As we are starting a new ULYSSES Network project period spanning from 2020 all the way to 2024, it is time to look back to some of our projects that are still available to read, see and listen online. Here is one pick from every year (except for the sad 2020). You can find lots more info and links from the project website's timeline.
Supported by Ultima (NO), Gaudeamus (NL) and impuls (AT), the Belgian Nadar Ensemble created a project to tell the exceptional life story of a writer Lesaserma Pokhunakhis. The concert included works by Alexander Khubeev, Sergey Khismatov, Alex Nadzharov and Marina Poleukhina. A 5-minute clip of the project is here.
The project is also mentioned by Heloisa Amaral at oncurating.org article ”Producing Situations: How Performer-Curators Are Rethinking Roles and Formats”.
This project has interconnected the media of experimental film with new compositions by young composers featured in the frame of ULYSSES for many years. The project is shared by impuls (AT), Flagey (BE), Gaudeamus (NL), IMD (DE) and Ircam (FR).
Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky is one of the internationally leading figures in experimental film. His films are shown and honored worldwide and – besides others due to their not only formal and narrational complexity and density – mean a rewarding challenge both for composers to get involved with and audiences to experience them again and again. Young composers wrote new works for his films CinemaScope Trilogy: LArrivée, 1997/98 + Outer Space, 1999 + Dream Work, 2011.
All the works have been premiered by Ensemble Nikel with world premiere compositions by Mirela Ivičević (impuls commission), Julien Malaussena (impuls commission), Javier Elipe Gimeno (IRCAM commission), Ariadna Alsina Tarrés (IRCAM commission), Boris Bezemer (Gaudeamus commission), Mikołaj Laskowski (Gaudeamus commission), Clara Iannotta (IMD Commission) and Simon Løffler (IMD Commission).
Photo: Marije van den Berg
Every year, the ULYSSES Network partner institutions have offered European journeys to composers, performers and conductors, allowing young international artists to wander across Europe and to participate to different workshops and activities stops in order to improve and to complete their skills, but also to grow their own network. One example of many, already maybe hundreds of these stops comes from Gaudeamus Muziekweek, where composer Jacques Zafra worked with Catchpenny Ensemble.
Jacques Zafra: Einmal ist einmal