Nursalim Yadi Anugerah


In his work, the composer Nursalim Yadi Anugerah (1991, Pontianak) takes inspiration from the cosmology, sonology and culture of indigenous people from West Kalimantan (Borneo). He is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from the city of Pontianak and is known for his original way of approaching instrumentation and composition. As an ethno-musicologist, he worked extensively with traditional musicians from Kalimantan with the goal of preserving their music and re-interpreting it through new compositions. For three years, he led the Balaan Tumaan Ensemble, an ensemble from Pontianak and research institute for traditional music from Kalimantan. In 2017, he received a grant from the Kelola Foundation Indonesia for his chamber opera work. In March 2018, he was awarded a commission for a new composition from orkest de ereprijs during the International Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn. He made the opera HNNUNG, based on the Takna’ Lawe’, and wrote the music for the project REWILD, about deforestation in Kalimantan. He also composed part of the music for The Planet - A Lament by Garin Nugroho, which can be seen at the Holland Festival as well this year.  The director and librettist Miranda Lakerveld (Utrecht, 1976) sets the stage for opera and classical music in which connecting cultures, religions and artistic disciplines is the guiding principle. For this, she started World Opera Lab. Some major projects in recent years include Orfeo in India (adapted from Monteverdi) in Ahmedabad with European and Indian musicians and singers, Erda, an opera installation with music by Calliope Tsoupaki, De thuiskomst van Odysseus in Amsterdam West, a series of opera programs about conflicts in the Middle East in collaboration with De Balie with music from Monteverdi and traditional music from Morocco and Turkey, Arïanna and a new multi-lingual adaptation of the Matheus Passion, Passie van nu. She worked on Het innerlijke landschap, a project with film and opera about traditional Sichuan opera, together with the documentary maker Frank Scheffer. It was featured at the Holland Festival in 2015. In 2017, she made Temple of Time together with the composer Sinta Wullur for the Holland Festival as well. In 2019, the festival featured the opera Turan Dokht, an ‘intercultural rewriting’ of Puccini’s Turandot, which she worked on together with the Iranian composer Aftab Darvishi.  World Opera Lab, founded by Miranda Lakerveld, makes intercultural opera pieces, does research and gives workshops. The pieces transcend cultural differences and take dialogue between various disciplines as their guiding principle. Social themes are poetically explored in a mix of music and dance from different cultures. The work of World Opera Lab is inspired by research into traditional musical theatre practices from Tibet, Japan, Guatemala, India and Iran. World Opera Lab has made various productions in the Netherlands (including for the Holland Festival) and abroad, such as last year’s Arïanna, a reconstruction of the lost opera by Monteverdi of the same name, in which Monteverdi’s music was combined with both traditional music from throughout the world and newly composed works.