Based in The Hague, the Catchpenny Ensemble is a platform of exchanging and practicing creative musical and other artistic ideas. The diverse background and the various inputs of its members lead to a fruitful and continuous musical dialogue. The combination of acoustic instruments and electronics, together with video art, cinema and audio-visual installations is Catchpenny Ensemble’s main characteristic. The repertoire of the Ensemble consists of new collaborative multimedia works by its composers Yael Levy, Sascha Thiele and Nikos Kokolakis, alongside works by composers such us Peter Ablinger, Thrainn Hjalmarsson, Missy Mazzoli and Molly Joyce.
Catchpenny Ensemble had its debut presenting five new compositions in the Royal Conservatory’s Spring Festival in April 2015, and has since performed at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Tivoli – 2015), Open Dag at the Koninklijk Conservatoire (Arnold Schoenbergzaal – 2016), the Sound of Silence Festival (DNR – 2016) , Peter Ablinger Residency (Koninklijk Conservatorium, Nutshuis – 2016), Holland Festival (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – 2016), Spotlight: Romania.2 Film and Music Festival (DNR – 2016), Dag in de Branding Festival in The Hague (Het Nutshuis and Korzo Theater – 2016) and Koninklijk Conservatorium Spring Festival 50th anniversary (Korzo Theater – 2017).
Catchpenny Ensemble was involved in various educational projects with composition students from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and visual art students from KABK in 2016 – 2017.
March 5, 2017
Upcoming Collaboration: Decomposing Raaijmakers
Catchpenny Ensemble is very excited to be collaborating with composition students of our alma mater, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, in Decomposing Raaijmakers – a new instrumental audio-visual work inspired by Raaijmaakers’s analytical and strictly-generated music. The work will premiere on April 4, 2017 at Korzo Theater in The Hague.
With Decomposing Raaijmakers we celebrate 50 years of the Spring Festival in The Royal Conservatory. Dick Raaijmakers was a formative composer of the “Hague School” through the contributions of his diverse output. In the late 1960s, he began a marathon series of concerts during which contemporary music was performed, and thus became the beginning of the Koninklijk Conservatorium’s Spring Festival.
Inspired by his analytical and strictly generated music, we collaborated in Decomposing Raaijmakers creating an instrumental audio-visual piece.
The main structure of the piece is a canon of musical material inspired by some of Raaijmakers works interpreted by the collaborating composers.
For the realization of this project, we – Catchpenny Ensemble – were very happy to collaborate with four Composition students of the Royal Conservatory: Sara Zamboni, Jimena Maldonado, Alex Kordzaia and James Alexandropoulos-McEwan.
Composers: Alex Kordzaia, Jimena Maldonado, Sara Zamboni, Yvonne Freckmann and Nikos Kokolakis.
Visuals: Jimena Maldonado and Yael Levy.
Collaborators: Sara Zamboni, Jimena Maldonado, Alex Kordzaia, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Yael Levy, Yvonne Freckmann and Nikos Kokolakis.
Special thanks to: Anne Wellmer, Johan van Kreij, Peter Adriaansz, Yannis Kyriakides, Cornelis de Bondt and Martijn Padding.
Also to: Kuba Krzewiński, Molly Joyce and Sascha Thiele.
February 1, 2017
Festival Dag in de Branding Reviews
Catchpenny was very honored to recently participate in the Festival Dag in de Branding, performing new arrangements of music by Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Missy Mazzoli.
Both nights of our performances on the festival were reviewed, including our performance of Hjalmarsson’s Sculpture #3 praised as a “fascinating experience with musicians and audience alike watching the video spellbound.”
November 16, 2016
Beyond excited to be performing at the upcoming Festival Dag in de Branding! We’ll be performing Dec. 2 + 3, featuring music by Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Missy Mazzoli, more info and tickets here.
November 14, 2016
Radio Romania Interview
Catchpenny composer Nikos Kokolakis was recently interviewed by Radio Romania on our recent performance at the Romania.2 Film and Music Festival, focusing on the work of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Listen to the full interview (along with excerpts from the performance) here.
November 11, 2016
Brâncusi Romanian Film Project
Photos from our recent performance at Spotlight: Romania.2 Film and Music Festival, Nov. 8 at De Nieuwe Regentes in Den Haag:
June 18, 2016
Catchpenny is super honored to be featured photographically in a New York Times article on the recent Holland Festival! Read the full article here.
May 30, 2016
Catchpenny is excited to be performing at the upcoming Holland Festival, on June 9 at the Rijksmuseum Passage. The lunchtime concert, titled “Vice Verses,” features works by Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, with the seven deadly sins are the starting point for a new composition of seven students (led by Yannis Kyriakides) of the Royal Conservatoire.
January 17, 2016
Den Haag Sounds of Silence Festival coming up! We’re thrilled to be apart of this year’s silent film & live music festival in Den Haag, presenting a brand new collaboration between all the Catchpenny composers to the 1913 French serial film Fantômas. The show will take place on February 6, 17:00 at De Nieuwe Regentes. More info and tickets here.