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Newsletter January '14


To all our readers and listeners,

All of us here at the Concertzender wish you a healthy, happy, and above all,
very musical 2014.



This month's question

Erich Wolfgang Korngold incorporated themes out of which four films in his Violin concerto in D?

What can you win?

This month's prize is the Super Audio CD on the label Pentatone (Pentatone PTC 5186503) with the Violin concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, ‘Poème’ by Ernest Chausson and the Violin concerto by Max Bruch. The music is performed by Arabella Steinbacher (violin) and the Orquestra Gulbenkian conducted by Lawrence Foster.

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Acoustic Roots with Parne Gadje

On 17 January 2014 (21:00 – 22:00) Acoustic Roots welcomes the first guests of the new year to our living-room studio in the Conclusion building in Utrecht: Parne Gadjethe gypsy ensemble Parne Gadje.

Parne Gadje has five members and makes innovative and driving music, full of surprising improvisations. The group makes use of exciting instruments such as the magical Armenian duduk and self-made string instruments including a bicycle tyre bass.

Breathtaking travels

Recently Parne Gadje brought out a new CD:
‘Po Drom’ ('On the road'). On this CD they take us on a breathtaking journey around the Black Sea. The group's music originates from Afghanistan, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary and Anatolia and has tight rhythms, transcendental grooves en eastern scales. It sometimes sounds a bit like the Bosphorus blues.

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CD of the month: Road Tapes – Frank Zappa

Paul Lemmens (see ‘Introducing...’) chose the CD of the month.

Road TapesHe has the following to say about his choice:
“It won't be much of a surprise that I have chosen a CD by Frank Zappa after you have read all about my adoration for him. This was brought out recently and is the second part of the 'Road Tapes' series that is being issued by the Zappa Family Trust: ‘Venue #2 – Finlandia Hall- Helsinki; 23, 24 August 1973’ is a masterpiece. Fast, witty, to the point, excellent. Full of fine compositions, but also with an exceptional guitar solo from Zappa during ‘Big Swifty’. A perfect solo for the winter months, it is so hot it will melt the snow. The band includes the violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and George Duke, who unfortunately died last year, on keyboards. The Underwood family is also present: percussionist Ruth and multi-
instrumentalist Ian. It is one of the better Zappa bands and one of the better Zappa concerts. The Finns who were there at the time were very fortunate!
And so are we now, more than 40 years later.”


Concert recordings Festival Early Music 2013

Concertzender Live starts on Sunday 12 January 2014 with a series of recordings of concerts from the Festival Early Music 2013.

The first programme in the series is two concerts recorded on the same evening, Monday 26 August 2013, the fourth day of the festival. These are the performances by Cinquecento and by Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg. The Flemish vocal ensemble Cinquecento honours two geniuses from the 16th century, Lindberg & Kirkbythe composers Orlandus Lassus and Philippe de Monte, in the programme ‘Lassus & De Monte: Ein Leben in
der Fremde’. This is followed by the soprano Emma Kirkby and the lute-player Jakob Lindberg performing melancholy English songs and music in a programme titled ‘In Darkness Let Me Dwell’.

Sunday 12 January 2014, 15.00 - 17.00
Monday 20 Januari 2014, 11.00 - 13.00

For more information see the » programme guide.


The Art of Electronics – theme evening 30 January

Another evening around the theme ‘The Art of the Electronics’ is scheduled for Thursday 30 January.

The complete programme is not finalised at the moment, so watch the website for more information. Yannis KyriakidesWhat is known is that Yannis Kyriakides will be the guest in our studios in Utrecht for the evening.

Together with this composer we will be looking at developments that have followed on from the work of the composer Dick Raaijmakers, who died last year. We will also be listening to some of the contemporary sound artists on the UnSounds label.

For more information see
» www.kyriakides.com
» en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yannis_Kyriakides
» www.unsounds.com

Thursday 30 January, 21.00 - 24.00



Paul Lemmens: programme maker Popart & Electronic music

“I have been involved with the Concertzender since the summer of 2013. A friend
of mine who already worked here, Bert Broere, set things in motion. Paul LemmensOne evening
he casually asked if working for the Concert-
zender might be something for me. I thought it might be and he passed that on to someone in the organisation. I was called a short time later by Hessel Veldman, invited for an interview and was soon at work. Initially my involvement concerned electronic music (for more details see this link). But then a vacancy became available
in Popart and I started doing that as well. This gave me the opportunity to play something other than carols on Christmas day. So this year it was possible to listen to Can while wrestling with the turkey. It is fun to prepare a programme like that. I look for unusual and interesting music in my own collection and write (hopefully) a similarly unusual and interesting text to accompany it.
If Hessel (the 'boss') agrees, the programme is broadcast. It doesn't seem much, but if you want to do it well, it takes quite a lot of time. You also listen to your own cds in new and different ways, which I also enjoy.”

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