image Martha Colburn

Première

The Garden and nominees Gaudeamus Award 2018

Opening concert Gaudeamus Muziekweek

RICHARD AYRES
The Garden *) (world première, commissioned by Asko|Schönberg and London Sinfonietta)
WILLIAM KUO
Flieht wie ein Schatten
WILLIAM DOUGHERTY
The new normal

*) supported by Performing Arts Fund NL

ASKO|SCHÖNBERG
conductor Bas Wiegers
bas Joshua Bloom
video artist Martha Colburn - supported by Amsterdam Fund for the Arts & Mondriaan Fonds

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Gaudeamus Muziekweek opens with the world première of The Garden by Richard Ayres. The Gardenis a cyclical tale about a man who, dissatisfied with his life, starts digging from his garden down to the centre of the earth. He then climbs a tree and is transported through clouds and flocks of birds, ever higher up into the heavens, only to land up in the very same tree in his garden.

Ayres uses texts by Shakespeare and Dante, from films and from the pub. Video artist Martha Colburn, known for her hallucinatory and kaleidoscopic work, is creating animations for The Garden . Englishman Richard Ayres studied composition with Morton Feldman and Louis Andriessen. In 1994 he won the Gaudeamus Award. Ayres was commissioned by Asko|Schönberg and London Sinfonietta to write The Garden.
This semi-staged work by the Gaudeamus Award jury member and laureate will be juxtaposed with works by two young music pioneers who have been nominated for the Gaudeamus Award 2018: William Kuo and William Dougherty.
In flieht wie ein Schatten (flees like a shadow) William Kuo investigates the boundaries of his own compositional language. The title might well mislead you; the young composer comes from Canada, and found his inspiration in Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible. With this composition, Kuo wishes to offer the listener a fresh, new listening experience.
The new normal by William Dougherty was written in reaction to the disturbing events in America during the summer of 2016: the gun battles and the murders of unarmed Afro-American civilians by the police. This work is a collage of musical layers from different eras, and includes recordings of Afro-American prisoners, made in 1947 by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, quotes from Monteverdi and Purcell, arranged by the Japanese noise artist Merzbow, and police radio recordings from 2016.

Free programme and introduction
At 19:00 the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018 will open with a musical ode presented on the quayside next to TivoliVredenburg. The concert on and around the water will include work by Yannis Kyriakides, among others, performed by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

William Kuo - Gaudeamus Award Nominee 2018

William Dougherty, Gaudeamus Award Nominee 2018