Sweelinck-Muller Award 2018 & Cathedral Mobile
This evening the winner of the Sweelinck-Muller Award 2018 will be offered a stage to perform his prize winning program. The award ceremony will take place after his performance.
Laurens de Man built a musical program around famous words of the Dutch writer Gerard Reve. Laurens will play music by Sofia Gubaidulina (Hell und Dunkel), Francis Poulenc (Élégie, played together with horn player Lidia Olthoff), Naji Hakim, Camille Saint-Saëns (Lemare's arrangement of his Danse Macabre) and an improvisation.
After the interval (around 9:15 PM) Jacob Lekkerkerker will perform Cathedral Mobile. Lekkerkerker was winner of the Sweelinck-Mullerprijs in 2009 and is this year one of the Jury members of the Improvisation Competition.
In Cathedral Mobile, Jacob Lekkerkerker, Alfredo Genovesi (electronics) and Poul Holleman (acoustic sound engineer) transform the Müller organ in St Bavo's into an electronically manipulated synthesizer. Oene van Geel (viola) is a regular side kick of the ensemble. Cathedral Mobile is based on the thought of a 'moving sound' in a cathedral space. The title refers to the 'mobiles' of the artist Alexander Calder: elements in the air which are never steady and always moving in the wind.
Cathedral Mobile is a new composition by Jacob Lekkerkerker and takes the cathedral space as its playing field. Together with Alfredo Genovesi he created a new concept in which organ sounds are amplified live and can be heard both acoustically and through speakers. This offers new possibilities to the musicians: they can change the basic sounds of the pipe organ by using techniques from the world of electronic music: loops, pitch bending, delays, etc. The composition consists of five parts, with different roles for instruments and musicians. One part of Cathedral Mobile makes use of a sample-database of pre-recorded sounds from 9 cathedral churches. The final composition however, will be an online version, to be released by the end of 2019, as a virtual cathedral of sounds. In Haarlem, it will be performed by musicians from the world of classical music, underground, and jazz: organist Jacob Lekkerkerker, electronic musician Alfredo Genovesi and viola player Oene van Geel. Poul Holleman is the sound engineer.
Cathedral Mobile is made possible by financial support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust (London).