THE MAKING OF ALICE IN SPACE

As of july 4 we started the work on our new project "Alice in Space".
Here we will keep you informed on our progress and you will find the inside information on the project that you will not see or hear on stage. So, tune in and "boldly go where we have been before".....

December 28th. Today another review was published. It's about our concert in Tilburg
at november 28th. It is very positive! It's written by Maarten van de Ven for the jazz site Draaiomjeoren . We'll try to translate some of it -and other reviews!- in english soon!

December 15th. Alice update. We are getting requests for more concerts of Alice. It will most certainly not happen really soon but we are investigating the possibilties........

In the meantime more reviews of our concerts are being published. Here is one from the

Sapsite

December 6th and 7th. Alice has finally reached her destination. Those who were at our last show know what happened to her, but........
If you were there, but even more when you were not there, keep tuning in on this site for some time more to see what happened to Alice, Melichrone, Veenendaal and her musical co-travellers.
We will be publishing a lot more material, reviews, photographs and shots from the show.
As a start you can watch a small excerpt of our first show at the Beauforthuis Austerlitz:




December 5th. Supplemental.
Calling out to all intergallactic followers of Alice!!!

Tomorrow December 6th will be our last show. This show will be recorded for DVD. We want to invite all of you, even those who saw the show on another occasion to come and be part of this event. No show was and no show will be the same so get on your moonboots and enjoy the last ride with us!!! Many interesting guests have announced to be there so it will be a special occasion. Will Alice finally reach earth. Will Melichron find his true nature and what will the band do this evening..... SO....... JOIN US ON THE LAST EPISODE OF ............ALICE IN SPACE.

December 5th. A St. Nicolaas (Sinterklaas) present: Free Alice in Space pins available for all visitors of the last Alice in Space episode on December 6th at the SJU Jazzpodium, Varkenmarkt 2 Utrecht. Concert starts at 21.00hrs.



December 3rd. Ingmar was asked to write a column (free of charge) for an internet site on Theater. He wrote a beautiful column but it was refused as being to promotional. Here it is so you as our fans can read it anyway. We think it does express really well what we are doing.

DE BLUES VAN ALICE

Hoeveel tijd kost het om een veilig maar kleurloos bestaan achter je te laten en een kosmos van nieuwe avonturen in te stappen? De tijd die nodig is om ‘ja’ te zeggen tegen een buitenaardse boodschapper die je de hoofdprijs van een Intergalactische Sweepstake aanbiedt. Dat overkomt Alice, de hoofdpersoon van Alice in Space. Maar je hoeft niet te wachten op een buitenaardse boodschapper: ‘ja’ zeggen als zangeres Ineke van Doorn en componist/gitarist Marc van Vugt je vragen of je een stuk met ze wilt maken is voldoende. Zo had ik mij op een podium nog nooit verdedigd met een lichtzwaard. Evenmin had ik ooit bingo gespeeld of Sudoku’s opgelost, of onder begeleiding van een achtkoppige band het blad Happinez gelezen, gehuld in een rode boksmantel. Voor wie het zich afvraagt: in deze outfit moet ik een alwetende, omnipotente godheid voorstellen. Alice in Space is een geďmproviseerde ruimte-opera voor twee stemmen, jazzorkest en universum. Het stuk volgt min of meer de verhaallijn van het boek Dierbaar doolhof van Robert Sheckley, maar dat heeft u vermoedelijk toch niet gelezen en daarom zal ik u er verder niet mee vermoeien. Het stuk volgt bovendien maar ruwweg de verhaallijn van het boek – het is meer een kapstok die overhelt onder de enorme hoop ideeën die we eraan hebben gehangen. Alice in Space is een oerknal van muziek, beeld en tekst. Het resultaat is niet voor iedereen. De muziek, bijvoorbeeld, is tamelijk ongeschikt voor het licht spastische meeknikken en voettappen dat men pleegt te doen in de jazzclubs waar we spelen, en de teksten zijn vreemd en soms tamelijk onbegrijpelijk. Wij weten redelijk wat we aan het doen zijn, maar of u dat ook begrijpt is een tweede – en dat is precies de bedoeling. Voor zover Alice een boodschap heeft, is het deze: wij willen er graag op wijzen dat niemand werkelijk begrijpt wat hij doet, en dat iedereen die zegt dat het leven een kop en een staart heeft liegt dat hij barst. Het leven is geen verhaal, het leven is zijn – we leven niet, we gebeuren. Alice moet het hele universum door reizen om daar achter te komen; u kunt lekker achterover zitten en haar avontuur meemaken. Eenmaal thuis kunt u ontdekken dat er iets in u ontworteld is; dat u heimwee hebt naar huis, terwijl u daar al bent. Dat is de blues van Alice. Maar een vrolijke blues is het wel.
Ingmar Heytze

