6.15pm Composer Conversation with Michel van der Aa
7.30pm Michel van der Aa
Memo for violin & portable cassette recorder
Hysteresis (world premiere)
Here Trilogy (UK premiere of complete work)
Post-concert drinks at Hayward Gallery's Concrete Bar, with Michel and the players
A black obelisk spotlit on an empty stage; an anonymous female figure; a tape recorder shuffling the soundtrack; and just eleven repeated chords.
These are the bare components that make up Michel van der Aa’s intriguing, compelling and complete Here Trilogy. With echoes of the spatial manipulation in the artwork of Escher, Here Trilogy explores the clash between the individual and their everyday surroundings, sculpting a haunting world of shadows, paralysis and isolation.
The programme also features the world premiere of Hysteresis, a new clarinet concerto co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta for Principal Clarinettist Mark van de Wiel.
“One of the most distinctive young composers in Europe today. Michel van der Aa's ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian
Baldur Bronnimann conductor
Claron McFadden soprano
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Thomas Gould violin
Sound Intermedia sound design
Hysteresis was co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble
musikFabrik and Kari Kriikku, and supported by the Ammodo Foundation
and the London Sinfonietta Pioneers.