LJUS - a plea for magic

LJUS - a plea for magic

LJUS is the first hour-long music circus performance created by Rogier Hornman. LJUS is a mixture of physical games, virtuoso music making and aerial maneuvers. In an attempt to create a vivid playful world, the audience will (re)discover their inner youth and try together with Rogier to defy gravity. Shall we ever succeed? If not us, who will?

Rogier Hornman - cello/performance/music/concept; Elsa van der Linden - tenor saxophone/performance; Lucas Kloosterboer - trombone/performance; Gustav Janata - circusperformance; Mar Olive Nieto - circusperformance; Sarah Lynn Huizing - violin; Deborah Witteveen - soprano saxophone; Lars Visscher - accordion; Bart Soeters - fretless bass guitar; Mees Siderius - drums; Marco Spek - sound design; Harm Wellink - lighting design; Esmée Olthuis & Lidy Six- artistic supervision; Sam De Roos, Kim Tadema & Sebastiaan Goedknegt - production
LJUS was part of  Rogier's graduation exam from the bachelor Musician 3.0 at HKU Utrecht Conservatory.



Bevordering Utrechtse Improvisatie (BUI)

BUI brings Utrecht improvisers together. Together with Moira she organizes a monthly evening with adventurous music. In exciting combinations with dance, visual art and poetry, the boundaries of improvisation are being expanded. Utrecht is fertile soil for collaborations between curious musicians and other artists. BUI stands with both feet on this earth and lets the art in Utrecht grow!
The evening consists of main acts and concludes with a free play session in which you can participate (for all improvisation art forms). Sign up for the free play at the entrance.
BUI is supported by the Municipality of Utrecht and Elise Mathilde Fonds

BUI is managed by Elsa van der Linden, Mees Siderius, Lucas Kloosterboer en Rogier Hornman.

©Elsa van der Linden


ROGIER - Tight Wires

I have always had a big fascination for circus. As a kid I made my own trapeze and was always obsessed with flying in a theatrical context. This fascination later became my research, as I was looking for a musical way to communicate this fascination. What interests me most in circus is the virtuoso way in which the performers play with gravity and rotation. Two physical elements that are so fundamental for us human beings in understanding the world around us. Gravity and rotation became since the elements I wanted to grasp in my music/performance. Working with improvisation as well as written music I make a complete experience which is essentially abstract. The name ‘Tight Wires’ obviously refers to the circus discipline called tight wire, and in fact there is this physical/bodily element of tightening ropes/wires which directly speaks to my imagination and virtuosity. Like weight put on the strings of my cello by bowing it, the sound changes, and this fascinates me massively. 

Next step in this project is implementing contemporary circus disciplines in my work, I am working towards a 1-hour circus inspired music performance due June 2019.



Esmée Olthuis (altosax), Rogier Hornman (cello & composition), Mees Siderius (drums), Lars Visscher (accordion/keys), Bob Barlag (bassguitar). ©Fréderique Purnot

COLEN - A Bird's-Eye View

“Ad Colen’s newest project ‘Bird’s Eye View’ reflects his musical character: fresh, imaginative compositions with bubbly improvisations that make his fellow band-members smile. Music that makes you happy. Colen beams with joy when explaining the difference between birdsongs and which particular elements have inspired his music. His explanations really deepen the listening experience. The sound of one Jackdaw might be dull, but a whole group crowing together is a truly rhythmic spectacle. It is elements like these that Ad uses in his compositions.

Over the past couple of years Ad has been transcribing various birdsongs in order to use them as the base for compositions and improvisations. New sounds arise when bird sounds are for instance delayed. Whimsical melodies, both in style and rhythm. The song of a hermit thrush has a lyrical character, whereas that of a (Eurasian) wren resembles a modern-classical melody.

Ad Colen is able to capture a unique sound. Never before has a jazz artist released a whole album inspired by the kingdom of birds. Just like jazz standards can be the starting point for an improvisation, so can the rhythms, melodies and sounds of birds.”

Mike Roelofs (Fender Rhodes/piano), Yonga Sun (drums), Ad Colen (alto-/tenorsax & composition), Dion Nijland (double bass), Rogier Hornman (cello). ©Hester Doove

Big Pink Pig King

BIG PINK PIG KING is four-headed monster from Utrecht. Four young musicians perform an explosive play of constant challenge and exiting experiment, of improvised music that tares apart into shreds of blunt performance, corroded grooves, sometimes a word scream and now and then – interfering the noise – a disguised hint of virtuosity. Somewhere between and originating from free jazz, noise, punk, pop; a hungry non-poetic poetry in the present.

Elsa van der Linden (tenorsax), Lucas Kloosterboer (drums/trombone), Joram Heijmans (guitar), Rogier Hornman (cello). ©Niek Heijmans


Elsa van der Linden: 

"The space is my sound box, I research her, approach her almost as a score in that what sounds, yet what sounds is mainly improvised music. Through research I learn to know the space in every fiber, both before and during the performance. From my findings I make decisions in direction and sound that form a guideline for what is going to sound improvised at the moment. I choose for improvisation because that is a way of creating that allows for a lot of focus and concentration on the present and is therefore a raw and honest form of playing for me.

In order to be able to translate the space properly, I like working with various disciplines. Sound is created by movement and through movement music arises. By working together with, for example, dance, text or visual art, the work gets more layered. As far as I'm concerned, these art forms do not coexist but are interwoven."

Elsa van der Linden (tenorsax & concept), Rogier Hornman (cello), Sofie Hollander (movement), Lucas Kloosterboer (drums/tombone). ©Coen van Walbeek

The Horse Sessions

A poetic, theatrical, musical space. A dynamic improvised concert performance crafted in the moment. Experimental, physical, alive and direct. Orchestrated by Leela May Stokholm

To sound. Resonate. Let the energy dance. Play.
Like a horse letting the imagination take us into the unknown.

Physical & visual theater maker, performer and singer Leela May Stokholm invited a group of individual performance artists and musicians to dive with her into the intuitive playing field of the improvisation. With the voice as a bridge to ‘play’ together in concert. Sensitively balancing between creation and chaos with humor they share in direct presence with the audience how they move and are moved.

The Horse Sessions no 3 –‘to act in concert’ is an associative layered journey where we get space to surrender to the magic of the ever changing Now.

©Nyré Tiessen

Zoë Schollee (performance), Elsa van der Linden (performance, tenorsax), Joram Heijmans (performance, guitar), Martijn Schier (performance). ©Vincent van Woerkom


In September 2017 Fréderique Purnot and I started with art project SittArt. This project is intended for children from and around Sittard between age 7 and 12 who are passionate about art, but who have never had the chance to do something with that due to their circumstances.

During 10 Saturdays spread over the first half of the school year 2018-2019 we take these children on a journey of discovery by introducing them to 5 art forms: music, film, dance, theater and visual art. Both doing it yourself and experiencing is important. Experienced artists are invited to show what they do and how they do it, and to work with the children. We keep the costs of participation in this project low, because every child deserves a chance to get acquainted with the wonderful world of art. In doing so they can learn to express themselves in new exciting and creative ways.