Academy

Special Programs 2023

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, the impuls Academy 2023 holds various Special Programs (open only for registered and accepted participants), 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@impuls.cc. Please do keep track of the different deadlines for submitting specific application material for most of these specials in time. Please also note, that all compositions, scores, parts etc. have to be made available to impuls 2023 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 2023 for reasons of studies, even if not mentioned explicitly below with each special program anyway.

 

Further Special Programs to be announced still ...

 

 

Ensemble coaching by François Sarhan

 

impuls invites already existing formations (be it duos, trios or much larger ensembles) to specifically apply (on top of their general application for the Academy, which is the basis of any further application) for intense ensemble choaching by François Sarhan.

Special Program

with François Sarhan

 

for ensembles

What is needed for this additional application:

• interest to work also beyond the context of traditional composition (be it through performative, intermedia, contextual etc. means or beyond a purely instrumental approach)

• openess to also work with young composers on spot, selected through a seperate call for pieces or concepts with f.e. performative, scenic, mixed/multimedia, in situ, textual, contextual etc. approach

• openess to team- and processual working methods

• wishlist for pieces to work on during impuls with Sarhan

 

How to apply:

If interested, please briefly describe your motivation and, in case the ensemble has already worked on pieces/programs/projects corresponding to the focus, please briefly describe those as well. On top hand in further pieces/concepts (at least 3, name of composer and piece, plus, if possible, also score per pdf), you would very much like to work on, and possibly also present, during the impuls Academy with François Sarhan. All to be sent to office@impuls.cc, deadline January 15th , 2023. Notification on selection will be given until end of February 2023.

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François Sarhan . Call for Scores and Concepts

 

The French composer, director and visual artist François Sarhan is especially noted for creating his own music-theatre and multimedia works, in which he himself often performs. With this call we invite impuls Academy participants, to hand in already existing pieces or concepts to be further developed at impuls.

Special Program

with François Sarhan

 

for composers

Please note: only pieces or concepts, that reach out for a f.e. performative, scenic, mixed/multimedia, in situ, textual, contextual etc. dimension are asked for at this specific call. In general, both solo pieces/concepts for soloists and any larger line-up are welcome. Multiple submissions are possible. In case objects, scenery, specific instruments or similar are needed, the composer has to provide them without charge. The composer is also willing to take care of technical needs, as no (sound-/video-) technician is available to accompany the whole process of production. Thus, we recommend to only hand in pieces/concept that donnot ask for a large technical set-up or similar.
If selected, there is young ensembles on spot to work with the composer on the pieces/concepts – under the guidance of François Sarhan for both – and possibly also present them at the impuls Festival.

 

As ensembles will only be selected by winter, the call comes in 2 steps:

Call A is open right away for pieces/concepts, that donnot ask for a specific line-up (such as for specific instruments, specific number of performers).

Call B will be posted a bit later and include specifications on the instruments as offered by the ensembles open for collaboration (approx. by end of February).

 

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: François Sarhan Score and Concepts) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration. Deadline for submission of pieces/concepts (please, if applicable, include also info on specifics such as f.e. technical details, specific stage needs etc.) Call A: February 1st, 2023 / Call B: March 15th, 2023

2.) The announcement of the decision is scheduled for April 15th, 2023. Selected pieces/concepts will then be sent to musicians in advance for orientation purposes, the actual coaching and work will take place during the Academy in Graz.

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On Voices

 

Beat Furrer is one of the central figures in the international music szene, both as composer and conductor, as driving force behind a number of initiatives (including the founding of Klangforum Wien and the impuls Academy) and professor for composition. Almost from the very beginning, his creative work has focused on the human voice, be it in the context of opera and music theater, in ensemble, vocal ensemble, and choral works, or in solo compositions. He is also closely associated with Cantando Admont as interpreter of his works.

Special Program

with Beat Furrer

and

Cantando Admont

Elina Viluma-Helling soprano

Helena Sorokina mezzo-soprano

Bernd Lambauer tenor

Ulfried Staber bass

Cordula Bürgi musical direction

 

for composers and vocalists

For impuls 2023 Beat Furrer and Cantando Admont offer a special program focusing on and discussing topics such as vocal traditions, microtonality, notation, intonation, tonality amongst others, from both a compositional point of view and from the point of view of the performers/singers. Submitted sketches and works with vocal parts handed in by impuls Academy participants selected for this program, will of course be integrated in this discussion. In addition, Beat Furrer will accompany and comment on the development of various of his works as part of the vocal program with Cantando Admont – another aspect and component of this special program for composers.

 

How to apply:
1.) As composer you have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: On Voices) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration. Vocalists participating in the Academy do not have to register for this special program.
2) Composers are asked to then hand in sketches or compositions with a voice part (be it for voice solo, a cappella, choir, opera, song or other genres) as pdf to office@impuls.cc by March 15th, 2023 at the latest. On basis of these applications a selection of final participants will be announced by the end of April 2023.
3) All selected composers are asked to then bring along the submitted works as printed scores to impuls.

26.-31.7.2023

26.7.

15.00-18.00

First meeting at rehearsals of vocalists

27.7.

