Michel van der Aa

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October 2009

'The Book of Disquiet' Dutch premiere

Book of Disquiet Klaus & AnaKlaus Maria Brandauer, Ana Moura

Following its premiere in Linz in January, van der Aa’s The Book of Disquiet received its Dutch premiere at the Saturday Matinee concert at the Concertgebouw on 10 October, with actor Klaus Maria Brandauer in the leading role.
Brandauer appeared on stage as well as on video together with actor João Reis and fado star Ana Moura, while MusikFabrik was conducted by Martyn Brabbins. The performance in a sold-out Concertgebouw was broadcast live on Dutch national radio.

Brilliant handiwork by composer/filmmaker Van der Aa. Dream flashes set to intelligent music
***** (five stars)
— Volkskrant, Roland de Beer

Melodramatic in the most literal sense. Das Buch der Unruhe rouses the intellect as well as the emotions through the mix of text, music and film. [Van der Aa’s] paths bring us to the kind of places we have not yet visited, but would like to see more often.
***** (five stars)
NRC, Mischa Spel

A new Portuguese version of the piece with actor João Reis and Remix Ensemble will be premiered on 9 February 2010 in Casa da Música in Porto. The original version with Klaus Maria Brandauer travels to the Staatstheater Saarbrücken in the spring of 2011 for its German premiere.

- read more about The Book of Disquiet

Photos of the Amsterdam performance (Photographer Klaus Rudolph):

Book of Disquiet - Amsterdam 3

Book of Disquiet - Amsterdam 2

Book of Disquiet - Amsterdam 1

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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

  • 23 July 2017
    Transit
    Tricia Dawn Williams, piano
    9pm, Valletta Campus Theatre, Valletta, Malta
  • 23 July 2017
    And how are you today?
    Rosanne van Sandwijk, mezzo-soprano, Jacobus den Herder, piano. Wilmar de Visser, double bass
    4pm, Wonderfeel Festival, Hilversumse Meent, Netherlands
  • 13 August 2017
    Blank Out (Swiss premiere)
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Lucerne Festival
    4pm, KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland

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