Alice in space wordt uitgevoerd door Ineke van Doorn (piano, zang, teksten), schrijver/dichter Ingmar Heytze (voice-over, teksten), Marc van Vugt (git/comp), en Marc van Vugt's Big Bizar Habit: Angelo Verploegen (trompet), Mete Erker (saxen), Jeffrey Bruinsma (viool), Paul Stouthamer (cello), Paul Berner (contrabas), Joost Lijbaart (drums) Geluid: Marijn Philippona. Beeld: Marcel Brugman. Teksten: Ingmar Heytze en Ineke van Doorn. Muziek: Marc van Vugt en Ineke van Doorn. De show is nog te zien op 30 november a.s. in Artichok in Soest en op 6 december in het SJU-huis in Utrecht.

December 1st. Supplemental: today we received a clip from the AD-UN newspaper announcing the last Alice concerts in Utrecht and Soest.


December 1st. Alice has her birthday today!!!
Today we received a mail from Jazz photographer Cees van der Ven. Cees and his son Maarten write for the internet jazz magazine Draaiomjeoren. They will be publishing a review on the Paradox concert soon. Today Cees send us a link to the photos he made during that concert. This is really a wonderfull serie!!! Check it out:

Alice at Paradox. Photos by Cees van der Ven

November 30th. Concert at Artishock, Soest. What a warm welcome by Roos, Ron and Semmy (although we had to miss him that evening) and the rest of their crew!! One of those places where you always feel at home and what a concert we played!!! This was the best untill now by far. People showed up from everywhere: Gouda, Arnhem, Naarden, Utrecht., Zeist, Barcelona (!!).....and even Soest.

November 29th. Today Ingmar sent us the link to our first review. It is written by Klaas Koopman for the "Gooi en Eemlander" and you can find it here:

review Gooi en Eemlander

November 28th. Tonight we played at Paradox in Tilburg. Always a nice place to do a concert! Marc dragged himself out of his bed after being ill with high fever for two days. With the aid of some pills he managed to keep up and do the concert. Imagine we should have canceled it! We had a small audience this night. Never easy on a wednesday night. Nevertheless we did well.

November 26th. Wow, we did a great concert yesterday!! We had a nice crowd for a sunday night, Vincent really did a great job replacing Ingmar and the band played well. Always nice to see familiar faces at our concerts. We sure have a following that comes back over the years. I am sure that those who did not come really missed something.
Among the crowd was Mrs. Wies van Moorsel. She is the niece of Nelly Van Doesburg and the one who made it possible that artists like us could stay at the Van Doesburghouse in Meudon, as we did in 2001/2003.

November 25th. Tonight we will be doing a show at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.
We are excited to do this concert as this is a great and beautiful venue and lots of people mailed us that they will be there. It will be exciting for us for a second reason because this evening Vincent Wijlhuizen will be replacing Ingmar Heytze for the first time. Due to his limitations in travelling, Ingmar can not do this concert nor the concert in Tilburg nov 28th.
Vincent is an incredible versatile actor and director so it will be great, but as always in jazz we are curious where he is going to take us........
Be there with us to enjoy this evening of Alice in Space->->->->





November 24th. The smallest venue of this tour: Theater Borra in Amersfoort. When we arrived we almost thought we had to turn around and forget about playing here with this big group. But as soon as we entered the venue we felt at home. It reminded us of our time growing up in Den Bosch and of the former jazzclub the Kakatoe.
As small as it was the whole atmosphere was really great. Willem Borra received us very kindly and we played a good concert for a very enthousiastic crowd. The band, Ingmar, Ineke and the rest of the crew really did well. Best concert so far!!!
If you ever are in Amersfoort, check out Theater Borra!!!

