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impuls . 12th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music | 2021

 

SPECIAL ACADEMY PROGRAMS

 

Besides individual lessons, ensemble coaching and rehearsals, lectures, discussions and other discourse programs, as well as a daily festival program with concerts, installations, presentations  and music communication programs, impuls holds various Special Programs (open only for registered respectively accepted participants of the impuls Academy 2021), that partly come along with selection and partly also need preparation in advance. We kindly ask you to read the descriptions and conditions as stated below first and contact us, if you should need any further information.

In case you are seriously intending to apply for one or more of these programs, please point them out to us already with your initial application (use titles as given) or announce your interest any time afterwards to office(at)impuls(dot)cc. Please do keep track of the different deadlines, for submitting specific application material for these specials in time. Please also note, that all compositions, scores, parts etc. have to be made available to impuls 2021 without charge for these programs, including rehearsals, possibly also performances at the impuls Festival and recordings made for archive reasons, and, if of interest, also to other impuls participants 2021 for reasons of studies, even if not mentioned explicitly below with each special program anyway.

 

1.) Performative Music . Body as instrument - instrument as body . Special Workshop with Franois Sarhan

2.) Collaboratory . Special Workshop with Stefan Prins

3.) Sounding Places - Collaborative Acoustic Explorations . Special Workshop with utrumque (Gerhard Eckel and Ludvig Elblaus)

4.) Machine Learning . Special Workshop with Artemi-Maria Gioti

5.) Klangforum Wien and Bas Wiegers . Reading Session

6.) First View . A Conductors Feedback on Scores with Leonhard Garms, Ernst Kovacic, Peter Rundel, Bas Wiegers

7.) Trio Accanto . Call for Scores + Feedback

8.) Trio Accanto . Talk

9.) Quatuor Diotima . Call for Scores + Reading Sessions + Feedback

10.) Black Page Orchestra . Call for Scores + Feedback

11.) Black Page Orchestra . Alessandro Baticci . On Flute

12.) Black Page Orchestra . Alfredo Ovalles . 21st Century Piano Virtuosity . Call for Scores + Feedback

13.) Black Page Orchestra . Samuel Toro Prez . Call for Scores for E-Guitar + Feedback

14.) Ensemble Schallfeld . Call for Scores + Reading Sessions + Feedback

15.) Ensemble Schallfeld . Manuel Alcaraz Clemente . Sound Session with Percussion

16.) Ensemble Schallfeld . Szilrd Benes . (Bass-)Clarinet: Demonstration-Workshop and Call

17.) Ensemble Schallfeld . Elisa Azzar and Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka . Instruments + Voices . Call + Workshop

18.) zone exprimentale basel . Call for Scores + Reading Sessions

19.) zone exprimentale basel . Call for Solo up to Trio

20.) Christian Dierstein . On Percussion

21.) Call for Scores & Sketches . Coaching by Uli Fussenegger

22.) Ernst Kovacic . Composing for violin solo and chamber music formations

23.) Andreas Orasch . Piano Preparation Workshop for Composers and Instrumentalists

 

 

Further special programs will be announced continually.

 

 

 

Franois Sarhan . Performative Music . Body as instrument - instrument as body

Special Workshop

with Franois Sarhan

for composers, musicians, performers, sound and multimedia artists, dancers, actors

 

18.-28.2.2021

daily presence required

18. + 19.2.: 10.00-19.00

otherwise group sessions mainly from 10.00-13.00 + afternoon working periods

 

27. or 28.2.2021 (tbc)

final presentation

 

Forum Stadtpark

 

The French composer, director and visual artist Franois Sarhan is especially noted for creating his own music-theatre and multimedia works, in which he himself often performs. With his workshop Performative Music he picks up on a most current topic in contemporary music, reaching out for new frontiers of the traditional understanding of composition and questioning also the traditional role of musicians as mere mediator of purely audible sounds and the self-imposed limitations of their instruments .

For the impuls Academy 2021 Franois Sarhan offers a Special Program not only for composers, but also musicians, performers, sound and multimedia artists, dancers, actors , holding the chance to interconnect with different backgrounds and resulting perspectives. The workshop is organised as laboratory for experimentation as well as realization of individual (and possibly also group-) projects. Artistic approaches integrating aspects such as the visual and performative will hereby open up new approaches also for the core of the composition-process itself and traditional role-models might be abandoned. Collaboration and teamwork will be called for, last but not least by sharing time, space, infrastructure, ideas and know-how amongst others.

The program is designed as group activity leading towards a final presentation of the process and works developed. Thus daily presence is obligatory, especially for the group sessions (mainly 10 am to 1 pm), which pass over to general working-sessions until 7 pm at the latest. The workshop will be open to a maximum of 12 participants.

Taking part in this workshop implies a big engagement and might make it impossible to actively participate in many of the other projects of the Academy. This also implies, that participants will not be granted the same amount of individual lessons with other tutors as regular participants, but only one more individual lesson (instead of three).

The Workshop will take place at Forum Stadtpark Graz (main floor) check infos on venue here and ask the impuls office for pictures, floor plans and some general technical information, if really of interest at this stage.

 

How to apply:

1.) Preannounce your interest already on Academy registration (or whenever sure, that you want to participate) to office(at)impuls(dot)cc, concern: Performative Music (please note: Composers must be accepted as Academy participants first, sound artists may, all others can only apply for this specific workshop).

2.) Hand in the following material (as pdf to office(at)impuls(dot)cc) until October 15th, 2020 at the latest:

a.) a motivation letter for this specific workshop, mentioning also your personal expectations

b.) a description of what you would want to do in particular (be it the realization of a piece, a general collaboration, the development of a concept on spot, )

c.) links you would like to share plus CV relevant for the topic

3.) By the end of November you will be given notification at the latest about the final selection of participants. Preference will be given to artists with experience in the performative field, however everyone interested may apply of course.

