Michel van der Aa

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February 2011

Spaces of Blank at the Spitalfields Festival and in The Guardian

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Michel van der Aa’s song cycle Spaces of Blank is to receive its British premiere on 18 June 2011. Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Marshall will be supported by the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of London’s renowned Spitalfields Summer Festival.

In addition, the Disquiet recording of Spaces of Blank, Mask and Imprint has received a four-star review from The Guardian. “Van der Aa persistently questions musical conventions and the accepted boundaries of the artform,” writes Andrew Clements. Bas van Putten has described Spaces of Blank as “everything that a ‘normal’ song cycle is not,” and Clements agrees: “an electronic soundtrack adds an extra layer, and the vocal writing remains utterly detached … worlds away from traditional word setting.”

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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 September 2017
    Blank Out
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Park Avenue Armory
    Wade Thompson Drill Hall, New York, U.S.A.
  • 28 September 2017
    Auburn (Montenegro premiere)
    Mislav Režić, guitar
    Niksic Guitar Festival
    8pm, Kings Nicola Castle, Montenegro
  • 07 October 2017
    Hysteresis (Swedish premiere)
    Svenska Kammarorkestern, cond. Tung-Chie Chuang
    Kari Kriikku, clarinet
    3pm, Konserthus, Örebro, Sweden

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  • kind words about the US premiere of ‘Blank Out’ in the New York Times 😃
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@parkavearmory #blankout #contemporarymusic #opera #newyorkcity kind words about the US premiere of ‘Blank Out’ in the New York Times 😃 (link in bio) - - @parkavearmory #blankout #contemporarymusic #opera #newyorkcity

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  • the thing with playing guitar through an epic looping delay is that the fuckups also haunt you for ever 05 July 2017
  • and here am I covering Klaus Maria Brandauer in paper boats https://t.co/WarKXl6POv 04 July 2017
  • preparing "The Book of Disquiet" for Lucerne Festival. Came across these 'making of’ photos.… https://t.co/f16zqUmda9 04 July 2017

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