Avenue Azure is the duo of Pete Harden and Saskia Lankhoorn, coastal-based musicians on The Hague’s North Sea. Written and performed by the duo, their debut album is a collection of “almost-songs”, an intimate, enveloping listen featuring the pellucid timbres of electric guitar and piano, with occasional spectral vocals and emulsive electronics. The music traces landscapes, skies, and seas, music of transition, that shrouds the listener in a dark comfort.
Pete Harden (guitar, electronics) and Saskia Lankhoorn (piano, voice, electronics) have a shared history of playing and touring, espying the beauty of the estranging world of travel – these experiences inspire the duo. Aside from individual work as composer and concert soloist respectively, they have been performing together in the contemporary music sextet Ensemble Klang since 2003, collaborating with some of the most highly acclaimed composers working today, with concerts across Europe and in the US. Avenue Azure arose from a desire to seek out new ways of working, blurring the process of creating and performing to bring the listener closer to the intimate element of sound itself.
“[Saskia Lankhoorn] … is a virtuoso of contemporary music…” – The New York Times
“[Pete Harden’s music] forms a phantasmagorical folio” – Libération
25 February 2023 – Andriessen Festival, Music Sacrum, Arnhem
31 March 2023 – Album release concert, Korzo, The Hague
13 April 2023 – Minimal Music Festival, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
22 April 2023 – Intro In Situ, Maastricht
18 May 2023 – Sonic Thresholds, Grey Space, The Hague
17 June 2023 – Eindhoven
December 2023 – Residency & concert at het Concreet, Tilburg
Bookings laura [at] avenueazure.org