Matthias Kadar

Matthias Kadar, composer and singer, is noted for his idiosyncratic musical language and distinct writing style. Kadar studied with Christian Lauba in Bordeaux and later with Theo Loevendie at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He composed about 200 works that have been performed worldwide. As a singer and chansonnier, Matthias performed in various festivals in Europe. Songs of Brassens, Brel and Matthias can be heard on the album ‘Oh! Quand je dors.’ In 2012 he made a Tour de Chanson with the Dutch Chamber Choir for which he composed and arranged compositions around the Chanson. As a chansonnier he toured for two years with dance group Leine Roebana. With puppeteer Feike Boschma and saxophonist Hester Cnossen he formed the ‘Trio de Passage’His composition about G. Casanova – with texts by him, Matthias Kadar and Carel Alphenaar, written for the IJ-Salon, an ensemble mainly consisting of performers from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Matthias Kadar as a soloist together with Claron McFadden- is to be premiered in Amsterdam at the end of 2016.
Matthias about his music: As a composer and singer, I keep looking for lyricism, atmosphere and timbre. Texts and poems play a special role: they inspire me with the sound and melody of the language in which they are written. Both my contemporary compositions for voice and my songs, the music, are as if they were dictated by the language: the prosody, the meaning and the ‘weight’ of words and phrases, but also by the specific musical characteristics of a language, it’s sound, melody, rhythm and accentuation. In the songs I write and sing, the music will often be at the service of the text. It always concerns me to keep the text intelligible and preserve the music and the emotional content of the text.

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