Composer Yvonne Freckmann has been awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Full Grant for the Netherlands. She is studying multimedia composition at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague with Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz. She has hit the ground running, presenting pieces in conservatory concerts, and working on new projects. Current interests include transcription and integration of field recordings into her concert music, graphic scores, sound walks, and further collaborations inspired by her colleagues.
Joining Zvuv String Trio and composer Liisa Hirsch to create a multi-sensorial audience experience for the Spring Festival at the conservatory has been a fascinating opportunity for Yvonne. The notated music portion she wrote is called Leaf Cycle, a hand-drawn graphic score where the shape of leaves become sonified – the score themselves.
Catchpenny Ensemble of seven conservatory musicians premiered a piece for seven players and field recording: Train. Painstakingly transcribed from the one-minute field recording in detail, each layer becomes more and more clear with repetition as the ensemble takes over the tape. Yvonne won an award in the International Alliance of Women in Music Search for New Music Competition 2015 for this composition, among 81 entrants. Currently, Catchpenny Ensemble is preparing “Project Fantomas” for the Nieuwe Regents Silent Film Festival in February.
Singer Valerie Jeannin premiered A Cup of Tea in the “Where Rivers Meet Symposium” in San Antonio, Texas in November 2015. The work is a staged theatrical piece of voice and tape (narration).
Cellist Clara Rivière Visier premiered a new work entitled Cinco Letras in December 2014. This piece features a graphic score combining letters and music paper. Each performance is individual to the performer and the performance.
Etelka Róza Nagy, flutist from Hungary, gave the European premiere of Melampau for solo flute at a TEST concert in October 2014 at the Nutshuis in Den Haag, Netherlands. Here is the video of her dynamic performance.
Field Recording Workshop
In March, I had the pleasure of participating in a field recording workshop with Justin Bennett of the Sonology Department at the Royal Conservatoire. We tried all kinds of microphones at different locations in Den Haag. Here is a full report, including pictures and audio, of my experience. Click Here
Sound Experience / Audio Walk in the historical Hortus Botanicus garden in Leiden with Iris van der Ende. Project culminated in April 2015.
The summer 2014 was filled with opera productions new and old. Thompson Street Opera Company premiered “Rootabaga Stories” – an opera in two acts based on Carl Sandburg children’s stories, and Fresh Voices XIV produced the California premiere of “Close Encounter of the Hillbilly Kind” – the fourth staging of this piece. Here are some photos.