10.00-13.00 + 15.00-18.00

Introduction (open to all impuls Academy participants)

28.-31.7.

10.00-13.00

daily group meetings with Beat Furrer and 1 member of Cantando Admont (for selected composers; also open to vocalists)

28.-31.7.

15.00-18.00

vocal rehearsals with Cantando Admont and Beat Furrer (accessible also for selected composers)

KonzeptMusik

 

With Peter Ablinger one of the most profiled composers is tutoring at impuls. His artistic work is diverse. It includes the visual, installations, texts, conceptual, performative and situational works – and hereby and beyond of course music, including a lot of music on music. It involves research and statements - philosophical, perceptual-psychological, even political ones. It questions common topoi, conventions, role attributions. And it aims at fundamental questions: what is hearing, what is sound, what is music, what is time and space, what is the here and now?

Special Program

with Peter Ablinger

under the participation of Dimitrios Polisoidis

 

for composers and Others (sound and multimedia artists, performers, actors, dancers, instrument designers,..., as well as individual musicians)

In addition to the selected concept authors themselves, instrumentalists from PPCM (Performance Practice in Contemporary Music) at KUG are an integral part of this workshop, who are actively participating in the development and realization of the pieces. PPCM is a two-year master's program respectively a one-year postgraduate course at the Kunstuniversität Graz, whose central artistic subject is supervised by Klangforum Wien as professor. At impuls 2023 Klangforum member Dimitrios Polisoidis will coach the musicians of this Special Workshop and accompany the development of projects together with Peter Ablinger. On the participants side, aside from the PPCM instrumentalists, also other musicians are welcome to individually apply and join on selection.

Composition participants of the impuls Academy and Others (sound and multimedia artists, performers, individual musicians, actors dancers, instrument designers, ...) are invited to submit one or more (already existing or new) concept pieces, or precisely formulated ideas for concept pieces for open instrumentation, whereby the concepts must be realizable with a number of 1 to 5 performers/instrumentalists. An obligatory online meeting before impuls (12.4.2023, 6 pm CET) will then offer all pre-selected participants the opportunity to discuss their pieces, ideas and proposals in detail with Peter Ablinger, Dimitrios Polisoidis and Ute Pinter/impuls and to ask any open questions (e.g. on realization possibilities). The concepts finally selected after this meeting should, where necessary, be further developed before the start of impuls, then worked on, refined and realized during the impuls Academy with the participation of PPCM students (and possibly also with the involvement of the selected concept authors and individual musicians) and will, at least partially, be performed at the impuls Festival.

 

How to apply:

1.) Composers must first be registered and accepted as participants of the impuls Academy 2023, Others and individual musicians may specifically qualify for this workshop.

2.) If you would like to submit one or more concepts, or precisely formulated ideas for concepts, please send a short e-mail to office@impuls.cc (concern: KonzeptMusik) to announce your participation in advance or do so already with your initial Academy registration.

3.) Then send your concepts/concept ideas via e-mail to office@impuls.cc by March 25th, 2023 at the latest. In case your concept is selected and adjustments or further developments are needed still, the deadline for handing in the revised concepts is June 25th, 2023.
Please note: The pieces must be conceived for open instrumentation and can, for example, use performance, movement, improvisation and visual elements, objects, voice or other possibilities that go beyond the classical instrumental setting. Of course, classical instrumental play can also be considered, although the specific instruments available will only be announced quite shortly before impuls. Furthermore, the pieces can be conceived for a classical stage/concert program as well as for e.g. an indoor or outdoor installation. If technical support is necessary, it must be realized with simple or self-provided resources. Event-related technical conditions must also be considered, in order to ensure realizability (also in terms of performance, duration or setting).

4.) You are welcome to include examples of works in your application, that have already been realized and follow a similar conceptual approach (please provide links to f.e. performances, photos, concept scores, etc.).

5.) The participation in this workshop implies a time-consuming commitment and may make it impossible to actively participate in many of the other projects of the Academy. However, composers and sound artists will receive two additional individual lessons with a composition tutor (instead of three). For all others, taking part in this workshop will open up the possibility to use impuls as a general platform for exchange and networking and enjoy the Festival program as well as general Academy offers (please note, that individual lessons for musicians are not offered in 2023).

6.) If you need further information, please contact the impuls office at office@impuls.cc.

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Realization: PPCM Ensemble

+ further musicians + concept authors

Expect the Unexpected: The Writing-Game

 

Composition series such as DW Differenz/Wiederholung, Monadologie or more current also GAME are one characteristic for Bernhard Langs extensive artistic creation, researches and development. Starting with the SCAN-Project back in 2015, Lang together with Klangforum Wien tried to organize large-scale group improvisations based on his own existing compositions by formulating rule-sets for the improvisers. This led to the origin of “series six”, the GAME pieces, in 2016: while exploring the meaning of both Game and Play, they consist of musical Game-situations like card-games, and are to be considered as self-oranizing-systems (S.O.S), like most improvisations hereby omitting the conductor. They furthermore consist but of individual parts plus rulesets for playing with these.