 

 

 

Stefan Prins . Collaboratory

Special Workshop with

Stefan Prins

for creative composers-performers-sound artists

 

18.-28.2.2021

daily presence required

group sessions mainly from 10.00-13.00

+ afternoon working periods

 

27. or 28.2021 (tbc)

final presentation

 

esc medien kunst labor

Collaboratory is an 11-day intensive workshop for creative composers-performers-sound artists coached by Stefan Prins, which has the following foci:

1.) developing of your own work-in-progress (composition/installation/performance/) through

a.) process of dialogue with and feedback from all participants in daily presentations and group discussions, moderated by Stefan Prins

b.) one-on-one sessions with Stefan Prins

c.) experimentation at the gallery space esc medien kunst labor

2.) preparing a performance/presentation/installation of your work-in-progress at a final event at esc mkl, and participating in the work of your colleagues where necessary and possible

3.) collaboratively developing and curating an overall dramaturgy/concept for the final event, in which all works are presented/performed.

The projects ideally explore/use/include other media/performance practices/presentation formats and make optimal use of the space, location and technical possibilities of the gallery space (see below for information and fotos on esc mkl).

4.) collaboration is a crucial element of this workshop: the selected artists not only share one space and equipment, but they also share thoughts, energy, inspiration. This also has social and political dimensions. In a world in which the most important issues are more and more unfolding on a global scale (pandemics, ecological threats, economical models, ...), collaboration is of crucial importance to be able to tackle those issues successfully. Though this is not obligatory, it is encouraged that the proposed projects thematize the concept of collaboration in some way.

 

Planning:

- 10.00-13.00: daily group sessions (attendance obliged!), in which (first part of the week) each participant presents/contextualizes his/her project, taking part in a dialogue and feedback process with the entire group and (last part of the week) developing and curating an overall dramaturgy/concept for the final concert, in which all works are presented/performed

- afternoon until +- 6 pm: working on your project in the gallery space + individual sessions with Stefan Prins (time slots will be filled in the course of the week)

- first presentation planned within the impuls Festival

 

Who can apply:

We are looking particularly for adventurous composers-performers-sound artists working in the fields of composition/performance/sound art/installation/, who want to develop a project of their own AND are willing to fully engage in a week, in which collaboration is central.

The applicants are responsible for performing/presenting their work, for which they can draw on help from the other participants. In extremis its also possible to collaborate with other participants from the Academy, though that would be your own responsibility (please note, that other participants might already be heavily engaged in other Academy activities and their availability limited).

Taking part in this workshop implies a big engagement and might make it impossible to actively participate in other projects of the Academy. This also implies that Collaboratory participants will not be granted the same amount of individual lessons, but only one additional individual lesson with a composition tutor (instead of three).

The workshop will be open to a maximum of 12 participants, selected by Stefan Prins.

 

How to apply:

1.) Preannounce your interest already on Academy registration (or whenever sure, that you want to participate) to office(at)impuls(dot)cc, concern: Collaboratory.

2.) Please send the following information to office(at)impuls(dot)cc until October 15th, 2020 at the latest: 

a.) CV / bio

b.) short (max. 1 page) motivation letter to participate in this workshop

c.) short letter including the following information: at least one and maximum 3 links to online audio/video documentation of works of yours (dropbox/other cloudservers are also possible), that represent your current work best, and ideally also show work on similar collaborative/transdisciplinary work + short description of the project you want to work on at the workshop and a preliminary technical rider of the needed material (check with the impuls office for tech rider of the esc mkl / please be aware that the available equipment might have to be shared amongst the participants and for special needs or equipment and material that is not available at esc mkl you will have to provide it yourself!)

 

Info on the Gallery Space: esc medien kunst labor:

esc mkl is positioned in the very centre of Graz and at three sides is opening up to the city through its frontlines made out of glass. With this specific architectural feature the esc mkl herefore encourages to open up, explore and include the city with its sounds, architecture, population and social, geopolitical conditionalities in the new works to be developed during the workshop. Also the mission statement of the esc mkl could serve as additional source of inspiration and as starting point (esc mkl: the central endeavor of the esc mkl is the production of art; a central focus hereby lies on the exact observation and seismographic understanding of artistic processes, which capture socio-political developments (information and biotechnology, socioeconomic systems ) and new technologies (hard- und software).

Pictures, floor plans

 

 

 

Sounding Places - Collaborative Acoustic Explorations

Special Workshop
with utrumque (Gerhard Eckel and Ludvig Elblaus)
invited artists: Luc Dbereiner, Veronika Mayer, David Pirr

for composers, instrumentalists and sound artists

 

18.2.-28.2.2021

daily presence required for days of introductions + modules as chosen

 

18.2.2021: 11.00 @ IEM:

Introduction to the Inter_agency project and workshops by utrumque + Artemi-Maria Gioti

 

19.2.2021 (exact time tbc) @ KUG . MUMUTH Foyer: 1st meeting Sounding Places

20.2.-22.2. 2021: 1st venue / < rotor > with presentation

23.2.-25.2. 2021: 2nd venue / MUWA with presentation

26.2.-28.2. 2021: 3rd venue / CUBE @ IEM with presentation

 

in cooperation with IEM, the research project Inter_agency (FWF, AR 483) and the NAVET center at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology

 

 

In collaboration with the workshop participants and invited artists, the duo utrumque will coach a series of three site-specific acoustic explorations and activations at various venues in the city of Graz. For that purpose, each place will be explored acoustically, aesthetically, and conceptually to form a basis for collective site-specific interventions. Each three day workshop period starts with a day of discourse, where we engage one of the invited artists in a symposium like setting. The second day is hands on compositional work where one or more site specific pieces are devised. On the third and final day of the workshop, the results of these explorations will be made accessible to the public.

