Michel van der Aa

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June 2011

UK premiere 'Spaces of Blank'

BBC Symphony Orchestra

London’s Spitalfields Summer Festival will host the UK premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Spaces of Blank on 18 June 2011. The internationally acclaimed singer Stephanie Marshall will appear at the elegant Christ Church Spitalfields venue, supported by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Lawrence Renes.

A 30-minute song cycle for mezzo-soprano, orchestra and soundtrack, Spaces of Blank sets texts by Emily Dickinson, Rozalie Hirs and Anne Carson to construct a virtual journey through anxiety-inducing empty spaces, combining oppressive intimacy and overwhelming expansiveness to ominous effect.

Spaces of Blank has been recorded for Van der Aa’s Disquiet label by Christianne Stotijn and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and is available through the Disquiet web-store.

Read more at the Spitalfields Music festival website.

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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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  • 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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