Sat. 1 June
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In Korzo, Festival Dag in de Branding presents a double programme of brand-new music. In the Studio, Myrto Nizami presents a first scene from the chamber opera she is developing during her residency at the festival. She draws inspiration from Fernando Pessoa’s Sonnet VIII. Like that poem, her opera is about masks, shifting identities and stratification.

Next, in the Zaal, is the second edition of the successful Music for Empty Spaces project, featuring new solo pieces by nine composers: Bart Spaan, Orkun Ağır, Max Frimout, Maxim Shalygin, Jeff Hamburg, Sinta Wullur, Daan Manneke, Wilma Pistorius and Heather Pinkham.

Foto: Bart Grietens
Heather Pinkham

What comes after death? The mystery of our final journey is as old as humanity itself. But unlike our ancestors, we prefer not to dwell on it. Which composer Heather Pinkham believes is regrettable. In this new edition of Music for Empty Spaces, Pinkham asks nine colleagues from diverse backgrounds to reflect on dying, death and mourning. Music as the language of the unspeakable, which can help us talk about the irrevocable end that is part and parcel of life.

Pinkham organised the first edition of Music for Empty Spaces during the corona crisis. Streamed live from Muziekgebouw aan ‘IJ, Amsterdam, the programme was a success, reaching audiences across the world. It was even followed up by a live performance in front of an audience. After life in isolation, the subject of the first edition, the second edition follows with reflections on death. Once again, nine composers provide new works to be performed by top Dutch musicians.

Watch the first edition of Music for Empty Spaces in the video below.

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