Based in The Hague, the Catchpenny Ensemble is a platform for exchanging and practicing creative musical and artistic ideas.
The diverse backgrounds and the various inputs of its members lead to a fruitful and continuous musical dialogue. The combination of acoustic and electronic instruments, together with video art, cinema and audio-visual elements is Catchpenny Ensemble’s defining characteristic.
The repertoire of the Ensemble consists of new multimedia works by its own composers Yael Levy, Nikos Kokolakis, Sascha Thiele and Ilya Ziblat Shay, alongside works by commissioned composers and artists. Its unique instrumentation – flute, oboe, clarinet, trombone, piano, percussion, el. bass guitar, cello and live electronics – together with its live or fixed visual setups, makes space for new repertoire tailored for Catchpenny Ensemble.
Catchpenny Ensemble has performed in various venues and festivals in the Netherlands, such as Holland Festival (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – 2016), Peter Ablinger’s Residency (Koninklijk Conservatorium, Nutshuis – 2016), Dag in de Branding Festival (Het Nutshuis and Korzo Theater – 2016), Spotlight: Romania.2 Film and Music Festival (DNR – 2016), Hoogtij #51 (Het Nutshuis – 2017), Koninklijk Conservatorium Spring Festival 50th anniversary (Korzo Theater – 2017), Sounds of Silence Festival (DNR – 2016 and 2018), Gaudeamus Festival as the ensemble in Residence (Utrecht – 2019), Dag in de Branding Festival (Korzo Theater – March 2020), and Orgelpark (April 2021).
Upcoming performances include Orgelpark (Orgelpark Amsterdam – September 2021).
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.