Wim Henderickx (Adana)
Osvaldo Golijov (Ayre)

Musical team


Wim Henderickx (percussion)
Karin de Fleyt (flute)
Marc Tooten (viola)


Stijn Saveniers (conductor)
Britt Truyts (soprano)
Karin de Fleyt (flute)
Marc Tooten (viola)
Peter Merckx (clarinet)
Gaetan La Mela (percussion)
Gerrit Nulens (percussion)
Romek Maniewski (cello)
Jan Buysschaert (double bass)
Nico Couck (guitar)
Ludo Mariën (accordion)
Bart Cypers (horn)
Mathilde Wouters (harp)
Juan Parra Cancino (electronics)

The song cycle AYRE is one of the most remarkable and moving works of the 21st century. The experience of hearing this aesthetically radical piece for the first time is both invigorating and disorienting. In the first impressions it is difficult to say whether the grating sounds, the stirring rhythms and the penetrating wailing song are pop or classical, or perhaps some sort of folk music or some other as yet undetermined term.

Golijov’s eclectic style is deep and highly personal.

In this masterpiece Golijov weaves strands of Arabian, Hebrew, Sardinian and Sephardic music together. The Argentine guitarist, rock producer and film composer Gustavo Santaolalla was given the freedom to give weight and colour to the whole. HERMESensemble combines AYRE with a performance of ADANA by Wim Henderickx which evokes intimations of the Indian subcontinent.