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imaginary Islands, music and more

Dec 8

Wouldn’t it be useful, in times of global uncertainty, to have a DIY kit for building a dream island? Composer Richard Ayres offers a solution in Islands: a spectacular virtual atlas of places you can visit in safety.

With artists from a range of disciplines, Ayres maps out the culture and nature of his dream islands. Welcome aboard for a planet-friendly, stimulating world tour.


A child of the Atlantic (Cornish) coast, Ayres zoomed around the seven seas all night long on his imaginary bed-cum-boat. His childhood memories were reawakened recently by a particular book – the Atlas of Remote Islands, by German author Judith Schalansky. Ayres composed his imaginary Islands for small ensemble and in differing formats for presentation, such as video clips, audio recordings and live concerts. In 2018, Ayres wrote the mesmerising multimedia production The Garden for Asko|Schönberg, which was also presented in the Muziekgebouw.

Richard Ayres

Islands - supported by Performing Arts Fund NL


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Dec. 8




Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

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