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by © 2008 Richard Ayres

Rozalie Hirs


born 1965, Gouda, The Netherlands, has written five poetry books, Locus (1998), Logos (2002), [Speling] (2005), Geluksbrenger (2008), and Gestamelde werken (2012), published by Querido, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

She studied composition with Louis Andriessen and Tristan Murail at the Royal Conservatoire, The Netherlands, and Columbia University, New York. Recent musical works have been performed by Asko|Schönberg, Percussion The Hague, Bozzini Quartet, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her CDs Platonic ID (2007), featuring instrumental works written for Asko|Schönberg, and Pulsars (2010), featuring electroacoustic compositions with text, appeared with Attacca records, Amsterdam. Hirs performs her own electroacoustic works with text in the international poetry scene. Her digital word-toy 'Family Tree', a collaboration with visual artist Harm van den Dorpel, is part of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 2, available here.

StAnza Poetry Festival, The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Scotland, UK, March 17, 2012

  1. a day (series of three poems; English translation: Donald Gardner) (3:27): MP3
  2. Bridge of Babel (Rozalie Hirs: music, multilingual collage poem; original languages) (8:02): MP3
  3. Family Tree (poem; English translation: Ko Kooman) (2:24): MP3
  4. Stamboom (poem; original language: Dutch) (1:49): MP3
  5. Stammbaum (poem; German translation by the author) (1:55): MP3
  6. who put on my shoes (series of seven poems; English translation: Donald Gardner) (6:31): MP3

Arbre généalogique (music, poem Rozalie Hirs)

Donderdagavondserie/ PROMS, Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 10, 2011

with Susan Narucki (soprano), Asko/Schönberg Ensemble and Pierre-André Valade (conductor)

Selected Reading at 3 durch 3, reihe sprachkunst, Kunsttempel, Kassel, Germany, October 27, 2011

  • selected reading (poems: Stammbaum, Tümmler, Silbertau, Entblühung, Sonne dasselbe Zimmer, Zeilenwasser; German translation: Ard Posthuma) (7:56): MP3

WoordMuziek: Curved space, Goethe Institut, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 4, 2009

Featuring the following musicians/ improvisers: Ned McGowan (flute), Tobias Klein (contrabass/ bass clarinet), Joost Buis (trombone, lapsteel guitar), Stevko Busch (piano), Robert van Heumen (computer, controllers), Arnold Dooyeweerd (double bass), Rozalie Hirs (voice)

  1. Aan de zon, de wereld (Rozalie Hirs: music, poems; original language: Dutch) (10:33): MP3
  2. excerpt 1 of Curved Space: Leven mogelijkheden (Rozalie Hirs: music, poems; original language: Dutch) (1:26): MP3
  3. Poetry pieces I-III (Rozalie Hirs: music, poems; original language: Dutch; English translation: Ko Kooman) (10:10): MP3
  4. excerpt 2 of Curved Space: Van de woestijne lis of hazelaar (Rozalie Hirs: music, poems; original language: Dutch) (1:26): MP3

from the CD Pulsars (2010)

  1. Pulsars, excerpt 1 (Rozalie Hirs: music) (2:27): MP3
  2. Pulsars, excerpt 2 (Rozalie Hirs: music, poem; original language: English) (1:05): MP3
  3. In LA, excerpt (Rozalie Hirs: music, poem; English translation by the author; Arnold Marinissen: voice)(1:44): MP3
  4. Bridge of Babel, excerpt (Rozalie Hirs: music, multilingual collage poem; original languages (2:41): MP3

© 2012 Rozalie Hirs. These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. Used with permission of the author. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. Distributed by PennSound.