November 23rd.



Today we had our premiere at the Beauforthuis in Austerlitz. During the day there was a last rehearsal and at 8.15 PM we kicked off our concerttour. A nice crowd filled the room. People showed up curious about what this show would be like. We did a really great concert, a big promise for the rest of the tour. One of the guests was a woman called Alice. She is crazy about anything that has to do with space. She celebrated her 60-st birthday that evening and was accompanied by a big group of friends, who showed up with all these space-inspired presents!!!!
Thanks to the great reception by the people from the Beauforthuis we had a very great way to get started. Thank you Lidwien Vork!!!



November 22nd. Supplemental.

Counting down: Lift off!!!!!!!



November 22nd.

Counting down: 1



November 21th.

Counting down: 2



November 20th.

Counting down: 3



November 19th.

Counting down: 4



November 18th.

Counting down: 5



November 18th. Supplemental:
Marc speaks about some of the music in Alice in Space.

Ingmar created this god-like figure. So perfect that he is not able to see its own imperfections: he limps. I wanted to reflect that in the music. So I created a theme that limps as it is in a 15/8. (try to dance to that!!!) The goal was to make it sound as if it is easy and you could even dance to it. I also envisioned this God to be even more imperfect than you could imagine, as if parts of that God were almost falling of. As if his legs or his arms or shoulders were trying to keep up with him and not stay behind. In the music I translated that by having melodies chase one another. Trying to keep pace.
It sounds complicated when you talk about it, but it sounds majestic.
Well here is a sketch of it:





Then there is the architect/contractor. He is the one who builds planets for the God. He is also the one who designed and build the earth. It sure was a budget planet.
My idea was to do something with a universal rule or law or whatever you may want to call it. The Fibernacci row is something like that. This row (consiting of a added number starting from 1, 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+2=5, 8,13, 21, 34 etc. etc.) is one of those rows that create organic figures and even the golden mean. Look at the art of Mario Merz to see what I mean. I wanted to see if I could use that to create the music for the architect/contractor. What I did is use the numbers to create both time signatures and the melody.
The result is rather complex but it gets easier as you start listening. What I like about it that it creates music that sounds like nothing else you normally hear.
Oh, yes..... do not worry.... it does not get more complicated then this...;-)



November 17th.
I got my pin yesterday and was happy like a baby. But today.... it was STOLEN!!
Apparently the pins are already very popular!

Somewhere... someone... is working at Alice's own 'paddestoel'.



Counting down: 6



November 16th.
Counting down: 7



November 15th.
Counting down: 8



November 14th.
Counting down: 9



November 14th suplemental: RED ALERT!! RED ALERT!!

RED ALERT!!

Rumor goes that there are illegal copies of the Alice in Space pins posted on ebay and other e-auctions and marketplaces. Do not respond to these actions. We repeat: DO NOT RESPOND to these actions. They are illegal and the pins are not original.

November 13th
We have started the Count down to our tour today. Join us in the countdown activities daily.
Today:

ALICE IN SPACE PIN!!!!!!!

for early bird reservations. Join our Alice in Space crew with the original Alice in Space pin.
If you make a reservation for one of the shows in Utrecht, Austerlitz, Soest and Amersfoort you will receive an "Alice in Space" pin. (not valid for the concerts in Amsterdam and Tilburg)

Check our agenda for reservation phone numbers of the concert venues where you will have to make your reservation. Only valid for reservations made prior to the day of the show. This is an action in coörporation with "de Vijfde Verdieping".
Be quick as our stock is limited!!!

November 12th
Ingmar talks about what we are doing and what Alice in Space is about. Vincent Wijlhuizen, our director, is asking questions, Ineke is typing and Marc listens.
Ingmar about Alice in Space (time: 11:33 minutes)

October 28th
Today I found a minute to put Ingmar's pictures of the Invaders on our site. Enjoy!
Invaders from Space


October 25th
Planet Dulzura is saved. Today we got the message that half of the village of Dulzura was distoyed by the Harris fire. It is a miracle that Planet Dulzura, where Alice had het residency this summer to work on Alice in Space is saved. We regret the enomous loss for all the people in that area. We hope things will turn better soon for them. We are thinking of you!!

