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foto Marco Borggreve

Arnold Marinissen about his own work:
‘For me, listening to and making music is all about immersing. Warmth and pulse are words that come to mind when I try to describe my music. Voice and text are important for me; I like to follow the route that a text lays out for me.’
Arnold Marinissen likes to write for voices. Working with text, the personality and warmth of each individual voice, the intense dealing with sound, breath, diction and intonation make singing for him a field of special interest. He also likes a lot to write for percussion. His background as a percussionist provides him with knowledge and a clear taste and direction in writing for this multi-coloured family of instruments.

However, Marinissen also writes for strings, piano, winds and brass. He created works for tape, music for film, theater and several works for dance performances.

A direct contact and exchange with performers inspires Marinissen. Therefore, chamber music, works for ensemble and solo works so far are prominent in his oeuvre. Also the collaboration with stage and film directors, choreographers and light designers is something Marinissen considers valuable.

Marinissen composed for a.o. Asko|Schönberg, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Silbersee, Calefax Rietkwintet, Ives Ensemble, Asko Kamerkoor, Prisma Strijktrio, Orgelpark, Club Guy & Roni, for choreographer/dancer Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, and for the Dutch cinema film Bernard. His vocal quintet Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen was selected for Toonzetters and was sung by VOCAALLAB in the Holland Festival 2012. Also Exaudi from London has performed this work several times.

New work was recently performed by a.o. the Storioni Trio in the Storioni Festival, by Pinquins Percussion Trio, Slagwerk Den Haag, marimbist Ramon Lormans, harpist Ernestine Stoop, Silbersee, Insomnia Percussion Trio in Taipei/Taiwan, and by the percussion duo Niek KleinJan/Konstantyn Napolov. In collaboration with the cellist Katharina Gross he creates Cello Songbook, a set of so far 70 minutes of music for cello and electronics/percussion.

Coming up are commissions for the French Ensemble Variances, the Stichting Huygens Fokker and more.

Marinissen’s work is published by Deuss Music.

He is staff member at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, programmed the 2012-13 season for the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, and was founder and leader of the Dutch ensemble Lunapark/Lunatree, together with Anthony Fiumara.

Record label BVHaast released three solo CDs by Marinissen, Traces of Cultures, Layered Rhythms and Percussionist Songs. The press about these CDs: "The infectious delight Marinissen brings to performances of contemporary music", "percussionist extraordinaire Arnold Marinissen ...”, “A wonderful collection of stimulating solo percussion performances."
Marinissen has performed extensively as a solo percussionist and in chamber music. He was artist in residence at De Doelen in Rotterdam, guest at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam and at festivals all over Europe, in Boston, Shanghai, London, Russia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Uzbekistan.

He appeared as a soloist with the Residentie Orchestra, Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Holland Symfonia, Nieuw Ensemble, WDR Orchestra in Cologne, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Sinfonia (New Zealand).
Marinissen is also active as a conductor of music of the 20
th and 21st century. He conducted Asko|Schoenberg, Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II in the Bimhuis Amsterdam, Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and in Paradiso Amsterdam, work by Piet-Jan van Rossum in the Orgelpark Amsterdam. He conducted Ensemble Zerafin, ensemble Lunapark, work by Hans Asselbergs in the Philharmonie Haarlem, and Frederic Rzewski’s piano concerto Hard Cuts with soloist Ralph van Raat on several occasions.