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Sunday Morning Drones – New European Ensemble

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The New European Ensemble returns to Gaudeamus Muziekweek in a varied programme of works exploring nature, tranquillity, light and dark and our experience of sound.

Stefan Maier’s Territories, nominated for the Gaudeamus Award 2019, is a reply to Glenn Gould’s documentary The Idea of North about the north of Canada. In contrast of Gould’s love for technology, Maier creates a sumptuous sonic picture of the Antropocene, the periode of time in which humans have made indellible traces on the landscape.

Peter Adriaansz has written a new work for New European Ensemble that delves into our experience of continuing overlapping ostinato (repetitive short musical motives). He reflects on how layers of sound interact. José Sanchez Verdu examines the interaction and interplay of light, dark, religion and reason, in a piece inspired by Goya’s ink drawings Lux ex Tenebris of an angel emerging from darkness.


Stefan Maier - Territories III (nominee Gaudeamus Award 2019)
Peter Adriaansz - New piece
Jose Sanchez-Verdu - Lux ex Tenebris 

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New European Ensemble
José Sanchez Verdu - conductor

Photo © Rob Overmeer


New European Ensemble