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impuls . Academy 2013

impuls . 8th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music, 2013 (9. - 20.2.)


Summary 2013

Tutors, Ensembles, Lecturers ... 2013

Participants 2013


Fotos by Ypatio Grigori, Werner Korn and Ute Pinter




Special Programs at impuls Academy 2013

Besides composers´ and instrumental classes, chamber music and ensemble work the impuls Academy always offers various special programs to its participants. Check a short summary here.


Amongst others:




Special Workshop: Composition beyond Music

with Peter Ablinger

Video by Christine Schörkhuber

Composition beyond Music was an opportunity to reflect on presentation forms for acoustic works, for sound compositions that go beyond the classic concert setup, such as site-specific compositions and installations, the presentation of sounds, sound production as a social pattern, the essentials of sound and music, music without sounds, technology and research into source material, the body in music, field recordings, sound and other media.

This workshop was accompagnied by visual artist Christine Schörkhuber.

The workshop was a special project developed by impuls and set up within the EU project and network Ulysses.






Composer selected within the special program

Ernst. Composition commission by the Ernst Krenek Institute:

Zesses Seglias

As cooperation partner of impuls the Ernst Krenek Institute in Krems commissions a composition to a participant of the composition class at impuls also in 2013. After a three-week visit at the Institute in Krems and in depth study of composer Ernst Krenek, a piece for a chamber music ensemble shall be composed and in sequence premiered by Klangforum Wien.





Composers selected within the Composer Exchange Program

impuls – Royaumont Foundation:

Chris Swithinbank

Samuel Cedillo

As part of the EU-network Ulysses impuls and Fondation Royaumont/Voix nouvelles in France have established an exchange program for the support of young composers of excellence for 2012/ 2013 and 2014/2015. After the participation of Chris Swithinbank at the impuls Academy in February 2013, Mexican composer Samuel Cedillo was selected amongst this year´s impuls Academy participants to attend the Royaumont´s Composition Session 2013, lasting from Monday, August 26th to Saturday, September 14th, in return.




Composer selected for the Composer Exchange Program

IKI/Opus XXI – impuls:

Matthias Kranebitter

The two academies IKI/Opus XXI (Germany/ France) und impuls (Austria) decided to mutually invite young composers suggested by each academy, in order to offer them a wider and international audience as well as the possibility to have their pieces performed by different ensembles.




As part of the EU-network Ulysses impuls selected for the program

Young Ensemble in Residency

the ensemble The Curious Chamber Players


Composers rehearsed and performed:

Jorge Diego Vázquez, Eric Skytterholm Egan, Yukiko Watanabe, SukJu Na as well as Chris Swithinbank and Tyler Futrell

As part of the EU-network Ulysses impuls - together with its project partners Gaudeamus, IMD and Time of Music - has chosen a young ensemble to work intensively with composer participants and tutors on spot. The ensemble was given the possibility for extensive rehearsals and artistic cooperation, taking advantage also of other offers: meet up with tutors, attend lectures, meet and exchange, interlink and work with different instrumentalists, build up new repertoire… and present the results in public concerts.

For 2013 and 2014, the Stockholm based ensemble Curious Chamber Players has been selected as ensemble in residency.

Always full of curiosity, the Curious Chamber Players have explored a wide spectrum of new music since 2003 – from hard-core modernism to graphic scores, from minimalism to noise music, … with and without electronics, installations and improvisation. Therefore experimenting is one of the main virtues of this ensemble located in Stockholm, which is co-directed by the composer Malin Bång. Since the very beginning it has worked with many mostly young scandinavian composers and is gladly expanding into new realms of sounds by including daily objects (like balloons or kitchen stuff, self built instruments or beckoning cats …).