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8 March 2022

Picking up the pieces

Dear friends,
I hope you are all well. Despite the air of anxiety and insecurity around the war in Ukraine, the arts scene seems to be slowly picking up the pieces after two years of Covid lockdowns and cancellations. I’m so happy to be at live performances again. How I’ve missed the energy and focus of a live audience! I’m very much looking forward to next month’s US premiere of my opera Upload at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. This is one of my favourite performance spaces in the world, a magical place. I loved the performances of ’Blank Out’ there in 2017, and I can’t wait to present my latest opera to the NY audiences. The next few weeks will also see performances of my violin and clarinet concertos; more information about them is below.

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Featured works

The Book of Water

Chamber music theatre (2021-2022)

Upload

Film opera (2019-2020)

Eight

Virtual reality installation (2018-2019)

Violin Concerto

for solo violin and orchestra (2014)

Blank Out

Chamber opera (2015-2016)

Up-close

for solo cello, string ensemble and film (2010)

Michel van der Aa 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.

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Performances

3 September 2022

For the time being

Part of ‘Zettels Traum’

Theater Hagen, Hagen, Germany
4 September 2022

For the time being

Part of ‘Zettels Traum’

Theater Hagen, Hagen, Germany
11 September 2022

For the time being

Part of ‘Zettels Traum’

Theater Hagen, Hagen, Germany

All performances