Work in Progress: Young SDH

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Mei-Yi Lee:
“Here are 4 pictures which we took during the first rehearsal this Tuesday. They’re from ”Loop” (“walk” in Dutch) by Aurelie Lierman.
We were trying to find out how to make sound on the dance floor of Smart Project Space where we will perform on May 24th, 20:30h.
In the beginning we used a big piece of tile and put a small and soft cloth underneath it to make it unbalance. After that we found some plastic cover as dance floor, and did the foot step on it.”

Korte interviews met Jan van de Putte en Jos van Kan over ‘Vissen Hoesten Niet’


Foto door Elisabeth Melchior.

Componist Jan van de Putte en regisseur Jos van Kan over de voorstelling die zij maakten voor Slagwerk Den Haag ‘Vissen Hoesten Niet‘.

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‘The City Wears A Slouch Hat’ – Original recording + great anecdote

On March 10  2012 we will play the NL première of John Cage‘s radio play ‘The City Wears a Slouch Hat‘ in Theater aan het Spui, The Hague. Below you can hear a big part the original radio broadcast:

Great anecdote on the official website:

‎In 1941 Cage got a commission for CBS Radio to write music for a radio play. Initially Cage composed work, based on his ideas using electronic sound effects, assuming this could be realized in the CBS studios. A week before the radio broadcast, Cage went over to make the recordings, but since the technician told him it could not be done in such a short time, Cage had to compose another work, just four days before its broadcast. The original manuscript is probably lost.

‘Timber’ in a hardware store

Our colleagues of Mantra Percussion made a great video about Michael Gordon’s ‘Timber’. See them play this piece in a hardware store, and explain some details about the piece.

Click the image above, or here to see the video.

We’ve still got some copies of the special wooden box edition of ‘Timber’ available at our website. Get them while they last.

Slagwerk Den Haag & Escuela Orquesta Barrio Ludueña

On the 12th of October 2010, Slagwerk Den Haag and VocaalLab, had the privilege to play music together with the children of Orquesta Barrio Luduena. We played Clapping Music and “in C”. They will be in our hearts!

‘Timber’ used in DJ Kypksi-mix

DJ Kypski, a well-known Dutch dj from the act C-Mon & Kypski, used the SDH recording of ‘Timber’ in a new mix. The mix was made for the Amsterdam Dance Event, a big conference about dance music that took place in Amsterdam.

Music used in the mix:
Spag Heddy – Heavenly Warfare (Basserk)
Sjam & Kypski – The Clocktave (Supertracks)
Dj Mehdi – Wee Bounce (Ed Banger)
Slagwerk Den Haag – Timber (Cantaloupe)

Listen to the mix:

Interview Jo Kondo & Stefan van Eycken

Interview before the worldpremieres of Paregmenon by Jo Kondo and Hotel Panenque, 1973 by Stefan van Eycken. Both works were performed during the November Music festival 2011 in our Sonore program with Quatuor Bozzini:

Aad van Nieuwkerk conducted these interviews for Radio4.