**POSTPONED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC** On 21 March 2021 at 15:00 CET the Gallery of Tones, curated by Stefan Busch (photo) and Keiko Shichijo, presents a portrait concert with music and poetry by Rozalie Hirs. The performers include Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), and Marieke Franssen (flute). The location is Martin Luther Church, Dintelstraat 134, 1079 BD Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This portrait concert presents a selection of works Rozalie Hirs composed and wrote between 2007 and 2014: musical works, combining instruments with electronic sounds, and electronic music juxtaposed with spoken poetry in streams of cross-pollination. In this programme Hirs’ music creates spaces to listen to her poetry and vice versa. The composer-poet has performed her own poetry since 1991 and has developed an inimitable elocution style down the years. Hirs refers to the underlying, intrinsically musical, structure of language as the longing of language. During this event you can hear the poet’s words in her own voice.

Everyone has two ears but only a few people are aware of the fascinating universe hidden behind those auditory canals. For example, binaural beatings are created when our left and right ears simultaneously hear two specific tones that differ only slightly in frequency, causing the brain to generate an illusory pulse. Specific frequencies produce brainwaves that match certain mental states such as waking, sleeping, focusing, learning, dreaming or meditation. Rozalie Hirs’ Infinity Stairs activates binaural beatings that correspond to patterns that we associate with, for example, dreaming and creativity. The binaural beatings create flow and help listeners to be in the moment. Binaural beatings are known to aid sleep and increase one’s energy, motivation, and IQ. Come, listen, and experience for yourself what it does to you!

concert programme

article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012; music)
Fie Schouten (bass clarinet)

Pulsars (2007, 2010 rev.; English: original language; music, poetry)
Rozalie Hirs (voice)

article 6 [six waves] (2013; music)
Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar)

a day (2012; English translation: Donald Gardner; poetry)
Rozalie Hirs (voice)

article 8 [infinity] (2014; music)
Marieke Franssen (flute)

Bridge of Babel (2009; multilingual; music, poetry)
Rozalie Hirs (voice)

Infinity Stairs (2014; music)
Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Marieke Franssen (flute)

Date: 2021-03-21
Time: 15:00 CET
Location: Martin Luther Church, Dintelstraat 134, 1079 BD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Performers: Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar), Marieke Franssen (flute), Rozalie Hirs (voice)