Brendan Faegre

composer, percussionist

Transcendance

Premiere of "Transcendance" by the David Kweksilber Big Band in the Bimhuis.
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News

NY Times Review

The New York Times described Faegre's new orchestral work Collective, premiered at Carnegie Hall by the New York Youth Symphony, as "especially empowering" and "darkly exhilarating". Read the full review here.
May 2016

One Page Project @ Cello Biënalle

The Cello Biënalle Amsterdam has commissioned new pieces from Brendan Faegre, Pete Harden, Hilary Jeffery, Genevieve Murphy, and Martijn Padding exploring the possibilities of a composition limited to one sheet of paper. The pieces will be premiered by the Biënalle Cello Band and Slagwerk Den Haag. See the Cello Biënalle site for more details.
April 2016

Transcendance Video

Video is now available of the David Kweksilber Big Band performing Transcendance at the Bimhuis. The performance features virtuosic tap-dancing by Peter Kuit, and mini-solos by Guus Janssen, JanWillem van der Ham, Felicity Provan, Wiek Hijmans, Joost Buis, and Rutger van Otterloo. Watch Transcendance here.
April 2016

Bow Hammer Connection @ November Music

November Music has commissioned a new work from Faegre titled Dance Suite in G, with movements based around contemporary dance forms (Dubstep, Drum 'n' Bass, Acid House). The work will be premiered as part of a new project called "Bow Hammer Connection", featuring Isa Goldschmeding as violinist, Micha de Kanter as sound designer, and Faegre as composer/drummer. For more info visit the November Music site for next season's program.
February 2016

New Music Jam Clips

Short video excerpts from the rehearsal room are now posted with improvisations around 6 contemporary compositions: Steve Reich's Piano Phase, Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee, Louis Andriessen's De Snelheid, Giacinto Scelsi's String Quartet No. 4, David Lang's killer and Donnacha Dennehy's Glamour Sleeper. Watch the New Music Jam clips here.
January 2016

Dirt to Gold Video

A new video of orchestral work Dirt to Gold featuring Roger Kalia and the Lake George Music Festival is now online. Watch Dirt to Gold.
December 2015

New Music Jam Trailer

A video trailer is now online for the Edge Ensemble's latest production: the New Music Jam. This project explores the language of contemporary composers through improvisation, with the first edition focusing on the music of Louis Andriessen and Giacinto Scelsi. Watch the trailer here.
October 2015

Dirt to Gold on WQXR's Q2

WQXR's contemporary music program Q2 is broadcasting a live performance of Dirt to Gold by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta two times this week. The program also features works by Steve Mackey, Shuying Li, Reinaldo Moya, and Luke Carlson. Tune in October 20th at 8pm (EST), October 25th at 12pm, or stream the audio at this link.
October 2015

Music for Bars w/ SDH

Dutch percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag has commissioned Faegre to compose and curate a new project called Music for Bars for 3 percussionists and 3 dancers. This production is a 60-minute amplification of sonic, physical, and social elements of The Bar, exploring and breaking the boundaries of "normal" within these three areas. Music for Bars will do a 10-bar tour around the Netherlands in Autumn 2016. See events for performance dates.
August 2015

NJSO Cone Institute

Faegre has been chosen to participate in the 2015 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. The program will culminate on July 16th with a concert by the NJSO premiering a new version of Dirt to Gold. For more details see the press release.
June 2015