Huba de Graaff, Amsterdam 1959, composer
“Huba’s music has never been polished, she is not afraid of new sounds or new ways of presenting music, acoustic as well as electronic, dramatic and theatrical, & usually with the necessary humor and irony.”
Hephaistos (1996) – an opera for several robot-animal-speakers:
… in which the loudspeakers, just like all sound-producing animals and musicians
are physically moving while producing sound.
‘Lautsprecher Arnolt’ (2004)
Erik-Ward Geerlings – text
Bart Visser – sound installations
and Marien Jongewaard playing Arnolt Bronnen
and 40 loudspeakers moving on stage like real music-theatrical performers.
Touring in Teheran, by E.W. Geerlings:
In ‘Apera’ (2013) she did audio research on singing monkeys.
Singing is pretty weird.
Of course mankind started with singing.
Much later in the evolution we became able to talk.
In ‘Pornopera‘ I continued investigating the technical ‘art’ of singing.
Before you start singing, just before the vocal chords are perfectly closed,
there is always a tiny bit of moaning and groaning, inhalation etc..
While normally the orgasm lasts about 1,5 minute, in ‘Pornopera’ it takes one hour moaning and groaning,
before the real ‘singing’ starts.
Liebesleid – a gym-performance at the local gym (2017).
The Naked Shit Songs at the Holland Festival ’17 : a complete sung television interview from 1996.
list of opera’s:
She works together with author Erik-Ward Geerlings and managing director Britt Verstegen.
The Stichting WILco is supporting all of Huba de Graaff’s projects.
Bowie Verschuuren (photography), Emmy Visser (design), Lonneke van Eden : publicity.
Cooperation is essential in Huba’s work.
She always works together with other inspiring musicians, actors, directors, authors, artists, etc.
She organized concert-series with Arthur Sauer (Pokon, Kroko, Haagse KoKodagen)
In the early 80’s she played in dutch bands as Transister with RJ Stips , the Tapes, Special Thanx.
(watch: recent interview about Transister in 1980)
Huba studied Sonology in Utrecht (1981) and composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Dick Raaymakers, Louis Andriessen, Fredric Rzewski, Walther Zimmerman and Gilius van Bergeijk.
She frequents the KonCon and the HKU as a guest-teacher and mentor. photograph by ©Hanna Hachula
Composer Huba de Graaff gives composition lessons, mentorship and advice to aspiring creative people of any age at her studio in Amsterdam. She also regularly gives lectures and public presentations at universities, music schools, conservatoriums and festivals around the world. If you would like to book her or you seek composition lessons or become a student you can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org