During Amsterdam Dance Event the world-famous German countertenor Andreas Scholl will give a unique, one-time-only concert at the Westerkerk in the heart of Amsterdam. On Friday October 16 at 8.30 pm he will perform a new, modern setting of the Stabat Mater. The setting was composed by the VaVox collective and will be executed with the use of, among other instruments, analogue modular synthesizers. Light and video projections will make the monumental church itself also play an important role. The Stabat Mater hymn dates back to the 13th century and has been set to music by many of the great composers, such as Haydn, Jenkins, Vivaldi and Pergolesi.
By means of this performance Scholl and VaVox, the international collective of visual artists and musicians, will introduce one of the cornerstones of the Western classical music tradition to a new and young audience. At the same time the concert will bring electronic music to the classical world. The VaVox Stabat Mater is a unique project and for the first time in musical history a countertenor’s voice will be combined with analogue synthesizers. Instruments that will be used include Moog, ARP, Oberheim and Mellotron.
Andreas Scholl is very enthusiastic about this new setting: ‘It’s new and also very exciting for me. How do my voice, the music, the images and lighting come together? Of course I know the piece and I’m well prepared, but the reason for everyone to be present is that on that night it’s really something new that will be presented. Something that doesn’t fit inside existing categories. So if you’re open to something new, you’re definitely in for an exciting night!’
The Stabat Mater is important to Scholl: ‘Over the last 25 years I’ve sung different versions of the Stabat Mater. It’s a recurring theme in my life. It’s an exceptional piece of poetry and the repetitions make it have a hypnotic and meditative effect. I’m really looking forward to this concert.’
Amsterdam Dance Event has grown into a celebrated platform for the international dance scene. The festival is the pre-eminent venue to spot the latest developments: from the new musical trends and upcoming talents to the most recent work of the pioneers and superstars. Alongside the extensive festival programme (ADE Festival), ADE Playground offers music devotees a wide range of daytime programmes as well, with exhibitions, in-store events, pop-up stores and movie showings in many different locations throughout the city.
The business section (ADE Conference) is considered worldwide to be the most important of its kind and presents a broad palette of conferences and networking moments related to music and technology, VJs & visuals, sustainable entrepreneurship, harder dance styles, new talent and student education. Amsterdam Dance Event is organised by the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, an initiative of Buma. Official Partner ADE: Samsung.
Andreas Scholl (1967) is a German countertenor , a male classical singer in the alto vocal range. At the age of seven, he was enrolled into the boys choir Kiedricher Chorbuben Aged 13, Scholl performed the role of the “second boy” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
That same year he was one of 20,000 choristers from all over the world gathered in Rome for a festival, and was chosen to sing solo at Mass on 4 January 1981, where he met Pope John Paul II. Along with his fellow choristers of the Kiedricher Chorbuben, Scholl was an extra in the film The Name of the Rose, playing a young monk standing alongside Sean Connery in scenes shot at Eberbach Abbey, near Kiedrich.
Just four years later, Scholl was offered a place at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, an institution that normally accepts only post-graduate students, based on the strength and quality of his voice. He has since become an instructor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, succeeding his own teacher, Richard Levitt.
At the Schola, Andreas Scholl’s teacher was Richard Levitt, followed by Jacobs in his second year.
In 1993 his teacher Jacobs fell ill and was unable to keep a concert commitment at the Théâtre de Grévin in France, and recommended Scholl as his replacement. Scholl scored a major success in what amounted to his professional debut on an important international stage. He appeared with Jacobs in a live broadcast concert of Bach’s St. John Passion. Going home on the train that night, he met William Christie, who had attended the concert and invited Scholl to sing on his planned recording of Handel’s Messiah. The success of that recording led to an extensive recording career for Scholl.
In addition to the Diploma of Ancient Music, Andreas Scholl garnered prizes from the Council of Europe and the Claude Nicolas Ledoux Foundation, and awards from Switzerland’s Association Migros and Ernst Göhner Foundation.
Andreas Scholl has been teaching interpretation in the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, succeeding his own teacher, Richard Levitt, and is in much demand for master classes.
Andreas Scholl is considered as one of world’s greatest counter tenors.
1996: Baroque Vocal Prize
1999: Prix de l’Union de la Presse Musicale Belge
1999: Echo award
2001: Edison award
2002: Edison award
2005: Echo award
2009: European cultureaward
Vavox is styled by the Flemish fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck.
The group has created a unique musical style, combining elements from avant-garde to pop melodies to new experimental compositions.
The music of Vavox is characterized by the use of “vintage” musical instruments from the 1960’s to 1980’s; keyboards, synthesizers and drum machines made by Moog, ARP, Oberheim, Roland, Mellotron, Hammond, Rhodes, Chroma, Hohner.
Andreas Scholl + Vavox present Stabat Mater
CD + Booklet + Artwork available here