Cello Biennale en Bimhuis presented the very first CELLOFEST: 8 evenings, 16 shows, in the Bimhuis featuring the most interesting material from the worldwide cello-underground. Cello techs, loopstation artists, singer-songwriters, world music-, jazz- and pop musicians, improvisation artists, and video- and performance artists will appear at these events.
All over the world, the cello is being experimented with. Cello players create their own music, going beyond classical music and sometimes even the classical playing techniques. They experiment with loopstations and sound and video technique, and use their cello as a guitar, percussion instrument or as a projection screen. This brings about interesting, surprising, and sometimes beautiful results. For the first time, CELLOFEST is offered a stage to players from around the world who are playing the cello “off the track.” This first CELLOFEST presented the first set of players from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Iran, Germany, Austria, Sweden, France, England, Spain, and of course, the Netherlands.
The Visit creates a fairytale-like soundscape that seems to tell us about early medieval times as well as about faraway galaxies. Young Canadian cello virtuoso Raphael Weinroth-Browne and singer Heather Sita Black present their highly acclaimed album Through Darkness into Light.
When the Cello Biennale introduced the completely unknown (at the time) Austrian jazz-rock duo BartolomeyBittmann for the first time in 2016, something immediately became clear: this duo would become huge.
German cellist Mela Marie Spaemann writes and performs intimate pop songs that stick to the mind long after they’ve ended. A young top talent, she studies with the best pedagogues, is winning prizes, en gets opportunities to perform as a soloist with various European orchestras.
NES is the Spanish-French jazz-blues formation of singer and cellist Nesrine Belmokh, cellist Matthieu Saglio, and percussionist David Gadea. Nesrine sings like a combination of Billie Holiday, Fairuz, and Caro Emerald, and plays the cello fantastically.
Two musicians from Toronto, Shahriyar Jamshidi, Iranian-Kurdish master player of the Iranian kamancheh, and rising star cellist Raphael Weinroth-Brown, sit across from each other and make a miracle happen.]Longsworth is just as peculiar as his cello looks. Classically trained in the USA and settled in South France, he regularly performs with celebrities in French jazz, and with amazing musicians from the Middle East and French speaking African countries.
Principal cellist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Sietse-Jan Weijenberg and jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis decided to collaborate. When the Cello Biennale found out about this, they were invited to create a programme for CELLOFEST.
One of Sweden’s most interesting musicians is coming to Amsterdam: bass player, cellist, and composer Svante Henryson.
No matter the weather, jazz bassist Arnold Dooyeweerd has been cycling to the Bimhuis every Tuesday evening for the last forty-four years to give his famous jazz workshop. Everyone has a place onstage: jazz lovers, professionals, music students.
There are hardly any jazz musicians in the Netherlands who haven’t been to this workshop. As always, the jamsession led by Jasper Blom starts at 22.00. Entrance is free.
Cellist Harald Austbø is spotted more and more often in various impro and jazz enssembles. No surprise there: he is an extremely creative and original player and singer.
Spanish video and performance artist, dancer, cellist, inventor, singer, and composer David Fernandez presents Ecce Cello, a project born out of years of experimenting with the cello, sound and video techniques, and trying out for audiences.
We received a tip from Giovanni Sollima, went to a performance, and were instantly sold. Young South African cellist Abel Selaocoe, connecting classical cello with African song and blues, is the offspring of the rainbow nation 3.0.
Improviser and jazz cellist Jörg Brinkmann is a remarkable phenomenon. He has been a guest at the Cello Biennale several times, for example in 2016, when he appeared in ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ with Artvark and Claron McFadden.
‘Cello Rock Star’ (Rolling Stone) Maya Beiser presents The Day, the European premiere of Bang on a Can composer David Lang’s new multimedia project which he created specially for her.
Soundscape artist and cellist Maarten Vos is something different. He is unique and notable in his genre. With a setup onstage which makes it look like he is working in his own studio, encased by electronic devices, pedals, and buttons, he composes a new cello symphony that’s both dreamy and grasping at the same time.