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November Music 2021 starts ticket sales and presents the programme. The festival cuts across musical genres with 90 concerts over 10 days with 20 commissioned works and 25 premieres. November Music takes place from 5 to 14 November 2021 at various locations in 's-Hertogenbosch, including the Bosch Requiem 2021 composed by Hawar Tawfiq, festival composers Rebecca Saunders and Kaija Saariaho, Brad Mehldau and Sons of Kemet and international ensembles such as Musikfabrik and Ensemble Modern. The entire programme can be found at www.november

 Bosch Requiem 2021
Composer Hawar Tawfiq writes this year's Bosch Requiem. In his Requiem des Fleurs et des Nuages interpret philharmonie zuidnederland and baritone Thomas Oliemans Tawfiq's spiritually layered music in which he bridges Kurdish tradition and Western avant-garde.

Festival composers: Rebecca Saunders & Kaija Saariaho
Two influential female composers, each with a sound language all her own. Of the new generation Rebecca Saunders as one of today's leading composers. Her work will be performed at November Music 2021 by, among others Ensemble Modern, Juliet Fraser and Quatuor Diotima. With its wide sound fields, the Finnish Kaija Saariaho has been making her mark on European contemporary music for decades. Her work has been performed by, among others, the French choir Accentus, Cello Octet Amsterdam and Meta4.

Jazz & World
The crème-de-la crème of the current international jazz scene is coming to November Music this year. What to think of the pianists Brad Mehldau, Vijay Iyer, Tania Giannouli and Isfar Sarabski all of whom perform with their own trio. Guitarist Julian Lage plays work from his new Blue Note album Squint. Churning and danceable jazz comes from British group Sons of Kemet all-round saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. There are also special projects by New York trumpeter Dave Douglas, the Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, saxophonist Kika Sprangers and Mudita & Marilyn Mazur. The traditional-modern Armenian collective The Gurdjeff Ensemble will give the final concert Sunday 14 November 2021.

(Inter)national top ensembles
With Ensemble Musikfabrik - which plays new works by Richard Rijnvos and Enno Poppe -, Ensemble ModernExplore EnsembleAccentus and the Berlin collective S T A R G A Z E - that Highdive from Morris Kliphuis and Lucky Fonz III performs - hear diverse international ensembles during November Music 2021. Home-grown collectives are also well represented again. For instance Asko|Schönberg work of Calliope Tsoupaki, steps Cappella Amsterdam on with singer Rima Khcheich &Amira Medunjanin, shares Silbersee the stage with actress Ariane Schluter and brings New European Ensemble together with actor Boris van der Ham The Orwell classic 1984. Ensemble-in-residence this year is Ensemble Klang which, during a four-concert series, will play works by, among others Jan-Bas Bollen and Laurence Osborn.

Metropole Orchestra During November Music 2021, he will perform together with multi-instrumentalist and all-rounder Louis Cole - known for electonic hip-hop duo Knower - an energetic show where pop, jazz, avant-garde and funk tumble over each other. Beautiful, hushed songs come from Belgian Dez Mona and the baroque group B.O.X. Estonian singer and violinist Maarja Nuut combines folk, electronica and pop during her probing performances.

Musical theatre
From composer Anthony Fiumara goes the performance Blood coral premiered, performed by actor Jack Wouterse and accordion duo TOEAC. The Turkish/Dutch composer Meriç Artaç brings with her The Arrival of Mr. Z. a major new musical theatre work in which various characters are desperately searching for their creator. From composer Jan-Peter de Graaff sounds the theatrical song cycle Parallax carried out by Het Collectief & Katrien Baerts from Belgium.

Sound systems

Throughout the festival, the spectacular virtual reality installation Eight from Michel van der Aa visit. As part of the European Sounds Now project finds the exhibition Sound Art in Public Spacestake place in and around the Verkade Factory.

About November Music

November Music is the festival for all adventurous music lovers. Every year, it brings together the most idiosyncratic and progressive creators and musicians from all over the world. Not with the flow or against it, but with new, own currents. It is precisely by giving a place to all these different sounds that November Music allows a personal and individual story to be heard, just as the makers themselves do.

Experience modern composed music, jazz, world music, musical theatre, pop, installations and genres you never thought possible yourself. November Music creates encounters and challenges creators to jump into the deep end.

From 2021, November Music will be part of the national basic cultural infrastructure, known as the BIS.

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