A richly varied mosaic in 38 movements for cello and large intercultural ensemble.
Bons composed Nomaden for Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble – a group he himself founded in 2002, made up of 18 eminent musicians from China, Japan, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. From the Japanese shakuhachi and Chinese erhu to the Armenian duduk and the Persian setar, the scoring offers an untold number of combinations and an unheard spectrum of timbres. Nomaden was premièred by these performers in 2016, under the baton of Ed Spanjaard, and has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
The cello is the main solo instrument and plays a principal part in all movements except the eleven passages and track 26. Throughout the work other instruments step into the limelight, however, either as soloists, joint soloists or ‘featured players’. These are indicated above within square brackets. There are also three movements performed by single instruments: tracks 2, 24 and 29, and two duets: tracks 10 and 14.