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

  • 19 April 2017
    Imprint
    The Tempest
    Polish National Ballet. Choreography by Krzysztof Pastor
    Dance Open Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 13 May 2017
    Blank Out (German premiere)
    Katherine Manley, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    KunstFestSpiele
    Orangerie Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany
  • 17 June 2017
    Attach (Israel premiere)
    Israel contemporary players
    Ed Spanjaard, conductor
    9pm, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

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