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

  • 14 April 2020
    Auburn
    Sjors van der Mark, guitar
    20.30 hrs, De Link in Het Cenakel, Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 09 May 2020
    Mask
    Insomnio ensemble, cond. Ulrich Pöhl
    Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 15 May 2020
    Eight (German premiere)
    KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen
    15 May – 12 June 2020
    Location t.b.d., Hannover, Germany

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