren Altena, Violin; Edwin Blankenstijn, Violin; Annette Bergman, Viola; Eduard van Regteren Altena, Cello
And Michiel Commandeur, Violin; Katrien Bos, Double Bass

Mayke Nas
Dido (2003) for double bass, voice, and slide projector
Z.O.Z (bitte wenden) (2002) for three violins, viola, cello, and double bass
withorwithout (2005-2009) for string quartet

In Dido, for the double bass, voice, and slide projector, two life stories run simultaneously. One is spoken, the other is projected. The audience learns only through the course of the performance how both of the stories are combined with each other.

The dramatic work, Z.O.Z (b.w.), for a string sextet, shows how wonderfully delightful the cooperation between musicians in a small ensemble can be. Five of the players will undergo a hard test of skill during the performance of their colleague.

“How can one make something else new out of such a finely polished Universe as displayed by the works of Anton Webern?” asked the Dutch composer and critic Willem Pijper in 1930. His conclusion was that it is not easy. Nevertheless, in withorwithout Mayke Nas dared to take one of Werber’s Six Bagatelles that lasts barely 30 seconds, contemplate it from all sides like an uncut diamond, and compose a new string quartet piece of 10 minutes.

Mayke Nas
Born in 1972 in Voorschoten (Netherlands), Nas is a 2011-2012 Guest of the Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme of the DAAD. Mayke Nas, who has written commissions for the Nieuw Ensamble, Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Neuen Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, among others, formulates her artistic credo in 10 short “reasons to compose”:
1. Stretching time
2. Looking for trouble
3. Number-fetishism
4. Craziness
5. Promises
6. Neurosis
7. Sex, drinks & well-baked goose-liver
8. Not being good for anything else
9. To have an “außergewöhnlich lustige – exceptionally amusing“ idea (free after Stockhausen)
10. Not to sleep

In her compositions, Nas often departs from purely instrumental frameworks to incorporate video, text, and choreographic elements, such as in I Delayed People’s Flights By Walking Slowly In Narrow Hallways (2005) for Schlagwerk the Hague. The composition, based on Peter Hardke’s spoken-word piece Selbstbezichtigung (Self-Accusation), is for four players using four chairs and four blackboards amplified by life electronics.

Mondriaan Quartet
Founded in 1982, the Mondariaan Quartet has dedicated itself to the passion of current music. More than 100 new works have been specially written for the quartet by composers like Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Guus Janssen, Henri Brant, Diderik Wagenaar, Luca Francesconi, Takayuki Rai, Neely Bruce, and Paul Termos.
The Mondriaan Quartet is always a warmly welcomed guest at important festivals like the Holland Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Ars Musica Belgium, and prominent concert series world wide.

In 2004, the Quartet produced the successful music theater piece Eraritjaritjaka / Museé des phrases – Museum der Sätze (Eraritjaritjaka / Museum of Sentences) along with Heiner Goebbels, which as of yet has played more than 120 performances world wide.
With the dance group ‘Rosas’ by Anne Teresa de Keersemaecker, the Quartet shot the film “Hoppla” (Arcanal CVC EDV98), a co-production with Channel Four, RTBF, NDR Hamburg, NOS Hilversum, and Théâtre de la Ville Paris, among others.

The Diskography of the Mondriaan Quartet is comprised of 22 CDs, including “Cartoon/S&M” (Tzadik 7330) by John Zorn and “The Girls Collection” composed by Chiel Meijering.

Michiel Commandeur
Born in Amsterdam in 1970, Commandeur took his first violin classes when he was six years old. From 1988 to 1995 he studied at Sweelinck Conservatorium; a member of the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra); and in 1997, a was founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO). In addition to activities in the MCO, Michiel Commandeur regularly plays as a guest in the leading Dutch Orchestra as well as the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble and the Nieuw Ensamble.
As the son of an actor an a violinist, Michiel Commandeur also feels attracted to the theater, which has drawn his involvement in several music theatre productions in Holland.

Katrien Bos
After many happy years with her violin, a 16-year-old Katrien Bos (born in 1978) found her great love: the double bass. At the Rotterdam Conservatorium she studied classical music, in addition to fulfilling her interest for Argentinean tango. She has played for years in bands like Wè-Nun Henk (folk), Quinteto Astor (tango), Rueda LIbre (self-composing the music in a mixture of tango and jazz), Balacordes (balfolk) and many others. She also enjoys composing her own music, which is inspired by the European folk repertoire, Argentinean tango, and experimenting with modern sounds.


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