Journal Article: “To Lie Beyond Good & Evil: A Musical Question of Truth”

Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 82, no.1 (May 2020): 57–92. Doi: 10.2143/TVF.82.1.0000000. Peer-reviewed article on Nietzsche, truth, and improvisation. Language: Dutch (draft in English). Click here for a link to the PDF. Keywords: Nietzsche, truth, lies, footing, correctness, art, music, improvisation. Summary: To Lie Beyond Good and Evil: A Musical Question of Truth (Joris Roelofs) In this article, […]

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Nietzsche’s Muses: Solo Bass Clarinet

In this lecture-concert, I play improvised versions of compositions that are all related to Nietzsche: Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, Mahler, Bizet. In between, I elaborate on these composers and their connection to Nietzsche.

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Master Course: Freedom and Improvisation (Conservatory of Amsterdam)

Freedom is key to improvisation. Jazz music, in particular, lends itself to freedom of form, of imagination, of expression. But freedom is a porous concept, subject to diverse and even conflicting interpretations. In this course, we will reflect on the interplay between freedom and improvisation. Together, we’ll explore the following questions: What is freedom? Does freedom have […]

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Lecture: Nietzsche’s Muses: An Examination of Nietzsche’s Philosophy as it Relates to Music and Dance

Language: German or English. This lecture elaborates on Nietzsche‘s ideas of identity, freedom, and creativity and connects these ideas to the world of music. I examine Nietzsche‘s relationship to Richard Wagner and his music, Nietzsche‘s studies on rhythm, as well as his own ambitions as a composer. I also discuss Nietzsche’s relationship to improvisation: he was an excellent improviser himself. The lecture includes audio […]

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