AYRE

Composers

Wim Henderickx (Adana)
Osvaldo Golijov (Ayre)

Musical team

Stijn Saveniers (conductor)
Flute
Clarinet
Horn
Viola
Cello
Double bass
Harp
Accordion
Guitar
Percussion
Voice
Electronics

In collaboration with

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.