"BOW HAMMER CONNECTION are a trio that command a giant sound reminiscent of experimental and noise-rock bands such as Battles and Shellac. Their art music underpinnings allow for a brand of music at home in clubs, warehouses, galleries and concert halls. Brendan Faegre's drums are the secret to Bow Hammer Connection’s alchemy. They propel the music with an unhinged ferocity. Isa Goldschmeding's violin soars above the foggy din of Micha de Kanter's electronics, supplying sumptuous melodies. Sometimes the drums drop out entirely, leaving Goldschmeding and de Kanter to trade punches and stabs in brutal counterpoint. Is it chamber music, classical music or experimental noise? Bow Hammer Connection's work isn't easily pigeonholed. Faegre's Dance Suite in G, for example, is inspired by drum'n'bass, acid house and dubstep. Other pieces sail off in the opposite direction. The trio are rabid musical omnivores, and their club showcase promises to be thrilling." - Classical:NEXT 2017
ISA GOLDSCHMEDING studied with Axel Strauss at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague studying with Theodora Geraets and Ilona Sie Dhian Ho. She completed the Orchestra Master with the Residentie Orkest. Isa participated in masterclasses with Theo Olof, Philippe Graffin, Stephan Picard, Isabelle van Keulen and the Osiris Trio. Isa enjoys playing chamber music, and has a special interest in contemporary music. In 2014 she was one of the instrumental soloists in Vivier's opera Kopernikus with the Dutch National Opera. She played with Asko|Schönberg, The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest), Nederlands Kamerorkest, Ensemble Klang, Rosa Ensemble and Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and is a member of the young, The Hague based ensemble Kluster5, who in 2015 worked with Louis Andriessen on a new production of Workers Union and other pieces by the composer, and is this season’s featured ensemble for VPRO's Vrije Geluiden.
Composer, drummer, and bandleader BRENDAN FAEGRE crafts music that unites the traditions within which he was formed: jazz and rock drumming, Hindustani classical, and contemporary concert music. Praised by the New York Times as "especially empowering" and "darkly exhilarating", Faegre's music is performed at major festivals around the world such as Huddersfield, Gaudeamus, November Music, TRANSIT Leuven, Dark Music Days, Beijing Modern, Thailand International, Aspen, Cabrillo, and Bang on a Can. Recent commissions include Dirt to Gold, an orchestral work inspired by pop/rock musician Beck Hansen (Debut Orchestra, LACMA, Los Angeles); Transcendance for improvising big band and tap dancer (David Kweksilber Big Band, Bimhuis, Amsterdam); Three Affects for historical performance ensemble (Nordic Affect, Harpa, Reykjavik); and Music for Bars with percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag, an evening-length work combining composed, improvised, and curated works for percussion and dancers, that underwent a 10-bar tour around The Netherlands.
MICHA DE KANTER is an independent sound engineer specializing in jazz, contemporary, and improvised music. He has worked at the premier Dutch jazz club The Bimhuis as a sound engineer for over 15 years, where his work has been released in live albums by artists including Branford Marsalis, the ICP Orchestra, Ab Baars, and Susanne Alt. He has also done sound design and recording for artists such as Anton Goudsmit, Theo Loevendie, Yannis Kyriakides, Peter Adriaansz, Reinier van Houdt, Ensemble Klang, MAZE, ELECTRA, and Slagwerk Den Haag.
MOLLY JOYCE - Lean Back and Release
for solo violin and electronics
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS - Thunder from The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies
for solo percussion and processed sounds
DAVID DRAMM - Hammerhead
for amplified violin and two kick drums
DAVID LANG - killer
new version for amplified violin + kick drum, drum kit, and electronics
BRENDAN FAEGRE - Dance Suite in G [Dubstep, IDM, Ambient, Acid House, Drum 'n' Bass]
for amplified violin, drum kit, and sound design
SONIC YOUTH - Bull in the Heather
for amplified violin/voice, drum kit, and sound design