Michel van der Aa


June 2010

The Book of Disquiet in Poland and Germany

The Book of Disquiet - Klaus Maria BrandauerKlaus Maria Brandauer

Following the successful Portuguese premiere of The Book of Disquiet in February in Porto, the work will be performed in its original German version at the Wroclaw Film Festival (Polish premiere) on 1 August 2010 by musikFabrik, conducted by Joana Carneiro. Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer returns to interpret the role he created in 2009. This German version travels to the Staatstheater Saarbrücken on 20 May 2011.

Excerpts from the recent Portuguese version, starring Joao Reis and Ana Moura, can be viewed online: vanderaa.net/disquiet-trailer


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

  • 05 November 2020
    Transit (Korean premiere)
    Sooyoen Lim, piano
    PAN Music Festival, Seoul, South Korea
  • 04 February 2021
    Premiere of version for ensemble
    Insomnio, cond. Ulrich Pöll
    Mieko Kanno, viool. Charles Watt, cello
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 26 February 2021
    Shelter (German premiere)
    NDR Chor, Klaas Stok conductor
    20.00 hrs, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany


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