As the title suggests, this program consists largely of works by the internationally renowned Dutch composer : Louis Andriessen.
Louis Andriessen’s presence and inspiration have deeply influenced the musicians of ELECTRA. Based in Amsterdam, the players have worked with Andriessen over the years in different formations, performing works such as Writing to Vermeer, Dances, Rosa, Le Voile du Bonheur, Tuin van Eros, Xenia, Inanna, Woodpecker, Sweet, Klokken voor Haarlem, Trilogie van de Laatste Dag, De Tijd, Workers Union, What Shall I Buy You, Son?, Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno, La Passione, La Girò, Letter From Cathy, Beatles Songs, Nocturnen, and more.
Having developed such a kinship with Andriessen’s music and philosophy, it was logical that the composer would play an important role in ELECTRA‘s direction and development. Since the group’s inception in 1999, ELECTRA has had an intense and productive relationship with Andriessen. The collaboration has always challenged ELECTRA to break boundaries, such as using only their voices (Shopping List of a Poisoner) and adapting to new instruments such as the traverso, in order to achieve the kind of sound he wanted in The New Math(s).
This collaboration has led to an exciting and varied program of solo and ensemble pieces in which the many different facets of this extraordinary composer are brought to light.
Featured on the ALL-ANDRIESSEN program is the score & soundtrack ‘The New Math(s)’ (2000), written for and recorded by ELECTRA for New York filmmaker Hal Hartley’s highly acclaimed film, in a co-production of the NPS and the BBC. When the English version of ‘Shopping List of a Poisoner’ was brought out in 2002, ELECTRA created their own theatrical version, featuring four voices and a nail on sandpaper.
Other highlights in the program are the metallically explosive ‘Workers Union’ from 1976 in a solo percussion version created by Tatiana Koleva together with Paul Koek and De Veenstudio, and the 2005 solo violin/voice piece, Xenia.
On special occasions, ELECTRA performs as ELECTRA EXTENDED, including Andriessen’s pieces with piano such as ‘What Shall I Buy You, Son?’ (2000) (voice and piano) and ‘Le Voile du Bonheur’ (1966-71) (violin/voice and piano). For these concerts, ELECTRA has been honored by the presence and performance of Louis Andriessen himself at the piano.
On Andriessen’s recommendation, there may be additional works included in this program written for ELECTRA by colleagues or former students who are successful composers in their own right.