Michel van der Aa

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February 2011

Spaces of Blank at the Spitalfields Festival and in The Guardian

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Michel van der Aa’s song cycle Spaces of Blank is to receive its British premiere on 18 June 2011. Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Marshall will be supported by the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of London’s renowned Spitalfields Summer Festival.

In addition, the Disquiet recording of Spaces of Blank, Mask and Imprint has received a four-star review from The Guardian. “Van der Aa persistently questions musical conventions and the accepted boundaries of the artform,” writes Andrew Clements. Bas van Putten has described Spaces of Blank as “everything that a ‘normal’ song cycle is not,” and Clements agrees: “an electronic soundtrack adds an extra layer, and the vocal writing remains utterly detached … worlds away from traditional word setting.”

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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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