November Music 2019
Visitors to November Music 2019 can fully enjoy today's eclectic musical landscape. The festival showcases the prominent composers of our time. Not to mention top-notch ensembles, jazz & world pioneers, sound installations, and interdisciplinary concerts. November Music takes place from 1 through 10 November at various locations in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. This years festival line-up includes Ensemble Modern, Georg Friedrich Haas, Tigran Hamasyan with special guest Mathias Eick, Mayke Nas, Aart Strootman, Rymden, Metropole Orchestra, Wu Wei, Helmut Lachenmann, Maya Youssef, Anna Meredith, Evan Parker, The Riot Ensemble, Marcin Wasilewski, Calliope Tsoupaki, Możdżer Danielsson Fresco Trio & Holland Baroque, Stian Westerhus, Enno Poppe, and many others.
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About the 2019 programme
November Music's 27th edition is brimming with surprising combinations. It features 11 new commissioned works as well as pieces and groups that have hardly been heard in the Netherlands, if at all. Such as the brand-new Bosch Requiem that will be performed on All Souls Day (2 November). This version is written by festival composer (and Dutch Composer Laureate) Calliope Tsoupaki with the vocalists Marcel Beekman and Maarten Engeltjes. Tsoupaki's requiem is a musical ode to the Virgin Mary in times of doubt and distress.
As different as night and day is the exclusive double programme staged by the Grammy-winning Metropole Orchestra, which plays an electronically charged set with multi-musician Colin Benders (formerly known as Kyteman). Subsequently, the Metropole presents a mix of soul, fusion jazz, and innovative electronics that features the French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi with their ear-catching and lively Nigerian Yoruban vocals.
Then there are sensational concerts by the famous German Ensemble Modern (which has worked with Frank Zappa) and the new supersonic Scandinavian jazz group Rymden with the pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. November Music often lets you sit in on exciting meetings between musicians who have never worked together before. The South Netherlands Philharmonic performs alongside singer (and winner of the Dutch reality television game show Wie Is De Mol) Ruben Hein. A one-off concert features two international top jazz musicians, the virtuoso Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and the lyrical Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick.
Performances that add an extra dimension to music are VAL by theatre maker Baukje Schweigman with ensemble Calefax and SOLAS by dance company LeineRoebana. There will also be a world premiere of a piece by Dutch composer Mayke Nas with visual artist Teun Hocks at November Music 2019.
A large number of choirs from the province of North Brabant (capital: 's Hertogenbosch) features at November Music 2019. The audience will hear numerous vocal pieces sung by professional as well as amateur choirs under the heading Koren Centraal. The works are written by various composers that include Kris Oelbrandt who is active as a Trappist monk in addition to his musical accomplishments.
November Music is once again the home base for the best Dutch modern classical music ensembles such as Holland Baroque, Ragazze Quartet, Silbersee, Ives Ensemble, Asko|Schönberg, and Nieuw Ensemble which will be playing a farewell concert. The groups TEMKO and Slagwerk Den Haag perform a major new work by Aart Strootman, who is building the instruments to play it on himself.
The city opens its doors to November Music's annual KunstmuziekRoute with a raft of brief concerts in various locations on Sunday afternoon 3 November. Musicians such as the trumpet player Eric Vloeimans, qanun player Maya Youssef, saxophonist Evan Parker, and percussionist Tatiana Koleva take you on a journey to astonishing sound universes.
About November Music
November Music had its first edition in 1993 has ever since takenplace in the beautiful Mediaeval Brabant capital of ’s-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) in the south of the Netherlands. It is the most important international gathering for contemporary music in the country. The annual festival, which lasts 10 days, presents 90 concerts across all genres, featuring today's music by today's makers. November Music is commissioning Dutch and international composers to compose new work as it initiates collaborations between musicians from the Netherlands and those hailing from elsewhere. It attracted 11,500 visitors in 2016 and more than 12,000 visitors in 2017.
Hotels and parking
The November Music venues are located all througout the center of the city. The main venue is de Verkadefabriek, which is near the trainstation, and also provides plenty of parking space. Furthermore there are several hotels and B&B's if you are planning on staying in the city:
• Best Western Eurohotel (info
• Golden Tulip Hotel Central (info
• Mövenpick Hotel 's-Hertogenbosch (info
• B&B's in 's-Hertogenbosch (info