“Heimwee”

Nothing is more human than longing for the lost homeland. In this project, everything revolves around the great homesickness, as the Russian Alexander Glazunov felt when he wrote his grandiose saxophone quartet in Paris. Like composer Aftab Darvishi, who feels about her homeland Iran, which she left to study in the Netherlands. And just like writer and master storyteller Jan Brokken feels the Dutch East Indies of his ancestors. Together with the Berlage Saxophone Quartet, Brokken explores homesickness in a melancholy, theatrically designed storytelling concert.

Nothing is more human than longing for the distance. In Heimwee everything revolves around the great homesickness, as the Russian Alexander Glazunov felt when he wrote his grandiose saxophone quartet in Paris. Like the composer Aftab Darvishi who feels like her homeland Iran, which she left to study in the Netherlands. And just like writer and master storyteller Jan Brokken feels like the Dutch East Indies of his ancestors.

Together with the Berlage Saxophone Quartet, Brokken explores homesickness in a melancholy, theatrically designed storytelling concert.

In addition to melancholy, it is mainly French multi-colouredness à la Claude Debussy that characterizes Glazunov’s quartet. It is one of the first major works for saxophone, a relatively new instrument at the time.

Aftab Darvishi has been impressing for years with her original, often theatrical music. She wrote her latest work “Arghavan”especially for the Berlage Quartet.

And György Ligeti needed only one string, the lowest string of a viola, to sound a fathomless deep lament in Hora lunga.

Program:

György Ligeti Hora Lunga
Claude Debussy Pagode from Estampes (arr. Peter Vigh)
Aftab Darvishi Arghavan (worldpremière)
Aleksandr Glazoenov Saxophone Quartet op. 109

Berlage Saxophone Quartet

Jan Brokken Presentation
Pim Veulings Stage director
Jurjen Alkema light and video

Concerts

"Heimwee" Muziekgebouw Amsterdam (PREMIÈRE) 9 feb 2023, 20:15h

Berlage Saxophone Quartet, concept
Jan Brokken, presentation
Pim Veulings, stage director
Jurjen Alkema, lights and video

Theatrical storytelling concert about homesickness feelings.
PROGRAM:
György Ligeti Hora Lunga
Claude Debussy Pagode from Estampes (arr. Peter Vigh)
Aftab Darvishi new work (world première)
Aleksandr Glazoenov Saxophone Quartet op. 109

"Heimwee" Concertzaal Oosterbeek 9 mar 2023

"Heimwee" Theater Veerensmederij, Amersfoort 19 mar 2023, 15h

Berlage Saxophone Quartet, concept
Jan Brokken, presentation
Pim Veulings, stage director
Jurjen Alkema, lights and video

Theatrical storytelling concert about homesickness feelings.
PROGRAM:
György Ligeti Hora Lunga
Claude Debussy Pagode from Estampes (arr. Peter Vigh)
Aftab Darvishi new work (world première)
Aleksandr Glazoenov Saxophone Quartet op. 109

"Heimwee" Middelburg 24 mar 2023, 20:00h

Berlage Saxophone Quartet, concept
Jan Brokken, presentation
Pim Veulings, stage director
Jurjen Alkema, lights and video

Theatrical storytelling concert about homesickness feelings.
PROGRAM:
György Ligeti Hora Lunga
Claude Debussy Pagode from Estampes (arr. Peter Vigh)
Aftab Darvishi new work (world première)
Aleksandr Glazoenov Saxophone Quartet op. 109

"Heimwee" Willem twee Toonzaal, Den Bosch 9 april 2023, 11h

Berlage Saxophone Quartet, concept
Jan Brokken, presentation
Pim Veulings, stage director
Jurjen Alkema, lights and video

Theatrical storytelling concert about homesickness feelings.
PROGRAM:
György Ligeti Hora Lunga
Claude Debussy Pagode from Estampes (arr. Peter Vigh)
Aftab Darvishi new work (world première)
Aleksandr Glazoenov Saxophone Quartet op. 109