Jorrit Dijkstra | Compositions
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Compositions

Apart from composing for my own groups & projects, I write for ensembles of classical musicians and improvisers, and for film and theater. For scores and parts please contact me.

 

 

Works for Large Ensembles:

 

Boter: 6-minute piece for Bathysphere (3,3,4 plus rhythm section). Featuring Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone.

 

Funnel: 8-minute piece for Bathysphere (3,3,4 plus rhythm section). Featuring the Lyricon and electronics.

 

Lockdown: 12-minute piece for the David Kweksilber Big Band (5,5,6 plus extended rhythm section). About the lockdown of the city of Boston after the big snow storm and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

 

Trans: 16-minute piece for the David Kweksilber Big Band (5,5,6 plus extended rhythm section). Featuring the Lyricon.

 

Tap Toe: 12-minute piece for Tapdancer Peter Kuit and the David Kweksilber Big Band (5,5,6 plus extended rhythm section). Featuring Guus Janssen (piano). Inspired by Charles Ives.

 

Break?Dance! 10-minute piece for the Tetzepi Big Band (3,3,4 plus rhythm section), featuring Louis Sclavis (bass clarinet). Watch video on Youtube (Live VPRO TV)

 

Flirt8-minute re-composition of Prince’s Ballad of Dorothy Parker, for string quintet and baritone saxophone. Premiere Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2012

 

Far Away: 10-minute piece for the Tetzepi Big Band (3,3,4 plus rhythm section). Live recording Bimhuis, Netherlands, 2010. A melancholic “love song’, arranged in an energetic way, over a drum & bass groove.

 

Drift: 9-minute piece for the Tetzepi Big Band (3,3,4 plus rhythm section), premiere Bimhuis Amsterdam, Netherlands 2007. From the CD “Seeds” by Tetzepi (Trytone Records). A piece inspired by ambient music and by composer James Tenney’s concept of a collective “swell”.

 

Clump: 11-minute piece for Big Band (4,4,5 plus rhythm section), for the Harvard Jazz Band, 2003.

 

Gamut Etude: 10-minute piece for 12-piece chamber ensemble featuring live electronic processing and improvised sections for a banjo player, 2003. Based on John Cage’s “Gamut Technique” of composing, as in his String Quartet in Four Parts.

 

Klont: 8-minute piece for the Tetzepi Big Band (3,3,4 plus rhythm section), 2003 Live recording Bimhuis Amsterdam 2006.

 

XXJ: 3-minute piece for 13-piece chamber orchestra, New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, 2002

 

Druil: 9-minute piece for the Tetzepi Big Band (3,3,4 plus rhythm section), 2001

 

 

Works for Saxophone Quartet

 

Where Are The Trees?: 10-minute piece for four baritone saxophones, voice and drum set. Premiere Splendor, Amsterdam, 2014

 

Bounce: 8-minute piece for the Amstel Saxophone Quartet, premiere Den Bosch, Netherlands 2010. Tenor and alto saxophone are muted, with a water bottle and a rubber ball. Inspired by the rhythm of a boucing ball.

 

Shruut: 8-minute piece for the Amstel Saxophone Quartet plus electronic Shruti Box, premiere Den Bosch, Netherlands 2008. Appears on CD Amstel Raga (Amstel Records, 2010). Dedicated to Indian composer/filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Performances in Europe, North America, China.

 

Babbe: 5-minute piece for Jorrit Dijkstra – tin whistle, Allan Chase –alto sax, Kelly Roberge – tenor sax Josh Sinton – bass clarinet. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory Boston, 2003. Originally written for Drones in the Bones.

 

Five to Twelve: 5-7 minute piece for Allan Chase – soprano sax, Jorrit Dijkstra – alto sax, Kelly Roberge – tenor sax Josh Sinton – baritone sax. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory Boston, 2003

 

Zekra: 5-minute piece for the Stratos Saxophone Quartet, 1997. Contains Improvisation.

 

 

Solo, Duo and Trio Works

 

Octave Cycle, for bass clarinet solo. From the book “Miniatures for bass clarinet”. Commissioned and recorded by Fie Schouten. Published by Donemus.

 

Expats7-minute piece for Anne LaBerge (flute/alto flute) and Diamanda Dramm (violin). Premiere Goethe Institut, Boston, 2013

 

Grapevine Loop, for baritone saxophone and loop machine. For Ties Mellema.

 

Native: 8-minute piece for Duo Xenia Pestova/Pascal Meyer (toy pianos). Premiere Rainy Days festival, Luxemburg 2012

 

Snips: 6-minute piece for electric guitar and loop machine, for Wiek Hijmans. Premiere Russia, 2009

 

Lament: 6-minute piece for shõ, bass clarinet and soundtrack of a gradually sliding sinewave, for Duo X, premiere March 2007 Laura Carmichael (bass clarinet) Naomi Sato (shõ).

 

pre:rec:recre:ep: 8-minute piece for piano and soundtrack, for Sonsoles Alonso, 2005. Premiere Theater Kikker, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Performances in Spain, Germany, USA. The soundtrack is composed of prerecorded improvisations by Sonsoles.

 

Veeg: 8-minute piece for alto flute, bass clarinet, and soundtrack, for the Kaida Duo, 2004. Fie Schouten (bass clarinet), Karina Erhard (alto flute). Appears on CD “Villages and Spaces” (Karnatic Lab Records KLR006). The soundtrack is composed of prerecorded improvisations by Fie and Karina.

 

Zwiep: 7-minute piece for viola, trombone, and theremin, 2003. James Coleman – theremin, Amelia Hollander – viola, Jamie Kember – trombone Brown Hall, New England Conservatory Boston, 2002. A piece using sweeping sounds, with an improvised role for the theremin.

 

Tangoing-By: 5-minute piece for piano and contrabass, 2002 performed by Jack Kurutz –piano, Brad Kemp – bass. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory Boston, 2003. An through-composed arrangement for piano and bass (no improvisations) of an older tune of mine, Tangoing-By (Trio Dijkstra, Argüelles, Kool).

 

 

Electronic Music

 

Slo-Poke5-minute piece for Terri Hron (recorder) and 4-channel speaker setup. Premiere Greenwich House, New York City, 2011

 

Partially Overdone: alto saxophone and lyricon, 6 tracks overdubbed

 

Frizz: muted alto saxophone and lyricon, 2 tracks overdubbed

 

Knonook: amplified alto saxophone with feedback

 

Lokaas: 10-minute piece for laptop saxophone, commissioned by Lokaal 01 Arts Center, Netherlands, 2004. Featuring drum samples by Steve Argüelles, from his sample CD Beat and Break shop (Plush Records)

 

Ringtones: jorritingtone A, jorritingtone B, jorritingtone C (mp3 format)

 

 

Music for Film, Theater, Visual Arts

 

Matka Polka: score for feature length documentary film by Julie Mallozzi, 2013-2014

 

Indelible Lalita: score for feature length documentary film by Julie Mallozzi, 2011 http://www.indeliblelalita.com

 

4:48 Psychosis: sound design for play by Sarah Kane. Fort Point Theatre Channel, Boston, 2007

 

Northern Lights: electronic soundtrack for film by conceptual artist Kerry Tribe, 2005

 

Monkey Dance: electronic score for documentary film by Julie Mallozzi, 2004 http://www.monkey-dance.com

 

Dangerous Passes Road: score for play by Ruby Slippers Theater Company, Vancouver, 2000

 

Nurturing the Whole Family, Loud and Clear, Progress and Promise, A Certain Kind of Potential, Reviviendo, 100 Years of Service: music for industrial videos by Julie Mallozzi Productions, 1999-present