Special Program

with Bernhard Lang

 

for composers

With the work session program at impuls 2023, Bernhard Lang intends to further explore the notions and concepts of gaming within the contexts of both improvisation and composing together with a group of up to 10 selected participants. Starting with an initial lecture on Gaming (which is open to all Academy participants), the daily worksessions should then explore the notion of Gaming, inventing new Games, new rules, perhaps formulating a new Game-piece in the end, in a small collaborative group structure. A final presentation, be it of a newly developed collective Game piece or a more theoretical discussion on the topic and the process of the working sessions, stands at the end of this collaboratory. On top it also comes along with one individual lesson with Bernhard Lang (where one of your works will be discussed in detail) and a group-visit to a contemporary art gallery, triggering an interdisciplinary discourse and matching aesthetic positions in different fields of the arts.
Taking part in this workshop implies a big engagement and might make it impossible to actively participate in some other projects during the workshop-days. Please note that the participation is equivalent to two individual tutor’s lessons, thus participating composers will be granted only one more individual tutor’s lesson during impuls.

 

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Bernhard Lang GAME) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.
2.) Please hand in the score (pdf) of one work of yours, you would like to discuss with Bernhard Lang during your individual lesson (only one score will be accepted, the work of course must not stand in connection with a game concept) together with a statement motivating your participation in the GAME workshop (no concept for a game piece is obligatory, nor are pieces already realised in this direction, even though you are welcome to add your thoughts and works done along this line of course). Please also add information, in which way you could contribute as performer, maybe musician in the realisation of game pieces developed during the workshop (f.e. which instruments you can play and bring along, voice, acting etc.). Deadline for sending in all that information in one shot to office@impuls.cc is May 15th, 2023.
3.) Notification on participants selected will be given by June 15th, 2023.

24.-30.7.2023

daily 10.00-12.00 + 13.30-15.30

30.7.2023

Final Presentation

 

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

In Situ – translucent spaces

 

The general idea and starting point of this project is the attempt to develop new definitions of musical spaces through happenings positioned on the borderline of concert, installation and performance. Space arises out of sound, is defined by sound – and vice versa: sound develops into a translucent space, which is influenced and shaped again also by the site, which by itself again is defined also by its own sounds, noises and specific conditions for a performance. But it is not only the space per se, but also the temporality of a site that is influenced and changed by sound and the sound´s own temporality.

Special Program

with Klaus Lang

 

for composers, sound artists (+ instrumentalists depending on concepts handed in)

A central point also for this special program is to work with what can be found at a specific site on spot, not to intrude and impose, and only carefully and gently interfere with what these sites unfold themselves, and to open up to new sounds that are already at least potentially existing at specific sites. Out of nothing so to say a huge, but dense net of sound spaces is spreading and also hereby defines a city – places like windows in another time and another space. Each participant selected decides on a specific place – we try to develope a concept together, which will both combine the various parts and actions, but also to some extent influence the further progress of the individual projects.

 

Conditions:

In Situ – translucent spaces is a special program open to participants of impuls 2023. Selected composers and sound artists are expected not only to develope concepts, but also being open to perform themselves if needed within the group. If instrumentalists or instrumentalists as performers and protagonists should be needed for the realisation of the individual projects originating from this program, aside from workshop colleagues, also instrumentalists/ensemble members present at in impuls can of course be included depending however on their availability and interest (please note that it will be up to the composers and sound artists in the end, to find volunteers and arrange details with them).

In Situ – translucent spaces is a special program of impuls 2023 open for approximately 10 composers and sound artists. Starting on July 24th, 2023 Klaus Lang will work with the participants selected on a daily basis and lead them from a conceptual phase through a working period until the final realisation of the individual projects (the final performance/realisation of all projects is scheduled for either August 2nd or 3rd, 2023 within the impuls Festival). As this program will be a very intense one, composers and sound artists alike, participating will only be offered one more lesson with another composition tutor. Please note that no individual coaching for musicians will be offered at impuls 2023. However, for all participants of the workshop, the opportunity opens up to use impuls as a general platform for exchange and networking and to attend the Festival and general Aademy programs. 

 

How to apply:

1.) As composer you have to register and be accepted as composition participant of the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: In Situ – translucent spaces ) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration. Sound artists may apply directly for this special and if selected will be included as Academy participants hereafter.

2.) As application material please send 2-3 of your scores (pdf) that you consider most relevant for your work. Deadline: March 25th, 2023 at the latest (sound artists must additionally include their general Academy application for Others). Please also mention, in which way you could contribute as performer (f.e. which instruments you play and could bring along, other performing abilities etc.)

3.) The selection of participants will then be announced by around end of April, 2023 at the latest.

24.7.-3.8.2023

daily 10.00-13.00 (general group meetings) + afternoons (according to agreement)

presentation of results planned for 2.8. or 3.8.2023

 

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

utrumque . Collaboratory

 

An ensemble up to a maximum of 20 members comprising a variety of musicians and composers of contemporary music will co-compose and perform a piece of electronic music using techniques and instruments developed by utrumque. The overall form of the composition, the positioning of the different sections in the venue, and the instruments available will be prepared by utrumque, but the composition of the individual sections and their performance will be the task of the participants. Put together, the sections will form a large-scale composition performed in several spaces inside and outside at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics.

