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“Nu.Mu.Zu” - New Orchestral Work by Giya Kancheli

The Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, who lives and works in Tbilissi and Antwerp, celebrated his 80th birthday on 10 August 2015. On this occasion, Kancheli received a composition commission for an orchestral work from the Belgian National Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony.

The Belgian National Orchestra will present the world premiere of the new work entitled “Nu.Mu.Zu” on 16 October 2015 at the cultural centre “Palais des Beaux-Arts” (BOZAR) in Brussels conducted by Andrey Boreyko, to whom the work is also dedicated.

Giya Kancheli comments on “Nu.Mu.Zu” as follows:
“In the Sumerian language, which no longer exists, ‘Nu.Mu.Zu’ meant ‘I don't know’. Illusions that I knew something gradually disappeared and it turned out that having approached the age of 80 and lived a life full of contradictions I found myself utterly confused. What is happening in the world is gradually, step by step, destroying the last hope in my consciousness, without which, for all of us, life loses its meaning.
‘I don't know’ what will happen in the future. However, having lost hope, I keep dreaming about a world in which fanaticism, sectarian strife and violence are no longer the dominant features of world order.”

Another performance will take place on 18 October 2015 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (3 PM). The US premiere in Seattle will follow on 5, 6 and 7 November 2015 under the direction of Ludovic Morlot.

16 October 2015
Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Henry Le Boeuf Hall, 8 PM
World premiere: Giya Kancheli
“Nu.Mu.Zu” for orchestra
Belgian National Orchestra
Andrey Boreyko (direction)

5 November 2015
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 7:30 PM
American premiere: Giya Kancheli
“Nu.Mu.Zu” for orchestra
Seattle Symphony
Ludovic Morlot (direction)


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