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How to Write the Third Note: Strategies for Tackling Writer’s Block – Composer Workshop with Douwe Eisenga

October 21, 2023 @ 3:00 pm4:30 pm

Three famous Dutch composers once had a hilarious conversation.
Anyone can compose one note, they agreed.
The second one was also very doable.
But the third?
Impossible to think of and write down the third note.
In this ‘Block Attack’ meeting, Douwe Eisenga will talk with the participants about getting yourself started when beginning a new piece.
About how one sentence from a theater text became the key to the complete harmonic floor plan for an hour of music.
Or about translating rhetorical figures of speech into music.
Or about limiting yourself to writing a mere 15 seconds of music a day (Fifteen seconds? That should be doable!).
Or about the bright ideas that the members of the Seattle Composers Alliance contribute.
Let’s talk together about the terrible third note.

The SCA is thrilled to welcome Dutch composer Douwe Eisenga to Seattle! For the last twenty years, pianist and composer Douwe Eisenga has gained world-wide attention. His collaborations have included British writer David Mitchell, American choreographer Claudia Schreier, Italian harpist Assia Cunego, and the Russian Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble. Closer to home, he writes music for harpist Lavinia Meijer, pianists Marcel Worms, Jeroen van Veen and Gerard Bouwhuis, Cello Octet Amsterdam, Slagwerk Den Haag, and many more. His musical DNA is rooted in rock, pop, and world music. All these influences, combined with baroque and the minimalistic repetitiveness of Glass, find their way into the pieces of Eisenga.

Join us for an engaging composers workshop with Douwe, “How to Write the Third Note: Strategies for Tackling Writer’s Block” starting at 3:00 PM. At 5:00, workshop attendees are welcome to join Douwe and the SCA for dinner at a location TBD (attendees must pay for their own meal).

$15 advance / $20 at the door

Tickets can be purchased in advance here!

SCA members can find a promo code here!

*Advance ticket sale ends on October 21st at noon!


October 21, 2023
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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