October 24th
It's time to show some members of the band. At the left side Jeffrey Bruinsma plays the violin. Next to him Paul Stouthamer, from Barcelona, on cello. And Paul Berner, double bass.



In the very corner you can - barely- see drummer Joost Lijbaart. The band has also a little hornsection with Mete Erker, sax, and Angelo Verploegen, trumpet.



Though half the band is ill, suffering from colds, the flue and/or toothaches, the music is coming along pretty well! Here's a better picture of the rhythmsection with Marc on guitar.



October 22th
Today we finally started rehearsing with the band! One hour before this 'major event' would start I got an awfull email. The house of my friend Robin in Dulzura, where we spent the summer working at Alice in Space, was seriously in danger because of wild fire. I called her immediately. She had been clearing the surroundings of her house all day. While she was having dinner, the fires approached so fastly, that she turned off the stove and jumped in her car. She told me that the houses of some neighbours down the road have burned down. Hers is still safe, but as the wind turned, the danger is still there. This is a picture she took just before she left.



We keep our fingers crossed for her and all the other Californians!

October 12th
This night we gathered to work some more at the text with Vincent.



I showed them some old 'space toys' Marc and I keep in the house for visiting children to play with. Most of the toys are really old. Ingmar got very distracted and while rehearsing his text, he -at the same time!- fooled around with his camera.You can find the pictures he made of the Invaders from Space in our gallery.



But then Marcel Brugman arrived. He's going to do the images for Alice in Space. It's quite a job he has to do. The images will be very diverse: articles from newspapers, news from space, pictures, some video's...



September 30st
Early saterday morning we gathered with the four of us. Ingmar explained to Vincent his view on Alice, what it is about, why we are working on it, how the three of us first met, which themes are underlying. A very interesting lecture, which we - luckily enough!- taped! Then again we worked through the whole piece. It's getting better and better! Ingmar took some shots of us. As you can see, we're really 'in line' with eachother. Ingmar took some other great pictures, which you will find in the gallery




September 25th
Today Ingmar send us a new addition to the neverending text for the show, Marc finished the scores and Ineke got some new melodies and lyrics together. We are getting close to having it all ready now.

September 24th
Today director/actor Vincent Wijlhuizen joined the crew of Alice in Space. He will help us staging the concert and he will be replacing Ingmar at the concerts in the Bimhuis, Amsterdam and Paradox, Tilburg.

September 23rd
Hands up, Hands on is our Vandoorn program in which we have the audience conduct us. This concert was scheduled at the Music in my Neigbourhood festival in Utrecht today. We played but did not know how to stop. ....we did not start as nobody counted us in...... no audience... so no conductor....so no show...... is this what we are going to find when 'Alice" has landed???

September 21st
Waterbuffalo 13: Alice in conversation with.....
while the band plays (in a terrible midi demo; but what the hell!!):
Waterbuffel 13





September 6th.
Alice meeting: Planet Dulzura seems very far now. How fast time flies. It is clear that we, as the crew from Alice in Space, are still facing an enormous job. Hang in there guys.....

August 29th
Ingmar got lost in space (somewhere on the 'Oude Gracht" (one of Utrechts canals) and returned as the fearless Jedi........



August 26st
Yesterday Marc and I played a short concert at the BIMhuis in Amsterdam. As it was the opening of the cultural year we were supposed to promote our new program. But after we took pictures, last tuesday, Alice had to leave again, taking off to some other planet. To solve that problem, Marc and I performed Alice's 'Letter from Dulzura', reading and improvising around her adventures. A premičre!

August 21st
An important day as the three of us had a meeting with photographer Anouk Prins at the UFO landing strip in Houten. We were very lucky:

  1. as it was NOT raining
  2. AND: someone from the "Houten village council" had decided that the strip needed to be painted again!

The colors were so bright that it was impossible to stand on the strip without wearing our sunglasses, even though it was overcast! Anouk did an exellent job and we had a great time posing (which is usually not the case....).



You can find some more pictures at the gallery


When the job was done, we sat down at our favorite terrace at the Roskam in Houten. To our big surprise, our space-experience got extended as the most famous space scientist of the Netherlands, Chriet Titulaer, was just leaving the Roskam!

August 20st
As Alices adventures start with being the winner of a sweepstake, I might as well explain what a sweepstake is!

