Michel van der Aa

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April 2012

Up-close DVD winning rave reviews across Europe

Sol Gabetta, Vakil Eelman

The UK’s Gramophone magazine this month made Up-Close its “must see” DVD of the month, describing it as “undoubtedly the most impressive yet” of Disquiet Media’s four releases so far. “The way these worlds [of film and concert platform] constantly alternate on the way to their climactic superimposition … turns an outwardly abstruse conception into an engrossing and unsettling experience.”

This rave review follows others elsewhere in Europe. The Dutch magazine Luister has also given the disc a perfect 10 out of 10, and the German web magazine Klassik.com wrote a five-star review earlier this year, praising the work, its interpretation and recording quality.

The Amsterdam Sinfonietta will return to Up-Close in November in two Van der Aa portrait concerts. The first is in Amsterdam on the 8th; the second takes place in Den Bosch on the 11th and will be the closing concert of the November Music Festival.

Watch a trailer for the DVD here, or purchase a copy (hard copy or download) from the Disquiet web store.

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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

  • 30 March 2019
    Blank Out (Greek premiere)
    Katherine Manley, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Megaron, Athens, Greece
  • 31 March 2019
    Transit
    Louis Goldstein, piano
    3pm, NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions, New York, U.S.A.
  • 31 March 2019
    Blank Out
    Katherine Manley, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Megaron, Athens, Greece

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  • 🎈Done!! 🎈
‘Akin’, my new double concerto for Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta. Commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Kölner Philharmonie.

9 May 2019 - Kölner Philharmonie
10 May 2019 - Concertgebouw Amsterdam
7 & 8 June 2019 - Vancouver
21 March 2020 - Ottawa 🎈Done!! 🎈 ‘Akin’, my new double concerto for Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta. Commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Kölner Philharmonie. 9 May 2019 - Kölner Philharmonie 10 May 2019 - Concertgebouw Amsterdam 7 & 8 June 2019 - Vancouver 21 March 2020 - Ottawa

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