Project Update: September 2017

It has been a busy couple of weeks working on a variety of projects, and I think that it is about time that I shared a little about what I have been working on. I have been particularly active with my new composer-performer collective Konzertprojekt over the past few weeks, and I have been sharing lots of stories around that, so I thought I would share a little about what else I have been working on.

Updating my score after my composition lesson with Prof. Wen Deqing

Composition Lesson with Prof. Wen Deqing

Earlier this semester, Professor Wen Deqing visited the Conservatorium from Shanghai, and I was privileged to be able to have a composition lesson with him. He brought so many new ideas and perspectives about compositional technique and making new music– ways of answering the question about how to make music that is original, contemporary and looking forward, while still acknowledging the hundreds of years of music history that have come before.

I have been working on improving one of my new pieces based on some of his suggestions, and am getting ready to send of the parts that will be performed in November this year!

Coro Innominata Women Composers’ Development Program

I have been busy working on my pieces for the program, and they are coming along very nicely!
It has been wonderful to get to know the other amazing musicians working on this project, and I am so looking forward to seeing how it all comes together over the next couple of months.

Working in the studio August 2017 - Sophie Van Dijk composer

Working in the Studio on a new Electroacoustic Piece

I have been working in the studio on my first major electroacoustic piece. I have written a few short works, but this semester for university I am going to be writing approximately ten minutes of electroacoustic music. I spent a session playing my violin and recording a variety of sounds, which I have been manipulating and stitching together to form a piece.

Two Konzertprojekt Concerts: Colour Cravings and Frames

In the past few months Konzertprojekt has had two concerts, our premiere concert Colour Cravings and our first concert with three guest composers, Frames. Both were really successful. It was wonderful to see so many friends and colleagues to support us and I have loved working with my music-making friends to share our new music.

It was amazing that one of my pieces was premiered in each concert. On the 18th of August, Karen Cortez and I performed Shrouds of C live for the first time in our Colour Cravings concert.
On the Rieko Makita and Lara Rayner brought my piece La petite vie d’un papillon to life in our Frames concert. There will be a recording of this performance soon, so stay tuned!

That is all from me now. I am looking forward to being able to complete and share these projects over the next couple of months!