Special Program

with utrumque

Gerhard Eckel electronics

Ludvig Elblaus electronics

 

for composers, sound-artists, musicians and other artists familiar with contemporary music who are virtuosic listeners

Instruments

The musical practice of utrumque involves live manipulation of room-scale acoustic feedback using a variety of tools and approaches that contain the digital, the analog and the electro acoustic. The instruments provided will reflect this practice, so applicants can among other things expect to control a computer using a physical controller, play using a mixing desk, or manipulate an electronically augmented acoustic instrument, such as a double bass or a snare drum for instance.

 

Schedule

The work will be divided into three blocks. The first two days are full days for all participants, with a shared introduction to all components of the piece, the venue, the overall form, and the instruments available. The next three days will be half days for the participants, where they in smaller groups will compose and rehearse together with both Eckel and Elblaus individually. Finally, all participants will come together for the last two full days of general rehearsal and two days of concert performances.

 

How to apply:

We welcome composers, sound-artists, musicians and other artists to apply. However, please register for the impuls Academy 2023 first and announce your interest in this workshop (concern: utrumque Collaboratory). Composers must be accepted as Academy participants first in order to be able to qualify for this workshop, sound artists, individual instrumentalists and any others interested can apply only for this specific workshop. Putting together a suitable ensemble of applicants might require complementing the application with a short interview over video call before the final selection is made. There are no formal requirements, but applicants should be familiar with contemporary music and be virtuosic listeners, even if they are unfamiliar with live electronics or electronic music composition. Your application should comprise:

 

1.) Contact and biographical information

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

3.) A statement motivating your participation in the workshop

4.) As your applications will be used to put together an ensemble, please make sure to detail all performance experience and instrument proficiencies, and what instruments you could bring to Graz, in your application

 

Please submit your workshop application via e-mail to office@impuls.cc and impuls@utrumque.com by April 15th, 2023 at the latest. Notification about acceptance will then be given by May 15th, 2023.

 

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. Please note that the participation is equivalent to two individual tutor’s lessons, thus participating composers and also sound artists will be granted only one more individual tutor’s lesson during impuls. For all others, taking part in this workshop will open up the possibility to use impuls as a general platform for exchange and networking and enjoy the Festival program as well as general Academy offers (please note, that individual lessons for musicians are not offered in 2023).

 

Contact

To learn more of the instruments and musical practice of utrumque, please visit utrumque.com. If you have any other questions about the project or the application process, please contact impuls@utrumque.com.

26.7.-3.8.2023

daily presence required

26.-27.7.2023

full days

1) Shared introduction:

Introduction to working method, instruments, overall form, and venue for all participants

28.-30.7.2023

half days

2) Individual and small group work:

Working in small groups with Gerhard Eckel and Ludvig Elblaus individually

31.7.-1.8.2023

full days

3) Shared Finish:

Forming and working in the complete ensemble

2.-3.8.2023

full days and evenings

Final rehearsals and performances

 

IEM

 

in cooperation with the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

 

co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

Performing augmented reality . Call for new solo Electronic Music

 

Solo performance practice in Electronic Music is traditionally linked to the idea of a performer operating on a laptop, whereas composing electroacoustic music is an activity that offers countless sonic paradigms, such as the use of amplification, the transformation of the timbre of an acoustic instrument, the use of sound spatialisation etc.

But is it possible to compose a solo electronic music performance without the laptop being the center of the attention? Is it possible to interact with a digital world without pressing a button? How can we build a sonic relationship between common objects and digital technologies? Can an electronic musician be a performer as much as an instrumentalist?

Special Program

with Davide Gagliardi

 

for composers

The aim of this call is to develop new solo Electronic Music repertoire with a strong performative profile which brings the electronic musician away from the laptop’s screen, focusing on her/his stage presence, reflecting upon the role of the digital media in a music performance and considering technology as active and creative element of our everyday practice.

Selected participants will develop a piece (less than 10 minutes) in collaboration with Davide Gagliardi, Professor of Multimedia at the Conservatory of Milan, composer, performer and sound director of the Schallfeld Ensemble, who will accompany and support the development of the selected projects from a performative and technical point of view, i.e. providing assistance during the software development process, discussing about notation, and performing the piece.

The call is particularly welcoming composers who have so far focused on instrumental music and who are not necessarily familiarised with music software development yet. But of course also composers already familiar with electronic music are welcome to join.

 

Timeframe and Workshop-structure:

The selected participants will discuss the project with Davide Gagliardi as both tutor and performer of the pieces at impuls in private online sessions several months before the beginning of the Academy, where the main aesthetic idea and the development of the performance will be discussed also from a technical point of view.
During the impuls Academy, the pieces of the selected composers will then be rehearsed and discussed together with Davide Gagliardi, in both solo and group sessions, resulting in a workshop presentation. The number of participants is subject to the time available and thus the number of places is limited. However, all composers applying are welcome to follow the rehearsals and process on spot.

 

Provided technical equipment:
List of technical equipment available for Call for new solo Electronic Music

 

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Performing augmented reality ) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.

