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November Music 2022 presents 30th edition with record number of concerts and premieres

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 3 to 13 November in 's-Hertogenbosch

Never before have so many new works been heard as during the upcoming edition of festival November Music. With no fewer than 50 premieres by makers and performers from home and abroad, 21 composition commissions and more than 100 different concerts, November Music shows the 30ste edition see how diverse and vital the latest music is. November Music 2022 takes place from 3 to 13 November at various locations in 's-Hertogenbosch and opens for the second time with the FAQ Festival for electronic music. Ticket sales for November Music 2022 will start on 8 September 2022. 

With the three festival composers Joey Roukens, Bryce Dessner and Jürg Frey, artist-in-residence Remy van Kesteren and the two ensembles in focus Silbersee and Ensemble Lucilin from Luxembourg, festival November Music rolls out the red carpet for a great diversity of national and international top performers. Unique is the arrival of Dhafer Yousef and Anouar Brahem, two of the world's very best ud players. Festival composer Joey Roukens will write the Bosch Requiem, which will be performed by the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. 

Bosch Requiem 2022

For the sixth time, November Music will have a new requiem composed under the title Bosch Requiem. Joey Roukens draws inspiration from the texts of the traditional requiem and writes for the two top ensembles Nederlands Kamerkoor and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. 

National & international ensembles

November Music 2022 will again provide a stage for a host of Dutch musicians and ensembles including Asko|Schőnberg, Cello Octet Amsterdam, Ragazze Quartet, De Ereprijs, Black Pencil, Hannes Minnaar, Ralph van Raat and Fuse. This year, November Music welcomes two of Germany's top international new music ensembles. For the first time, string ensemble Ensemble Resonanz from Hamburg comes with a programme entirely dedicated to Bryce Dessner. Ensemble Adapter from Berlin will play works by two Dutch composers Bianca Bongers and Bart de Vrees. 

Jazz, world & pop

This year, November Music puts a focus on African music with the arrival of Tunisian ud players Dhafer Youssef and Anouar Brahem, Trio Da Kali from Mali collaborating with North Sea String Quartet and Metropole Orkest Strings performing with 3MA which includes ud player Driss el Maloumi. The ud also plays a prominent role in Tijn Wybenga's composition assignment. He wrote new work for his regular group AM.OK with Syrian ud player Nawras Alkaky as a special guest. There will also be performances during the festival by singer Eefje de Visser and electronica pioneer Jameszoo. Harpist Remy van Kesteren shows his versatility in various collaborations. 

Premiers 

A small sample of this year's more than 60 premieres. Black Pencil mixes eastern and western sounds and electronics together with the Indonesian gamelan ensemble Kyai Fatahillah; Corrie van Binsbergen sets poems by Antjie Krog to music; Boudewijn Tarenskeen, together with son Bo Tarenskeen and architect Francine Houden, creates a performance about the art of remembrance; trombonist Jőrgen van Rijen presents his own project with new compositions and visuals. Jazz saxophonist Steve Coleman performs his latest composition with the Amstel Quartet.

There is ample attention for new and young talent including Rick van Veldhuizen, Genevieve Murphy, Jan-Peter de Graaff, Aart Strootman, Merijn Bisschops. From the more established names, there will be premieres by Michel van de Aa, Kate Moore, Rob Zuidam, Willem Boogman, Seung-Ah Oh and Peter Adriaansz, among others, and from outside the Netherlands rising-star Philip Venables, Bryce Dessner, Alberto Posadas and Steve Coleman.

Classic

One of the icons of new music Einstein on the Beach is performed by Suzanne Vega, Ictus and Collegium Vocale in a concert version and informal setting. Only concert in the Netherlands.

New Music Conference

On Friday, November 11, the fourth edition of the New Music Conference take place in cooperation with BUMA Culture.

About November Music

November Music is the festival for all adventurous music lovers. Every year, it brings together the most idiosyncratic and progressive creators and musicians from all over the world. Not with the flow or against it, but with new, own currents. It is precisely by giving a place to all these different sounds that November Music allows a personal and individual story to be heard, just as the makers themselves do.

Experience modern composed music, jazz, world music, musical theatre, pop, installations and genres you never thought possible yourself. November Music creates encounters and challenges creators to jump into the deep end. 

From 2021, November Music will be part of the national basic cultural infrastructure, known as the BIS.

For more information, visit www.novembermusic.net (programme will be online in early September)

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