Season 2013/14.




Realm of the Radicals, April 3 and 5 


Mark Barden - Chamber (2007)

Harry Partch, arr. Ben Johnston - Barstow (1941/94)

Ralph Shapey - Three for Six (1979)


John Zorn - Chimeras (2001)


conductor and voice - Gregory Charette

first soprano - Christie Finn

second soprano - Katharine Dain

video artist - Chris Paul Daniels










radical, n. - one who advocates fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions. 


Join Oerknal! for a set of concerts highlighting some of the most radical and audacious composers of the last fifty years!


Featuring Mark Barden's raw and visceral Chamber for "three untrained, amplified male voices", Harry Partch's quirky Barstow - setting inscriptions scrawled on highway railings Partch found while drifting as a hobo during the Great Depression - and Ralph Shapey's uncompromisingly brash Three for Six. The centerpiece of these concerts is John Zorn's Chimeras, a monodrama for soprano and ensemble exploring an ecclecic range of emotions, textures, and musical styles. 


For these concerts Oerknal! will be joined by video artist Chris Paul Daniels who will create a video installation that he will VJ live, acting as staging and visual counterpoint to Chimeras.


These concerts are guaranteed to be radically exciting experiences, so don't miss them!

03 April - 20.15

The Hague - Studio Loos

De Constant Rebequeplein 20 B, 2518 RA Den Haag


05 April - 20.00

Amsterdam - Dokzaal

Plantage Doklaan 8, 1018 CM Amsterdam



€12,50 At the Door

€10 In Advance*

€5 Students


*If you would like to order a ticket in advance please click here and send us a message, or call +31 (0)625252833

*for a list of past concerts, click here

Check out this clip from the documentary On the Edge featuring interviews with John Zorn and rehearsal footage of his piece Cobra!

Our clarinettist Daniel Boeke speaking about John Zorn and playing some excerpts from the piece Chimeras

Our cellist Steuart Pincombe speaking about Harry Partch and playing some excerpts from the piece Barstow

Our violinist Mariana Hutchinson-Siemers speaking about Ralph Shapey and playing some excerpts from the piece Three for Six