Festival Dag in de Branding revolves around ‘spaces and fringes’ on 26 May

During the May edition of Festival Dag in de Branding we explore the boundaries of the traditional concert ritual: musicians curious to see how far they can push their instruments and composers entering the domains of theatrical installations and meditative drones. On Saturday 26 May, audiences gathering in living rooms, basements, galleries and concert halls are able to enjoy the fruits of these explorations: the equally exciting and mysterious sounds that make up the music of NOW.

Young composers who dare to think outside of the box, who want to immerse their audience in a whole new sonic experience – they are the ones I choose to present in this edition of Festival Dag in de Branding. I like how these composers are wholly independent in the way they create their universe. They are not afraid to push the boundaries. I’m happy to be able to share this with you in places that are just as unusual, like basements, galleries and other special settings,” says curator Saskia Lankhoorn.

In The Grey Space, an open laboratory for the visual arts, the Matangi Quartet and Barbara Ellison play on the contrast between two very different spaces. First the quartet plays acoustic chamber music on the gallery’s open upper floor, and after that Barbara Ellison engages listeners in a sonic experience in the darkness of the concrete basement.

The Fringe Guitar Project comprises new compositions by Marina Poleukhina, Barbara Ellison and Maya Verlaak that challenge students of the Academy for Music and the Performing Arts (Tilburg) to demonstrate the volume of 20 electric guitars played simultaneously. The students also explore the fringes of concert conventions by playing inside, below and in the grounds surrounding the Nieuwe Kerk.

Petra Strahovnik has written a new piano work for curator Saskia Lankhoorn and Geneviève Murphy presents Something In This Universe, her ‘in residence’ project at the Korzo theatre.

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Program Saturday 26 May 2018

3.00 pm Nieuwe Kerk

Pete Harden & Students Tilburg - The Fringe Guitar Project

Barbara Ellison – Instrumental Phantoms #29

Maya Verlaak – Prowess

Marina Poleukhina – Tiny little area dedicated to the piece

5.00 pm The Grey Space

Matangi Quartet

Petra Strahovnik – Four Souls

Dmitri Kourliandski – Strijkkwartet #2

Barbara Ellison (solo performance) – Vocal Phantoms

8.15 pm Korzo

Geneviève Murphy (solo performance) – Something in this Universe

9.30 pm Korzo

Saskia Lankhoorn, piano

Petra Strahovnik – new work


You can order tickets for individual concerts and passe-partouts for Saturday 26 May 2018 at dagindebranding.nl/en/shop/

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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