Tuesday 12 March 2019, 7.30pm
Pianist Reinier van Houdt returns to Café Oto with new music by Alvin Curran and a rendering of Christian Marclay's Ephemera
Legendary composer & improviser Alvin Curran wrote a new piece for 'pianist savant' Reinier van Houdt and it is called DEAD BEATS. DEAD BEATS is a poor man's music - minimal, stripped down, but never austere. It releases the wealth and exuberance of material that is either just rhythm, just melody, just harmony or just patterns. There are dead beats, letting all reminiscences to popular musics fall flat on a desert of empty durations.
There are harmonies tested in windtunnels by strumming hands, organized into choral reefs where enharmonicity leads the ear into shipwreck.
There are many-page melodies and obsessive rhythms There are arpeggiators distorted by mathematics, wandering melodies and chaotic outbursts.
All brought together into the radical black box of democracy, the piano.
Next to Dead Beats Reinier van Houdt will play a rendering of Christian Marclay's hybrid score Ephemera, consisting of collages made out of waste materials that feature musical notations as ornamental or decorative elements, for instance stuff like restaurant menus, candywrappers, napkins, stationery, showercurtain, tablecloths, ties, sleeves etc.
"Another standout performance at this year's hcmf// was a beguiling take on Marclay's 'Ephemera', performed by Reinier van Houdt. This man was born in a piano and there is no sound or impulse he could or would not convey. His late-night appearance was fierce; immersive, spirited and strange, it will echo in my mind for years to come." – Debra Richards (Jazzwise Magazine)
Reinier van Houdt started working with taperecorders, radio's, objects and various string-instruments at a young age. He studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond interpretation and improvisation. He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests; be it from collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the composing and staging of music-performances or from unorthodox studies of classical music.
He premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, Walter Marchetti. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen and Christian Marclay. Reinier van Houdt plays in Current 93, recently releasing an album with contributions by Nick Cave, John Zorn and Antony Hegarty. He is also one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE.