Is jazz music too? The response from Eve Gauthier, on who fictitiously the spotlights will shine in the theatrical concert by Duo IJlstra-García, would have been a resounding "yes". But not everyone agreed with her, as was revealed on November 1, 1923 when she presented her concert "Recital of Ancient and Modern Music for Voice". In that infamous concert she combined classical repertoire with contemporary jazz compositions by a.o. George Gershwin. The musical establishment was in an uproar over this. Jazzmusic was suitable for dancing, but not to be presented in a concert. That was 1923. But what is our opinion about this in the year 2020? Duo IJlstra García starts a musicaltheatrical research.

In the theatrical concert Is Jazz music too? the duo combines the diverse repertoire which was introduced by that Eve Gauthier with imaginary letters written by playwirght Corinne Heyrman. Stage director Annechien Koerselman then forges it all into a tasteful whole, letting Femke IJlstra and Celia García-García sometimes play the role of Eva Gauthier sometimes of the famous composers Ravel, Gershwin and Stravinksy. Three men who flew off like bees to the High Priestress of the Modern Song. In line with Eve Gauthier this concert different than other. No chat to music. But one in which the audience is automatically led back into the world of the past, which resembles suspiciously the world of today.

Publiciteitsbeeld Is Jazz music too

Illustration © Elline Jetten

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Promotional video © Bart Buerman (Bart at Work) serving the Crowdfundingaction on Voordekunst

HOT Orgel Bigband

HOT & Brass put early and late compositions of Duke Ellington into the perspective of a mini organ bigband Jazz on the organ in the church: the men from HOT The Organ Trio prove again and again that it is possible! In their newest project they jump on the big band repertoire of jazz icon Duke Ellington. Organist Berry van Berkum, clarinettist Steven Kamperman and bassist Dion Nijland welcome in this project the sparkle of young trumpet talent Ruben van Drenth and the glowing improvisations of trombonist and Ellington connoisseur par excellence Joost Buis. With extra trumpet and trombone, HOT produces surprising and overwhelming orchestral sounds.

In Reflections of Duke HOT makes a striking repertoire choice by focusing only on Ellington’s early work (before 1930) and his late work (after 1965). Swing pieces like Jubilee Stomp and Rockin ’in Rhythm accompany thoughtful gems such as Come Sunday and Heaven (from his Sacred Concerts). And HOT wouldn’t be HOT without putting the old arrangements in a contemporary perspective. The pieces are taken apart, adapted to the space and reassembled. In addition, the musicians sometimes even run through the space of the church in search of its optimal acoustic and theatrical qualities.

In Reflections of Duke, the old master composer looks back on his young years, and his sounds are still as fresh as ever.

Publiciteitsfoto Reflections of Duke Foto © Allard Willemse

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Teaser © Allard Willemse

On September 12, 2020 Steven Kamperman and his ensemble HOT (& Brass) launched a CD registration of Reflections of Duke. Jazz featuring a churchorgan? HOT proves again and again that it is possible! After their album debut Bird & Beyond, decomposing the works of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, HOT this time embraces the big band repertoire of jazz icon Duke Ellington. The CD is available at Zennez Records.

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tenth elephantastic children's concert

Confetti, cake, gifts and of course lots of birthday music! This is what it looks like when the elephant celebrates its 10th anniversary on stage. And you'll be there when Anke Engelke, André Gatzke and the WDR Funkhausorchestra can't stop celebrating!

Since 2011 Anke Engelke and André Gatzke together with Elephant and Hare and the WDR Funkhausorchester have been discovering the world of music. Each year a different sound theme supports occupies central  stage. Last year, at the concert Something Animalistic, the theme was musical animal melodies. This time the anniversary will be celebrated with hits that have been presented in the last ten years, such as Tico Tico no Fubá and The Typewriter by Anderson.

elefant hat geburtstag

Image © WDR, Composition © Annechien Koerselman

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It is winter. Hibernum, the Snow God makes a big storm. Wanja, living on the edge of the forest, decides to hit the sack early. But just as he is meeting dreamland, there is a loud knock on the door. It is a hare, frozen to the bone, which seeks shelter in this icy winter night. Not much later, a fox and finally a bear ask for help as welll. And although the natural enemies fear each other, they must promise Vanya to keep the peace under his roof that night. Will the three wild animals succeed?

