Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in Review

(Photo of Amsterdam I made in March 2009)
This is a bit of Andriessen Year-in-Review:
"Garden of Eros" by Attacca Records
"La Passione" by BMOP/sound

Image de Moreau Box by MCN

The Hague Hacking
Christiaans Andriessens uitzicht op de Amstel

Andriessen@70, Music on Main, March, Vancouver
Louis Andriessen - Jongensjaren, May, The Hague
Birthday concerts on June 6 (Nocturnen, The Hague Hacking, Vermeer Pictures, La Passione), Amsterdam

Looking forward:
Carnegie Hall Residency
Louis Andriessen has been appointed to hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2009-2010 season. Celebrating his 70th birthday in 2009, Andriessen will have works performed by longtime champions, including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Asko/Schoenberg ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw, and John Adams, as well as protégés and recent muses such as Greetje Bijma, Martijn Padding, and Christina Zavalloni. Spring performances at Carnegie Hall will feature key Andriessen works in their New York premieres, other works by Andriessen as well as composers he has mentored, and a series of intimate late-night concerts devoted to improvisational music—a key influence on the composer himself.  Program details here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Composer of the Year 2010

Louis Andriessen has been named Musical America Composer of the Year 2010 in November. On December 14 he was in New York City for the official Musical America awards ceremony at Lincoln Center:

Other 2010 honorees are: Joshua Bell - Instrumentalist of the Year, Elina Garanca - Vocalist of the Year, Warren Jones - “Collaborative Pianist” of the Year, conductor Riccardo Muti - Musician of the Year.

Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed's article on Andriessen retrospects his art and life.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

From one of Jongensjaren concerts in The Hague, May 2009.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Andriessen on Andriessen Documentary

Boosey and Hawkes anounces new documentary on Andriessen directed by Tommy Pearson of Red Ted Films.
The video combines an interview filmed at Andriessen's apartment in Amsterdam with extracts from key works including De Staat, M is for Man, Music, Mozart, and Writing to Vermeer.

See here.