Michel van der Aa


January 2010

World premiere of 'Rekindle'

Kettle's YardKettle’s Yard

Van der Aa’s latest work, Rekindle for flute and soundtrack, will be premiered on 14 February 2010 during a Composer’s Portrait concert in Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. Jane Mitchell is the flutist.

Rekindle integrates the play of changing perspectives between live and prerecorded sound, the two elements ‘rekindling’ one another’s material. As the material is passed back and forth, the pulsating rhythms in the soundtrack instigate an increasingly virtuosic dialogue. At the work’s climax, the soundtrack takes control, forcing the flute into sudden sequential outbursts.

The Dutch premiere of Rekindle will take place at the end of August 2010 in Amsterdam and the first German performance is planned for 19 January 2011 in the Philharmonie Essen.


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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