Eight evenings in BIMHUIS with the most interesting from the world-wide cello-underground. With every evening a double-bill: two concerts for the price of one. A wide range of cellists will perform, with loopstation-artists, singer-songwriters, world music-, jazz- and pop musicians, improvisers, video and performance artists from the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Iran, South Africa, Sweden and the Netherlands.
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.