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Meet Next Wave Composers - Maya Verlaak
13 November 2014

Maya VerlaakMaya Verlaak

The Sound & Music/NMC Next Wave commission was for me particularly interesting because of meeting the 11 different voices from the 11 different conservatoires in the UK. I liked that we got a mentor who would lead us through the process of composing for London Sinfonietta; someone I had never had lessons with before and for that reason it felt a very fresh way of working and creating a new piece.

During my rehearsals with London Sinfonietta, Richard Baker and Richard Rijnvos – who had both studied composition in The Hague – remarked that I was a product of the Hague. I took this to be a criticism and answered in protest, “Though I studied in The Hague composition department, I never agreed with any of the teachers; I was constantly arguing with them, I felt I had my own way of composing. After making these remarks, I reflected further on the issue. Though I do not write music in the style of the ”Haagse school”, I definitely have a Hague attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to an extract from Maya's All Verlaak's Music is Alouette

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All Verlaak's Music is Alouette is available on the Next Wave album featuring all 12 new works from the Next Wave composers.

Tracklisting:

1. Weiwei Jin: Sterna Paradisaea, Returning
2. Maya Verlaak: All Verlaak's Music is Alouette
3. Eugene Birman: The winter desert of my silences
4. Edwin Hillier: hibeh
5. Ji Sun Yang: KAIROI
6. Georgia Rodgers: partial filter
7. Ben Gaunt: Filling Rubin's Vase
8. Michael Cutting: I AM A STRANGE LOOP III
9. Oliver Christophe Leith: hand coloured
10. Barnaby Hollington: Velvet Revolution
11. Paul McGuire: Panels
12. Ryan Latimer: Moby Dick

Artists: Loré Lixenberg, Sarah Nicolls, Oren Marshall, Sound Intermedia, London Sinfonietta, Garry Walker

Download the album here.

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