Michel van der Aa


May 2007

World premiere of "Mask"

Ensemble ModernMusikFabrik

MusikFabrik and the ASKO Ensemble performed the European premieres of Mask, a new work for ensemble and soundtrack. The work was commissioned by Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst and Casa da Música, Porto.

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. 

MusikFabrik gave a successful first performance at Broadcasting Hall in Cologne on Feb. 11. Additional performances of Mask included the Ars Musica Festival in Brussels (musikFabrik) and the Netherlands premiere (ASKO Ensemble). Future performances include 

the Venice Biennale in October (musikFabrik) and the Portugese premiere (Remix ensemble) in June 2008.


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

  • 21 September 2020
    Shades of Red (world premiere)
    Ensemble MusikFabrik, cond. Johannes Fischer
    Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
  • 22 September 2020
    International Ensemble Modern Academy
    University of Music and Perfoming Arts, Hamburg, Germany
  • 25 September 2020
    Eight (German premiere)
    KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen
    25 Sept – 11 Oct 2020
    Location t.b.d., Hannover, Germany


recent video

Eight - teaser

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

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Latest update 01 August 2020