David Kanaga

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written philosophical pieces for his blog Wombflash Forest and the recent Oxford Handbook of Algorythmic Music, in which he reflects on computer games and their significance for a broader art audience. His music has been described as ‘otherworldly’, ‘eclectic’ and ‘important’ and has been released on various labels, including Software Recording Co., the brainchild of David Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never. Oikospiel is his first solo game project.  Amsterdam-based ensemble MAZE is dedicated to the playing of unconventional forms of music. The ensemble works with pioneering composers to develop open scores, hybrid forms of notation and performances. In addition to concerts, lectures and panel discussions about the future of compositional practice, MAZE organizes a yearly festival of sonic textures and field recordings. The ensemble’s main focus is the exploration of the possibilities that new forms of media present for the creation of notation and scores. This is particularly clear in the work of members Anne La Berge and Yannis Kyriakides. Dario Calderone, Gareth Davis, Reinier van Houdt and Wiek Hijmans are also members of the ensemble. MAZE has collaborated with guest composers such as Christian Marclay, Annea Lockwood, Michael Pisaro and Okkyung. In 2013 MAZE appeared at the Holland Festival performing their interpretation of Christian Marclay’s works The Bell And The Glass, Shuffle and Screen Play.  Soprano Claron McFadden comes from America, where she studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She made her operatic debut at the Holland Festival in 1985 in a production of Hasse’s L’Eroe Cinese, which was first performed in 1990 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in a sensational production of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes conducted by William Christie. She has since built up an impressive career. McFadden sings a wide repertoire, from baroque and contemporary music to jazz and cross-over projects. She's worked with leading conductors such as Kurt Masur, John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Neeme Järvi, Ton Koopman and Frans Brüggen, and with large orchestras and ensembles such as the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The King’s Consort, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet and the Nash Ensemble. McFadden is a popular opera singer and has participated in productions of the Théâtre du Chatelet, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Dutch National Opera. She performed in Claude Vivier's Rèves d’un Marco Polo, directed by Pierre Audi. During the Holland Festival in 2013, she performed in the 3D opera Sunken Garden by Michel van der Aa. At the Holland Festival 2016, she sang with Son Lux in the Concertgebouw. McFadden has made various recordings, including for EMI and has appeared in numerous radio and television productions. In 2006, she received the Amsterdam Award for the Arts.  Baritone Mattijs van de Woerd started his singing career with the Rotterdams Jongenskoor (Rotterdam Boys’ Choir). He studied at the conservatoires of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. In 2001 he was awarded the Vriendenkrans prize by the Friends’ Association of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as the Concertgebouw Prize. In 2003 he also won First Prize in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London. Van de Woerd is a member of the male ensemble Frommermann and actively involved in Splendor, and also sang Schubert in the Leiermann Ensemble. Apart from performances with orchestras and in operas, Van de Woerd also makes regular solo appearances in concerts around the world. Previous Holland Festival performances include Laika (2014) and Theatre of the World (2016) by the Dutch National Opera, and Koeien in 2015.