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The Berlin string ensemble Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop have built themselves a reputation as pioneers on the concert stage. For this performance conducted by André de Ridder, they are joined by special guest guitarist Lee Ranaldo. Co-founder of noise rock band Sonic Youth and, according to many, a truly unique guitar player. Here he performs a new score of his, playing and singing along with the ensemble. New song material will be woven into a structure of a more abstract piece reflecting on the approach of baroque soloist ensembles typical for Kaleidoskop and also evident in Charles Avison’s Concerto grosso No. 3 (1744), which is programmed alongside the uncompromising Licht a capella by the Berlin composer Sebastian Claren and the thrilling and alarming Fuel by New York composer Julia Wolfe and video artist Bill Morrison.
For three of the four compositions in tonight’s programme, artist and designer Carel Kuitenbrouwer made a lighting design for the led grids on the walls of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.