_J_ust before the premiere of JacobTV’s new work The Waves by the PRISM Quartett on June 2 and 3, several other works by JacobTV will be performed on May 24, 25, and 31.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Museum Balcony Bar)
Esther Apituley, viola
Carlos Homs, piano
Performing works by Bach, Vieuxtemps, Hindemith, JacobTV, original works and improvisations
Free with museum admission
The Crypt at the Church of the Intercession, 550 W 155th St, New York
Ensemble Ipse featuring Margaret Lancaster, flute
Jacob ter Veldhuis – “Garden of Love”
Jeff Herriot – “Wanderer Hymn” (NYC Premiere, call for scores selection)
Joseph Di Ponio – “Interiors I” (WORLD PREMIERE)
Bekah Simms – “Skinscape” (NYC Premiere, call for scores selection)
Monique Jean – “Low Memory” #2
Nathan Haering -“Cimmerian Isolation” (Call for scores selection)
Milica Paranosic – “Lady M” (NYC Premiere)
Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis, 1951) started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatoire. He was awarded the Composition Prize of the Netherlands in 1980 and became a full time composer who soon made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. ‘I pepper my music with sugar,’ he says.
The press called him the ‘Andy Warhol of new music’ and his ‘coming-out’ as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio Paradiso, based on Dante’s Divina Commedia.
JacobTV’s so called boombox repertoire, works for live instruments with a grooving sound track based on speech melody, became internationally popular. With about a 1000 performances worldwide per year, he is one of the most performed European composers. JacobTV is still an outlaw in the established modern classical music scene, and was accused of ‘musical terrorism’. According to the Wall Street Journal some of his his work ‘makes many a hip-hop artist look sedate’. In 2007 a 3 day JacobTV festival took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His never ending reality opera THE NEWS is constantly updated and various editions were performed in Chicago, Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, New York.
Dutch violist Esther Apituley is a native of Amsterdam. Apituley began to study the violin at 12, but soon changed to the viola, drawn to its lower, throatier sound. She studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in her hometown, where she teaches and completed her course of study at the Hochschüle für Musik in Berlin. Since Apituley commenced her professional career in 1990, and she has long struggled against the notion of the viola as a middle-range instrument that belongs to filling out the harmony between violins and cellos.
In the mid-’90s, Apituley founded a group of four violists initially under the name “Alt-viool-tijd-Kwartett” (Always Viola Time Quartet), but later changed it to the more internationally comprehensible Amsterdam Viola Quartet. The group has become an established force in Dutch music, and with it Apituley has expanded her accomplishments through composing her Kaduuk for four electric violas and tap dancer for the quartet and tap dancer Peter Kuit. Apituley has appeared on Dutch television as host of the program Reiziger im Muziek, and her Mikrokosmos Project, a multi-media event based around the music of Béla Bartók has been broadcast over Dutch public television. In the live context, Apituley has developed several successful touring programs, including her “Dance of the Viola,” and has taken them throughout Europe and Asia. In 2005, Apituley recorded her solo debut CD, Violent Viola, which epitomizes her quest for new avenues of expression for the “old violin.”
Ensemble Ipse is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to showcasing the wide variety of practices in the current new music scene. The ensemble presents concerts of recent music that transcends aesthetic categorization and strives to create a forum for composers on the edges of the mainstream of contemporary music. With this in mind, Ensemble Ipse is committed to performing and commissioning the music of emerging composers, as well as composers who have been traditionally under-represented in the larger new music community, including women, LGBTQ, and people of color.
In its first three seasons, Ipse has premiered 18 works, 5 of them commissions, received grants from New Music USA, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and will be releasing an album on New World Records in May 2019.