Michel van der Aa

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April 2014

New clarinet concerto Hysteresis to be premiered in London

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Michel van der Aa’s new clarinet concert Hysteresis will receive its world premiere in London on 30 April. The performance is part of a portrait concert given by the London Sinfonietta that will also feature the UK premiere of the complete Here Trilogy (with soprano Claron McFadden) and the solo for violin and tape, Memo, performed by Thomas Gould.

The title of Hysteresis refers to the idea that non-living systems or materials can have a sort of ‘memory’ of their past – in the way that an iron strip becomes magnetized when brought into contact with a magnetic field, and stays magnetized when that field is taken away. Combining live instruments with recordings and electronics, Hysteresis asks: can music behave similarly? And what is the nature of musical memory anyway?

Van der Aa’s first major work for clarinet, Hysteresis has been written with three players in mind. Mark van de Wiel will give the London premiere, and further performances will take place later in the year with Carl Rosman and Kari Kriikku as soloists.

The song cycle Here is a distinctive example of Van der Aa’s music-theatrical illusion. It begins with a mysterious black plexiglass box on stage with the ensemble, and use texts by the composer, instrumental music and electronics to become a study of a woman struggling to connect with the world around her.

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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

  • 01 July 2019
    Eight (French premiere)
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Festival Aix-en-Provence in partnership with Château La Coste. Runs from 1-30 July.
    Château La Coste, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
  • 08 July 2019
    Eight
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Festival Aix-en-Provence in partnership with Château La Coste. Runs from 1-30 July.
    Château La Coste, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
  • 13 July 2019
    Blank Out (French premiere)
    Miah Persson, soprano. Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Festival 'Aix en Provence.
    Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, Aix-en-Provence, France

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