A touch of the avant-garde

17 October 2019 @ 20:00 – 22:00
Lutherse Kerk
Haddingestraat 23
9711 KC Groningen
€ 15,-
Age-Freerk Bokma

A touch of the avant-garde
‘The Sound of Colour’

Age-Freerk Bokma will play both the new Edskes-Schnitger organ and the Van Oeckelen organ in the Lutherse kerk (Lutheran church). Soprano Carine Tinney and composer René Uijlenhoet will also take part.

Specially for this concert, the ever-adventurous organist Age-Freerk Bokma will let himself be inspired by the two completely different organs in the Lutheran church: the Van Oeckelen organ (1896) which is particularly suited to more Romantic repertoire, and the Edskes-Schnitger organ (inaugurated in 2017) which is a reconstruction of a typically Baroque organ.

Scottish soprano Carine Tinney and the composer René Uijlenhoet will be accompanying Bokma in this trip to Groningen; Uijlenhoet is well-known for his electronic compositions, and three of these will be on the programme today. The audience will be treated to a thrilling combination of the acoustic sounds of the organ with the soprano’s human voice and the computer’s electronic sounds – sometimes pre-programmed and sometimes manipulated live from the microphones placed in the organ. The title of the concert says it all: today’s theme is the colours of music.

A concert for the connoisseur!

The Sound of Colour: programme

Batalla, voor electronics (2004) - René Uijlenhoet (*1961)
Circuli, voor orgel (2012) - Franz Danksagmüller (*1969)
Vocalise-Étude, sopr. en org. (1935) - Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Rain Dreaming, org. (1986) - Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Serenity, sopraan en orgel (1919) - Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Transparant Things I, Org.+ el.(2008) - René Uijlenhoet
Canto di una Creatura, sop.+org. (2013)- Pier Damiano Peretti (*1974)
Nieuw werk voor sop.+org.+ el. (2019) - René Uijlenhoet

Age-Freerk Bokma
Age-Freerk Bokma hails from the Netherlands and studied organ at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen with Prof. Theo Jellema. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in 2004, he studied at the University of Arts Berlin with Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga and Paolo Crivellaro. In February 2010, he completed his concert exam with distinction.

Bokma continued his musical development with numerous organ trips and participating in many master classes including Wolfgang Zerer, Olivier Latry, Ton Koopman and Zsigmond Szathmary. Concerts as a soloist and performances as an accompanist have lead him to important organs in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Poland and Finland.

His repertoire includes works from Renaissance up to 20 / 21st century, with a special focus on contemporary music. As an interpreter of contemporary music he has been invited as a soloist to several festivals including “Time of Music Festival” in Viitasaari (Finland), the Gaudeamusfestival for new music in Utrecht (Netherlands), Royaumont (France), at the International Summer Academy in Haarlem (Netherlands) and “The Long Night of Contemporary Organ Music” in Berlin.

René Uijlenhoet
René Uijlenhoet studied composition under Ton Bruynèl. He works as a composer, performer, builder of installations for museums, teacher, researcher and expert on electronic music. www.codarts.nl

 Carine Tinney
The versatile soprano Carine Maree Tinney (1989) was born in Scotland. She first studied in Edinburgh under Andrew Doig and Paul Keohone, and later under Gerhild Romberger and Manuel Lange at the Detmold Conservatoire in Germany, where she graduated with a Masters in art song and opera. Since 2016 Tinney has been a member of Graindelavoix, a multi-disciplinary group in Antwerp which not only specialises in multimedia projects, films, theatre productions and sound installations, but which also performs early music. She has given song recitals in Scotland, Germany, Spain and the United States and has won prizes in international competitions for song (for example in Stuttgart and Barcelona).

In 2014 Tinney performed the role of Pamina in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ in a production by Landestheater Detmold, and the title role in Massenet’s ‘Cendrillon’ (‘Cinderella’). In 2019 Tinney will make her debut with Opera de Lille in a production of Purcell’s ‘Indian Queen’.

The Edskes-Schnitger organ in the Lutherse kerk (Lutheran church)
Reconstructed by Bernhardt Edskes, the Baroque organ in the Lutherse kerk (Lutheran church) was inaugurated on 31 October 2017 in the opening concert of the 2017 Schnitger Festival. The starting point for the reconstruction was the situation from 1717; the choice was, however, made to use a Praestant 8’ instead of a Praestant 4’ as the organ’s base registration. Research in old documents revealed details of the original instrument including its size and dimensions, and also its surprisingly low pitch (called the ‘Kammerton’, mentioned in the contract with Garrels and Radeker). This pitch makes the organ exceptionally suitable for performance with Baroque instruments.

The Van Oeckelen and Sons organ
Building the organ in the Lutherse kerk (Lutheran church) in Groningen in 1896 was carried out by Van Oeckelen’s sons: Cornelis Aldegundis (1829-1905) and Antonius (1839-1918). The instrument has 22 voices, spread over hoofdwerk, bovenwerk and pedal. In disposition and style the organ represents the ‘expressive’ style, blended with modern Romantic elements, meaning that it can truly be seen as an exponent of the late 19th century period of organ building in Groningen. Its characteristic sound and beautifully worked, monumental case mean the organ can rightfully take its place besides its older sisters in the city of Groningen.