How much bass can you handle!? On the penultimate day of the Spring Festival, you will be tested.
Over the past few months, 5 composition students (Kasper de Oude, Felix Cheung, Filip Sternal, Izak de Dreu and Eva Beunk) and 12 double bass students have been collaborating for the Bass in Space project, which aims to demonstrate how versatile the Double Bass can be, as well as how interesting it is to put several Double Basses together.
“I want to teach my students that there is more to life then Bach and Mozart.
Playing new music makes you feel like you live today and make you think about tomorrow.
You can compare it to the fashion of clothing, or to the exhibitions in museums.
We need to make sure that composers want to write for our instrument. Otherwise I am afraid that it [the double bass] will end up as a dinosaur.”
The close collaboration between the two departments in the end led to 5 very different pieces for 3 basses up till 12 double basses. In the different workshops they had, the 5 composers have experimented with lots of different material.
In Filip Sternal’s piece, he tries to evoke the sound of a beehive. Together with Quirijn, he organized an open rehearsal, where all of the twelve double bassists could ask Filip about the techniques that he has used in his piece. Filip reflects on the rehearsal, saying that:
“I think in every piece you have to understand who you are writing for and what you are writing for. Today all the players came by to discuss the material of the piece and they were very active and asked a lot of questions, I am really happy about that.”