The workshops are targeted at anyone interested in the way the acoustics of a site and the people populating it may shape the music that can take place. In that vein, focusing the artistic sensibility on the interaction of the sites affordances with the audiences agency is expected to lead to a heightened sense of presence in musiking. The research practice of utrumque informing these workshops, which are part of the ongoing research themselves, is closely aligned with the concerns of the PEEK project Inter_agency funded by the FWF (AR 483). Inter_agency investigates the various notions of agency in live electronic music composition.

Sounding Places is meant for composers, instrumentalists, and sound artists. You do not need to have experience with audio technology, but it may be an advantage. All devices necessary for the workshop (loudspeakers, microphones, analogue signal processors) will be provided. Your role in the workshop will be to individually or collectively compose a sketch, piece, or installation. For further clarifications do not hesitate to contact us via email at contact(at)utrumque(dot)com.

 

How to apply:

1.) If you want to participate, please register for the impuls Academy 2021 first and preannounce your interest in this workshop (concern: Sounding Places). Composers must be accepted as Academy participants first, sound artists and instrumentalists can apply only for this specific workshop.

2.) The workshop will be repeated three times and while the iterations will be similar in structure, i.e. symposium - hands on work - concert, they will be held on different sites and involve different invited guest artists. Thus, the discussions, experiences and results will vary between iterations. Applicants are free to apply to one, two or all three of the iterations, allowing for combinations with other impuls activities or other scheduling preferences.

3.) Please submit your workshop application via email to office(at)impuls(dot)cc and contact(at)utrumque(dot)com by October 1st, 2020 at the latest: Include

a.) contact and biographical information

b.) a brief description of your musical practice, audio and video examples are most welcome as links

c.) a statement motivating your participation in the workshop

d.) The workshop is divided into 3 independent modules, Feb 20-22, 23-25, 26-28, similar in content but differing locale and invited artist. Please indicate how many modules you would like to attend. We may contact you during the application process and will inform you by November 1st if we can offer you a place in the workshop.

4.) Taking part in this workshop implies a big engagement and might make it impossible to actively participate in many other projects, at least during the workshop-days. In general one module of this workshop is equivalent to one individual tutors lesson; if taking part in all three of them, one more individual tutors lesson will be granted to the participating composers and sound artists however.

For individual musicians, taking part in this workshop will open up the chance, to use impuls as general platform for exchange and networking. However, as impuls 2021 does not offer individual training for musicians, it might make sense to shorten the stay, unless taking part in all three modules anyway (so please discuss length of stay and relating costs with impuls, at least when accepted for this workshop).

 

 

 

Artemi-Maria Gioti . Machine Learning

Special Workshop

with Artemi-Maria Gioti

invited guest tutor:

Rebecca Fiebrink

for composers, sound artists, instrument designers and performers

 

18.2.-24.2.2021

daily presence required

 

24.2.2021

final presentation at IEM

 

IEM

 

in cooperation with IEM and the research project Inter_agency

This workshop is aimed at composers, sound artists, instrument designers and performers, who wish to learn more about machine learning and integrate it in their creative practice. During the workshop, participants will become familiar with various types of machine learning algorithms (including supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms) and learn to apply them in music-related tasks. Among other applications, participants will learn how to train a machine learning algorithm to recognize different timbres, control a synthesis engine using live video and find patterns in large sound databases. As part of the workshop, participants will develop their own machine learning projects and present them in concert. They will receive individual support by the workshop instructor on both technical and aesthetic/compositional aspects of their projects. No prior machine learning knowledge is required for participation, but familiarity with at least one audio programming language (e.g. Pd, Max, or Supercollider) is desirable.

The first part of the workshop will consist of an introduction to different types of machine learning algorithms, including hands-on experiments and practical exercises. In the second part, participants will be free to develop their own projects, i.e., performances or compositions involving the use of machine learning algorithms, and will receive group and individual supervision by the workshop instructor. During this part of the workshop, participants will be expected to attend daily group meetings and will have access to the facilities and necessary equipment in order to work on their projects. Participants can choose to work on individual or group projects, but collaboration with instrumentalists from the Academy will not be possible. The compositions and performances developed during the workshop will be presented at a final concert at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz on February 24th, 2021.

 

How to apply:

1.) If you want to participate in the workshop, please register for the impuls Academy 2021 first and announce our interest in this workshop (concern: Machine Learning) to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (composer must be accepted as Academy participants first, sound artists may, performers and instrument designers can only apply for this specific workshop)

2.) Please send the following material to office(at)impuls(dot)cc and gioti(at)iem(dot)at by October 1st, 2020 at the latest:

a.) A motivation letter (500-1000 words) explaining why you are interested in machine learning and how it relates to your compositional/artistic work,

b.) A short CV (max. 2 pages), including programming knowledge and

c.) Links to 2 previous works (audio or video recordings, scores, sketches etc.).

3.) If you have any content questions, please address them to gioti(at)iem(dot)at directly.

4.) The selected applicants will be notified by email by October 31st, 2020.

6.) Taking part in this workshop implies a big engagement and might make it impossible, to actively participate in many other projects of the Academy. Composers and sound artists will however be granted one more individual lesson with a composition tutor (instead of three). For individual performers and instrument designers, taking part in this workshop, chances will be opened up to use impuls as general platform for exchange and networking.

 

 

Facilities and Equipment:

The workshop will be held at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz, one of Europe's leading research institutions in the fields of computer music, acoustics and audio engineering. The host institution will provide its state-of-the-art facilities, including studios and a concert venue equipped with a 3D Higher Order Ambisonics system. Audio hardware, such as audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, microphones, speakers etc. will be provided by the host institution. Participants will need to provide their own laptop computers and any additional specialized equipment they wish to use in their projects (e.g., sensors).

