Oerknal was ensemble-in-residence during the 2016 Gaudeamus Muziekweek, and the collaboration was so well received that we wanted to include them in the programme again. The inquisitive and ever-investigative ensemble Oerknal plays works by similarly pioneering composers.
In his work Matthias Krüger examines human relations. In Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux), the voice – whether singing, speaking, shouting or howling – connects the people on the stage with the audience. In Krüger’s LAL (First Draft) the bagpipes and accordion are not played by professionals, which results in the hard-working, toiling, human musician being exposed. Krüger has been nominated for the 2018 Gaudeamus Award and is therefore a composer to keep an eye on.
Also on the programme is Tarantino Études by Gaudeamus Award jury member Nicole Lizée. She drew her inspiration from the films of director Quentin Tarantino. Supported by excerpts from blockbusters such as Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction, these études take you on a journey through a crazy and absurd world.
Musical all-rounder John Zorn’s All Hallow’s Eve, a musical translation of a witch’s sabbath, completes the programme.
Oerknal conducted by Gregory Charette