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Gaudeamus Saturday Night presents exciting experimental music in all its guises

Wednesday 24 Jul 2019 — Mini-festival dedicated to the latest developments in contemporary music
7 September TivoliVredenburg

On September 7th 2019, the Gaudeamus Saturday Night – part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek – presents a jam-packed programme in and around TivoliVredenburg’s concert halls in Utrecht, The Netherlands, with new experimental music in all its guises. From the groundbreaking drummer Eli Keszler – who was nominated for the Gaudeamus Award in 2012 and has since collaborated with the likes of Oneohtrix Point Never, Tony Conrad and Jandek – to young, up and coming electronic music producers and singers like Maria Somerville, LUWTEN, upsammy and Bec Plexus. As well as edgy contemporary composed music by Nadar Ensemble, But What About and Ensemble Klang, who will play Louis Andriessen’s still fresh 1976 classic Hoketus.

During the Gaudeamus Saturday Night, the audience navigates through more than 20 interdisciplinary performances — combining sound, visual and physical experiences —, traditional concerts and DJ sets. With its many different halls, TivoliVredenburg is the perfect location for presenting this spectacular and broad range of music.

Music beyond boundaries

The Saturday Night showcases many young music pioneers who operate beyond the genre that they’re usually known for. Composer Brechtje van Dijk debuts her new experimental pop project Bec Plexus and indiepop singer LUWTEN blossoms into a 11-piece ensemble for a unique onetime concert. Free jazz guitarist Jasper Stadhouders plays a 1.5 hour composition with his PolyBand, touching on krautrock, mathcore and cumbia. Composer/guitarist David Dramm, flautist/composer Anne LaBerge and their daughter, violinist  Diamanda LaBerge Dramm, present their 3-LP ‘Modern Genetics’, fusing punk, country, spoken word and electro. And composer Aart Strootman, well known for his out-of-the-box projects, will be rewarded the Matthijs Vermeulen Prijs during this night for his Gaudeamus-commissioned piece Shambling Emerge – after after party.

Stranded FM

This year’s program is co-curated for the second time in a row with Stranded FM. This cutting-edge Utrecht based online radio station presents several sets by their resident DJs and four concerts by young electronic music innovators: Maria Somerville, upsammy, Interbellum en Annelies Monseré. In addition to that, during the festival, there will be several exclusive live radio sessions on Stranded FM hosted by artists from the Saturday Night programme as well as the rest of the festival programme.

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 

The Saturday Night is one of several minifestivals within the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, which will take place this year from 4 to 8 September on various locations in Utrecht, The Netherlands. On the night before, Friday 6 September, mobile festival Synthese hosts their first edition in the FilmCafé with Slagwerk Den Haag, Berlin producer M.E.S.H. and more. And on Thursday 5 September a collaborative night with Centraal Museum will showcase crossovers between music, art and fashion. With a sound installation by Madelon Hooykaas with new music by Louis Andriessen, performances by Stefan Maier & Catchpenny Ensemble, Diamanda LaBerge Dramm and more.

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