• City of Sounds – NL

The City of Sounds exhibition at Atrium City Hall in The Hague (NL), the fruits of a collaboration with Slagwerk Den Haag, is now open. The expo is open up till January 26th, free entrance, most welcome !
open daily, except on sunday or public holidays
mo/tue/wed/fri 07:00 – 19:00
thu 07:00 – 21:30
sat 09:30 – 17h00
Commissioner: Slagwerk Den Haag
Sound sculpture: Aurélie Lierman
Visualization Expo: Bram Vreven & René Jansen
Graphic design: Ontwerpwerk

City of Sounds - expo view

City of Sounds is a new participatory project spreading the love for sound, the act of listening, field recording and composing – via numerous children workshops. All field recordings from those workshops are collected as an ever growing sonic map of The Hague. In parallel to this I was commissioned to create a portrait of The Hague, in the form of a new sound sculpture. Both the sonic map and the sound sculpture are now exhibited at Atrium City Hall.
• watch City of Sounds @ DH TV (Den Haag FM)

• special thanks to Matéo Osorio Lobato (photo) starring as the sweet voice over of my sound sculpture

City of Sounds - the voice

• New Slagwerk Den Haag commission

.. meanwhile slowly descended from my journey on sub alpine altitudes in Rwanda. It was a soft and gentle landing into the Lowlands.

Currently developing a brand new sonic sculpture and a new composition for a set of large African drums, field recordings and children choir! I’m so excited that both are commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag – one of my all time favorite music ensembles – and that both are to be premiered, early 2017, at this magnificent Richard Meier building (the City Hall of The Hague) as a part of City of Sounds.

Slagwerk Den Haag is spreading the love for sound by organizing many workshops and some fab contest for kids, all around the idea of listening and collecting sounds in the city of The Hague – Go and check out http://cityofsounds.nl

City of Sounds - a sonic portrait of The Hague

if u want to see more pics of the Richard Meier building, click on this one above

• Year Of The Voice

2015 IN A NUTSHELL ? A crazy episode with lots of new beginnings, debuts, premieres and spontaneous collaborations across 3 continents in 7 countries. Funny enough: there’s was no world tour planned, it just evolved that way as the year passed. But no complaints: I feel extremely privileged with all these travel experiences and fully embrace that I can combine my art with a life as a global citizen – with these confusing times we’re living in I often wander for how much longer.  But nevertheless I am blessed for the time being and I’d wish every single person in the world could move as freely as I have done over the passed 12 months.

01_Le Directeur - Korzo 14 12 15Baltic tour with iii collectiveContext, Gravity, Expressions

Over summer I had my very first vocal solo performances ever… in Hollywood and continued on my very first tour in the USA. Shortly after that I collaborated with Nicholas Calvin on new installations for (probably) the very first sound and video art exhibition ever in Tanzania (über proud). Right after the opening of that expo went sound hunting in Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar. After another instant swop of continents and climates found myself in remote fairy tale like forests of Southeastern Estonia brooding on new artistic ideas (with collective iii and Q-02). Took a small detour via Finland, came back home and dived into a new Brussels based collaboration with Lazara Rossell Albear/Sammy Baloji. Where the hell did this crazy year start?  Oh wait, … Yeah! Another memorable collaboration with Vincent Meessen for an exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland.

basel-1252635omslag3Sampling the Man of Memory Zlatko Mićić


THAT’S IT?   NO !   Much more happened in between, before and after.. with a numerous amount of inspiring artists/new made friends. And there are too little words to express my gratitude to everyone who has been part of my dreamlike artistic journey. Right now in the midsts of developing new ideas and then to give thanks to all beautiful things that have happened, I’ll come back in 2016 with new music and more performances.

VarkenshondUSA tourMikolaj


The year 2016 will be at least as exciting as I’ll take new artistic steps. I will focus an entire year solely on the idea of the voice: throughout my work as a composer and a sound artist. But also more and more as a performer of new music: I can hardly believe – and I feel very lucky – that several composers are in this very moment writing brand new compositions especially for my voice.

In 2016 alone I’ll world premiere new vocal work by Henry Vega (USA), Semay Wu (UK), Mikolaj Laskowski (PL), Renan Zelada (CHL), Sasha Thielen (DE), Nikos Kokolakis (GR), Leo Svirky (USA), Michalis Paraskakis (GR), Ngo Hong Quang (VNM), Emile Tan Erten (TR) and many more.

Also very excited about several new commissions and collaborations in which the voice will also play a key element: a new sound installation for Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), a new video and sound installation by visual artist Toshie Takeuchi (JP), and a set of new compositions for percussionist Marianna Soroka (PL).

Curious about the newest vocal sound around? Check my agenda once in a while for any updates popping up. Meanwhile HAPPY HOLIDAYS and SEE YOU in 2016 !







(photos © Zlatko Mićić, Theo Huijgens, Philippe Vandendriessche, Alex Schröder, Michel Martins, Aurélie Lierman)

• Lazara Rosell Albear & Sammy Baloji

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Bare- Faced, a video installation by Sammy Baloji + Lazara Rossell Albear will be exhibited at EXPO Incarnation(s) Maison Des Cultures Molenbeek, Brussels (BE) (curator Estelle Lecaille).

On the vernissage night Thu 19.11.2015 Bare Faced also exists as a live performance for video, voice, drums, toy instruments, tape, movement by Lazara Rossell Albear and Aurélie Lierman.


• [Bare Faced excerpt 1]