Press release, 29-8-2022
November Music 2022 presents the 30th edition with record numbers of concerts and premieres
3 through 13 November in ’s-Hertogenbosch
Never before have so many new works been featured as during the upcoming edition of the November Music festival. With over 50 premieres by makers and performers from the Netherlands and elsewhere, 21 composition commissions, and more than 100 different concerts, the 30th edition of November Music shows the diversity and vibrancy of the newest music. November Music 2022 takes place from 3 through 13 November in various locations in ’s-Hertogenbosch. This year it again opens with the FAQ Festival for Electronic Music. The tickets for November Music 2022 go on sale from 8 September 2022 onward.
With three festival composers – Joey Roukens, Bryce Dessner, and Jürg Frey – plus artist in residence Remy van Kesteren and two ensembles in focus, Silbersee and Ensemble Lucilin from Luxembourg, the November Music festival rolls out the red carpet for a great variety of national and international winners. Unique is the presence of Dhafer Yousef and Anouar Brahem, two of the very best oud players in the world. Festival composer Joey Roukens writes the Bosch Requiem, which will be performed by the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Bosch Requiem 2022
For the sixth time in a row, November Music has commissioned a new composition under the heading Bosch Requiem. Joey Roukens finds inspiration in the texts of the traditional requiem. The work has been written for two superb ensembles, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
National & international ensembles
As always, November Music features a large number of Dutch musicians and ensembles including Asko|Schőnberg, Cello Octet Amsterdam, Ragazze Quartet, De Ereprijs, Black Pencil, Hannes Minnaar, Ralph van Raat, and Fuse. This year, November Music welcomes two of the great international (German) ensembles for new music. The Ensemble Resonanz from Hamburg (a string ensemble) is taking part for the very first time with a programme dedicated to Bryce Dessner. Ensemble Adapter from Berlin performs work by two Dutch composers, Bianca Bongers and Bart de Vrees.
Jazz, world & pop
November Music 2022 focuses on African music. It has invited the Tunisian oud players, Dhafer Youssef and Anouar Brahem, the Trio Da Kali from Mali, which will collaborate with the North Sea String Quartet, and the Metropole Orchestra Strings that perform alongside 3MA which includes, among others, the oud player Driss el Maloumi. The oud (an Arabian lute-like instrument) also plays a prominent role in the composition that has been commissioned from Tijn Wybenga, who wrote the new work for his regular group AM.OK with the Syrian oud player Nawras Alkaky as the special guest. Also performing at the festival are singer Eefje de Visser and electronica pioneer Jameszoo. The versatility of harpist Remy van Kesteren will be seen and heard as he collaborates with various musicians, including Di-rect vocalist Marcel Veenendaal.
A small sample of the more than 60 premieres this year. Black Pencil mixes eastern and western sounds and electronics, together with the Indonesian gamelan ensemble Kyai Fatahillah; Corrie van Binsbergen sets to music poems by Antjie Krog; the trombonists Jőrgen van Rijen and Sebastiaan Kemner present their new projects. Jazz saxophonist Steve Coleman plays his latest composition alongside the Amstel Quartet.
There is ample attention for new and young talents including Rick van Veldhuizen, Elise ’t Hart, Genevieve Murphy, Jan-Peter de Graaff, Aart Strootman, Merijn Bisschops. There are also premieres by more established names such as Michel van de Aa, Kate Moore, Rob Zuidam, Willem Boogman, Seung-Won Oh, Peter Adriaansz and the rising international stars Philip Venables, Bryce Dessner, Alberto Posadas and Steve Coleman.
One of the most iconic contemporary music works, Einstein on the Beach, is performed by Suzanne Vega, Ictus and Collegium Vocale in a concertante and informal setting. The only concert in the Netherlands!
New Music Conference
The fourth New Music Conference, in collaboration with BUMA Cultuur, takes place on Friday 11 November.
On November Music
November Music is the festival for all adventurous music lovers. Each year, it brings together unique and progressive makers and musicians from all over the world. The focus is on those who are not swimming with the stream or against it but who are creating their own new varieties. As it holds space for this wide variety of sounds, November Music creates a narrative that is distinctive and inimitable. Just like the makers themselves.
Experience modern composed music, jazz, world music, music theatre, pop, rock, (sound) installations and genres beyond your wildest imagination. November Music creates encounters and challenges makers to do a deep dive.
November Music has been part of the so-called Dutch cultural basic infrastructure, BIS, since 2021. More information via www.novembermusic.net.
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