2.) Then submit until January 29th, 2023 at the latest to office@impuls.cc and to info@davidegagliardi.eu

a) a short bio with links to your website or pieces that you consider representative for you and your work

b) a short exposé explaining your idea and experience (whether you have experience in Electronic Music, Multimedia programming or not) and your concept for a new piece you would like to develop and work on with Davide Gagliardi

c) sketches or software for your proposed piece, if already available

3.) Notification about selection will be given by the end of February 2023.

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

Klangforum Wien + Johannes Kalitzke . Reading Sessions

 

On top of premiering 4 new impuls commissions on August 2nd, 2023, Klangforum Wien and its conductor Johannes Kalitzke offer a full day with Reading Sessions for young composer participants of the impuls Academy on August 3rd, 2023, where, amongst others, questions on formal and esthetic aspects, notation and instrumentation are discussed.

Special Program

with Klangforum Wien

and

Johannes Kalitzke

 

for composers

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Klangforum) to the impuls office (office@impuls.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@impuls.cc until April 30th, 2023 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 May 31st, 2023, and might be asked to also deliver the parts until June 30th, 2023 as pdf to office@impuls.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.) The impuls Reading Sessions with Klangforum Wien and its conductor will take place on August 3rd, 2023. In addition to that, if possible, 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.

3.8.2023

11.00-13.30

15.00-17.30

13.30-15.00: lunch

 

KUG. MUMUTH

Quatuor Diotima . Call for Scores + Reading Sessions + Feedback

 

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 2023. From the pieces handed in Quatuor Diotima will then make a selection for a) intense rehearsals with the composers and a public performance at the impuls Festival, b) short readings and c) feedback-rounds for some more composers on their works as submitted.

Special Program

with Quatuor Diotima

Yun-Peng Zhao violin
Léo Marillier violin
Franck Chevalier viola
Pierre Morlet cello

 

for composers

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Quatuor Diotima) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.

2.) Please then hand in the score per email as pdf to office@impuls.cc until March 20th, 2023 at the latest. On selection please also supply again both score and all parts in a printed and well readable version until May 20th, 2023 to Quatuor Diotima (franck@quatuordiotima.fr) and office@impuls.cc and bring along one more printed copy to impuls in July.

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 April 20th, 2023 at the latest. The scores will be made available to Quatuor Diotima and impuls without charge during impuls 2023 for rehearsals, possibly also performances, recordings made for archive reasons, and if of interest, also to other impuls participants for reasons of studies.

25.-31.7.2023

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31.7.2023

Concert

MUMUTH . György-Ligeti-Saal

hand werk . Call for scores

 

hand werk will be present at the impuls Academy as one of this edition´s Ensembles in Residence. The ensemble hand werk, based in Cologne, is known for placing its craft, as well as care for the composition and quality of the interpretation in the foreground of the work. The ensemble welcomes pieces that were only played once and then forgotten and is open to works with a rather serious and/or performative character. The Pierrot plus percussion instrumentation of the ensemble is often augmented by everyday objects, self-made or electronic.
 

Special Program

with hand werk

Daniel Agi flute
Heni Hyunjung Kim clarinet
NN violin
Niklas Seidl cello

 

for composers

All composers, who have already registered and been accepted as participants for the impuls Academy, are welcome to hand in compositions (be it already written ones or new ones written specifically for this) for its musicians: from duo to quartet-instrumentation of the ensemble. A conductor is not available. The duration should not exceed 10 minutes.
The following instruments are available (one musician per instrument only): flute (also piccolo, alto and bass flute) + clarinet (also clarinet in Eb, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet) + violin + cello
Ad hoc-instruments
and everyday objects are very welcome. Electronics are possible, but should be viable without an extra sound engineer. Specific props, self-made instruments or other equipment most likely need to be supplied by the composers themselves. Please also 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.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: hand werk Call) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.
2.) Thereafter please send your composition as pdf (a score is sufficient) 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 April 30th, 2023 to both office@impuls.cc and info@ensemble-handwerk.eu. All material is to be made available for rehearsals and a possible performance at impuls 2023 for free. Parts would need to be delivered only upon selection until June 15th, 2023 .
3.) By May 20th, 2023 a selection will be made of a at least 2 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 other composers handing in pieces a meeting with hand werk for feedback will be set up on top.

24.-28.7.2023

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28.7.2023

Concert

MUMUTH . György-Ligeti-Saal

 

co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

 

Decoder Ensemble . Call for Projects . Composer Workshop + Concert

 

The Decoder Ensemble, founded in 2011 in Hamburg, is one of the most innovative and unpredictable representatives of the international new music scene – in 2023, it is now present at impuls amongst others with a special workshop lasting for several days. For Decoder, cross-genre collaborations are as much part of its profil as persuing a broad musical spectrum ranging from experimental instrumental music and multimedia set-ups to performance and conceptual art. The musicians of the ensemble are proven specialists in the field of contemporary music, and the majority also work as composers. Thus, instead of the usual separation of production and interpretation, an intensive exchange is the first priority.

For impuls the ensemble is looking for new or already existing, preferably multidisciplinary concepts that will be developed with Decoder during the course of the Academy from July 24th to 29th. On July 30th, a discursive concert evening with Decoder Ensemble will take place within the framework of a workshop concert, presenting the works (possibly as works in progress). Composition participants of the impuls Academy as well as “Others” (such as sound and multimedia artists, performers, musicians, actors, dancers, instrument designers ...) are invited to submit one or more (already existing or new) concepts for this workshop.

