Michel van der Aa

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June 2011

UK premiere 'Spaces of Blank'

BBC Symphony Orchestra

London’s Spitalfields Summer Festival will host the UK premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Spaces of Blank on 18 June 2011. The internationally acclaimed singer Stephanie Marshall will appear at the elegant Christ Church Spitalfields venue, supported by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Lawrence Renes.

A 30-minute song cycle for mezzo-soprano, orchestra and soundtrack, Spaces of Blank sets texts by Emily Dickinson, Rozalie Hirs and Anne Carson to construct a virtual journey through anxiety-inducing empty spaces, combining oppressive intimacy and overwhelming expansiveness to ominous effect.

Spaces of Blank has been recorded for Van der Aa’s Disquiet label by Christianne Stotijn and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and is available through the Disquiet web-store.

Read more at the Spitalfields Music festival 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

  • 27 June 2017
    Rekindle
    E-MEX ensemble
    Evelin Degen, flute
    7.30pm, WeststadtHorizont, Essen, Germany
  • 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

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