Sunday 12 January 2014, 11.00 h. – Suzuki plays the Fokker organ
Masato Suzuki (1981) is a particularly gifted Japanese organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer and conductor. He specializes in both early and contemporary music and over the years, he has performed many concerts all over the world. During this Fokker-organ concert, Masato Suzuki will play early and contemporary music, using the traditional meantone tuning as well as the extended 31-tone tuning which already had been described by the famous Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens in 1691.
Masato Suzuki, Fokker organ
Sunday 9 March 2014, 11.00 h. – 4 feet, 4 hands
In this concert for four hands (and four feet), the regular organist Ere Lievonen will be joined by Susanne Kujala, a German-Finnish organist/accordionist who is specialized in contemporary organ music. Together they will perform new works written for this occasion by Joachim Schneider (Germany) and Sebastian Dumitrescu (Finland), as well as two older works for four hands and four feet by Daniel Caux and Anton de Beer. Furthermore, they both will perform a solo on the Fokker-organ.
Susanne Kujala & Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ
Sunday 4 May 2014, 11.00 h. – Duo Hevans & 31-tone organ
Duo Hevans consists of an unusual combination of bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. Since its founding in 2005, a lot of new work has been written for this particular duo. Especially for this concert with the 31-tone Fokker organ, René Uijlenhoet and Monty Adkins wrote new compositions. Bass clarinetist Henri Bok will perform one of his own works together with the organ.
Sunday 10 February 2013, 11.00 h. – Contrarian sounds
Because of the use of 31 tones instead of 12 per octave, the repertoire of the Fokker organ can be considered as contrarian. To get an idea of all these contrarian sounds, several compositions were selected which illustrate the rich music literature of the Fokker organ. Besides renowned pieces of the old and modern music, like a work of the American-Flemish composer Bert Van Herck, new contrarian compositions of Miranda Driessen and Angus Barnacle will be performed. Ere Lievonen, Fokker-orgel
Saturday 9 March 2013, 14.30 h. – Ensemble SCALA at the Korzo Theatre, The Hague
This edition of Dag in de Branding (Festival for new music) devotes special attention to the work of composer Peter Adriaansz. Ensemble SCALA (which includes the Fokker-keyboard) provides the first concert of the day and brings his latest work premiered, entitled Scala I. The simple but intriguing and shiny work of Adriaansz is specially composed for the ensemble, tuned in the 31-tone system. Also on the program works by Nicola Vicentino, Ned McGowan and Steffen Krebber.
Sunday 17 March 2013, 11.00 h. – Finlandia
A special concert with two Finnish performers: Mikko Perkola on the viola da gamba and Ere Lievonen on the 31-tone Fokker organ. Premieres of among others the versatile Finnish composer Juhani Nuorvala make this concert to a fresh musical event. Historical works and newly written compositions sound easily after the other. As a counterpart in the program, the Italian composer Lucio Garau (1959) will provide warm-blooded sounds to the concert with his latest work for viola da gamba and Fokker organ. Mikko Perkola, viola da gamba & Ere Lievonen, Fokker-orgel
Sunday 21 April 2013, 11.00 h. – The 'laboratonium'
In our 'Laboratonium', young talented composers will put both the musical and technical possibilities of the Fokker-organ to the test. They search for new sounds in the rich palette of microtones and they combine it with the organ's state-of-the-art computer technology if necessary. Solo works for Ere Lievonen will be juxtaposed with pieces performed by laptops and there will be duets between them, too! Ere Lievonen, Fokker-orgel
Sunday 6 October 2013, 11.00 h. – Back to Teylers
In For this concert we go back to where the Fokker-organ originally was installed: the auditory of the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (1950-2000). Over these years, an extensive repertoire emerged. During this concert in the Kleine Zaal, selected highlights will revive the ambience of the old Teylers. Past and present in perfect harmony. Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ
Sunday 8 December 2013, 11.00 h. – Morning of the unexpected
Ensemble SCALA will perform remarkable and exciting microtonal works from various style periods in ‘the Morning of the Unexpected’. One quick glance at the set list will reveal a world premiere from Gijsbrecht Roije, one of the leading pioneers of Dutch microtonality. In this composition he searches for beauty in sound. Ensemble SCALA: Raymond Honing, flute - Michel Marang, clarinet - Manuel Visser, viola - Stefan Gerritsen, 31-tone guitar - Anne Veinberg, keyboards - Ere Lievonen, Fokker-organ - Glenn Liebaut, percussion
Sunday 11 March 2012, 11.00 h. – The secret of the meantone
Organist Ere Lievonen ontrafelt aan de hand van eigenzinnige oude en nieuwe muziek het geheim van de ‘middentoon’. Deze concertochtend geeft antwoord op de vraag waarom de middentoonsstemming verdween en hoe deze in de moderne tijd weer toe te passen is. Naast een première zullen er op het 31-toonsorgel werken in middentoonstemming van de beroemde Italiaan Girolamo Frescobaldi en zijn tijdgenoten ten gehore worden gebracht.