Special Program

with Decoder Ensemble

Leopold Hurt (e-)zither, conducting, performance

Andrej Koroliov piano, keyboard, performance

Carola Schaal B flat clarinet, performance

Sonja Lena Schmid cello, performance

Stefan Troschka electronics, sound direction, performance

Jonathan Shapiro percussion, performance

 

for composers, sound and multimedia artists, performers, individual musicians, actors, dancers, instrument designers …

How to apply:

1.) As composer you have to register and be accepted as participants for the impuls Academy 2023, Others can qualify specifically for this workshop.

2.) If you would like to submit one or more concepts or concretely formulated ideas for concepts, please announce your interest in this special program (concern: Decoder Call for Projects) to office@impuls.cc or do so directly when registering for the Academy.

3.) The instrumental line-up of the Decoder Ensemble consists of: 1x cello, 1x B flat clarinet, 1x piano/keyboard, 1x electric zither, 1 percussion, 1 x electronics. This instrumentation can be referred to, but the musicians are equally open to open scores and concepts with performance as well as movement elements, visual parts, objects, voice, etc. The works should be able to be performed by 4-6 people (including electronics/sound direction). A list of available percussion instruments can be found here, information on the electric zither here. Electronics: Software MaxMSP, Ableton-Live, Logic, further programme options by arrangement (Operating System MacOS Sierra); maximum 4-channel (clarify speaker positioning in advance!). In principle, amplification for all instruments is possible and desirable, as is the inclusion of multimedia. Wireless Clicktrack can be used. Please also note that in the case of a planned piano preparation, it must be ensured that the piano is not damaged in any way. Special instruments may have to be supplied by the participants themselves.

4.) The duration of the individual concert contributions on July 30th is approx. 10 min. However, the concepts can also exceed this duration or generally go beyond the conventional concert framework; in this case, excerpts and “work in progress” will be presented.

5.) To apply, please send your concepts/your concept ideas and an artistic curriculum vitae to office@impuls.cc by March 15th, 2023 at the latest (concern: Decoder Call). You are welcome to add examples of already realised works (please include links to performances, photos, concept scores, etc. in that case).

6.) A binding online meeting before impuls, scheduled for April 18th, 2023, at 6 p.m. CET, offers all pre-selected participants the opportunity to talk about the pieces, ideas and proposals more in detail and furthermore discuss open questions (e.g. on implementation possibilities) with the Decoder Ensemble. All concepts, that are finally selected after this meeting, will be developed by the Decoder Ensemble during the impuls Academy and, at least partially, performed at the impuls Festival.

7.) If you need further information, please contact the impuls office at office@impuls.cc.

24.-30.7.2023

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30.7.2023

Workshop Concert

MUMUTH . György-Ligeti-Saal

 

co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23 . Call for Scores

 

In 2023 the IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23 will participate in impuls.
All composers registered and accepted for the impuls Academy 2023 are cordially invited to submit either already existing compositions or new compositions written specifically for this occasion. Hereby works from trio size upwards will be accepted, a conductor is available if required, the pieces´ duration should not exeed 7 minutes.
The instrumental pool consists of the following instruments: flute (+ picc., alto and bass flute), oboe, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion (1 player!), 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, conductor.
Ad percussion: 1 vibraphone + 1 large drum + 1 drum-set as well as small percussion instruments, that can easily be transported without a car, are available.
If you submit pieces, which require additional percussion instruments, please be aware, that you might have to provide them yourself. Please note, that neither electronics nor amplification will be available – thus only acoustic pieces will be considered at this call. Please also note, that in case any piano preparation is planned, you need to make sure, that it will by no means harm the piano.

Special Program

with IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23

Phoebe Bognar flute

Jeanne Degos oboe

Drew Gilchrist clarinet

Tobias Krieger trumpet

Michael Martinez trombone

Jaroslav Novosyolov piano

Ying Chen Chuang percussion

Emmanuel Coppey violin

Miria Sailer violin

Miho Kawai viola

Clara Franz cello

Riverton Alves double bass

Xizi Wang conductor

 

for composers

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.

2.) Please then send your compositions as pdf (a score is sufficient at this stage) to both office@impuls.cc and akademie@ensemble-modern.com by March 15th, 2023 at the latest. A selection will be made by April 15th, 2023, which will then be rehearsed on site in collaboration with the composers, or worked on at readings, and, depending on the progress of rehearsals, will also be presented in public at the impuls Festival in individual cases.

3.) On selection, composers are asked to send the individual parts until May 15th, 2023 as pdf to office@impuls.cc and, at the same time, to akademie@ensemble-modern.com, and also bring along both score and parts in a printed version to the impuls Academy in July. All material must be made available to the ensemble and impuls free of charge. The selected composers also agree that recordings may be made for documentation purposes.

