Of course it is an honour to be nominated for the Gaudeamus Award, but it also means you have to get to work right away: with the nomination comes a commission to write a short, new work for the upcoming festival’s ensemble-in-residence. This year the five nominees were commissioned to write for the challenging, unusual combination of instruments of Kluster5, an ensemble from The Hague: violin, saxophone, percussion, guitar, and piano.
Over the past few months the five nominees worked closely with the young musicians of Kluster5 who, considering their unusual collection of instruments, are used to performing brand-new material especially composed for them. They are also accustomed to moving flexibly from one genre to the other: contemporary classical music, jazz, pop, or improvisations. Tonight the first three pieces premiere in a nightclub-like atmosphere, on Friday Night 8 September the last two will be performed.
Photo © Jasper Grijpink