Sunday 20 May 2012, 11.00 h. – In memoriam Henk Badings
Dit jaar herdenkt Stichting Huygens-Fokker het 25ste sterfjaar van Henk Badings (1907-1987). Zijn grote bijdrage aan het 31-toonsrepertoire zal met dit concert eer worden aangedaan. Badings componeerde werken voor het Fokker-orgel maar ook voor vioolduo Bouw Lemkes en Jeanne Vos. Een dwarsdoorsnede van de beste microtonale werken van Henk Badings is in het programma opgenomen. Met medewerking van Ere Lievonen (Fokker-orgel), Joe Puglia (viool) en Clara Kim (viool).
Sunday 14 October 2012, 11.00 h. – The clusters of Schat
Peter Schat composed his Collages for 31-tone organ in 1962 and made it one of the most outstanding works written for the unique Fokker organ. In the piece, Schat painted a, for his time, progressive palette of timbres. The other works on the program, among others Eugen Frischknecht, Ivan Wyschnegradsky and Jan van Dijk, are composed around the same time as the composition of Schat. Also, there is a composition with clusters of Juan Felipe Waller performed by Ere Lievonen on the Fokker organ and 96-tone Carrillo-piano. Ere Lievonen, Fokker-orgel / Carrillo-piano
Sunday 2 December 2012, 11.00 h. – 31 steps to heaven (Ensemble SCALA)
Ensemble SCALA speelt het derde jaar op rij in de Kleine Zaal van het Muziekgebouw een programma met louter en alleen microtonale muziek. Een hoogtepunt van dit concert is de première van een nieuw werk van de eigenzinnige Nederlandse componist Peter Adriaansz. Zijn muziek kenmerkt zich door langzaam evoluerende klankvelden die de luisteraar naar een hoger belevingsniveau tillen. Het concert ‘31 steps to heaven’ wordt afgesloten met het gelijknamige werk van componist René Samson, een licht microtonaal werk waarbij 12- en 31-toons lijnen worden gecombineerd en strijd met elkaar leveren.
Sunday 30 December 2012, 11.00 h. - Guus Janssen and Friends
In het kader van de Triodag speelt Guus Janssen op het Fokker-orgel. Hij wordt muzikaal bijgestaan door de bekende jazzmusici Thomas Heberer (trompet) en Wolter Wierbos (trombone). Improvisaties, experimenten en jazzklassiekers zullen tijdens dit concert centraal staan. Dit alles regelmatig voorzien van microtonale kruiden en specerijen. Kortom een avontuurlijk concert met topmusici!
Because success in 2009, now the sequel to Pimp My Organ! During this concert the computerized Fokker organ will again be driven by laptops. Several composers will compose new works especially for the instrument. The Fokker organ will once again be expanded and pimped with many new sounds!
Sunday 20 March 2011, 11.00 h. – Boem Boe Bali!
Gamelan is characteristic of the Indonesian folk music. 31-tone music is a typical Dutch invention that has been developed here in The Netherlands. The 31-tone tuning of the Fokker organ has possibilities to play gamelan harmonies. A melting pot of exotic sounds during this concert will be the result.
Sunday 17 April 2010, 11.00 h. – 31-tone music above the IJ
Organ player Ere Lievonen will perform exciting and delusional 31-tone music high above the IJ. Besides the fact that brand new work will sound on the Fokker organ (including a composition by Wim de Ruiter), pieces by great masters of early music will be performed.
Sunday 15 May 2010, 11.00 h. – The Ariadne-project
A special crossover concert with music by Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries, as well as a work of the young Berlin composer and lutenist Andreas Arend, based on Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna solo aria, the only remaining part of his opera L'Arianna which is unfortunately lost.
Sunday 18 September 2011, 11.00 h. – El Hotel Eléctrico
Pianist and master improviser Hugo van Neck accompanies on the Fokker organ among others the fascinating film El Hotel Eléctrico of Segundo de Chomón of 1908, starring the actress Julienne Mathieu and the director himself. The film will be introduced shortly before the start by movie connoisseur Theodore van Houten.
Sunday 16 October 2011, 11.00 h. – Carrillo versus Fokker
The 96-toons Carrillo- piano and the 31-tone Fokker organ will compete with each other musically and also join forces during this unique concert. This is reflected in new works by the composers Torsten Anders, Martin Lo-A-Njoe and Juan Felipe Waller. Before the performances take place, there will be a presentation of the new Carrillo-piano.
Sunday 13 November 2011, 11.00 h. – Pimp My Organ 3
For the third year in row the Huygens-Fokker Foundation organizes together with the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ the concert Pimp My Organ! The computerized Fokker organ will again be expanded, revamped and pimped-up! Besides this the 31-tone organ will be played by composer/performer Warren Burt through the internet from Australia, using the newest digital possibilities.
