Michel van der Aa

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February 2016

Van der Aa guest artist at the Lyon Biennale Musiques en Scéne

Lyon Biennale

This year’s Lyon Biennale Musiques en Scéne, which begins on 1 March, will have Michel van der Aa as its featured composer. In line with its theme this year of “the entertained man,” or life in a post-digital world, Van der Aa will be represented by works that touch on matters of social media and virtual reality, including the Violin Concerto, Spaces of Blank, Second Self, and the premiere of the installation version of his interactive song cycle The Book of Sand.

Founded in 1992, and a biennial event since 2002, Musique en Scène is a month-long multidisciplinary festival of music and multimedia art. Previous guest artists and curators have included Kaija Saariaho and Heiner Goebbels. The 2016 Biennale runs from 1 to 27 March, and tickets are available from the BMES website.

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Michel van der Aa (Netherlands, 1970) is a truly multidisciplinary figure in contemporary music. A unique voice, he combines composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Classical instruments, voices, electronic sound, actors, theatre and video are all seamless extensions of his musical vocabulary.

upcoming performances

  • 13 August 2017
    Blank Out (Swiss premiere)
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Lucerne Festival
    4pm, KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 13 August 2017
    The Book of Disquiet (Swiss premiere)
    Walter Sigi Arnold, actor
    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni
    11am, Luzerner Theater, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 17 August 2017
    Up-close (Swiss premiere)
    Chamber Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy
    Jay Campbell, cello
    18.20 hrs, Luzerner Saal/KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland

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  • the thing with playing guitar through an epic looping delay is that the fuckups also haunt you for ever 05 July 2017
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  • preparing "The Book of Disquiet" for Lucerne Festival. Came across these 'making of’ photos.… https://t.co/f16zqUmda9 04 July 2017

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upclose TNSol Gabetta, cello. Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson
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Latest update 23 July 2017