Viitasaari, one of the summer’s closer-to-Polar-Circle camps of contemporary music! A Finnish city of about 6800 inhabitants, north of the capital Helsinki by some 400 km, is since 1982 for some very peculiar reason the home of the only annual classical contemporary music festival in Finland, including a Summer Academy...
After the stops in Frankfurt with IEMA-Ensemble in May, in Bobbio and Milan with IDEA/Divertimento Ensemble at the beginning of June, two workshops followed one after the other at IRCAM’s festival ManiFeste 2018, from 18 to 30 June. During these two weeks, the young musicians had the opportunity to rehearse at CENTQUATRE-Paris, an atypical space for free artistic practice, residencies, production and promotion for the public and artists from all over the world.
Stop 2 • Bobbio and Milan
Everybody is tired, but smiles are on everyone’s face. Long hugs and cheers in the warm summer night, after the concert in Milan and after some beers. See you soon in Paris, or in Royaumont, and then in Utrecht. Let’s get some rest, then let’s plunge in another full immersion in new music.
Stop 1 • Frankfurt/Main
The ULYSSES Ensemble, created by the ULYSSES Network, is an ephemeral chamber ensemble of thirty young European performers ages 18 to 30 who have been selected especially for the occasion. Together they will tour five major European contemporary music events and have the opportunity to work with leading conductors, composers and performers on key repertoire and new works.
The first stop of the ULYSSES Ensemble is Frankfurt/Main (DE) where the ULYSSES Ensemble members meet and cooperate with the members of the IEMA-Ensemble (International Ensemble Modern Academy).
The Audience Research branch of the ULYSSES Network was established in late 2016 with the aim of investigating the audience for contemporary classical music in Europe. Newly composed classical music has long held a reputation for challenging audiences and for provoking a wide range of responses and experiences. This image of the genre has often held it back from reaching a larger, more diverse audience base.