In 2013, Utrecht was celebrating 300 years of peace, by organizing a big festival with many cultural events throughout the city: Vrede van Utrecht. At the ‘Fortenfeest’, Othello, by Simon Haazen. I composed music for solo trombone, performed by André Kouwenhoven. Here are a few photo’s of the show.
Today, Monday 5 November, Het Verdriet van West-Friesland will be on TV (23:00 Ned 2).
I want to add a little note on it here. Because it was such a different way of working then usual. It’s a big difference to work with a director who is much more experienced. I felt that it gave much more freedom to talk about taste in music. Leen van den Berg, the director, had a very clear way of communicating what he was looking for in the music. Not only in the way that it works for the film, but also his taste and ideas about music in general. That gave me a lot more direction for the notes themselves, not only the sort of atmosphere of the soundtrack.
Most importantly however, it’s just a very good and intriguing film. So be sure to check it out if you can!
Here’s an article from the VPRO TV guide, in Dutch, below the fold.