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1984

The New European Ensemble presents the film 1984. The film is based on the eponymous book by George Orwell. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote a new ensemble piece inspired by the novel, performed by the New European Ensemble in the film. Commissioned by the New European Ensemble, filmmaker Gijs Besseling created a feature film with the New European Ensemble, in which Kerem’s ensemble piece is combined with narrations from Orwell’s novel acted by Boris van der Ham, with commentary by Edward Snowden. Musicians from the ensemble depict the story in compelling film scenes. Recorded in 2020.

Ships Vanishing in the Horizon

The New European Ensemble presents the film Ships Vanishing in the Horizon, an adaptation of the work by the same name by Basque composer Mikel Urquiza. Urquiza visited the Museum Panorama Mesdag in The Hague. He was impressed by the Panorama and saw it as a beautiful source of inspiration for the next composition commissioned by the New European Ensemble. To capture this music piece in film, the ensemble collaborated with the Museum Panorama Mesdag to record images of the composer in the panorama. Recorded in May 2021, Nieuwe Kerk The Hague, Museum Panorama Mesdag.

Sofia Gubaidulina – Repentance

Played and recorded at Svensk Musikvår in the Nathan Milstein Hall Stockholm.

Willem Stam – cello
Franz Halasz – guitar
Jacob Kellermann – guitar
Lucas Brar – guitar
James Oesi – double bass

Audio: Johan Blixt
19 March 2019

Impressions of YeonDo by Seung-Won Oh
A conversation with Jürg Frey
Kareem Roustom – Buhur
Olivier Messiaen – Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Sergey Prokofiev – Quintet in G minor
Trailer 1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the Dutch language film 1984 with Edward Snowden on Sunday March 21, 2021 at 23:05 on Netherlands NPO2 Extra. The film features actor Boris van der Ham and whistleblower Edward Snowden and is based on George Orwell’s classic novel. The Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote a new ensemble piece based on the novel, which will be performed by the New European Ensemble in the film. The premiere of the English language version of the film with actor Joseph Thompson, will be on April 23 at 19:00 on OnJam.tv. A tour with performances in theatres will begin in October 2021.