This workshop is held in collaboration with the research project Inter_agency, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (PEEK AR 483) and hosted at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz. Inter_agency addresses the desideratum of human-computer symbiosis in composed electro-instrumental music and aims to enhance human-machine communication in compositions for acoustic instruments and electronics by incorporating intelligent agent-based systems in them.

 

 

 

Klangforum Wien + Bas Wiegers . Reading Sessions

with Klangforum Wien and Bas Wiegers

 

18.2.2021

10.00-12.30 + 14.30-17.00

12.30-14.00: lunch

 

KUG . MUMUTH Proberaum 

 

On top of premiering 5 new impuls commissions on February 17th, 2021, Klangforum Wien and Bas Wiegers offer a full day with Reading Sessions for young composer participants of the impuls Academy, where, amongst others, questions on formal and esthetic aspects, notation and instrumentation are discussed.

 

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2021 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Klangforum) to the impuls office (office(at)impuls(dot)cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.

2.) The works can, but must not necessarily be written for this specific occasion. Also sketches or even part of works can be handed in. Of course your work also does not have to include all instruments mentioned in paragraph 3.), but can be written for a smaller instrumentation. However it needs to convey the character of an ensemble piece - thus no small (chamber) music pieces will be accepted.

3.) The instruments available for the reading sessions are as follows (one musician per instrument only!): 1x flute, 1x oboe, 1x clarinet, 1x bassoon, 1x saxophone, 1x horn, 1x trumpet, 1x trombone, 1x accordion, 1x harp, 1x piano, 1x percussion, 1x violin, 1x viola, 1x cello, 1x double bass

4) As to percussion: only a small percussion set will be made available by Klangforum Wien and impuls. In case your piece should really require any other percussion instruments, you need to supply them yourself; same holds true for specific sound objects or other devices.

5.) Please also note that neither electronic equipment nor amplification is available.

6.) Scores (printed or well readable hand writing) must be sent as pdf to office(at)impuls(dot)cc until November 15th, 2020 at the latest.

7.) A commission, consisting of members of Klangforum Wien, will then choose some of the works handed in. The composers selected will be given notification by the end of 2020 at the latest, and might be asked to also deliver the parts until January 15th, 2021 as pdf to office(at)impuls(dot)cc. In any case the composers selected will have to bring along both score and parts as printed version to impuls, and agree, that the score will be made available to the other participants attending.

8.) Selected composers also agree, that their selected work is to be discussed with one of the composition tutors in the frame of an individual lesson beforehand at the Academy, in order to prepare the Reading Sessions properly and also develope questions for both musicians of Klangforum Wien and the conductor Bas Wiegers. The tutor will be assigned by impuls.

9.) The impuls Reading Sessions with Klangforum Wien and Bas Wiegers will take place on February 18th, 2021. In addition to that a lunch for further discussions is planned during the break that day. All impuls participants, be it composers or instrumentalists, are invited and welcome to attend the Reading Sessions, profit from this program and participate in the discussions coming along with it.

 

 

 

First View . A conductors feedback on Scores

with Leonhard Garms, Ernst Kovacic, Peter Rundel and Bas Wiegers

 

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Bas Wiegers, who will also be active as conductor of Klangforum Wien at impuls 2021, Ernst Kovacic and Peter Rundel, conductors and coaches for young ensembles on spot, and Leonhard Garms, conductor of Ensemble Schallfeld, are offering open feedback-meetings for composition participants of the impuls Academy 2021 to discuss amongst others notation-issues such as layout, technical instructions, tempo/rhythm of their ensemble pieces.

 

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant of the impuls Academy 2021. Please announce your interest in this program to the impuls office (office(at)impuls(dot)cc, concern: Conductors First View) either already with your initial registration or until December 1st, 2020 at the latest, if you have one or more pieces written for ensemble (minimum 8 musicians up to orchestra size) you would like to be discussed. Please mention the pieces name, length, instrumentation and year of origin. It is not necessary however to hand in the actual scores or any other material beyond the one provided already on registration for the Academy.

2.) Notification of selection will be given until January 15th, 2021 at the latest. Composers selected must then bring along the scores both as printed version for the conductor and also as digital version (to be projected for others to study) directly to the impuls Academy in February.

 

 

 

Trio Accanto . Call for Scores + Feedback

with Trio Accanto

Marcus Weiss saxophone

Nicolas Hodges piano

Christian Dierstein percussion

 

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KUG . MUMUTH . Studiobhne

With Trio Accanto impuls is hosting one of the most prestigious chamber music formations dedicated to contemporary music. The trio has premiered more than 70 works and now offers the rare chance to composition participants of impuls 2021 to work with them.

As first step Trio Accanto is calling for scores amongst the composer participants of impuls 2021. From the pieces handed in Trio Accanto will then a.) make a selection to work on a few pieces during the impuls Academy and also perform them at the impuls Festival and to b.) give feedback also to the other composers on their works as submitted.

 

How to apply:

1.) Composers have to register and be accepted as participant for impuls 2021 first.

2.) If you intend to hand in a piece, please send a short message to office(at)impuls(dot)cc to announce your participation already early in advance (concern: Trio Accanto Call). Please then hand in your piece per email (score as pdf / transposed for saxophone) to office(at)impuls(dot)cc) until October 1st, 2020 at the latest. Please then bring along three printed copies in February.

3.) As to instrumentation: Please note that there is no electronics nor amplification available. As to percussion: please point out all instruments needed beforehand to us, in case you intend to write a new piece. Please note, that in case your piece should require specific sound objects or other specific devices, you will have to supply them yourself. As to saxophone: Both soprano, alto and tenor are available. Please also note, that in case any piano preparation is planned, you have to make sure, it will by no means harm the piano. 

