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Free radicals

Unorthodox spirits


Sep 14 2023

In biochemistry, “free radicals” pose a hazard to cells and tissues. In music, however, they can offer you the chance to explore a different sound world. Asko|Schönberg presents five of these unorthodox spirits, who have succeeded in detaching themselves from conventions and expectations. They play with our perceptions of time, challenge us to embrace microtonal intervals and integrate non-musical sounds within their dramaturgy.
As well as some of today’s idiosyncratic creators, such as Chaya Czernowin, Saad Haddad and the Dutchman Jan van de Putte (with a vocal homage to Pessoa), we hear works by the twentieth century mavericks Ives and Xenakis. Excitement assured!

Chaya Czernowin

Fast Darkness III

Saad Haddad


Jan van de Putte

Uma Só Divina Linha - with the support of Performing Arts Fund NL

Charles Ives

Three Quartertone Piano Pieces

Iannis Xenakis



Gregory Charette conductor
Emily Thorner soprano

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Sep. 14 2023




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