Pete Harden

Berlin Bells

work 2016 (7 min)

Berlin Bells is a single line of trombone melody, a single harmonic spectrum, a single arc of cymbal swell. It is a single sheet of sound, a single moment, in sharp focus, but spread and splayed across a longer duration. The work had its origins in a collaboration between Ensemble Klang and Amsterdam dub-metal duo Knalpot, but settled into its current iteration when we recorded the work for the album Precious Metals.

Premiere
  • 10 Apr 2015

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Performances

  • 10 Apr 2015, Korzo, The Hague
  • 11 April 2015, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
  • 25 April 2015, De Doelen, Rotterdam
  • 7 May 2015 Axesconcert, Eindhoven
  • 10 May 2015, Rumor Festival, Utrecht
  • 15 June 2016, Korzo, The Hague (Album Launch)
  • 16 Mar 2017, Ostadetheater, Amsterdam
  • 17 Mar 2017, Ostadetheater, Amsterdam
  • 18 Mar 2017, Ostadetheater, Amsterdam
  • 19 Mar 2017, Ostadetheater, Amsterdam
  • 31 Mar 2017, Rewire Festival, The Hague
  • 21 Nov 2018, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK)

Pete Harden

Pete Harden (UK, 1979) is a composer and musician whose work has been called “intriguing”, “fierce, exciting” as well as conjuring “a subtle three-dimensional landscape” (De Volkskrant). In 2003, having completed studies with Louis Andriessen and Richard Ayres at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, he helped found Ensemble Klang, for whom he is electric guitarist and artistic director.

As a composer his work seeks out new forms and structures, marrying conceptually rigorous content with rich sonic environments. He has had works commissioned and performed by, among others, the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Bang on a Can All-stars (New York), Maud le Pladec Dance Company, Slagwerk Den Haag, NorrbottenNEO, Saskia Lankhoorn, Marco Blaauw, and Trio Scordatura. As a guitarist he has performed with Ensemble Klang, ASKO | Schönberg, Red Note Ensemble and i Solisti, and he has been a featured soloist at the Canberra International Music Festival. For the 2017-18 season he was artist-in-residence for the Red Sofa Series in De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam.

Recent years have seen a strong focus on interdisciplinary productions, particularly theatre and dance. In 2017-18 he performed in Ivo van Hove’s production ‘Network’, at the National Theatre, London – and in the same season he worked closely with the French choreographer Maud le Pladec, writing the music for the hour-long production ‘27 Perspectives’. He forms one half of the duo Avenue Azure with Saskia Lankhoorn.