This piece was created with the intension to let the listener dive into the simplicity and depth of the sound, its beauty and continuity, to let the listener tune him/herself on a beautiful tone. This is the recording from the premiere performance at the Composers’ Festival Amsterdam 18.05.2013 in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Blue Note
Raphaela Danksagmüller – duduk
Thorwald Jørgensen – theremin
Evgeniy Bondarev – trumpet
Evgeniy Novikov – soprano saxophone
Stefan de Wijs – alto saxophone
Michał Gryćko – tenor saxophone
Juan Manuel Dominguez – baritone saxophone
It is the streets and canals of Amsterdam in the Autumn. Melancholic tunes of street musicians, atmosphere of loneliness and light nostalgia slowly embracing you while getting lost..
Harrie Starreveld, Shakuhachi
Sarah Jeffrey, Paetzold Recorder
Igor Iofe, Piano
Herman Halewijn, Percussion
Tristan Renfrow, Percussion
Hans Wesseling, Mandolin
Helenus de Rijke, Guitar
Ernestine Stoop, Harp
Rob Dirksen, Double Bass
Played by Ensemble FIVE on 8-5-2014 in the Amstelkerk.
Mascha Van Nieuwkerk
Chieko Donker Duyvis
Anne Korff de Gidts
WILLING TO PRAY
Performed in Het Veem, Amsterdam on June 10th, 2012 at the Composers’ Festival 2012
Flute: Klaasje Nieuwhof
Piano: Pascal Meyer
I CAME LIKE WATER AND LIKE WIND I GO..
In this piece the newly invented string instruments are playing in combination with flute, soprano voice and piano. The strings are being stretched between the beams of the mezzanine of the building and also hanging from the ceiling beams with heavy weights on them. The hanging strings surround the audience and musicians. A very special building HET VEEM (Van Diemenstraat 410, 1013 CR Amsterdam) – former warehouse, where the piece was premiered, inspired Hans van Koolwijk, Jan van der Sangen and Igor Iofe to create these instruments and this composition. The concert was performed as a part of Toets des Tijds Concerten Series.
Jan van der Sangen
Lara Diamand – soprano/reciter
Erica van den Berg – ( alto ) flute.
Georgina Collington – piano
Lyrics by Omar Khayyam
I CAME LIKE WATER AND LIKE WIND I GO..
version for male choir and string quintet
On rubai by Omar Khayyam:
With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow;
And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d–
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go..”
Live performance at the Museum Werf ‘t Kromhout in Amsterdam on the 27th of June 2014
@ Concert de.fundo am See Amsterdam
With de.fundo am See waters splattered, drops were splashing, bubbling springs and waves crashing!
1st viola – Carolien Roodenburg
2nd viola – Irene Doolaard
1st cello – Moritz Johannes Kellner
2nd cello – Ivo Bles
Contrabass – Daniel de Boer
Conductor – Arild Rohde
This piece was written by Igor Iofe in collaboration with Petri Arvo specially for the Composers’ Festival Amsterdam 2013 and was performed by Petri on the 17th of May 2013 in the Haitinkzaal of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam A little microphone that is usually used for speech was inserted inside the upper tube of the bass recorder and placed in front of the amplifier.That gave a great variety of harmonics caused by the phenomenon of feedback and its interference with the performer’s voice.
This piece has been created in collaboration with Henriette Jensen and Stefanie Seidel during a collaborative project between saxophone players and composers at het Betaniencloster, Amsterdam on the 16th of February 2011
THE CRUCIAL POINT
This piece was inspired by and written for Igor’s classmates in conducting class taught by Lucas Vis. It was performed at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam on the 6th of December 2012
Ella van der Woude voice
Jakob Lundbak alto saxophone
Jesper Ankarfeldt tenor saxophone
Eren Önsoy piano, Lennart Altgenug piano
Kristijan Krajnčan cello
Markus Larjomaa trombone
Igor Iofe conductor
This piece was written specially for the Joint Venture Percussion Duo and performed at the Composers’ Festival in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam on the 17th May 2013
Performers: Laurent Warnier and Rachel Xi Zhang
DUO FOR SOINUA
This piece was written specially for the Duo Soinua and premiered in the Amstelkerk on the 6th of April 2014
Francesca Clements – soprano recorder
Erica Roozendaal – accordion
Family Tree Concert by Duoharpverk on the 3rd Dec 2014 @ Hljómskálagarðurinn 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Percussions – Frank Aarnink
Harp – Katie Buckley
by S.Lakatos & I.Iofe
This is the result of the collaboration with an amazing jazz musician Sandor Lakatos.