Michel van der Aa

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July 2008

'Mask' performances across Europe, USA and Japan

Ensemble ModernEnsemble Modern

Following successful performances in Cologne, Venice, Brussels, Sardinia, Valencia, Porto and Amsterdam in 2006, Mask continues to be programmed by prominent European ensembles and concert halls.
Ensemble Modern successfully performed the work in Frankfurt on 2 April. Future performances will take place in Vilnius (26 October, Ensemble Modern), Tokyo (28 August, Tokyo Sinfonietta), and in LA (14 November). The Philharmonia Orchestra London’s ‘Music of Today’ series features a performance of Mask and a conversation with the composer on October 9 in the Royal Festival Hall.

In Mask, musical layers are covered and revealed. Overtone ‘masks’ in the soundtrack transform the colour of the notes in the instrumental ensemble, shifting the sound texture. The musical layers within the ensemble and soundtrack overlap one another; sudden interruptions rip a hole in the texture, revealing previously concealed layers. A percussionist obsessively pulls gaffer tape from a table surface, causing the ensemble to react with manic outbursts. As an old-fashioned metronome, operated by the percussionist, gradually becomes muffled, the soundtrack slowly robs the ensemble’s sound of its overtones.

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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

  • 29 November 2019
    Violin Concerto (Mexican premiere)
    Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra. Conductor, Roberto Beltrán Zavala.
    Daniel Rowland, violin.
    20:30 hrs, State Auditorium, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • 07 February 2020
    Mask
    Manson Ensemble conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
    Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom
  • 20 February 2020
    Transit
    Małgorzata Walentynowicz, piano
    TonArt Festival, Esslingen, Germany

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  • tomorrow (Sunday) the brilliant Nieuw Amsterdams Peil will perform two of my works at November Music (For the Time Being, and Transit).
They even play them twice, 13.30 and 14.30 hrs at Babel in Den Bosch. See you there?
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https://www.novembermusic.net/programma/michel-van-der-aa-nap tomorrow (Sunday) the brilliant Nieuw Amsterdams Peil will perform two of my works at November Music (For the Time Being, and Transit). They even play them twice, 13.30 and 14.30 hrs at Babel in Den Bosch. See you there? - https://www.novembermusic.net/programma/michel-van-der-aa-nap

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Eight - teaser

eightvirtual reality installation ft. Kate Miller-Heidke
1:22 min.

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Latest update 11 November 2019