Saturday 11 September
Galya Bisengalieva is an award-winning Kazakh/British violinist and composer who uses her intimate bond with her instrument as wellspring to create highly moving, impressionistic compositions. Her latest album ‘Aralkum’ highlights the Aral Sea, a closed endorheic lake on the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan borderlands that tragically evaporated in the 2010s. Charting the gradual destruction of the Aral sea in Central Asia, one of the world’s worst environmental disasters, her gorgeous but often unsettling compositions are brought to life with panoramic strings, contemplative drones and electronics. She has closely collaborated with composers such as Pauline Oliveros, Moor Mother, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Terry Riley. Through her own NOMAD label she champions music for solo violin and electronics, commissioning emerging artists such as Shiva Feshareki, Claire M Singer, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Ipek Gorgun and CHAINES. After her stunning recorded performance for the online edition in May, she’ll join us in The Hague with a full ensemble and visuals.