4.) Pieces may be newly written or already existing ones. The duration however should not exceed 15 minutes. Only trio pieces written for the specific line-up of Trio Accanto will be accepted (thus neither solos nor duos will be taken into consideration). 

5.) A selection of pieces, to be actually worked on by Trio Accanto, will be announced by December 2020 at the latest. The scores will be made available to Trio Accanto and impuls without charge during impuls 2021 for rehearsals, possibly also performance, recordings made for archive reasons, and if of interest, also to other impuls participants for reasons of studies.

6.) If you need further information please contact the impuls office at office(at)impuls(dot)cc.

 

 

Trio Accanto . Talk

with Trio Accanto

Marcus Weiss saxophone

Nicolas Hodges piano

Christian Dierstein percussion

 

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Trio Accanto invites all participants of the impuls Academy 2021 for a two-hour discussion/meeting, in which various aspects of the ensemble's everyday life, such as profile development, programming, communication, business and other topics are discussed together.

 

How to apply:

In order to make the discussion a fruitful one, precise questions of interest (in English, German or French) should be submitted in advance (deadline: January 30th, 2021, concern: Accanto Talk) to both marcusweiss(at)gmx(dot)ch and office(at)impuls(dot)cc.

 

 

 

Quatuor Diotima . Call for Scores

with Quatuor Diotima

Yun-Peng Zhao violin

Constance Ronzatti violin

Franck Chevalier viola

Pierre Morlet cello

 

23.2.-28.2.2021

 

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With Quatuor Diotima impuls is hosting one of the most prestigious string quartets dedicated to contemporary music. Quatuor Diotima is calling for scores amongst the composer participants of impuls 2021. From the pieces handed in Quatuor Diotima will then make a selection for a.) intense rehearsals with the composer and a public performance at the impuls Festival, b.) short readings and c.) feedback-rounds for some more composers on their works as submitted.

 

How to apply:

1.) Composers have to register and be accepted as participant for impuls 2021 first. If you intend to hand in a piece, please send a short message to office(at)impuls(dot)cc to announce your participation already early in advance (concern: Quatuor Diotima).

2.) Please then hand in the score per email as pdf to office(at)impuls(dot)cc) until October 15th, 2020 at the latest. On selection please also supply again both score and all parts in a printed and well readable version until December 12th, 2020 to Quatuor Diotima (address tba) and bring along one more printed copy in February.

3.) Works may be newly written or already existing ones. Also excerpts / not yet ready pieces are welcome to be considered then for feedback-rounds. The duration however should not exceed 10 minutes. Please note that only string quartet pieces will be accepted (thus neither solos, duos nor trios will be taken into consideration).

4.) A selection of pieces will be announced by November 15th, 2020 at the latest. The scores will be made available to Quatuor Diotima and impuls without charge during impuls 2021 for rehearsals, possibly also performances, recordings made for archive reasons, and if of interest, also to other impuls participants for reasons of studies.

 

 

 

Black Page Orchestra . Call for Scores

with Black Page Orchestra

Ensemble in Residency 2021

 

21.2.-28.2.2021

 

KUG . MUMUTH Proberaum + Gyrgy-Ligeti-Saal

In 2021 the Black Page Orchestra will be present at the impuls Academy as one of the Ensembles in Residency.

All composers, who have already registered and been accepted as participants, are welcome to hand in compositions (be it already written ones or new ones written specifically for this occasion) for its musicians: from quartet-instrumentation to full size-instrumentation of the ensemble, a conductor is not, but clicktracks for all musicians are available. The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.

The following instruments are available (one musician per instrument only!): 1x flute (inclusive piccolo, alto, bass flute), 1x saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, bariton), 1x e-guitar, 1x percussion (check list here), 1x piano/keyboard (88 keys, pitchbend and modwheel, and/or 61 keys, pitchbend and modwheel, plus aftertouch), 1x violin, 1x viola, 1x electronics (Software MaxMSP, Ableton-Live, Logic, other programs to be discussed (Operating System MacOS Sierra); maximum 4-channel (speaker position to be discussed in advance). Amplification of all instruments is possible, and so is the integration of video. However please note, that the concert space has fixed seating and thus a room-installation-like set-up of musicians is, in general, not possible.


How to apply:

1.) Registered and accepted composer participants of the impuls Academy are asked to announce their interest in this program already early in advance to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: Black Page Orchestra), if not done already with the general registration.

2.) Thereafter please send your composition as pdf (a score is sufficient, parts would need to be delivered only upon selection until December 10th, 2020; all material is to be made available for rehearsals and a possible performance at impuls 2021 for free) including also a complete technical rider and detailed info on instruments needed, as well as, if available, a link to a recording of the piece, not later than October 10th, 2020 to both office(at)impuls(dot)cc and theblackpageorchestra(at)gmail(dot)com.

3.) By November 10th, 2020 a selection will be made of pieces to then be rehearsed together with the composers during the Academy and - where possible depending on the progress of rehearsals - presented in public as part of the impuls Festival. For all composers handing in pieces a meeting with Black Page Orchestra for feedback will be set up on top.

 

 

 

Black Page Orchestra . Alessandro Baticci . On Flute

with Alessandro Baticci

flutist of Black Page Orchestra

 

2 meetings 2 hours / schedule tba

 

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Flutist, composer, performer, sound artist and inventor Alessandro Baticci, permanent member of Black Page Orchestra and partner of Rafal Zalech in the experimental composer-performer duo Nimikry, is offering a demonstration-workshop on flute (from contrabass flute to piccolo) with special emphasis on extended techniques and amplified instruments. Composer participants of impuls 2021 are welcome to hand in pieces, sketches or simply questions and ideas, they would like to be integrated in these meetings.

 

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant of the impuls Academy 2021.

