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The poet of the harp music [..]
Anne Vanschothorst writes poetry, makes imaginary sound-sculptures & landscapes with her harp (Muziekweb) ; compositions in which each note accentuates the surrounding silence and vice versa. (Jazz Mozaiek) Such efficient and impressive music, every note counts, touches... i find that daring and moving for that matter too. (Lex Bohlmeijer) Striking is the wonderful minimalist and subtle film music. (De Volkskrant) In this very beautiful enchanting, modern fairy-tale book, kind of Alice in wonderland, Anne travels solo ; during this enriching sound search - for herself and the listener - she discovers unique stories to tell. (Nadelunch.com) Do yourself a favour and listen to Anne Vanschothorst's beautiful harp compositions accompanying Antjie Krog's poetry. Hauntingly beautiful. (Annemarié van Niekerk, book reviewer at Trouw) Those scant, long-flared notes sound like musical abstractions. (NIEUWE NOTEN)
AV (The Netherlands) is a landscape music composer, minimal harp pioneer and multi-media artist exploring creativity in applied music, film and spoken word — using overdub and making sound sculptures with 47strings ; 60x60 & 'EK IS EIK' have made an unique sound-mark in modern (harp) music. Beautiful World goes beyond the beaten track / it is crossing borders via art fusion = the wondrous synergy between the (fantastically) weird and the unheard, the unseen, the unspoken, and recognized as 'post-ECM spaciousness'. 'klip lied snaar' is the artist's harPoetry debut album. The bundle and CD are noticed as 'an unique translation' by the 'Tijdskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe'. A foreign PhD researcher is investigating 'the relationship between art and the landscape'; the article will be based on AV's landscape music philosophy. The producer of abstract music from 'the low lands' is member of LandscapeMusic.org - founded by American composer, librettist, and multimedia artist Nell Shaw Cohen.
For harpandsoul.com Anne received international critical acclaim as an audio-visual producer. Multiple video-concepts are on the Stingray TV channels playlists.
Sonic landscapes (sometimes augmented with electronic effects) often evolve into music for in-a-room, film and spoken word | museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Museon, Museum Jan Cunen, Bonn Landes Museum, Gucci, Studio Drift, dutch IGLOO, Ateles Films, NFF, Pathe, Kino London, Tropfest New York, PBS, Discovery Communications (OWN, Animal Planet, TLC, travel ao), NPO, Christian Thompson, Amy Bell & Valentina Golfieri, Willem Samuel, Antjie Krog, Ingrid Jonker - to name a few. This inventive, timeless, stilled, poetic, dreamy, mystical yet edgy sonic universe next to the existing harp planet and music world, proves that Anne's harp is a style of its own - indicates that her unique voice is a new chapter in music history.
Many (inter)national musicians have added the written notes scores to their repertoire / you play i listen playlist \ Jeroen van Vliet piano can be heard in UTOPIA. Harpist Josh Layne also gives words and wings to Anne's compositions. The poet of the harp music has a specific dialect - as can be read in her credo - to empower her identity and affirm the character of the harp and soul - productions / to fabrik sonic art and other tactiles that come from the HARPlab. Online media platforms like 'sonic imagination' and offline landscapes are incredibly inspiring and the obvious modern formats to create and share new work. 'STILL LIFE' (sculptural video & sound installation) =