Boundary Music 
– Arie Verheul van de Ven

Boundary Music has been an investigation into distanced co-composition and collaboration with Kirkos Ensemble. The piece began as a series of conversations about place – particularly the relationship between built & natural spaces, and the locations that feel sort of in-between. In our conversations, we explored how this relationship is expressed in Dublin & Toronto, and other places we’ve inhabited. This emerged into our own series of individual explorations. Each member of the ensemble (and I) have chosen a personally significant location which highlights a particular relationship between built and natural space. All of us who were able visited our locations to explore and investigate these relationships. These investigations have become the inspiration for the systems and material of this piece.

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Arie Verheul van de Ven is a Composer and Violist living between Toronto and The Hague. In addition to performing with electroacoustic improvisation ensemble HARP+, Arie has performed in concerts presented by Soundstreams, NUMUS and Studio LOOS. Arie’s concert music has been performed internationally by Orkest de Ereprijs, The Cygnus Trio, Ensemble Paramirabo, and The Catchfire Collective. Arie is currently a resident composer with the Gather Round Singers & Jumblies Theatre, investigating ways to make community singing work remotely. Arie is currently pursuing a masters degree in The Hague at the Koninklijk Conservatorium where he studies composition with Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz.

“Lately, I have been fascinated with my own relationships with location. living between canada and the netherlands has brought my attention to new details within own spatial experiences, and I’ve been looking to find ways to explore that in sound. biospheres seemed like a perfect opportunity to develop some new ideas around place – while also experimenting with collaborative methods of music composition. at first I was concerned about writing location-specific work for locations so far away, that iIhave yet to visit, but this became the perfect opportunity to work directly with Kirkos ensemble members, and explore our own collective relationships with places & location.”