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Thank you for your interest in Expectations.
The music in this program is inspired by my girlfriend and conductor Elim Chan. I tried to involve a lot of different styles which are carefully selected to surprise the audience. It's a challenging program for both the orchestra and the soloists and I hope it will help a new audience to experience this music in a more familiar setting.
How does it work?
First, open the floor plan + impression location to get an idea of the place. This project could also fit in f.e. the Royal Albert Hall, or a big concert hall. However, I would prefer an unexpected location.
Second; I created a timeline, which contains all the music with transitions. I would advise listening to the entire track in the evening with a bottle of wine, imagine you are not a frequent concert visitor, and you just arrived at a cool location, f.e. entering an old factory. You take a seat in one of the bean bags. Around you there are six percussionists, they are like researchers in a laboratory. In the middle, there is a beautiful violinist and a cool pianist rocking on his piano. In the center, we see the orchestra. They all start as separate groups, but in the last piece, they all join the stage, forming one big group.
You can follow the script while listening to get an idea of the lighting and atmosphere.
I hope you have fun and I hope we can realize this concept.
We bring a deserted warehouse back to life by transforming it for one evening into one of the world’s most exciting music stages. A top orchestra and legendary soloists gather for an electrifying night diving into music from Beethoven to Hans Zimmer.
It is only one evening, an exclusive venue, high-level musicians, unexpected music from Beethoven to Hans Zimmer.
Expectations focuses on a young audience, 19 to 40 years old. Our audience is interested in culture and listens to different music styles. They like to go out and have fun on the weekends. Most of them are not familiar with classical concerts and will relate this project more to a pop concert or summer festival. Therefore, we will create our marketing more into a style similar to these kind of events.
Playground Sinfonica is a crossover project between symphonic music and techno.
Electronic Ambient Techno is a popular music style in the current festival and club scene. More and more electronic producers are also creating deeply sophisticated music, which is justifiably comparable to the greatest classical works. It’s no longer strange to mention John Adams and Max Cooper in the same breath because although they seem a world apart, they are united through their mutual use of repetitive patterns, long melodic lines and rhythmical structures.
Playground combines these two styles in a fresh and creative way. Playground Sinfonica begins with the minimalistic music of John Adams and transforms it into the electronic ambient techno of Max Cooper. Aimed at captivating the millennial audience, Playground mixes symphonic music with techno and brings the energetic soundscape of club nightlife to the concert hall.
During a show of ±80 minutes, we experience six different phases:
PHASE 1: Acoustic orchestra (The Chairman Dances (1985) - John Adams)
We will start with the crème de la crème of classical minimalistic music; none other than John Adams who is an established representative of this music genre. Next to minimalistic music we also recognize elements from film music and electronic techno through his use of chord progressions and different instrumentation.
PHASE 2: Amplified orchestra and live tweaking
In this phase, Playground starts to amplify elements of the orchestra and start tweaking the sonorities of the instruments. For example; we can experiment with the frequencies of an instrument or add special effects to acoustic instruments.
PHASE 3: Amplified orchestra + DJ + samples & electric instruments
In phase three the DJ joins us. We keep tweaking the orchestra, but now also add electronic samples. These can be live samples, but could also be pre-recorded. You can imagine using electronic sounds through midi-controllers.
PHASE 4: Electronic instruments (electric violin, drums, bass, synths).
Within phase four we shift from acoustic to electric instruments. The first violinist swaps an acoustic violin for an electric one; the bass player does the same and we start to see the orchestra digitalizing itself. The computer plays a more important role, and slowly the music transforms into symphonic techno.
PHASE 5: DJ-cadence
The previous phases build up to this moment where the DJ performs an expressive, solo cadenza. We hear a lot of industrial glitch, experimental sounds, and transformative rhythms with an ambient orchestral accompaniment. In this phase, it is about experiencing sound as an enveloping concept, not about a loud spectacle and heavy beats.
PHASE 6: The Merge
The DJ-cadenza culminates to an overwhelmingly striking symphonic ending where all phases merge and the audience is captivated by an oceanic soundscape.
Playground Sinfonica is essentially a mix of minimal music, like that of John Adams and Philip Glass, combined with film music (Thomas Newman) and electronic ambient techno (Max Cooper). We start with the soundworld of an acoustic orchestra, and gradually transform it into that of a nightclub. The orchestra acts like a chameleon, searching for the differences and similarities between acoustic sounds and imitations of synthesizers and drum computers. One DJ and one percussionist act like soloists, controlling the sound of the orchestra, playing virtuosic parts and constantly blurring the line between acoustic and digital sounds. Dynamic percussion, melancholic sounds and romantic melodies interchange between orchestra, soloists, and computer. It’s a stunning crossover among various musical styles.
Playground is a collective of creatives founded by composer Arend Bruijn and concept-artist and percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwers. It’s comprised of musicians, composers, a stage director, sound designers, light designers, and producers who research many facets of our times and translate them into musical performances targeted at a curious, young audience.
For every project, Playground collaborates with other makers. In Playground Sinfonica, the collective will work with producer Max Cooper, and different symphonic orchestras. The premiere will be in The Netherlands with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019 or 2020.
The instrumentation is based on the work Chairman Dances (1985) by John Adams.
The work is scored for a large orchestra comprising two flutes (doubling piccolo), two oboes, two clarinets (doubling bass clarinet), two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two trombones, tuba, timpani, three percussionists, harp, piano, and strings.
With their extensive experience in both theatres and clubs, the Dutch WERC Collective is an excellent partner for this performance. WERC collaborated with NOISIA (DJs) but also with the Theatre Company NNT.
WERC is specialized in 3D mapping and researched the digital experience vs. the physical experience of light. With WERC we can create a theatrical atmosphere within a club through dramaturgical elements, adding an additional layer to the performance.
Playground focuses on a young audience between 19 and 35 years old who are interested in culture. The target audience for Playground is mostly present online. We are aiming for an extensive media campaign built upon different platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. At the start of this project, the producer (Combined Creatives) and their marketing department will develop a sound strategy
Combined Creatives exists out of a Collective of fifty Creatives and makers from different disciplines. Within the Collective, new projects are being conceptualized with extensive support for development, facilitation, and distribution. Combined Creatives has produced projects for The Concertgebouw, The Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, the summer course of the National Ballet, the Keep An Eye Jazz Awards, KNAW and other international partners.
Playground started within Combined Creatives and has the full support of the company and its Collective. Playground has already worked with musicians, filmmakers, designers, stage directors, composers, producers and technicians from the Collective.
Do you want to know more about Combined Creatives? Have a look at http://www.combinedcreatives.com/.
For Symphony Orchestra and percussion soloist
Written in October 2017
A carefully curated program containing music from composers of today. The program would fit in various concert halls with adventurous programming. Welcome to the Now shows the versatility of percussion, from impressive fast drumming to melodic chamber music. The orchestra's percussion section also has a chance to share the spotlight together with the soloist.
The concert is fully directed and has a unique light design.
How does it work?
On the right, you will find the ‘timeline’ of the first half of the concert and the script. I advise listening to the entire 'timeline' while reading the script.
The music in the first half of the concert will form one long tension span from the start until the break.
After the break, we hear the percussion concerto 'Sieidi' by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.
Here you find some concepts in development