Arvo Pärt exclaimed having discovered Cello Octet Amsterdam 10 years too late, and Simeon ten Holt was over the moon with their rendition of his Canto Ostinato. Cello Octet Amsterdam is capable of making a performance of one composer or one work into a truly unique experience, turning it into a kind of séance. The Cello Octet has now set its mind on Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon’s music. A clever choice.
For New York composer Michael Gordon, minimal music holds no secrets. Over the course of 30 years, he turned the minimal idiom completely inside out and found his own composing language. Gordon’s language could still be called ‘minimal music’ but sounds nothing like Reich, Glass, or Louis Andriessen, the foremost inspirer of the three Bang on a Can composers. The composer wants this new work – which lasts an hour – to be performed in an intimate setting ‘with the audience seated around it.’ The Muziekgebouw’s Grote Zaal will be specially adapted for this performance.