Sunday 11 December - MicroFest Amsterdam 2011 >>>
The following concerts are 15 euros, a passe-partout for the entire festival costs 24 euros.
11.00 h. – Le Club Microtonal – performed by Ensemble SCALA
Under the program title Le Club Microtonal, the Fokker-orgel is in this concert part of the Ensemble SCALA, a new seven-member club musicians who are specialized in microtonal music. Together, they bring the audience a spectrum of new sounds by exploring the boundaries of the colorful 31- and 24-tone tuning. On the programme newly composed works and well-tried microtonal works of old masters.
13.30 h. - Lecture dr. Bob Gilmore
Bob Gilmore is head of the musicology department at the Brunel University of London and is specialized in microtonal music. During this lecture he will explain and show film clips about two pioneers of microtonal music: Ivan Wyschnegradsky and Harry Partch.
15.00 h. - From 19 to 96 tones in the octave
As a pianist Keiko Shichijo gives solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe and Japan. During this concert she will perform on the 96-tone Carrillopiano (ór 1/16-tone piano).
16.30 h. - Forum: Microtonal music in practice
Several experts and performers of microtonal music will attend the discussion about the question in what way microtonal systems can be applied in practice to result in more acurate performances. A subject that can hopefully lead to a more precise performances of microtonal music.
20.15 h. - Bohlen-Pierce meets Huygens-Fokker
Ere Lievonen will play some highlights from the repertoire of the Fokker-orgel, including a work by Ivan Wyschnegradsky. Thus he will perform both ancient music in meantone temperament and new music specifically composed for the 31-tone organ. During this concert Nora Louise Muller and Ákos Hoffman will perform in inimitable way on the Bohlen-Pierce clarinets, which results in new possibilities for contemporary music. In 2008 the first Bohlen-Pierce clarinet was completed and now there are many new works composed for, several of which this concert will sound.
Sunday 14 February 2010, 11.00 h. – Chinese Temperaments
Under the Chinese Opera Weekend on 13 & 14 of Februari in the Main Hall, the Huygens-Fokker Foundation will organize a concert with Chinese music on request of the Muziekgebouw. The pieces which will be played are programmed around the Bagatelle "Chinees" of Professor Adriaan Fokker.
With Ere Lievonen, Fokker-orgel / Fang Weiling, erhu
Sunday 21 February 2010, 11.00 h. – Guus Janssen touches the Fokker organ
Sunday 21 March 2010, 11.00 h. – New harvest/Old masters
Sunday 30 May 2010, 11.00 h. – Hans Kox 80 years
In cooperation with the music hall Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ the Huygens-Fokker Foundation organizes a special concert to honor the well-known Dutch composer Hans Kox who will turn 80 years old this year. This rare programme contains all his the microtonal works, composed between 1958 and 1974.
Sunday 8 August 2010, 15.00 h. - John Schneider plays microtonal music
John is a American microtonal guitarist and a pioneer of refretted fingerboards, and worked with many of the great American composers whose music uses just tunings. This concert includes works specially written for him by Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Ben Johnston. Location: Westerstraat 106 Amsterdam
Sunday 12 September 2010, 12.30 h. – Gaudeamus Music Week
Sunday the 12th of September 2010 there will be a special concert in the BAM Hall of the Muziekgebouw with the Fokker organ during the Gaudeamus Music Week. As many as 10 premieres are on the program, from eleven composers who composed especially for this occasion. These microtonal compositions will be performed by organ player Ere Lievonen or by laptops. The composers are a.o. Janco Verduin, Steffen Krebber, Hector Bravo Benard, Martin Lo-A-Njoe, Michiel Mensingh.
Sunday 10 October 2010, 11.00 h. – Organic Movements
During this concert organ player Ere Lievonen, since the summer of 2009 one of our two regular players on the Fokker organ, will perform a number of new 31-tone compositions. The Flemish composer Bert Van Herck and Dutch composer Christina Oorebeek are one of the composers who were asked to compose new work for the unique Fokker organ.
Sunday 28 November 2010, 11.00 h. – Microtonalities
In this concert, the Fokker organ will make up part of the Ensemble SCALA, a group of seven musicians. Existing compositions and amazing arrangements will be performed alongside new works, in which composed music is even combined with improvisation.
Sunday 19 December 2010, 11.00 h. – The untempered cinema
This concert brings film and live muziek together in a cinema of untempered tones. Het Fokker organ functions as an organ accompaniment for the movie AELITA. Exciting, dramatic and funny scenes during this morning will be reinforced by 12 or more untempered tones of the 31-tone Fokker organ.
Sunday 18 January 2009, 19.30 h. - In memoriam Horatiu Radulescu (1942-2008)
Sunday 17 May 2009, 11.00 h. - Inauguration concert Fokker organ
Sunday 11 October 2009, 11.00 h. – 31-tone music at 't IJ
Sunday 22 November 2009, 11.00 h. – The fifth tone of Christiaan Huygens
Sunday 13 December 2009, 11.00 h. – Pimp My Organ!