The concerts with Renske de Leuw at the X Rio Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil received a lot of media attention and positive reviews. We did an interview with Brazil's biggest newspaper O Globo. If you're curious and able to read Portuguese, please find the interview at O Globo's website.
Dutch late night TV show 'Pauw' is a very popular programme, which airs every weekday. I was invited as a guest together with Tijl Beckand and pianist Valentina Tóth to tell something about my instrument, that was also featured in Tijl Beckand's TV show 'De Tiende van Tijl', to be aired a couple of days later.
Playing Martinu's Fantasia for Theremin with the Ragazze Quartet was great fun. Our performance was recorded live in front of a studio audience, and was broadcasted on Dutch national TV this week. I'm very excited that I had the chance (again) to share my instrument with a large audience and let them see that the theremin is a proper musical instrument like any other.
After having played at the Electromagnectica Festival in Santiago de Chile, Thorwald Jørgensen is now traveling to South America once again. Thorwald and harpist Renske de Leuw will be performing at the X Rio Harpfestival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They will perform several concerts at different festival locations with their repertoire consisting of a mix of original music written for the duo and classical transcriptions.
This January I will be working together with the Ragazze Quartet, Dorine Schoon (oboe) and Valentina Tóth (piano). We will perform the Fantasia for theremin, oboe, piano and stringquartet and this will be recorded for national television and broadcasted in March. In the "Tiende van Tijl" I will also explain a little about my instrument and perform Rachmaninoff's Vocalise.
In November 2014, I'm playing my first South American concerts ever. At the second edition of the Electromagnética Festival in Santiago de Chile I'll do two recitals with pianist Dante Sasmay Pontigo at the Centro Gabriela Mistral. I'm also hosting master classes and teaching private lessons as well.
I'm very pleased with the duo I have with harpist Renske de Leuw. When we first tried the combination of theremin and harp in 2012, we immediately knew that this combination was very inspiring. We're exploring possibilities in existing classical repertoire, but several composers have also shown interest in writing new material for our duo. We're even looking into making our own compositions!
Here's a short TV interview I did recently for Dutch national television. I play Cassadó's 'Requiebros' and also Vocalise by Rachmaninov, accompanied by pianist Thijn Vermeulen. There's also a brief demo of the instrument.
I'm thrilled to have received two new compositions for my ensemble 528 Hz. Composer Cinzia Nistico wrote a piece called "Achter Mij" and composer Kieran Klaasen wrote "Forward". Together with Igor Iofe's "Healing" and Jelle Verstraten's "The Tragic... The Ecstatic... The Sublime?" these pieces will will be premiered by 528Hz on Sunday December 15th in Amsterdam.
The past few months I was followed by photographer Jan Wind, who made a huge amount of photographs and sound recordings at my concerts. With this material Jan made a video portrait for his website Kleurrijk Dordt. I am very pleased with the result: this portrait is a very intimate and personal view into my musical activities.