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12th of June 2021

 

Islands of peace

An intimate concert in an intimate setting.
“Islands of peace” is a solo violin recital created by violinist and composer Saskia Venegas. For this concert, a new composition for violin and electronics will be written, which will be combined with existing repertoire chosen because of the spiritual background of the unique location: a hofje.
The name hofje comes from the Middle Ages and is connected with the beguine movement. This movement started in the twelfth century and was closely related to “minne” (to live), a word that has disappeared from our vocabulary. The minstrels sang of courteous love and so music was central. It is known that the strophic poems of Hadewijck, a poet and beguine from the thirteenth century, could be sung. Hadewijck is seen as a spiritual leader, a woman who participated actively in community life. .

This project was financed by Fonds Podium Kunsten balkonscenes

 

 

5th and 6th of June 2021

The weekend of silence

A project by Ensemble Oihua

‘The weekend of silence’ is a project by Ensemble Oihua based on the ‘Day of Silence’.
 ‘Day of Silence’ is a campaign that seeks to shed light on what many LGBTQ youth experience daily. Initially intended to focus on this problem within the school system, it has since expanded into workplaces, university campuses, and sporting events. Yearly, millions participate by staying silent for the duration of their day, representing the silencing of LGBTQ students.
 
Having this subject as point of departure, Ensemble Oihua is willing to help awareness be spread through music and a selection of stories given by people from the LGBTQ community.
 
Our program consists of 4 solo pieces:
 
Ronddolen  by Wim Henderickx, 
Aphasia by Mark Appelbaum 
Premonición by Saskia Venegas Aernouts
On Command by Panos Gklistis.
 

18th of March 2021

Klarafestival 2021

The air we breath

Composition/concept Saskia Venegas

Violin/voice Dimmanda La Berge Dramm

Visual/concept Nele Fack

Do musicians get the last word in the creation of a film, a video clip, a digital concert or do visual artists get the final say? KlaraFestival ventured a unique experiment and commissioned four duos, each consisting of a composer and a visual artist, to create new work.

“The air we breathe is a reflection on human impact on the environment,” explains Saskia Venegas Aernouts. “Our overconsumption, overexploitation, pollution and deforestation have led to a collapse of resources, a meteoric reduction of wilderness, extinction of animal and floral species, raise of the global temperature… This is our work, the result of our lack of empathy and respect towards the earth and all its living species. I frequently ask myself if we are actually that ‘human’. This piece is an invitation to stop taking and start giving, an invitation to reverse the damage we have created. Everything is not yet lost.

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Artist in Residence 2021 at

Cultureland

In collaboration with

Two Envelops

Nieuwe Noten Amsterdam

Gaudeamus

Cultureland is a foundation that organizes creative work periods, projects and activities at the cutting edge of culture and nature. Cultureland started the Artist In Residence program in 2017, giving artists time and space to develop work relating to the (urban) landscape and (natural) environment. 
 

28th of October 2020 -Premiere

Medusa – The priestess

 For singing cellist and electronics

Premiere on the 28th of October at the Cello Biennale Amsterdam by Maya Fridman

The priestess is the first movement of a 5 movement cello solo piece that will go under the name of Medusa. 

 We all have heard of the Greek mythological figure of Medusa, but what lies behind her story? The transformation of Medusa from a woman into a monster is a good example of the horrors that are infected on rape victims.Through her story I want to unfold the nightmare of women who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of gender abuse.
 
You can hear the first part of the piece at minute 14:59  at the YouTube link.
 

7th of March 2020

Kyma

For string orchestra, aleatory ensemble, plastic ware, percussion and electronics

Piece commissioned by CoMA Eindhoven

Kyma is a Greek word that means wave. Since many years water is an element that inspires my work. Its transformability, its cyclic character, its omnipresence… The sea is the realm of water and in this moment its resources are slowly decreasing, its ecosystem diminishing its landscapes polluted… We would scarcely be directly confronted with the scope of our actions if it wouldn’t be for the response of the waves that return to the shores the waste that belongs to us. In Spain we also use the word wave to describe an event or situation that has a massive chain reaction with a direct and big impact, something ones attention cannot escape to. During this past year we have seen how the youth has gradually but steadily stood up to march and protest in order to protect our mother earth.

Kyma is a piece with a programmatic character which refers to the effects of pollution to our planet as well as echoes the efforts of the global youth movement Friday’s for future .

29th of February 2020

Spain’s silenced voices

The core of this project is commemorate and spread the work of the Spanish composers who suffered the consequences of Francoist repression. Being 2019 the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish civil war I started searching in Spanish archives for the names and scores of those whose music was banned from public performance. 

The result of this research will be performed for the first time on the 13th of November as part of the 13th Historical Memory and Human Rights edition in Soria, Spain.The concert will have a historical and informative frame where original compositions and my own arrangements will be performed by Ensemble Oihua. The event will finish with my composition A veces, el silencio es la peor mentira (sometimes, silence is the biggest lie).Which is a critique of the political social and historical silence that Spain still suffers from.This programatic piece describes the inhumane proportions, dark past and actual function of  The Valley of the Fallen where Franco has been buried till October 2019.

