27.07.2015

ENSEMBLE 2016

After the large ensemble projects in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and the successful young ensemble programs in those years, it has become a matter of course that the Darmstadt Summer Course is offering formats for young ensembles besides the composition and interpretation workshops and that Darmstadt can serve as a working platform and network for ensemble start-ups.

 

In the past, the participating ensembles were chosen by a jury from an international call. This time, IMD will ask a group of Summer Course tutors and former participants who have a good overview on the international young ensemble scene for recommendations. From a list of 10 to 15 nominations IMD will choose a maximum of three ensembles that can take part in the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016.


After the large ensemble projects in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and the successful young ensemble programs in those years, it has become a matter of course that the Darmstadt Summer Course is offering formats for young ensembles besides the composition and interpretation workshops and that Darmstadt can serve as a working platform and network for ensemble start-ups. Giving young ensembles the opportunity to hold a two-week working phase in Darmstadt is now an essential part of the Summer Course portfolio. The presence of the young groups in Darmstadt creates a strong energy that inspires different fields of the Summer Course: concerts, Open Space, workshops and projects that are initiated by the ensembles themselves or projects that they get involved in during their Darmstadt stay. In the ENSEMBLE projects we see a model for the permeability and cross-linking that we are aiming at for the Summer Course as a whole: connections between questions of interpretation and composition, technical and aesthetic problems, the integration of different Summer Course protagonists, the dissolution of classical student-teacher relationships and a variety of formats (ensemble coaching, instrumental classes, reading sessions, ensemble composition workshops, open rehearsals, Open Space or concert presentations etc.).

We would like to continue this path in 2016 and are opening the Darmstadt Summer Course again for young ensembles as a working and network platform.

 

In the past, the participating ensembles were chosen by a jury from an international call. This time, we will ask a group of Summer Course tutors and former participants who have a good overview on the international young ensemble scene for recommendations. Ensembles of any set-up between 3 and 12 players can be nominated, also groups with a focus on performance and improvisation. They should plan a long-term collaboration as an ensemble and already have some experience as a group. From a list of 10 to 15 nominations IMD will choose a maximum of three ensembles that can take part in the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016.

 

The ensembles who will take part in the program can plan their stay at the Darmstadt Summer Course according to their needs, in agreement with and supported by IMD. During the last years, we have tried out different formats that can serve as a reference, such as

 

•    Reading Sessions of new scores by young composers
•    Workshops with young composers with or without one of the composition tutors
•    Workshops with other ensembles
•    Workshop presentations during the festival
•    self-organised formats / Open Space presentations (also together with other participants, coaches, tutors)
•    collaborations in other Summer Course projects
•    working on repertoire with ensemble coaches
•    coaching by experienced ensemble musicians and ensemble managers, also in administrative questions

 

IMD offers ensemble coaching and support with the organisation of the Darmstadt working period as well as a rehearsal space over two weeks and will try to provide equipment that cannot be brought to Darmstadt by the ensemble. The ensemble musiacians do not pay any participation fee for the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016, but will deal with travel and lodging on their own. If required, they can make use of a small travel allowance, offered by IMD.


Former participants:

ENSEMBLE 2014
Distractfold (GB)
Ensemble Garage (D)
soundinitiative (F)
Trio Catch (D)

 

ENSEMBLE 2012
dissonArt ensemble (EL)
El perro andaluz (D)
MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik (D)
Mivos Quartet (US)
Quasars Ensemble (SK)

 

ENSEMBLE 2010
Ensemble Dal Niente (US)
Ensemble Interface (D)
Ensemble Modelo 62 (NL)
Ensemble Nostri Temporis (UA)
Fathom String Trio (D)
Omnibus Ensemble (UZ)
sonic.art saxophone quartet (D)

Open rehearsal Mivos Quartet with Helmut Lachenmann in Darmstadt 2014
Ensemble Interface rehearsing with Enno Poppe 2010 in Darmstadt
Showcase Ensemble Garage 2014 in Darmstadt
27.07.2015

ENSEMBLE 2016

After the large ensemble projects in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and the successful young ensemble programs in those years, it has become a matter of course that the Darmstadt Summer Course is offering formats for young ensembles besides the composition and interpretation workshops and that Darmstadt can serve as a working platform and network for ensemble start-ups.

 

In the past, the participating ensembles were chosen by a jury from an international call. This time, IMD will ask a group of Summer Course tutors and former participants who have a good overview on the international young ensemble scene for recommendations. From a list of 10 to 15 nominations IMD will choose a maximum of three ensembles that can take part in the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016.

Open rehearsal Mivos Quartet with Helmut Lachenmann in Darmstadt 2014