Film: Geluiden van lucht

The 13-minute film 'Geluiden van lucht' [Sounds of air] was premiered on 18 June 2022, during the first edition of Dag van de Componist [Day of the Composer] 
Livestream and coverage by NPO Radio4, with NTR broadcasting live from TivoliVredenburg
Utrecht was the epicenter of this event, which included more than 100 new music events throughout the Netherlands. 
Composition: Vanessa Lann - Text: Cees Nooteboom - Concept, direction: Neil Wallace
Performers: Florien de la Fosse, soprano - Pete Harden, electric guitar - Saskia Lankhoorn, electric piano - Monica Germino, whisperviolin
Dutch Composers Now / Nieuw Geneco
The whisperviolin [pictured below] plays an intimate role in the film, reflecting Cees Nooteboom's text on departure, love, on loss " the emptiness. hearing from afar still their voices, sounds of air."

image to left: still from the film Geluiden van lucht

Red Sofa: Festival Spring Loaded

21 - 26 March, 2018
Red Sofa celebrates 10-year anniversary with Festival Spring Loaded
Monica Germino, pop-up artist in residence
Jubileum of Red Sofa in the Doelen celebrated with Festival Spring Loaded: Read press release here

Spring Loaded presents film, premieres, cycling, and more
Young composers write new works, Monica Germino is pop-up artist in residence, five world premieres, a bicycle tour to four secret concert venues, and much more.   

Opening concert on 21 March: Pete Harden, the Matangi Quartet, Ensemble Klang, and Michaela Riener are working together for the opening concert. Oscar Bettison’s composition 'Presence of Absence' is combined with the film 'Homo Sapiens’ by renowned filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter.
An extraordinary series of concerts
For 10 years now, De Doelen has been presenting modern music in an accessible manner under the name 'Red Sofa.' With a bright red sofa on stage as a symbol of hospitality and by providing every concert with free introductions, follow-up talks and meet & greets with musicians and composers, a sound world unknown to many has been unlocked for the past 10 years. With around 10,500 filled seats at Red Sofa concerts in 2017, de Doelen has managed to set up the largest community for new music in the Netherlands. Ten years of Red Sofa will be celebrated with the six-day Festival Spring Loaded from 21 to 26 March 2018.