1st of January 2020

Familie by Milo Rau

In 2007 in Calais, a whole family hanged themselves: the parents and their two children. Never a motive was found, the suicide note stated” “we messed up, sorry”.

Familie is staged by a real family: actors An Miller and Filip Peeters do not only act together as a couple, but for the first time in their career they are on stage with their two teenage daughters Leonce and Louisa- and their dogs.

What reasons, what traumas underline such a suicide? Familie   is an experiment, an ethnological study of today’s private life, an exhibition of everyday: on stage we see the house of family Demeester – or is it the house of the family Peeters-Miller?.Together they reconstruct  the mysterious case of the family Demeester, following the journey of their own family, questioning the construction of family as rteh cell of life and origin of our world today.

13th of November 2019

Spain’s silenced voices

The core of this project is commemorate and spread the work of the Spanish composers who suffered the consequences of Francoist repression. Being 2019 the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish civil war I started searching in Spanish archives for the names and scores of those whose music was banned from public performance. 

The result of this research will be performed for the first time on the 13th of November as part of the 13th Historical Memory and Human Rights edition in Soria, Spain.The concert will have a historical and informative frame where original compositions and my own arrangements will be performed by Ensemble Oihua. The event will finish with my composition A veces, el silencio es la peor mentira (sometimes, silence is the biggest lie).Which is a critique of the political social and historical silence that Spain still suffers from.This programatic piece describes the inhumane proportions, dark past and actual function of  The Valley of the Fallen where Franco has been buried till October 2019.

 

20th of October 2010

Leading Ladies

With Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, Three Strong Women and Giovanna d’Arco on the poster, this fall the Mint is all about female heroism. The moment to take a detailed look at the place of the beautiful and strong sex in the history of the art form of opera and in contemporary opera.

Ad part of this event my violin solo piece “Premonción” will be performed, amongst two other pieces by Femke Sonnen.

 

 

1st of July 2019

On the 1st of July I was invited to Spanish National tv station, RTVE “La hora cultural” to speak about Ensemble Oihua’s project Los Silenciados.  

Here you can find a link where you can watch the complete interview:

www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/la-hora-cultural/horacultural-01-07-19/5309758/#

17th of April 2019

I’m very happy to share that my music will be part of Milo Rau’s next piece  Orestes in Mosul.

The Oresteia is not only the one single trilogy that has come down to us from classical antiquity and one of mankind’s greatest tragedies, but it also represents the myth of the foundation of civilisation, whereby the principle of the blood feud, the never-ending cycle of revenge, an eye for an eye, was replaced by the principles of justice, integration and reconciliation. Milo Rau will stage this tragedy with a mixed ensemble of European and Iraqi actors. The process includes research and activities in Mosul, where the Jihadi caliphate of ISIS was declared in 2014.

 

18th of February 2019

Ensemble Oihua is a young and dynamic ensemble dedicated to discover and perform contemporary music, engaging the public through their intense and energetic performances. Their debut piece A veces, el silencio es la peor mentira became a key stone and a representation of their engagement and their approach towards the social unrest of today. The eclecticism of their members offers a rich palette of sonic proaches that under the hands of their director melt into one another compounding a strong and firm sonic voice.

28th of December 2018

I’m very happy to announce that I will be writing a cello solo piece for the very talented Maya Fridman which will be premiered at the end of 2019. More information will follow up soon.

25th of October 2018

Due to the successful response of the audience Eiland will have extra performances on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4thof November. Don’t miss the chance and reserve your tickets at:

https://www.stormkop.be/programma

Eiland

30th of September 2018

My work “A veces, el silencio es la pero mentira” has been selected by ISCM Vlaanderen as one of the six pieces for the Call for works of the World Music Days Festival that will take place in Tallinn in Mei 2019. The piece is written for violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, clarinet, percussion, piano and mezzosoprano.

https://www.iscm.org/catalogue/composers/venegas-saskia-f-belgium

1st of August 2018

My violin solo piece Premonición will be performed by Ophelie Sanchez as part of the Belgian festival Zomer van Antwerpen.

The piece will be played on the 21stof August at the Zomerfabriek in Zurenborg, Antwerp

20th of June 2018

Theatre group The Navigators commissioned me to compose the soundscape for Eiland, an interactive theatre performance which will have it’s premiere on the 30th of June at The Antwerps’ droogdokken.

10th of Mei 2018

My pieces will be performed during the Composition Festival of the Antwerp Conservatory.

A veces, el silencio es la peor mentira, will be performed by the new music ensemble Oihua and conducted by Txemi Etxebarria at the white hall of the Singel.

The first half of my music theatre piece At night, Flamingos fly will have it’s premiere at the yellow hall of the Singel.

16th of April 2018

You can now watch the live recording of the premiere of A veces, el silencio es la peor mentira, performed by Hermes Ensemble on February 25th 2018, at AMUZ Antwerp.

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