Official NewsletterFaegre now has an official newsletter. Read the most recent one here, and sign-up for future newsletters here.
Magical Quest review @ CultuurpersThea Derks -- Music journalist and biographer of Reinbert de Leeuw -- reviews two concerts at the Cello Biënalle Amsterdam for Cultuurpers, including the premiere of Faegre's "witty" new game-piece Magical Quest for the Hidden Armor. Read the original Dutch review here, or the Google-translated English version here.
Music For Bars on tourIn collaboration with Slagwerk Den Haag and Club Guy & Roni's Poetic Disasters Club, Faegre's new project Music for Bars begins a 10-bar tour around the Netherlands this Autumn. The production is a 60-minute amplification of sonic, physical, and social elements of The Bar, featuring 3 percussionists and 3 dancers who explore and break the boundaries of "normal". Check the SDH Facebook Events page for upcoming performance dates.
Bow Hammer Connection TrailerVideo trailer is now online for Bow Hammer Connection, a new project pairing the two most ancient ingredients of music -- melody & rhythm -- with cutting edge electronics and sound design. Featuring works by David Lang (NL-premiere), John Luther Adams (NL-premiere), David Dramm, Molly Joyce, Brendan Faegre (WP), and Sonic Youth. Watch the Bow Hammer Connection trailer.
Featured Composer @ DonemusDonemus Publishing will take over publication for most of Faegre's concert music. Donemus has added Faegre to their roster of Featured Composers, and will put his catalog online over the coming months. Browse the published works here.
NY Times ReviewThe New York Times described Faegre's new orchestral work Collective, premiered at Carnegie Hall by the New York Youth Symphony, as "especially empowering" and "darkly exhilarating". Read the full review here.
One Page Project @ Cello BiënalleThe Cello Biënalle Amsterdam has commissioned new pieces from Brendan Faegre, Pete Harden, Hilary Jeffery, Genevieve Murphy, and Martijn Padding exploring the possibilities of a composition limited to one sheet of paper. The pieces will be premiered by the Biënalle Cello Band and Slagwerk Den Haag. See the Cello Biënalle site for more details.
Transcendance VideoVideo is now available of the David Kweksilber Big Band performing Transcendance at the Bimhuis. The performance features virtuosic tap-dancing by Peter Kuit, and mini-solos by Guus Janssen, JanWillem van der Ham, Felicity Provan, Wiek Hijmans, Joost Buis, and Rutger van Otterloo. Watch Transcendance here.
Bow Hammer Connection @ November MusicNovember Music has commissioned a new work from Faegre titled Dance Suite in G, with movements based around contemporary dance forms (Dubstep, Drum 'n' Bass, Acid House). The work will be premiered as part of a new project called "Bow Hammer Connection", featuring Isa Goldschmeding as violinist, Micha de Kanter as sound designer, and Faegre as composer/drummer. For more info visit the November Music site.
New Music Jam ClipsShort video excerpts from the rehearsal room are now posted with improvisations around 6 contemporary compositions: Steve Reich's Piano Phase, Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee, Louis Andriessen's De Snelheid, Giacinto Scelsi's String Quartet No. 4, David Lang's killer and Donnacha Dennehy's Glamour Sleeper. Watch the New Music Jam clips here.
Dirt to Gold VideoA new video of orchestral work Dirt to Gold featuring Roger Kalia and the Lake George Music Festival is now online. Watch Dirt to Gold.