- Groningen (Netherlands), 1973
Samuel Vriezen is an Amsterdam-based composer who has written many works for chamber ensembles that have been performed worldwide. Vriezen’s work shows an interest in non-standard ways of organizing performer coordination and interaction and in exploring the panoramic contrapuntal possibilities that such methods of ensemble playing give.
Vriezen is also a poet and a pianist. He has written many text compositions (or polyphonic poems), and his writing (including poetry, translations and essays) has been published in many literary journals including the Dutch Parmentier, the Flemish yang and the French Action Poétique. As a pianist, he is most known for his unique virtuoso rendition of Tom Johnson’s Chord Catalogue. Together with Dante Boon, Vriezen produced the CD recording of Johnson’s Symmetries on Karnatic Lab Records.