Based in The Hague, the Catchpenny Ensemble is a platform for exchanging and practicing creative musical and artistic ideas.
The diverse backgrounds and the various inputs of its members lead to a fruitful and continuous musical dialogue. The combination of acoustic and electronic instruments, together with video art, cinema and audio-visual elements is Catchpenny Ensemble’s defining characteristic.
The repertoire of the Ensemble consists of new multimedia works by its own composers Yael Levy, Sascha Thiele and Nikos Kokolakis, alongside works by commissioned composers and artists. Its unique instrumentation – flute, oboe, clarinet, trombone, piano, percussion, el. bass guitar, cello and live electronics – together with its live or fixed visual setups, makes space for new repertoire tailored for Catchpenny Ensemble.
Catchpenny Ensemble has performed in various venues and festivals in the Netherlands, such as Holland Festival (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – 2016), Peter Ablinger’s Residency (Koninklijk Conservatorium, Nutshuis – 2016), Dag in de Branding Festival (Het Nutshuis and Korzo Theater – 2016), Spotlight: Romania.2 Film and Music Festival (DNR – 2016), Hoogtij #51 (Het Nutshuis – 2017), Koninklijk Conservatorium Spring Festival 50th anniversary (Korzo Theater – 2017), Sounds of Silence Festival (DNR – 2016 and 2018) and Gaudeamus Festival as the ensemble in Residence (Utrecht – 2019).
Upcoming performances include Dag in de Branding Festival (Korzo Theater – March 2020) and Orgelpark (Orgelpark Amsterdam – November 2020).
Catchpenny Ensemble was involved in various educational projects with composition students from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and visual art students from KABK in 2016 – 2017.
December 22, 2019
We had two amazing weeks at Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019 in Utrecht as ensemble in residence there! We worked with Gaudeamus Award nominees Nicholas Morrish, Scott Rubin and Stefan Maier, as well as Jacques Zafra from Ulysses Network, presenting/premiering their works at the amazing spaces of Nikolaikerk and at Theater Kikker! During the opening of the festival at the foyer of Tivoli we had the opportunity to premier a collaborative composition of Nikos Kokolakis, Yael Levy, Sascha Thiele and the musicians of Catchpenny Ensemble reflecting Mariska De Groot’s installation Klein Woestijn – a project that was developed through Stichting de Vrolijkheid with the help of the residents of azc Rijswijk at the Vrolijk Museum Rijswijk, where Mariska was artist in residence the past summer. During the last day of Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019 and together with a piece by Theodore Shin Kim, Catchpenny Ensemble performed Light Trace, a collaborative project with Nikos Kokolakis, Yael Levy, Sascha Thiele, Tivon Rice as well as Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir for which we worked in several phases for the past year.
Thanks to Co Broerse, Anna van Kooij, Sofia Lee and Allard Willemse for the beautiful pictures.
Also thanks to Gaudeamus team for the amazing organization! Martijn, Matthijs, Camille, Ingrid, Benjamin, Laura and the ones we didn’t meet and the head technician Elizabet van der Kooij who made everything easier, as well as Ruud, Arthur, Thomas, Sam, Gijs and Stef. And not to forget the volunteers for the delicious food all these days!
January 18, 2019
Preparing Light Trace for Upcoming Residency: Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019
“What is a musical score and how can it become an active part of a performance? How does it alter the way we experience sound in space and how does sound change the way we experience the ‘space’ of a musical score?”
Catchpenny Ensemble, together with guest composers and visual artists, aims to approach these questions by creating an interdisciplinary work which explores the performance space with an interactive, image based score.
August 1, 2018
Upcoming Residency: Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019
We are honored and excited to be one of the ensembles in residence in Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019. We will premiere some new works written for our ensemble at 4 – 8 of September 2019. Looking forward!
February 11, 2018
Upcoming Performance: Films by Georges Melies and new collaboration with Ilse Evers and Wen Chin Fu
Fascinated by the amazing cinematic world of Georges Méliès, Catchpenny Ensemble creates an audiovisual experience of conventional and non-conventional projections, lights and shadows, acoustic and electronic sounds, inviting the audience in this unique reality.
Special thanks to Amir Vodka – Berendsen and DNR.
