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James Oesi double bass

A. Crespo Barba (Spain, 1995) For James Oesi (2019)
Thomas Power (Ireland, 1993) Talamh (2019)
Aya Yoshida (Japan, 1992) MUJI (2019)
Boris Bezemer (Netherlands, 1992) Bass Piece (2019)

Maya Fridman cello / voice

Maxim Shalygin (Ukraine/Netherlands, 1985) Canti d’Inizio e Fine UK Premiere

Double bassist James Oesi has transformed his instrument into a mainstay of solo performance, taking apart its tradition as a band tool. In a concert of virtuoso workouts, he premieres a series of new works that highlight his intricate understanding of the bass – drawing on different worlds and converting them to his.

Cellist Maya Fridman has spent the last couple of years going from emerging to accomplished, becoming one of music’s most in-demand soloists. Well-versed in playing demanding and imaginative new music, she will perform Canti d’Inizio e Fine, the overwhelming new work by composer Maxim Shalygin. A song cycle in six parts, each movement of Canti d’Inizio e Fine represents a different ‘imaginary folder in the Holocaust victims directory, called after a segment of the German alphabet, and assigned to one out of six Angels of Death’. The music – at times rhythmic, at others sober and meditative – is an attempt to depict the horrors experienced in the concentration camps.

Produced by hcmf// supported by Dutch Performing Arts

Photo: James Oesi