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Het spookhuis der geschiedenis

Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 in highway tigers, new animals

This news from the cello department is a few months old now.

I just discovered it, but it is still good news.

The cello duet consisting of Simon Lenski and Bo Wiget are playing together again, supplying live music for the theatre opera piece “Het spookhuis der geschiedenis” (The haunted house of history). You can find more info about the performances at the site of the Wunderbaum group. The piece is described as “Wagnerian”, and fittingly, Wiget/Lenski are re-interpreting the music of Richard Wagner for the play.

Actually, when Bo announced this on his website, he didn’t use the words “interpretation” or “arrangement” that ordinary people would typically. Instead he used the German word “eingerichtet“, which could be translated by saying that the music was “re-installed” or “re-furbished” for this opera.

Does that mean something? Is it on purpose? I don’t know. But it is really nice way to think of music as something that lives in a physical space.

Anyway, the facts …
The premiere took place on May 25 on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam, with performances scheduled until June 3. The piece will be on the road for the rest of the year, with performances scheduled for Den Bosch, Amsterdam, Berlin and Groningen.

If you don’t know who Wiget/Lenski is, I saw them play a concert in 2008 when they had just released their album, “Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde“, which is still very recommendeded, and – of course – available on itunes. I’d imagine that friends of experimental noise music may well enjoy this album; as it definitely holds some of the most abrasive and dissonant sounds in the entire DAAU orbit.

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