24.7.-1.8.2023

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23 + Cantando Admont + Vocalists . Call for Scores

 

The IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23, Cantando Admont as well as young vocalists invite all composers registered and accepted at the impuls Academy 2023 to submit works for instrumentalists and vocalists.
You are welcome to submit already existing works for this purpose. However, these must be written for at least 3 instrumentalists plus 3 vocalists. In case you plan to compose a work especially for this occasion, it should again be written for at least 3 instrumentalists plus 3 to a maximum of 5 vocalists (please note that for newly written works a maximum of 2 sopranos, 1 alto, 1 tenor and 1 bass should be chosen in order to ensure a potential realization. A potential realization of already existing works, which can also include more than 5 vocalists in also other voice ranges and combinations, does depend on the registrations of young vocalists for the impuls Academy). In any case, a conductor will be available if needed.
The instrument pool for this call consists of the following instruments: Flute (+ picc., alto and bass flute), oboe, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion (1 player!), 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, conductor.
Ad percussion: 1 vibraphone + 1 large drum + 1 drum-set as well as small percussion instruments, that can easily be transported without a car, are available.
If you submit pieces, which require additional percussion instruments, please be aware, that you might have to provide them yourself. Please note, that neither electronics nor amplification will be available – thus only acoustic pieces will be considered at this call. Please also note, that in case any piano preparation is planned, you need to make sure, that it will by no means harm the piano.

Special Program

with IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23

Phoebe Bognar flute

Jeanne Degos oboe

Drew Gilchrist clarinet

Tobias Krieger trumpet

Michael Martinez trombone

Jaroslav Novosyolov piano

Ying Chen Chuang percussion

Emmanuel Coppey violin

Miria Sailer violin

Miho Kawai viola

Clara Franz cello

Riverton Alves double bass

Xizi Wang conductor

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Cantando Admont

Elina Viluma-Helling soprano

Helena Sorokina mezzo-soprano

Bernd Lambauer tenor

Ulfried Staber bass

Cordula Bürgi musical direction

+

vocalists of the impuls Academy 2023

 

for composers and vocalists

How to apply:

1.) As composer you have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: IEMA-Ensemble 2022/23 + Cantando Admont) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration. Vocalists donnot have to register for this call separately.

2.) Please then send your compositions as pdf (a score is sufficient at this stage) to both office@impuls.cc and akademie@ensemble-modern.com as well as c.buergi@cantando-admont.at by March 15th, 2023 at the latest. A selection of pieces will be made by April 15th, 2023, which will then be worked on on site in collaboration with the composers in the framework of readings, and, depending on the progress, might also be presented in public at the impuls Festival in individual cases.

3.) On selection, composers are asked to send the individual parts until May 15th, 2023 as pdf to office@impuls.cc and, at the same time, to akademie@ensemble-modern.com and c.buergi@cantando-admont.at, and also bring along both score and parts in a printed version to the impuls Academy in July. All material must be made available to the ensemble, vocalists and impuls free of charge at impuls 2023. The selected composers also agree that recordings may be made for documentation purposes.

26.7.-1.8.2023

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

Klaus Lang . Organ Workshop + improvisation concert

 

As composer, concert organist and improvisator on the organ, harmonium and similar key instruments, Klaus Lang will give an insight into the possibilities of sound and playing techniques and special features of the organ. Also specific questions in relation to composing for organ will be discussed.

After the workshop Klaus Lang invites to a one-hour improvisation organ concert.

Special Program

with Klaus Lang

 

for all impuls participants

If interested in attending, please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Klaus Lang Organ) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or do so already with your initial Academy registration.

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A Conductor´s and Composer´s first view feedback on Scores

 

Composition participants of the impuls Academy 2023 are offered the possibility to meet conductor and composer Johannes Kalitzke beyond his engagement as conductor of Klangforum Wien and its reading sessions during impuls 2023. In the form of open one to one meetings he will give prima vista feedbacks on scores brought along in his dual function as conductor and composer. Hereby issues such as notation, layout, technical instructions, tempo and rhythm, but also viability, rehearsing needs, knowledge about instrumental features might be touched amongst others.

Special Program

with Johannes Kalitzke

 

for composers

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please announce your interest in this special program (concern: Kalitzke´s Feedback on Scores) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) until May 23rd, 2023 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.

2.) 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.

3.) Depending on the number of applications, selection might have to be made. Notification of selection will be given until June 30th, 2023 at the latest. Composers selected must then bring along the score as printed version for the meeting with Johannes Kalitzke.

26.-30.7.2023

 

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Meet up with Conductor
 

impuls Academy participants are offered the possibility to meet with conductor Ernst Kovacic for various questions and needs they might have.

 

Special Program

with Ernst Kovacic

 

for all impuls participants

How to apply:
Please do sign up quickly (office@impuls.cc, concern: Kovacic Conductor-Meeting) and hand in your questions/info on your expectations until May 15th 2023. Depending on the number of applications, selection might have to be made.

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Ernst Kovacic . Composing for violin solo and chamber music formations

 

Ernst Kovacic, violinist, conductor, curator, pedagogue and founding member of impuls, invites composer participants of impuls 2023 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 musician´s, conductor´s and curator´s 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.