2.) Please announce your interest in this program beforehand to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: On Flute). If you wish to submit pieces, sketches or simply questions and ideas, please do so until November 30th, 2020 at the latest (as pdf to office(at)impuls(dot)cc).

Of course it is also possible to just attend the meetings without any material handed in.

 

 

 

Black Page Orchestra . Alfredo Ovalles . 21st Century Piano Virtuosity . Call for Scores

with Alfredo Ovalles

pianist of Black Page Orchestra

 

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Following the pianistic tradition of the great virtuosos of the 19th and early 20th century, the central idea for this workshop-call is to evaluate, how the piano can still be used in such ways in the 21st century. Using all developments, that have been created between the golden era of piano and nowadays, such as the exploration of new kinds of virtuosity through extended techniques, is for sure one of the possible approaches to this topic.

Alfredo Ovalles, pianist of Black Page Orchestra, whose performances also as soloist have been described as ...unusual, great, and far from the canon (O-Ton Magazine), is offering a two-step-workshop at impuls, which includes a feedback-discussion-meeting plus concrete work on selected pieces, that might even lead to a public presentation. 

 

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant of the impuls Academy 2021.

2.) Please announce your interest in handing in one or more pieces to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: Piano Virtuosity) and submit them as pdfs until October 30th, 2020 at the latest. Please note, that the pieces must not be older than 5 years (written 2015 or later), should not be longer than 8 minutes max., must be written for piano solo (no electronics available, any form of preparation or similar must not harm the instrument) and must relate to the topic (please add a short written statement on your approach in this respect).

3.) A selection of pieces will be announced by December 15th, 2020, however both the feedback-meeting and concrete workshop-rehearsals will be open to all participants interested.

 

 

 

Black Page Orchestra . Samuel Toro Prez . Call for e-guitar

with Samuel Toro Prez 

(e-)guitarist of Black Page Orchestra

 

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(E-)Guitarist and performer Samuel Toro Prez, member of Black Page Orchestra and regular guest with the ensemble phace, with special interest also in transdisciplinary projects as realized with the collective andother stage, is calling for scores for e-guitar amongst composer participants of impuls.

The scores might be fully notated, show an open form or follow conceptual / performative / multimedia approaches. The intention is to develop and finalize a selection of works in intense exchange between composer and performer. This process will already begin prior to the start of the Academy, in order to leave enough time for musical fine-tuning on site and open up the general possibility for a presentation. On top Samuel Toro Prez will meet up with all composers for a feedback-round on their submissions.

 

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant of the impuls Academy 2021.

2.) Please announce your interest in this program beforehand to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: e-guitar) and submit your pieces until October 30th, 2020 at the latest (as pdf to office(at)impuls(dot)cc).

3.) The selection of pieces will be announced by December 15th, 2020 at the latest in order to allow an exchange before the actual meeting at the Academy.

 

 

 

 

Ensemble Schallfeld . Call for Scores

with Ensemble Schallfeld

Ensemble in Residency 2021

 NN flute

Szilrd Benes clarinet

NN piano

Manuel Alcaraz Clemente percussion

Mirko Jevtović accordion

Lorenzo Derinni violin

NN viola

Myriam Garca Fidalgo cello

Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka double bass

 

22.-28.2.2021

 

KUG . Reiterkaserne

KUG . MUMUTH . Gyrgy-Ligeti-Saal

Ensemble Schallfeld invites young composers to submit already existing or newly written scores. A selection will be made for several reading sessions and shorter feedback-rounds during the impuls Academy. Some pieces might also be selected for a public performance by the ensemble at the impuls Festival 2021.

 

How to apply:

1.) Composers must be registered in and accepted as participants of the impuls Academy 2021 to be considered.

2.) Composers must then register for this program by sending an email to office(at)impuls(dot)cc and schallfeld.impuls2021(at)gmail(dot)com to announce their participation, unless already done with the initial registration for the Academy (concern: Call Ensemble Schallfeld).

3.) The ensemble line-up and instrumentation consists of: 1x flute (picc, c, g, bass), 1x clarinet (B clarinet and bass clarinet), 1x piano, 1x percussion (list check here), 1x accordion (chromatic button accordion with free-basses (convertor switch), B-system and full range in both manuals / E - cis#5), 1x violin, 1x viola, 1x cello, 1x double bass (5-string). In addition to that a conductor is available, where needed. Please note that no electronics and amplification will be available on spot thus only acoustic pieces will be considered. Please also note that in case any piano preparation is planned, do make sure, that it will by no means harm the piano.

4.) The works (be it already existing or newly written ones) must at least include 4 instruments out of this specific pool, the duration must not exceed 15 minutes.

5.) Up to 3 scores per composer can be submitted as pdf together with a CV. Links to audio recordings are welcome. The material should be shared per email as attachment (up to 5 MB maximum) or via file sharing sites like wetransfer and streaming services like SoundCloud or Youtube. Please send all material to both schallfeld.impuls2021(at)gmail(dot)com and office(at)impuls(dot)cc any time, but not later than October 15th, 2020.

6.) The selected composers will be notified by beginning of December 2020. Composers selected then need to send in all parts as pdfs until December 20th, 2020 to both schallfeld.impuls2021(at)gmail(dot)com and office(at)impuls(dot)cc, and also bring along both the score and parts in a printed version directly to impuls in February. The complete material has to be made available to the ensemble and impuls for free and composers selected also agree, that recordings might be made for documentation.

