Michel van der Aa


April 2012

Up-close DVD winning rave reviews across Europe

Sol Gabetta, Vakil Eelman

The UK’s Gramophone magazine this month made Up-Close its “must see” DVD of the month, describing it as “undoubtedly the most impressive yet” of Disquiet Media’s four releases so far. “The way these worlds [of film and concert platform] constantly alternate on the way to their climactic superimposition … turns an outwardly abstruse conception into an engrossing and unsettling experience.”

This rave review follows others elsewhere in Europe. The Dutch magazine Luister has also given the disc a perfect 10 out of 10, and the German web magazine Klassik.com wrote a five-star review earlier this year, praising the work, its interpretation and recording quality.

The Amsterdam Sinfonietta will return to Up-Close in November in two Van der Aa portrait concerts. The first is in Amsterdam on the 8th; the second takes place in Den Bosch on the 11th and will be the closing concert of the November Music Festival.

Watch a trailer for the DVD here, or purchase a copy (hard copy or download) from the Disquiet web store.


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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recent video


upclose TNSol Gabetta, cello. Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson
31:11 min.

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Editors Jonathan Reeder, Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Web-design Studio Lonne Wennekendonk
Realisation Martijn ten Napel & Kyver
Latest update 23 July 2017