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Germaine Sijstermans

Germaine Sijstermans is a composer, installation artist and musician. Her works combine ephemeral, often site specific installations with indeterminate music, open to the serendipity of location and time. She explores the phenomenological experience of a space and all that occurs within it through the use of silence, light, sounds, space, and physical presence of oneself and others.

Sijstermans is constantly cooperating with composers and performers, developing music and performances. In doing so she has had the pleasure of premiering many pieces that were composed for her. Her performances have taken place in venues varying from traditional concert settings to underground stages, located from the Netherlands to Brazil.

Germaine Sijstermans is based in Heerlen (NL) at the heart of the historically rich Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. She is connected as artistic developer to Intro in Situ (production house for contemporary music in Maastricht), with the support of the Performing Arts Fund NL. She also regularly works for Marres (house for contemporary culture) as part of the education team, giving and developing trainings in line with Marres’ focus on experience, the working of the senses and the language of the body.

Germaine Sijstermans obtained her master's degree as a performing musician at Codarts in Rotterdam with clarinet teacher Jan Jansen in 2013. Prior to that she did her bachelor studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with teacher Pierre Woudenberg.

She received composition and artistic mentoring from i.a. Antoine Beuger, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Marcus Kaiser, and Joachim Eckl.


Multiple Reviews

Three Releases On Elsewhere

Read "Three Releases On Elsewhere" reviewed by John Eyles

As ever, the arrival of the three latest releases on Yuko Zama's Elsewhere label was welcome. This time, each of the albums comprised just one disc apiece in contrast to the label's last five releases which included three double-disc and two triple-disc albums, a total of twelve discs in five albums. In keeping with the label's habit of releasing albums by performers new to the label, one album features three such performers. Another features musicians who have already recorded for ...

Album Review

Germaine Sijstermans: Betula

Read "Betula" reviewed by John Eyles

Given that past albums on the Elsewhere label have already featured such Wandelweiser favourites as Dante Boon, Jürg Frey, Anastassis Philippakopoulos, Michael Pisaro-Liu, Stefan Thut and Guy Vandromme, it was no surprise when the label released Betula, the debut album from Dutch composer and clarinetist Germaine Sijstermans. Her track “M" had already appeared on the album Amsterdam . Berlin . Moscow (Edition Wandelweiser, 2021), which was curated by Boon who also contributed two pieces alongside those by Sijstermans, Seamus Cater, ...

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