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10 reasons to compose
1. Stretching time
2. Looking for trouble
3. Number-fetishism
4. Crazyness
5. Promises
6. Neurosis
7. Sex, drinks & fried foie gras
8. Not being good for anything else
9. To have an 'aussergewöhnlich lustig' idea (free after Stockhausen)
10. Not to sleep

In the series of composer portraits by November Music Lucid confusion - about Mayke Nas was published in november 2018, with contributions by Bas van Putten, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Mayke Nas and Dimitri van der Werf. The bilingual (Dutch/English) booklet can be obtained from November Music and can be previewed online at:

To raise the alarm over the low incomes of composers at the Dutch House of Representatives Mayke Nas composed an alternative for the most important bell in Dutch politics: the voting bell. One minute for two glockenspiel and gendèr, performed by Slagwerk Den Haag:

For more information (in Dutch):
              * Componistenmonitor Nieuw Geneco
              * Interview met Ghislaine Plag op radio 1

"Why do composers do it?"
In a speech that opened the Gaudeamus Music Week 2017 Mayke Nas attempted answering the key question.
From october 2016 to november 2018 Mayke Nas was Componist des Vaderlands (Dutch National Composer). A few interviews (all in Dutch):

              * Interview by Mischa Spel in het NRC Handelsblad
              * Interview by Nell Westerlaken in de Volkskrant
              * Interview (pdf) door Frederike Berntsen in Trouw
              * Interview (pdf) by Erik Voermans in het Parool
              * Interview (video) by Tom Klaassen voor VPRO Vrije Geluiden
              * Interview by Mark van de Voort in Univers
              * Interview (audio) by Jellie Brouwer in NTR Kunststof Radio
              * Interview door Camiel Hamans in Brabant Cultureel
              * Interview door Mark van Schaik in Buma Magazine
New publication (in Dutch): Componisten van Babel by Joep Christenhusz. Ten essays on the works of a generation of Dutch and Belgium composers: Michel van der Aa, Stefan Prins, Micha Hamel, Joey Roukens, Joachim Brackx, Merlijn Twaalfhoven, Wilbert Bulsink, Mayke Nas, Daan Janssens and Annelies van Parys.
Down the Rabbit-Hole (2012), written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (NL), was awarded with the Kees van Baarenprijs 2015. Het Residentie Orkest conducted by Otto Tausk performed the work on 13 may 2016 in De Doelen in Rotterdam, 14 may 2016 in het Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague during the 40th Dag in de Branding and on 15 may 2016 in De Spiegel in Zwolle.
Now in the making
The arsenal of unlived things (2019) for Nieuw Amsterdams Peil commissioned by Festival November Music & Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD
Recently finished
Playtime (2019) for Eklekto commissioned by Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik & Festival November Music
A Horseless Carriage (2019) for Asko|Schönberg conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado commissioned by NTR ZaterdagMatinee & Performing Arts Fund NL
Cinderella (2018), compulsory work for the semi finals of the TROMP International Percussion Competition 2018 commissioned by Performing Arts Fund NL
Radio Rusland / Etherkwartet nr. 9 (2018) for Ragazze Quartet commissioned by Performing Arts Fund NL
I Delayed People's Flights By Walking Slowly In Narrow Hallways, written for Percussion Group The Hague in collaboration with Wouter Snoei, is beautifully filmed by Jellie Dekker and available on DVD together with 'Parade' by Guo Wenjing, 'Morphus/Amorphus' by Anthony Pateras and '7 dances for percussion 4-tet' by Peter Adriaansz. more >>
No reason to panic, written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, is available on CD together with works by Michel van der Aa, Otto Ketting, Tristan Keuris en Sofia Gubaidulina. more >>
In the NTR Podium Television Series Composition in the Netherlands composers are filmed while working on their compositions. At a time when they are at their most 'vulnerable', honest and unpolished. Part one focuses on Mayke Nas. A short film from 2012 by Carine Bijlsma. more >>
From the summer of 2011 to the summer of 2012 Mayke Nas was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD (Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst / German Academic Exchange Service)
Article in the DAAD-magazine by Eva Blaskewitz, 27 december 2011
Artikel in Der Tagesspiegel by Frederik Hanssen, 30 november 2011
Especially for composers - and other people - there is a snackbar with YouTube-refreshments, originally designed for The Ear Reader. more >>
Listen to a selection of übercool new music - XXI century only - via the playlist 'CLASSIC NOW' on