NIELSON, LACHENMANN, HEIDELBERGER, with Oerknal! New Music Collective, Amsterdam, June 12


Jun 12 2014 - 8:30pm

Join Oerknal! for a set of concerts exploring the relationship between music and words!

Lunatics!, June 11 and 12 concerts including:

Nathan Heidelberger - My Hands Are Empty (2011)
Helmut Lachenmann - Pression (1970)
Lewis Nielson - ...the crisis of conscience when making war but the need is to make love (and vice versa)... (2008)


conductor - Gregory Charette
mezzo-soprano - Marine Fribourg
composer-in-residence - Nathan Heidelberger
poetry and spoken word - Amber-Helena Reisig

Featuring music by our 2014 composer-in-residence Nathan Heidelberger, including Descriptions of the Moon - a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano that sets texts from nine different authors and poets. This song cycle will be interwoven with a new composition by Nathan written especially for Oerknal! Also on the docket are …the crisis of conscience when making war but the need is to make love (and vice versa)… - a fiercely energetic and original sextet by American composer Lewis Nielson – and Pression – a strikingly visceral piece by Helmut Lachenmann exploring the boundaries of sound that can be produced by a solo cello.


Poet Amber-Helena Reisig, a rising-star in the Dutch literary scene and current stadsdichter of Heerlen, joins Oerknal! to read poetry created especially for these concerts, functioning as a spoken counterpoint to the music.