In June, Maya Fridman and Cello Octet Amsterdam played the piece Severade by composer Maxim Shalygin for an online audience during our festival due to the corona measures. We are pleased to announce that they will be able to do this in front of a live audience in the Nieuwe Kerk on September 19th. A nice encore after our program on September 18 in collaboration with Rewire. Ticket sales have started.
As if the sight of eight cellists on stage isn’t spectacular enough, artist Rob van Broek adds a newly designed instrument that gives the ensemble the allure of a living sculpture. With Severade, composer Maxim Shalygin takes a sneak peek into the future. In addition to the classic cellos played by the members of Cello Octet Amsterdam, he wrote this piece for a next-generation robot cello. Designed by Rob van den Broek, this electrically powered instrument produces mysterious-sounding low notes that can be sustained over a very long time. Just what Shalygin needed for this ‘Serenade to the North Sea’. Read more.