Festival Dag in de Branding features Dutch première of Fausto Romitelli’s psychedelic Professor Bad Trip

On May 14 in The Hague

The fortieth edition of the Dag in de Branding Festival, on Saturday 14 May, will stage the Dutch première of Professor Bad Trip. The hallucinogenic sound of an LSD trip converges with contemporary music in a 45-minute long psychedelic rock piece. This mind-bending work by Italian composer Fausto Romitelli will be performed in Theater aan het Spui in The Hague, in a rendition by Ensemble Klang XL with conductor Christian Karlsen, the artistic director of the festival. Meeus van Dis, a light and video artist, created the light design and the video imagery. Professor Bad Trip will tour the Netherlands after the première and will feature in other festivals, such as Wonderfeel and November Music.

Professor Bad Trip
When Romitelli completed his composition Professor Bad Trip for ten musicians in 2001, many people hailed it as a magnum opus of twenty-first-century music. Romitelli studied in Paris and composers Boulez, Grisey and Murail were key sources of inspiration. Romitelli explored the characteristics of sound from musical instruments and threw himself into electronic music. He became fascinated by experiments where acoustic and electronic sounds were interwoven, enabling him to manipulate the listener’s perception and turn listening to his music into a psychedelic experience.

Christian Karlsen, Van Dis and the ensemble hope that Professor Bad Trip will be a pervading sensory experience, pushing the boundaries of what groups like Pink Floyd and The Doors did in the late 1960s, but now enriching the sounds with the nuances of cutting-edge technology and today’s new music. Ensemble Klang will perform Professor Bad Trip accompanied by musicians from the Asko|Schönberg ensemble and the Matangi Quartet.

Other programmes in Dag in de Branding
The municipality of The Hague will present composer Mayke Nas with the Kees van Baaren Award for her composition Down the Rabbit Hole (2012). The Residentie Orkest, conducted by Otto Tausk, will give their rendition of this prize-winning piece in the Zuiderstrandtheater. The programme includes the première of Antony Fiumara’s orchestral version of Simeon ten Holt’s Canto ostinato.

Two young music makers are featured in this edition who are at the core of this season’s Dag in de Branding Festival. Violinist Joseph Puglia plays solo with Asko|Schönberg in a new violin concert by Joey Roukens. The ensemble will also perform Las Casas del Ferrocaril, which composer Natalia Domínguez Rangel wrote for the ensemble in 2008. Temko, an ensemble combining minimal music with heavy metal, starts off the festival with Tannhäuser, where the first 100 seconds of Wagner’s similarly named opera are stretched into half an hour.

Dag in de Branding 40: Saturday 14 May 2016

13.30 – Korzo (Club)
TEMKO performs Tannhäuser

15.00 – Nieuwe Kerk
Clark Rundell, conductor
Joseph Puglia, violin
Natalia Domínguez Rangel – Las Casas del Ferrocarril
Joey Roukens – Roads to Everywhere

16.30 – Theater aan het Spui
Ensemble Klang XL
Christian Karlsen, conductor
Meeus van Dis, light installation
Pete Harden – Forgiveness
Fausto Romitelli – Professor Bad Trip

20.00 – Zuiderstrandtheater
Residentie Orkest
Otto Tausk, conductor
Mayke Nas – Down the Rabbit Hole
The Kees van Baaren Award 2015 will be presented to Mayke Nas
Hanna Kulenty – Alt violin concert (world première)
Simeon ten Holt – Canto Ostinato (in a new arrangement for orchestra by Anthony Fiumara, world première)

About Dag in de Branding

Tijdens Festival Dag in de Branding laten de Haagse podia, het Residentie Orkest en diverse ensembles je kennismaken met de nieuwste muziek. Drie keer per jaar organiseren zij met elkaar een festival vol ontdekkingen op verschillende locaties in Den Haag. De makers van nu staan centraal. Ontmoet de componisten en praat na met de musici. Wat fascineert hen en hoe hoor je dat terug in het werk?

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