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Wiek Hijmans

Wiek Hijmans

Wiek Hijmans


Wiek Hijmans (Netherlands, 1967) has played the electric guitar since the age of eleven. His interest in both contemporary classical as well as in popular music gave him a task for life: integrating the electric guitar in the classical tradition, thus adding a new world of sounds to that tradition. Influences from jazz, rock and an attitude stemming from extensive experience as an improviser make Hijmans both as a performer and as a composer a typical exponent from the current state of music. Read more on Last.fm
Wiek Hijmans (Netherlands, 1967) has played the electric guitar since the age of eleven. His interest in both contemporary classical as well as in popular music gave him a task for life: integrating the electric guitar in the classical tradition, thus adding a new world of sounds to that tradition. Influences from jazz, rock and an attitude stemming from extensive experience as an improviser make Hijmans both as a performer and as a composer a typical exponent from the current state of music. Wiek Hijmans´ first solo cd, which was released just a good month ago, drew attention in the Dutch media: a TV appearance with Louis Andriessen, three major newspapers publishing interviews and/or reviews of the cd.

A few comments from a review: "WH virtuosically performs the piece with typical Dutch clarity and with the warmth of a gypsy..this is a cd that every composer in the world should have..his Gretsch sounds so beautiful" but it can also sound like "an axe with brains". The most recent soloconcertseries was in the U.S.A: and Canada (October 2002). Hijmans will be featured at the Holland Festival´s Night of the electric guitar , June 9 2003, at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Musical education: Performing Musician´s Diplome, Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam(1991), Professional Studies Certificate Manhattan School of Music, New York City(1997). Studied with David Starobin. Awards, commissions: Andrés Segovia Award, New York 1997, Jur Naessens Muziekprijs, Amsterdam 2000, Fulbright Scholarship, more than 7 commissions by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst (Dutch Fund for Compositions) and private organisations. Solo recitals: Colorado New Music Festival(Denver), Segovia New Music festival, Contrechamps/Archipel 2000 (Geneva), Barcelona New Music Cycle, Xiamen University (China), various New Music Podia in Holland, several venues in NYC. Appearances as a soloist with ensembles: Warsaw Autumn (with Nieuw Ensemble), with Orkest De Volharding, with the Ricciotti Ensemble (Holland and U.S.) a.o. Various projects with: Brooklyn Phylharmonic Orchestra, John Zorn, the Giovanni Sollima Band (including members of Phillip Glass´and Steve Reich´s ensembles), David Starobin, Butch Morris, Derek Bermel, Anthony Braxton, Ernst Reijseger, Peter van Bergen, Maarten Altena, Roscoe Mitchell, Nieuw Sinfoniëtta Amsterdam, the Ebony Band, Nick Didkovsky, Peter Kowald, the Mondrian String Quartet, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Big Band a.o. Masterclasses at: University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), Barcelona University for Electronic Music, Xiamen University (China), Conservatory of Amsterdam (Netherlands) Other activities: Co-artistic director of New York-Amsterdam Arts Collective TONK, co-director of X-OR record company. Press on Wiek Hijmans: (headline) "Wiek Hijmans great guitarist" "......he improvised with dissonant chords and enraged melodies.

Influences from jazz, fusion, and spanish guitarmusic came together in long, exciting improv´s at Jimi Hendrix volume. Hijmans is a great guitarist; I had suspected that already for a few years, but now I am sure of it." About his solo programme: "Hijmans is a pioneer in the field of electric guitar solo performances. He lets us hear the most subtle and warm sounds and effectively undermines the prejudice that the instrument will always reside in the "lower" domain of popmusic. And why would it? Little classical instruments offer more possibilities.

Hijmans plucks, strums, beats his strings...., strokes them, hardly touches them, or hammers them, like piano keys. In addition he has a sheer endless amount of electric effect-possibilities............" (on Hijmans´s performance of Tristan Murail´s 'Vampyr':)"the sound would indeed resurrect the dead. Loud yes, but again of an extreme beauty. Read more on Last.fm.

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