Tradition and Innovation
Thu 13 December 2018 Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ 20.15 >
introduction: Joël Bons in conversation with Rodney Sharman 19.15

Nieuw Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor
Mattijs van de Woerd baritone
Roméo Monteiro Airmachine 2
Wilbert Bulsink Airpiano 

Dufay/Robert Heppener         Donnes l'assault a la fortresse 
Dufay/Robert Heppener         J'atendray
Rodney Sharman                  Nader tot U for baritone and ensemble
Rodney Sharman                  Small Flowers (premiere)
Pavel Haas/Jan van Vlijmen   Vier Lieder for baritone and ensemble
Wilbert Bulsink                     Op/Weg...geblazen 
                                           for Airpiano and ensemble
Ondrej Adamek                    Conséquences particulièrement
                                           blanches ou noires Concert for
                                          Airmachine 2 and 14 instruments 


An Evening of Today 2019
Thu 14 March 2019 Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ 20.15 > 
introduction 19.15 
Sat 6 April 2019 Den Haag Korzo 20.30

Nieuw Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor

new works by Thomas Brown, João Ceitil, Alberto Granados Reguilón, Andrea Guterres, Vitali Karagkezidis and Celia Swart
see also


Premiere Georges Aperghis – Lost Connections 
Mon 6 May 2019 Cologne Philharmonie 20.00
Thu 9 May 2019 Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ 20.15 >
introduction 19.15

Nieuw Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor
Makiko Goto koto
Harrie Starreveld flute

Misato Mochizuki           Silent Circle
Hanna Eimermacher      new work 
Carola Bauckholt           Points of Presence
Georges Aperghis          Lost Connections (premiere)

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Mon 15 October 2018 Arnhem Musis 20.00 >
Thu 18 October 2018 Antwerp deSingel 20.00 >
Sun 21 October 2018 Amsterdam Cello Biënnale 17.00 >

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Atlas Ensemble
Ed Spanjaard conductor

Joël Bons Nomaden (2016)

A highlight of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam 2016 was the premiere of Nomaden, composed by Joël Bons and performed by master cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble, conducted by Ed Spanjaard. Nomaden is a richly varied mosaic, a continuous stream of music lasting for one hour. Queyras enters into dialogues with top musicians from different cultures such as the Azerbaijani virtuosi Elshan Mansurov on kamancha and Elcin Nagijev on tar, the superb Zhao Yuanchun on Chinese erhu, the renowned Persian setar player Kiya Tabassian, the poetic Neva Özgen on Turkish kemençe, Chinese sheng phenomenon Wu Wei and Japanese sho magician Naomi Sato.  

Words of praise for Nomaden
review Het Parool 31-10-16 >
review de Volkskrant 5 stars 31-10-16 >
review NRC November Music 8-11-16 >
excerpt Nomaden from 1H10Min in Podium Radio 4 >
Het Parool interview with Joël Bons 27-10-16 >
de Volkskrant interview with Joël Bons 20-10-16 > 



The big change
After three decades of prosperity the Nieuw Ensemble was severely hit by the big cuts in the Arts. The Big Change meant that we continue our work on a much smaller scale. We work at our studio EAR, a vibrant hub we share with other musicians and composers located at the Grasweg 41R in Amsterdam Noord.

The Nieuw Ensemble said goodbye to structural subsidy in 2012 with The Ark of Joël, featuring the music of artistic director Joël Bons.
The concert of 21 December in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ received rave reviews:
5 stars in de Volkskrant >
4 stars in Het Parool > and NRC >