What do you do with a piano score that says “press keys, no sound”? Acclaimed pianist Sarah Nicolls and Michel van der Aa reveal all.
HCMF website. Language: English
Michel van der Aa’s latest music theatre work, The Book of Disquiet, was premiered in Linz, starring Klaus Maria Brandauer. David Allenby talks to the composer.
Quarter Notes. Language: English
List all publications
One of the most distinctive of the younger composers in Europe today. His ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries.
— The Guardian
Van der Aa, stage director and mastermind as well as composer, pushes the boundaries of all of his media. This is the Gesamtkunst of the future.
— Financial Times
One of the most original and consistent thinkers about music
— Berliner Zeitung
Unsettlingly stark shapes, shadows and silences, spliced with sudden moments of surrealism… His music had something to say, and said it with an incisive sense of drama.
— The Herald
Van der Aa’s music is dense, gritty and uncompromising
— The Australian
Cutting-edge European concert music…fresh, uncompromising and boundary expanding
— All Music Guide
Here is no avant-gardist who mercilessly frightens off his audience, no esoteric metaphysician, no gushing neo-Romantic. Instead, here we have a powerful seeker on a quest for the meaning of life who combines austere sounds with a preference for whip cracking rhythms and dense tonal atmosphere.
— Sueddeutsche Zeitung