Michel van der Aa

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January 2010

The Book of Disquiet listed as best performance of 2009

Dutch premiere at ZaterdagMatinee

Michel van der Aa’s most recent music theatre work The Book of Disquiet was chosen “Best classical music of 2009” by two music critics from the Dutch quality newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Mischa Spel: “Groundbreaking music theatre displayed a multimedia richness that was both moving and hopeful.” (first place)

Jochem Valkenburg: “The cineast/ director/ composer Van der Aa at his best, beating his own path by demolishing theatrical and musical boundaries.” (second place)

A new Portuguese version of the piece with actor João Reis and Remix Ensemble will be premiered on 9 February 2010 in Casa da Música in Porto. The original version with Klaus Maria Brandauer travels to Wroclaw Poland in the summer of 2010 and to the Staatstheater Saarbrücken in the spring of 2011.

Book of Disquiet "best art of 2009" 1

Book of Disquiet "best art of 2009" 2

about

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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