 

 

 

Ensemble Schallfeld . Manuel Alcaraz Clemente . Sound Session

with Manuel Alcaraz Clemente

percussionist of Ensemble Schallfeld

 

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KUG . Reiterkaserne

Manuel Alcaraz Clemente, percussionist of Ensemble Schallfeld, is offering individual 1:1 meetings with composer participants of impuls 2021 for tryouts of various kinds. Neither readings nor performing existing pieces or parts for percussion are in focus, but rather checking out and developing material together and profiting from a concentrated exchange on burning questions composers might have in concern of percussion instruments and sound, material and notation amongst others. Composers are welcome to record the meeting and use the acoustic material developed.

 

How to apply:

1.) Composers must be registered and accepted as participants of the impuls Academy 2021 to be considered and announce their interest in the programm to office(at)impuls(dot)cc beforehand (concern: Sound Session Percussion).

2.) Please then hand in concrete questions and/or detailed explanations, what you would like to try out during the meeting (no scores nor sketches please, but an exclusively verbalised description of your expectations and the material you would want to explore) to office(at)impuls(dot)cc until November 30th, 2020 at the latest.

3.) By the beginning of 2021 notification will be given about selection of composers.

 

 

 

Ensemble Schallfeld . Szilrd Benes . (Bass-)Clarinet: Demonstration-Workshop and Call

with Szilrd Benes

clarinetist of Ensemble Schallfeld

 

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Szilrd Benes, clarinetist of Ensemble Schallfeld, is offering a 2 hour demonstration-workshop for all impuls participants interested in learning more about his instruments, from specific playing techniques, individual sound development and notation up to dynamic balancing in ensemble playing.

Aside from that, composer participants are invited to either hand in solo pieces for (bass-)clarinet and/or sketches and ideas for new pieces. Szilrd Benes will meet up with these composers for feedback and possibly also short rehearsals at impuls and, depending on the submissions, might also work and develope pieces with some of the composers before or also after impuls.

 

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant of the impuls Academy 2021.

2.) Only if interested to actually hand in pieces/sketches/ideas for (bass-)clarinet, please do announce your interest to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: Clarinet-Schallfeld) and send your works/material as pdf until October 30th, 2020 at the latest.

 

 

 

Ensemble Schallfeld . Elisa Azzar and Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka . Instruments + Voices . Call + Workshop

with

Elisa Azzar

flutist of Ensemble Schallfeld

and

Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka

double bass player of Ensemble Schallfeld

 

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18.-19.2.2021

 

KUG . Reiterkaserne

How can we compose for instruments, while integrating the voices of the instrumentalists as part of the sonority? By now using the voice together with the flute is a very common feature in contemporary repertoire already. But in this workshop this phenomenon will be explored inside the duo formation of flute and double bass, and new and exciting ways of "extended instrumental composing" looked for. Starting out from sketches/proposals, flutist Elisa Azzar and double bass player Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka, both musicians of Ensemble Schallfeld, will develop miniature pieces (1-3 min.) together with the composers, that explore the possibilities of the voice as an expansion of their instruments, looking for ways of combination, fusion or differentiation in their sonic potential.

Composers are asked to take into account, that besides basic vocal training, the two musicians are not professional (classical) singers, yet are open to explore and experiment also with extended vocal techniques. For specific questions beforehand about vocal range etc., please get in touch with them directly (schallfeld(dot)ensemble(at)gmail(dot)com, concern: Instruments + Voices).

 

Timeframe and Workshop-structure:

After a selection of participants, the first phase of preparation of soundmaterial and techniques and the elaboration of the draft pieces is done online already before impuls in close contact with composers and instrumentalists. Besides individual work, the duo aims to do online group sessions to create exchange and learn together. During the impuls Academy, the pieces will then be rehearsed and discussed together with the musicians and composers in two intensive workdays, February 18th and 19th, 2021, resulting at least partially in a workshop presentation the following days. The number of participants is subject to the time available and thus the number of places is limited.

 

How to apply:

1.) Composers must be registered and accepted as participants of the impuls Academy 2021 to be considered, and announce their interest in the programm to office(at)impuls(dot)cc beforehand (concern: Instruments + Voices)

2.) Please then submit until October 1st, 2020 at the latest to office(at)impuls(dot)cc and schallfeld.ensemble(at)gmail(dot)com

a.) a recording (or excerpt of recording) of a piece you consider representative for you and your work as Link, and as pdfs:

b.) a short expos explaining your motivation (why would you like to work with the duo on this topic) and your concept for a short miniature piece (which finally will be about 1-3 min. in length)

c.) sketches for your proposed piece, if already available

3.) Notification about selection will be given until November 1st, 2020 at the latest.

 

 

 

zone exprimentale basel . Call for Scores

with zone exprimentale basel

 

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2021 the ensemble zone exprimentale basel, musicians of the masters course for contemporary music at the Hochschule fr Musik FHNW in Basel, Switzerland, will be present at the impuls Academy and Festival. All registered and accepted composers of the Academy are welcome to submit compositions (regardless of whether already existing or newly written ones) for the ensemble.

The ensemble line-up and instrumentation consists of: 1x flute (also piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute), 1x saxophone (soprano and tenor), 1x trombone (with straight, cup, wawa, harmon, and plunger mutes), 1x violin, 1x cello, 1x e-guitar (pedals: Boss GT-100 multi-effects pedalboard, Digitech Whammy 4th gen, TC Electronic Ditto x 4 looper, Boss FV-500H volume/exp pedal), 1x percussion (concert bass drum, vibraphone, 3 cymbals [s, m, l] and small things that fit on a desk as requested i.e. bells, cups, etc.). Please note: all pieces must be realizable without a conductor and without any amplification/live-electronics/fixed media.


How to apply:

1.) Please send an email to office(at)impuls(dot)cc to announce your interest (concern: zone experimntale basel).
2.) The pieces must at least be written for a quartet-instrumentation (duration: max. 12 min.).
3.) Please send your composition as pdf (a score is sufficient, only on selection all parts have to be supplied quickly as well) until November 15th, 2020 at the latest to office(at)impuls(dot)cc and at the same time also to uli.fussenegger(at)fhnw(dot)ch and mikesvoboda(at)mac(dot)com.

