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10 reasons to compose
1. Stretching time
2. Looking for trouble
3. Number-fetishism
4. Crazyness
5. Promises
6. Neurosis
7. Sex, drinks & well-baked goose-liver
8. Not being good for anything else
9. To have a 'aussergewöhnlich lustig' idea (free after Stockhausen)
10. Not to sleep


 
News

To raise the alarm over the low incomes of composers at the Dutch House of Representatives Mayke Nas composed an alternative for the most important bell in Dutch politics: the voting bell. One minute for two glockenspiel and gendèr, performed by Slagwerk Den Haag:



For more information (in Dutch):
              * Componistenmonitor Nieuw Geneco
              * Interview met Ghislaine Plag op radio 1

"Why do composers do it?"
In a speech that opened the Gaudeamus Music Week 2017 Mayke Nas attempted answering this key question.
As of 13-10-2016 Mayke Nas is the new Componist des Vaderlands (Dutch National Composer), as such she will function as ambassador for classical new music in the Netherlands for two years. A few interviews (all in Dutch):
              * Interview by Mischa Spel in het NRC Handelsblad
              * Interview by Nell Westerlaken in de Volkskrant
              * Interview (pdf) door Frederike Berntsen in Trouw
              * Interview (pdf) by Erik Voermans in het Parool
              * Interview (video) by Tom Klaassen voor VPRO Vrije Geluiden
              * Interview by Mark van de Voort in Univers
              * Interview (audio) by Jellie Brouwer in NTR Kunststof Radio
              * Interview door Camiel Hamans in Brabant Cultureel
              * Interview door Mark van Schaik in Buma Magazine
New publication (in Dutch): Componisten van Babel by Joep Christenhusz. Ten essays on the works of a generation of Dutch and Belgium composers: Michel van der Aa, Stefan Prins, Micha Hamel, Joey Roukens, Joachim Brackx, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Wilbert Bulsink, Mayke Nas, Daan Janssens and Annelies van Parys.
Down the Rabbit-Hole (2012), written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (NL), was awarded with the Kees van Baarenprijs 2015. Het Residentie Orkest conducted by Otto Tausk performed the work on 13 may 2016 in De Doelen in Rotterdam, 14 may 2016 in het Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague during the 40th Dag in de Branding and on 15 may 2016 in De Spiegel in Zwolle.
 
Now in the making
Concerto for organ and orchestra (2017) for The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Matthias Havinga conducted by Markus Stenz commissioned by Stichting Omroep Muziek
Etherkwartet nr. 9 (2018) for Ragazze Quartet commissioned by Performing Arts Fund NL
 
Recently finished
Wie schön (2017) for the project BACH2WAYS by Johannette Zomer & Bart Schneemann with the Tulipa Consort commissioned by Stichting Sparrowtree
nieuwe versie van No Reason to Panic (2016) voor Ensemble Modern (DE) onder leiding van Brad Lubman commissioned by NTR ZaterdagMatinee & Performing Arts Fund NL
Unraveled (2016) for Biënnale Cello Band, Slagwerk Den Haag & Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest conducted by Ed Spanjaard for the opening of the 6th Cello Biënnale Amsterdam commissioned by Performing Arts Fund NL
 
Video
      
 
DVD
I Delayed People's Flights By Walking Slowly In Narrow Hallways, written for Percussion Group The Hague in collaboration with Wouter Snoei, is beautifully filmed by Jellie Dekker and available on DVD together with 'Parade' by Guo Wenjing, 'Morphus/Amorphus' by Anthony Pateras and '7 dances for percussion 4-tet' by Peter Adriaansz. more >>
 
CD
No reason to panic, written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, is available on CD together with works by Michel van der Aa, Otto Ketting, Tristan Keuris en Sofia Gubaidulina. more >>
 
Documentary
In the NTR Podium Television Series Composition in the Netherlands composers are filmed while working on their compositions. At a time when they are at their most 'vulnerable', honest and unpolished. Part one focuses on Mayke Nas. A short film from 2012 by Carine Bijlsma. more >>
 
Berlin
From the summer of 2011 to the summer of 2012 Mayke Nas was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD (Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst / German Academic Exchange Service)
Article in the DAAD-magazine by Eva Blaskewitz, 27 december 2011
Artikel in Der Tagesspiegel by Frederik Hanssen, 30 november 2011
 
Snackbar!
Especially for composers - and other people - there is a snackbar with YouTube-refreshments, originally designed for The Ear Reader. more >>
 
24classics
Listen to a selection of übercool new music - XXI century only - via the playlist 'CLASSIC NOW' on www.24classics.com
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