Sweepstakes, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United States consumer sales promotions known as sweepstakes or simply sweeps (both single and plural) have become associated with marketing promotions targeted generating enthusiasm and an incentive toward action among customers by enticing consumers to submit free entries into drawings of chance (and not skill) that are tied to product or service awareness wherein the featured prizes are given away by sponsoring companies. Prizes can vary in value from less than one dollar to more than one million U.S. dollars and can be in the form of cash, cars, homes, electronics, etc.

In the Netherlands there was a well-known sweepstake organised by Lays: In each bag with potato chips one could find a code. With this code one could win an I-pod.

August 17th
Today we had a meeting with the three of us: Ingmar, Ineke and Marc. We listened to the music Marc composed, Ineke explained her philosophical and some musical ideas, and with the three of us we discussed, selected and organised the material. It was so much fun that we went on for a whole day, eating cake, drinking coffee, having lunch..
We decided that our next action should be taking pictures of the three of us. And as Ingmar's friend Anouk Prins is an exellent photographer, and as we have an UFO landingstrip right here in Houten....=to be continued=

August 7th
There are all sorts of interesting things happening in space. Today I read that scientists have discovered the largest known planet outside of our solar system. It is a hot and airy planet they say, and it looks like:

dawn

July 22nd. Squeeek........brrrr.

July 21th. Ingmar, sent us a link to keep us informed on the changes happening at Ground Control. Check it out, you won't believe your eyes.
Pictures from Ground Control


July 20th. In her endless quest to explore new worlds, Alice left today for the Malibu Hills:
Today we were invited at the house of pianist/composer Don Grusin. It was great to meet him and we had a great evening talking about music at the deck of his house and eating at a nice Thai restaurant at the Malibu coast. This might end up in a great project in the near future.



For those of you who are not familiar with Don's Work: He is the pianist who played at about 20 of the records we used to listen to when we were studying music and many, many after that. Check out his website: www.dongrusin.com


July 19th. Tomorrow we will meet up with a young dutch songwriting colleague, Femke Weidema, who is currently working in LA for Don Grusin. It will be exicting to see how she is doing. Femke used to study with Marc in Groningen some years ago.




July 18th. Ground Control to Major Tom: Today we touched base with our home station down in Utrecht. Our homebase officer Ingmar sent us a message. He apparently survived our fierce attacks and even seemed to enjoy them...???
We have the impression that earth has taken off to space as well from the picture he sent us of his visit at the "piekenkermis" (a one dollar fair).



July 17th Today Marc finished a piece with the working title 'the lonely coyote'. We managed to put a few pages on the site so at least you can see that we are doing some work and not just hang out on the beach:



July 11th. The 13th will be the birthday of Robin, our host, so we want to get some work finished before that. Ineke wrote her first letter of Alice. You can find it here:

Letter from Alice at Dulzura



July 10th. Beep, krrrr, vrrrr, beep, beep.

July 9th. Kreeek, beep, brrrr.........

July 8th. .......

July 7th. Ineke is working together with Ingmar by e-mail. Ingmar, (working from his dependance in Utrecht) send us his first outline and we fiercely attacked it. That is an easy job by mail, so we hope he did not get depressed by it. Marc has written some sketches of the music. Clearly inspired by the incredible view on the valley and the mountains from his rigging shop. "men it looks as if we are on another planet!!".



July 6th. We spent a day getting our communication going. We have a satelite connection here. When the wind blows hard our messages go with the leaves.....

July 5th. Marc is working at the "rigging shop", an old seacontainer that is on the same compound where the airstream is located that is our home for the next couple of weeks.



Ineke works at the Brailsford office, guarded by the grounds guard Sebeka.



We had to get adjusted first to the local surroundings: It gets really hot here, up to the 90th. It is really dry (down to 30%; ai, ai my poor guitar......), they say there are rattle snakes, we met with tarantula's, we wake up from the coyotes etc. etc......

July 4th. We, Ineke and Marc, took a flight to San Diego. From there we travelled to Dulzura were we will be working at "Alce in Space" during a residency that we are doing at Brailsford studios Dulzura. Public artist Robin Brailsford and painter, public artist Wick Alexander, kindly gave us the opportunity to do this residency at their facilities

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