Orecchia is now travelling internationally to perform his compositions with The Blind Mass Orchestra during the Holland Festival 2019 in Amsterdam. William Kentridge and Faustin Linyekula are also taking part in the festival as associate artists.

As an introduction, William Kentridge will be on stage with his lecture-performance Defence of the Less Good Idea, an ode to deviating from an initial idea and embracing the moment. This lecture is followed by The Blind Mass Orchestra who previously performed alongside Kentridge at The Centre for the Less Good Idea in 2017. Consisting of South African and Dutch musicians, The Blind Mass Orchestra will play a composition of freely interpretable instructions determined by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga. These instructions are not only set for the musicians, but for the audience as well.

Image by Lauren Mulligan for The Gallow Gate

Joao Orecchia will also be taking up a residency at The Gallow Gate in Glasgow, along with his wife and fellow creative Lindiwe Matshikiza. Both have been invited to experiment and play, ultimately creating ‘work in progress.’ The related event will be taking place on the 5th of July 2019 and is titled ‘Ritual Beings.’