4.) A selection of pieces, announced by December 15th, will be rehearsed respectively included at reading sessions during the Academy and might also be included for a public presentation scheduled for 23.2.2021 during the impuls Festival and later on in Basel at a sonicspacebasel concert scheduled for 22.3.2021.

 

 

 

zone exprimentale basel . Call for Solo up to Trio

with musicians of zone exprimentale basel

 

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Composer participants of impuls 2021 are welcome to also hand in solo up to trio pieces for individual musicians of the ensemble.

The exact pool of instruments to choose from include: 1x flute (also piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute), 1x saxophone (soprano and tenor), 1x trombone (with straight, cup, wawa, harmon, and plunger mutes), 1x violin, 1x cello, 1x e-guitar (pedals: Boss GT-100 multi-effects pedalboard, Digitech Whammy 4th gen, TC Electronic Ditto x 4 looper, Boss FV-500H volume/exp pedal), 1x percussion (concert bass drum, vibraphone, 3 cymbals [s, m, l] and small things that fit on a desk as requested i.e. bells, cups, etc.). Please note: all pieces must be realizable without a conductor and without any amplification/live-electronics/fixed media.

 

How to apply:

1.) If interested please send an email to office(at)impuls(dot)cc to announce your interest (concern: Solo-Trio-zone exprimentale)
2.) Please send your composition as pdf until November 15th, 2020 to office(at)impuls(dot)cc and at the same time also to uli.fussenegger(at)fhnw(dot)ch and mikesvoboda(at)mac(dot)com
3.) A selection of pieces will be announced by December 15th, 2020 and composers and musicians set up to meet and work on these pieces during impuls.

 

 

 

Christian Dierstein . On Percussion

with Christian Dierstein

 

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KUG . MUMUTH . Studiobhne

During impuls 2021 Christian Dierstein will give a Masterclass with special emphasis on new striking techniques on percussion-instruments and tools as well as specialities of music-theatrical forms addressing composer participants of impuls 2021 in particular. In the course of this he will also present his book The Techniques of Percussion Playing. Mallets, Implements and Applications (Brenreiter Verlag). 

How to apply:

Please announce your interest on registration or by sending an email to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: Percussion Masterclass). 

First come first serve. Duration: approximately 2 hours.

 

 

 

 

Call for Scores & Sketches . Coaching by Uli Fussenegger

with Uli Fussenegger

 

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Composer participants of impuls 2021 are invited to hand in either finished scores or sketches for some of the participating young ensembles and their musicians (selection of young ensembles will be communicated to impuls participants continuously and published on this site as well). Selected pieces/sketches will then be worked on during the impuls Academy under the guidance of Uli Fussenegger and hereby interconnect and deepen the cooperation of composer and musicians.

 

How to apply:

1.) All composers registered and accepted for the impuls Academy, can sign up for this offer with office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: Scores & Sketches) and get further information about the ensembles and musicians available for cooperation.

2.) Please then send a letter of motivation, expressing also your specific expectations for this special, together with the finished scores or sketches (sketches must at least include a 2 minute written-out passage) as pdf to office(at)impuls(dot)cc until October 30th, 2020 at the latest. Please note that pieces including live-electronics can not be taken into consideration, however amplification for a maximum of three instruments and playback is available, where needed. In general submissions for solo up to the full ensemble cast are welcome.

3.) Notification about selection will be given until beginning of December. If selected, it might be necessary to also hand in parts, where needed, until beginning of January, 2021.

 

 

 

Ernst Kovacic . Composing for violin solo and chamber music formations

with Ernst Kovacic

 

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Ernst Kovacic, violinist, conductor, curator, pedagogue and founding member of impuls, invites composer participants of impuls 2021 to bring along solo pieces for violin as well as works for chamber music, that include one or more string instruments. In several group-meetings he will not only give feedback from a musicians, conductors and curators point of view. Depending on the submissions some of the violin-parts might also be read from the sheet, others analyzed and discussed in terms of, amongst others, notation and readability, sound-creation, technical subtleties, instrumentation, interplay of parts. Furthermore Ernst Kovacic will also share his experiences as violinist of the Zebra Trio.

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant of the impuls Academy 2021.
2.) Please announce your interest in this program to the impuls office (office(at)impuls(dot)cc, concern: Ernst Kovacic - Composing for violin a.o.) either already with your initial registration or until December 1st, 2020 at the latest, if you have one or more pieces written for violin solo or chamber music formations including at least one string instrument you would like to be discussed. Please mention the pieces name, length, instrumentation and year of origin. You may, but must not necessarily send the actual score(s) or any other material beyond your general registration material. If you wish to do so nevertheless, the material has to be sent to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (concern: Ernst Kovacic - Composing for violin a.o.) as pdf until the deadline given.
3.) Notification of selection will be given until January 1st, 2021 at the latest. Composers selected are asked to bring along the score(s) both as printed version for Ernst Kovacic and as digital version to impuls in February.

 

 

 

Piano Preparation Workshop for Composers and Instrumentalists

with Andreas Orasch
 
19.2.2021, 10.00-12.30

 

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Andreas Orasch, piano maker and piano tuner not only at KUG, but also for pianists such as Markus Schirmer, will first give an intro to preparation methods and possibilities on the piano and then answer all your questions. Please bring along your own works that ask for preparation or also works by other composers with similar needs.

Conditions:

No matter whether you are composer or musician: in case of interest to join this workshop please let us know by sending a short e-mail to office(at)impuls(dot)cc (subject: Piano Preparation).

Everyone intending to use pianos during impuls (be it pianists or for example also composers) are asked to sign up and join the workshop in any case.