Who's that knocking at my door? is a free musical theatrical stage adaptation of the eponymous famous German picture book, written by Tilde Michels. Annechien has excitingly intersected the libretto with the idiosyncratic repertoire of the Tonkuenstler Vieanna's Trombone and Marimba ensemble.


Image composition © Annechien Koerselman

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Vivian used to be Victor, a woman trapped in a boy's body. This is her story. Uncut. And yes, that is the question she is asked the most. The hard-hitting ánd poetic performance #uncut tells the story of Vivian, a trans woman. She looks back on a transition that was not only brave, but also poses problems for her. After a long period of psychological research and medical interventions, she now is who she wanted to be. Isn't she? However, what to do with her past? What to do with the old pictures? Who was she then, and who is she now? "You're happy now, aren't you?" She often hears. But is she? In a collage of flashbacks, set against the here and now, Vivian rumbles through the emotional rollercoaster of the before and after of her decision, which was not a decision. Could not be a decision at all.

Renske Vrolijk composed the music for this music-theater performance with semi-autobiographical elements. Irresistible and unruly as Renske's musical language is, it  will be performed by two of the hippest ensembles of the Low Countries: the roaring ORBI (The Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments) and saxophone quartet Bl!ndman conducted by conductor Grete Pedersen, chief-conductor of the Norwegian Soloist Choir. The Netherlands Chamber Choir sings and plays the family, the judging and disapproving masses, the thrill seekers, the team of doctors in a performance that now already is high-profile.

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Family Day

Whether children, parents or grandchildren - all generations awaits again a colorful day in Grafenegg! To find musical friends,  try out musical instruments and even make them yourself, to dance in the park and try out the many interactive stations: creativity knows no limits when it comes to explore the diversity of music. As part of the Family Day the Tonkünstler also present two concerts.

In the first concert The Sound on the Track the search for sounds of the oceans occupies central stage. Wonk. Vuuuuummmmm. The sea is already making threatening sounds for days. But sound researcher Elfi has no fear. She dives into the depths in her multifunction submarine. Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Krakkk. Where does this new sound come from? Then an Aquarius caught in a fishing net catches her eye. Elfi sets her new waterfriend free. In gratitude he shows her the sound world that is hidden in the ocean. From singing whales to swinging coral reefs . Will you join them exploring sounds?

In the second concert Packed with sounds  all sounds come together into a true water symphony in the watercastle. Wonk. Vuuuuummmmm. The menacing sounds of the ocean are to be heard again. "t's his father, the king of Atlantis", the Aquarius admits, who demands him to return home immediately. The king is angry because the Aquarius swam away from home because he was not allowed to perform his own music. Elfi convinces her new friend that their newfound sounds will certainly soothe the troubled waters of the king. Do you help Elfi and Aquarius to fill the watercastle with the most beautiful oceanmusic?

Der Rhythmus des Ozeans

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musictheater for the young and old (6+)

Premiere May 29, 2010, Concertgebouw Amsterdam

The five men of Calefax are working in a pipe factory. Every day they do the same work and it seems just fine. The panic is huge when one day no more orders are coming in anymore. The men decide to experiment with the pipes and create the strangest instruments, which also happen to sound very nice! The orders are pouring in again and the Music Factory is a fact.

In 2012 The Musicfactory won the Junge Ohren Preis. Since then this performance in which music is the only spoken language spoken travels around the world. From China to South America. From North America to Europe.


Foto © Ronald Knapp

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NRC Handelsblad, Jochem Valkenburg, December 28, 2010

Playing on PVC pipes as if they were little panflutes. "Hey, beautiful music!", shouts a girl in the hall when the five in overall dresses factoryworkers make a great discovery on stage. It turns out that they can play on the pvc pipes which they work with as panflutes, each one or two notes, but all combined a complete piece of music. It is one of the many enchanting moments in this merry music performance The Musicfactory by Calefax Reed Quintet. In the beginning diligently and in a tight rhythm the five built crazy tubeconstruction. Along the way they discover the music, at first while improvising on tools and materials, later on their real instruments.
The children's performance for children from six is perfectly drawn up. No word is spoken, but the five musicians turn out to be talented mimes, which in gesture and music can tell a humorous and touching story about social relationships. The saxophonist of the group plays a stubborn dandy, the rest try to tame by playing. Meanwhile, music from Bach to contemporary sounds, which is played equally sparkling as virtuoso. The end is a good example of cultural entrepreneurship: the musicians connect the instruments to a device out of which cd's unroll. For 10 euros each, they sell fast.