 

Special Program

with Ernst Kovacic

 

for composers

 

 

 

How to apply:
1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant of the impuls Academy 2023.
2.) Please announce your interest in this program to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc, concern: Ernst Kovacic - Composing for violin) either already with your initial registration or until May 23rd, 2023 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@impuls.cc (concern: Ernst Kovacic - Composing for violin) as pdf until the deadline given.
3.) Notification of selection will be given by end of June 2023 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.

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hand werk . Meet the ensemble

 

hand werk invites all participants of the impuls Academy 2023 for a two-hour discussion/meeting, in which main aspects of an ensemble's development are discussed. Topics include profile development, curation and programming, work with mission and vision statements, professionalisation (business) and public appearance.

Special Program

with hand werk

Daniel Agi flute
Heni Hyunjung Kim clarinet
NN violin
Niklas Seidl cello

 

for all impuls participants

No specific application for this offer necessary, but please preannounce your interest to office@impuls.cc (Concern: hand werk meeting).

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

On E-Zither

 

Leopold Hurt, composer as well as member of the Decoder Ensemble as conductor and with electric zither, will introduce you to the instrument e-zither in his workshop. He will hereby also give numerous practical tips on setups, notation, traditional and advanced playing techniques.
 

Special Program

with Leopold Hurt

(Decoder Ensemble)

 

for composers, instrumentalists

Composers and instrumentalists alike are invited to participate; the document attached already offers a first insight into the world of the e-zither.

 

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: E-Zither) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.

2.) There is no selection procedure coming along with this workshop, but in case of space problems the order of registration is relevant.

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

Drum set in Contemporary Music

 

In his workshop Jonathan Shapiro, percussionist of the Decoder Ensemble, gives an insight into the history of the drum set and its use in contemporary music. Not only topics such as the exploration of extended playing techniques and sounds or the expansion with additional instruments, objects and electronics will be addressed, but so will the discourse on current directions in contemporary music using the drum set. On top Jonathan Shapiro will present excerpts of pieces on the drum set, but also participants are invited to perform pieces for drum set themselves or to bring along corresponding compositions.

Special Program

with Jonathan Shapiro (Decoder Ensemble)

 

for composers, percussionists

How to apply:

1.) You have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Drum set in Contemporary Music) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.
2.) If you as a percussionist would like to contribute a piece for this workshop on the drumset or an instrument similar to the drumset (e.g. everyday objects, which must then also be provided by yourself / ideally solo pieces), please send the score (as pdf) including information about the composer and the title to office@impuls.cc by May 30th, 2023 at the latest. The same applies to composers, but they are requested to also include a link to a video or audio recording.
3.) There is no selection procedure for participation in this workshop; in the event of space problems, the order of applications will count (pieces submitted in advance will hereby be taken into consideration).

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network

Neko3 . Open Call

 

For the impuls Academy and Festival 2023, the Danish ensemble NEKO3 hosts an open call for composers, sound and multimedia artists, performers, individual musicians, actors, dancers, instrument designers, or any other creators regardless of their discipline.

The ensemble consists of three performers, who have a classical training as two percussionists and a pianist, but nowadays they work without regard to medium – ideas come first. Their core repertoire features both electronic music, performance art, cross-genre art (such as installations or sound art) and contemporary classical music. The call is therefore open for ideas and styles of almost any kind. The applicant can propose anything from small musical ideas to longer works, as scores or as conceptual thoughts in text format. Rather than finding complete works to be presented in a concert, the ensemble would like to act as a development lab for the applicants’ raw ideas, and to get to know the creators as artists and people through working with and collaboratively developing ideas with them.

 

Special Program

with NEKO3

Fei Nie keys, performer
Kalle Hakosalo percussion, performer
Lorenzo Colombo percussion, performer

 

for composers and Others (such as sound and multimedia artists, performers, individual musicians, actors, dancers, instrument designers, or any other creators regardless of their discipline).

The call is open for all active impuls Academy participants. A number of applicants will be selected to take part in the project, that includes two three-hour workshop sessions per selected applicant, plus a final presentation featuring short discussions with the ensemble and the selected applicant, as well as first performances of the new works / ideas. Whether being selected or not, each applicant will have the possibility for a short feedback session with the ensemble during the Academy.

 

How to apply:

1.) As composer you have to register and be accepted as participant for the impuls Academy 2023 first. Other artists (Others) can apply & qualify specifically for the workshop.

2.) If you would like to submit one or more proposals, please preannounce your interest in this special program (concern: Call NEKO3) to the impuls office (office@impuls.cc) or already with your initial Academy registration.

3.) Proposals should then be sent to office@impuls.cc and neko3cph@gmail.com until March 30th, 2023 at the latest. They should include at least the following:
a) a freeform description of the workshop proposal

b) a short curriculum vitae

c) one or more example(s) of applicant’s previous work

d) a technical rider featuring the equipment / instruments the applicant would need (try to be as detailed as possible, and we will contact You, if we require further information). Please be aware however, that, especially in the case of less common equipment and instruments needed, selected applicants might need to supply them themselves.

4) If you need further information, please contact the impuls office at office@impuls.cc and neko3cph@gmail.com. Notification on selection will be given by April 30th, 2023.

27.7.-2.8.2023

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co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the Ulysses Network