This is your composer speaking: Philip Venables

11 November 2022 | 13:30 - 14:30Filmzaal 4

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Philip Venables, a British composer living in Berlin, will be interviewed by Anne La Berge, an American/Dutch composer and sound artist living in Amsterdam. Collaborative composer Philip Venables is described as “an arrestingly original musical personality” by Alex Ross in The New Yorker and “one of the finest composers around” by The Guardian.

Philip’s previous two operas, 4.48 Psychosis (2016, text by Sarah Kane) and Denis & Katya (2019, text by Ted Huffman), have been performed by leading companies in London, New York City, Amsterdam, Dresden, Philadelphia, Strasbourg, Paris, Hannover and Montpellier. The operas have won numerous accolades including the Fedora Prize, an RPS Award, and an Ivor Novello Award, as well as shortlisted nominations for an Olivier Award and a Sky Arts South Bank Award. The Times branded 4.48 Psychosis “a new kind of opera” and The New York Times Denis & Katya as “an intimate, haunting triumph.”
2021 saw a major focus on Philip’s work in the Festival d’Automne à Paris and Philip’s professional conducting debut with the London Sinfonietta, as well as the premiere of Answer Machine Tape, 1987 with Zubin Kanga. Philip was a MacDowell Fellow in 2017, doctoral composer in residence with the Royal Opera and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2014–2016, and elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2016. Philip’s work is published by Ricordi.
2022/23 sees further performances of Answer Machine Tape, 1987 and the world premiere of Philip’s third opera, to be announced soon.

Anne La Berge’s passion for the extremes in both composed and improvised music has led her to storytelling and sound art as her sources of musical inspiration. Her music gathers the elements on which her reputation is based: ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, microtonal textures and melodies, and her unique array of percussive flute techniques, all combined with interactive electronic processing and text.
She performs regularly as a soloist, with the ensemble MAZE and with her husband David Dramm. She is a founding artist of Splendor Amsterdam, a collective of musicians who have transformed an old bathhouse in Amsterdam into a cultural mecca, where she rehearses her own projects and shares small scale concerts with international guests.


This is your composer speaking: Philip Venables

Philip Venables, een Britse componist woonachtig in Berlijn, zal worden geïnterviewd door Anne La Berge, een Amerikaans/Nederlandse componist en geluidskunstenaar. Collaboratief componist Philip Venables wordt door Alex Ross in The New Yorker omschreven als “een boeiend originele muzikale persoonlijkheid” en door The Guardian als “een van de beste componisten die er zijn”. Anne La Berge heeft een voorliefde voor de extremen in zowel gecomponeerde als geïmproviseerde muziek. Ze treedt regelmatig op als solist, met het ensemble MAZE en met haar man David Dramm en is een van de oprichters van Splendor Amsterdam. Twee nieuwsgierige geesten die zullen stilstaan bij het vak en de verantwoordelijkheden van de componist in deze turbulente tijd.