 De Telegraaf, Frederike Berntsen, December 09, 2010

The prestigious German Junge Ohren Preis 2012 (JOP!) Best Practice – Concert for the best youth musical performances, was assigned to The Musicfactory, a coproduction of Oorkaan and Calefax Reed Quintet!

Jury report Junge Ohren Award, Hamburg, November 16, 2012

Best Practice, Concert: Winner is the Project „Musikfabrik“. (Original: De Muziekfabriek), a production by Oorkaan in cooperation with the Calefax Reed Quintet, Amsterdam

Der Preis für das überzeugendste Musikvermittlungsprojekt für junges Publikum im Bereich Konzert geht an das Projekt Die Musikfabrik des Produktionshauses Oorkaan. Musikfabrik gibt en passant einen faszinierenden und spritzig präsentierten Blick in die Geschichte, Bauweise und Spieltechnik der Holzblasinstrumente und in musikalische Kommunikationsformen. Die Strukturen der eingebundenen Kompositionen und Musikstile werden nonverbal in einer spannenden Bühnenhandlung für Kinder erfahrbar gemacht. Das Projekt regt zum Staunen und Experimentieren an und ist darin modellhaft.

Video © Calefax Reed Quintet

Romance by Beethoven

Arrangement © Raaf Hekkema

The Music Factory as newsitem on the Chinese National Television (May 8, 2013)

Music theater around the music of the Roaring Twenties

Just imagine that you could travel back in time! To Paris, to the exciting time around 1920. When the cinema was invented, aircrafts ascended for the first time and creative ideas floated around like leaves in autumn. When artists from all around the world gathered in this romantic and bustling cosmopolitan city and created their finest works. Just imagine that you could mingle amongst them! The three music-making friends - an inventor, a writer and a painter - can't let go of this wishful dream. Just imagine that thanks to the time machine of the inventor they could get their hands on the long-lost composition of a world-famous Parisian composer... !

PAR!S! PAR!S! is an inspiring musictheatrical journey full of events. With the support of the audience not only the time machine will be musically operated, but also the unforgettable atmosphere that prevailed in Paris at the beginning of the last century will be brought back to life. The fascinating music of Erik Satie, Bela Bartok, Bohuslav Martinů and many others as well as the humorous play immerses the audience in this captivating time. Secretly, one hopes that it will never end!

Affiche Paris Paris

Image © Christoph Greussing

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Trailer & Animation © Christoph Greussing


Kulturzeitschrift, Silvia Thurner, June 24, 2019

Martin Deuring, Stefan Dünser, Martin Schelling and Goran Kovacevic took the listeners in the Seestudio of the Festspielhaus with an imaginative and humorous told journey back in time, in search of on a napkin written melody. At the highest level the Schurken both played dramatic and made music in the clever story told by Annechien Koerselman. The ease of the performances made it quite easy to forget what differentiated and sophisticated music held the work as a whole together.
Annechien Koerselman has written a humorous story, in which the artistic charm in Paris during the 1920s manifest itself perfectly. The musicians yearned back in earlier times. Without further hesitation they launched their time machine, which transports them back to this time and facilitates an encounter with Erik Satie himself. After a stopover in 1938, the musicians returned to the present. In between we are treated to tense conflicts of interest, humorous stories, and even two moments of fainting.
Also dramatically "Paris! Paris!" was well constructed. In between, the musicians invited the audience to participate with sounds and body percussion to time travel. So the ticking of the clock, the targeting of the spot and the noises of the different means of transportation provided a lot of variety.
With „Paris! Paris!“ in the stage direction by Annechien Koerselman and the design by Nina Ball the Schurken achieved fascinating music theatre, home to an extensive content.


Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Christa Dietrich, June 23, 2019

Once again, thank you for this wonderful "Paris! Paris "- performance at the Tinguely Museum in Basel! You have such a freshness, so much joy together on stage, so much beauty in your ensemble sound! And actually, this production is meant for all ages: For children it is funny, heavenly and so very much alive; for professional musicians your music is full of clever moments and inside jokes and great interaction! (I have not the right word ...) My face hurt from smiling ... When I came home on Wednesday night I could only speak of your performance! It was just great. All musicians should see you!

Hopkinson Smith ( International star lutenist)

or the most comical musical bank robbery of all times

Everyone knew them. Everyone knew who they were. The Brass Boys and their music were popular and everyone wanted to hear them play. But times have changed and this time they are in need. The money with which they allways created new music lacks, doom approches! If they want to continue to perform as a band they need quickly supplies.

The troop intends a plan: To provide themselves the most necessary, they intend to rob the new city bank. Tonight it should happen, the night before the opening of the bank! Will the Brassgang crack the code of the safe in time?

What music is capable of and what it does to us is the subject of this turbulent and funny musical comedy. The members of the Brass Gang are cheerful and courageous people. They dream of always making new music, and try to accomplish this goal at any cost. Well - and on the way to fulfill our most secret desires, there are always also surprises ... The story is told without words and with loads of music!


Photo © Anja Koehler

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Trailer © Christoph Greussing


Kulturzeitschrift, Silvia Thurner, June 29, 2017

The content was not only through what was shown understandable, but it was also fascinating reflected in the musical performances and the music itself. Therein lay the exceptional power of the whole piece. Visual and catchy compositions formed the basis for the imaginatively told story. Stage director Annechien Koerselman and the musicians have made a striking selection.
That behind the precise well thought-out movements, the mime and acting as well as the virtuoso musical way of playing an enormous mental effort is hiding was never notable in the way the musicians were making music. Among other things, this exactly shows the mastery of the "Sonus Brass Ensemble".
The stage director Annechien Koerselman, who has developed the idea and the concept for this piece as well, translated it into coherent balanced scenes. Bravely she first gradually built the suspense, in this way she raised the expectations on what was ahead of us and the resulting joy about what then dynamically occurred.

Report The Brassgang, Austrian Premiere during The Bregenzer Festspiele. June 28th 2017

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De Sonus Brass Ensembel 24. Mäe 2017 - 14:40

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swinging music theatre for the age of  4+


Home Sweet Home. Everybody knows the feeling, everybody needs it. But when do you actually feel at home? What provides such familiar feeling? What sounds, what scents, which stuff, which friends do resonate this? How big or how small should your house be? Do you invite other beasts in there? During the creation of their shared new house the forest bird, the raccoon and the tortoise have to cope with all those questions. And while they discover that sometimes the home for the one beast doesn't fit for the other beast, they learn at the same time the power of being and working together.

Previously the windwoodtrio Dividivi3 developed i.c.w. stage director Annechien Koerselman When Witches put a spell (4+) about three musical witches. In  Jungleboogy, again music will be the only spoken language and humor will not be shunned. During their musical adventure "the beasts" will play compositions by a.o. Schnittke, Piazzolla and Haydn. 

Publiciteitsfoto Beestenboel

Foto © Bas Oosterwal

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Flute & Acting Rieneke Brink (Dividivi3)

English horn, Oboe & Acting Paloma de Beer (Dividivi3)

(Bass)Clarinet & Acting Ilse Eijsink (Dividivi3)

Stage direction & Script Annechien Koerselman

Set- & Costumedesign Anne Ammerlaan

Musicaldramaturgy Dividivi3 & Annechien Koerselman

Production & Organisation Dividivi3 & Grachtenfestival Amsterdam




Oranjewoud Oranjewoudfestival June 01, 2020 11.15, 13.30 & 16.25h


Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Mariotteplein (East) 10th of August 2019 12 & 14 h (free entrance)

Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Kindergarden Stadstimmertuinen (Centrum) 11th of August 2019 11 & 13 h (free entrance)

Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Ecuplein (New-West) 14th of August 2019 13 & 15 h (free entrance)

Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Plein 40/45 (New-West) 17th of August 2019 12 & 14 h (free entrance)


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Trailer © Nander Cirkel/Het Grachtenfestival Amsterdam