November 26, 2017
Upcoming Performance: Mindspace
Catchpenny Ensemble is very happy to present their new audiovisual concert / installation program Mindspace during Hoogtij at Het Nutshuis on December 1, 2017. The performance starts at 21:00! The We Are All Human Rights Defenders # 2 exhibition “Shrinking Space” is open from 19:00.
“How do we experience sound in space? And how do we experience space in sound? “The Catchpenny Ensemble tries to answer these questions in Mindspace , a unique mix of concert and installation that every visitor will experience in their own way.
Special thanks to Mirjam Zweers and Het Nutshuis!
March 5, 2017
Upcoming Collaboration: Decomposing Raaijmakers
Catchpenny Ensemble is very excited to be collaborating with composition students of our alma mater, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, in Decomposing Raaijmakers – a new instrumental audio-visual work inspired by Raaijmaakers’s analytical and strictly-generated music. The work will premiere on April 4, 2017 at Korzo Theater in The Hague.
With Decomposing Raaijmakers we celebrate 50 years of the Spring Festival in The Royal Conservatory. Dick Raaijmakers was a formative composer of the “Hague School” through the contributions of his diverse output. In the late 1960s, he began a marathon series of concerts during which contemporary music was performed, and thus became the beginning of the Koninklijk Conservatorium’s Spring Festival.
Inspired by his analytical and strictly generated music, we collaborated in Decomposing Raaijmakers creating an instrumental audio-visual piece.
The main structure of the piece is a canon of musical material inspired by some of Raaijmakers works interpreted by the collaborating composers.
For the realization of this project, we – Catchpenny Ensemble – were very happy to collaborate with four Composition students of the Royal Conservatory: Sara Zamboni, Jimena Maldonado, Alex Kordzaia and James Alexandropoulos-McEwan.
Composers: Alex Kordzaia, Jimena Maldonado, Sara Zamboni, Yvonne Freckmann and Nikos Kokolakis.
Visuals: Jimena Maldonado and Yael Levy.
Collaborators: Sara Zamboni, Jimena Maldonado, Alex Kordzaia, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Yael Levy, Yvonne Freckmann and Nikos Kokolakis.
Special thanks to: Anne Wellmer, Johan van Kreij, Peter Adriaansz, Yannis Kyriakides, Cornelis de Bondt and Martijn Padding.
Also to: Kuba Krzewiński, Molly Joyce and Sascha Thiele.
February 1, 2017
Festival Dag in de Branding Reviews
Catchpenny was very honored to recently participate in the Festival Dag in de Branding, performing new arrangements of music by Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Missy Mazzoli.
Both nights of our performances on the festival were reviewed, including our performance of Hjalmarsson’s Sculpture #3 praised as a “fascinating experience with musicians and audience alike watching the video spellbound.”
November 16, 2016
Beyond excited to be performing at the upcoming Festival Dag in de Branding! We’ll be performing Dec. 2 + 3, featuring music by Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Missy Mazzoli, more info and tickets here.
November 14, 2016
Radio Romania Interview
Catchpenny composer Nikos Kokolakis was recently interviewed by Radio Romania on our recent performance at the Romania.2 Film and Music Festival, focusing on the work of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Listen to the full interview (along with excerpts from the performance) here.
November 11, 2016
Brâncusi Romanian Film Project
Photos from our recent performance at Spotlight: Romania.2 Film and Music Festival, Nov. 8 at De Nieuwe Regentes in Den Haag:
June 18, 2016
Catchpenny is super honored to be featured photographically in a New York Times article on the recent Holland Festival! Read the full article here.
May 30, 2016
Catchpenny is excited to be performing at the upcoming Holland Festival, on June 9 at the Rijksmuseum Passage. The lunchtime concert, titled “Vice Verses,” features works by Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, with the seven deadly sins are the starting point for a new composition of seven students (led by Yannis Kyriakides) of the Royal Conservatoire.
January 17, 2016
Den Haag Sounds of Silence Festival coming up! We’re thrilled to be apart of this year’s silent film & live music festival in Den Haag, presenting a brand new collaboration between all the Catchpenny composers to the 1913 French serial film Fantômas. The show will take place on February 6, 17:00 at De Nieuwe Regentes. More info and tickets here.