20.12.2013

New Project 2014: ENSEMBLE NIKEL mINUS oNE

Ensemble Nikel offers in its mINUS oNE project a 5 day experience allowing young performers to explore and experience the challenges rising from playing contemporary chamber music in a quartet formation. In this case the quartet does not only invite the performer to deal with typical aspects related with musical coordination, unified sonority, mutual phrasing and breathing, score analysis among others but also involve the challenge of fusing electric and acoustic sound sources into a unified organism that rise from the unique quartet formation based on saxophone, electric guitar, percussion, piano and often added electronics.

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Yaron Deutsch and Ensemble Nikel in Darmstadt 2010, Photo: Jens Steingässer
20.12.2013

New Project at Darmstadt Summer Course 2014: ENSEMBLE NIKEL mINUS oNE

20.12.2013

New Project at Darmstadt Summer Course 2014: ENSEMBLE NIKEL mINUS oNE


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14.12.2013

Disklavier Plus at Darmstadt

As partner in the Ulysses Network, IMD is involved in several projects in cooperation with other European festivals and academies. The 47th International Summer Course for New Music will feature a project called Disklavier Plus: Five young European composers have been commissioned to write a new work for Disklavier and (live-) electronics: Ville Raasakka, Vito Zuraj, Ji Youn Kang, Lucas Wiegerink, Steffen Krebber. The Yamaha Disklavier is a normal acoustic piano that uses built-in electroacoustic solenoids and optical sensors allowing them to play notes and use the pedals independently of any human player, store data and reproduce it.

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14.12.2013

Disklavier Plus at Darmstadt

14.12.2013

Disklavier Plus at Darmstadt


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29.11.2013

Electronics Atelier 2014

The Electronics Atelier within the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014) will offer - as in the years 2010 and 2012 - far-ranging approaches to electronic music today.
After the demolition of the Darmstadt club 603qm the Electronics Atelier 2014 has lost its home – so the project is currently still in development. It is certain, however, that the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM Graz) will appear as Studio-in-Residence in 2014. In addition to workshops and presentations of their own research and working areas (artistic research, signal processing, acoustics and computer music), where the students can actively participate, the IEM Graz is also involved in various Summer Course projects (including „Disklavier Plus“, „Scelsi Revisited Backstage“ and a workshop concert of Degem, the German Society for Electroacoustic Music).
Individual artists like the French Gilbert Nouno, the Mexican Mario de Vega and the Berlin based Robert Lippok received and accepted our invitations. 

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29.11.2013

Electronics Atelier 2014

29.11.2013

Electronics Atelier 2014


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09.11.2013

Interpretation: 47th International Summer Course for New Music

Lessons with a recognized expert in the field of new music, rehearsals for a work from one’s own repertoire, a lecture, the exchange of ideas with a composer about playing techniques in his/her new piece, trying it out, finding other players, forming a trio ... that’s what a day at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music could look like for an instrumentalist. Or different.
From the beginning of January until the end of March 2014 instrumentalists can sign up online. Only for some instrumental classes special modes of application will be announced on this website, most of the others are open to all musicians interested in New Music. A list of the courses offered and the names of the tutors will also be published soon.

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09.11.2013

Interpretation: The 47th International Summer Course for New Music

09.11.2013

Interpretation: The 47th International Summer Course for New Music


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01.11.2013

Call for Young Ensembles: Four groups nominated

Through the promotion scheme boost! the International Summer Course for New Music is offering since 2010 a special coaching for young ensembles. 53 groups from 19 different nations applied for the upcoming boost! program which is part of the ENSEMBLE 2014 project. A jury (Barbara Maurer, Tom Pauwels, Mike Svoboda, Lucas Fels, IMD) has now nominated the following four ensembles:
 

Distractfold Ensemble (UK), Ensemble Garage (DE), soundinitiative (F) und Trio Catch (DE).

 

The ensemble members will be granted partial scholarships for the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014). IMD thanks all ensembles who applied for their interesting submissions.

01.11.2013

Call for Young Ensembles: Four groups nominated

01.11.2013

Call for Young Ensembles: Four groups nominated


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25.10.2013

Darmstadt Summer Course 2014: Brass Academy

The 47th Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music will offer a special format for brass players wishing to intensify their interest in and expertise with New Music: Since the similarities between the brass instruments clearly outweigh the differences, the new Brass Academy will be established as a forum for all brass players. In master-classes and individual lessons, contemporary extended playing techniques such as lip multi-phonics, singing-and-playing, air sounds, etc. will be taught and applied in the context of solo and chamber music.

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Mike Svoboda, Photo: Jens Klatt
25.10.2013

Darmstadt Summer Course 2014: new brass academy

25.10.2013

Darmstadt Summer Course 2014: new brass academy


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18.10.2013

Workshop „Composition Beyond Music“ with Peter Ablinger

Within the next Darmstadt Summer Course Peter Ablinger will conduct a workshop titled „Composition Beyond Music": „Field recordings, 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, archaeoacoustics, sound and other media, perception and reality – these are just some of the potential themes to be explored, elaborated, and presented by the participants in their own works in this workshop series that combines theory and practice."

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Peter Ablinger, Photo: Siegrid Ablinger
18.10.2013

Special Workshop „Composition Beyond Music“ with Peter Ablinger

18.10.2013

Special Workshop „Composition Beyond Music“ with Peter Ablinger


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11.10.2013

Three Ulysses projects at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

Since last year the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) is partner institution of the new European network Ulysses. This network federates European partners involved in the support and promotion of young artists. The partners – academies, summer schools, support programs connected with ensembles or festivals – play a fundamental role in recognizing, accompanying, professionalizing and developing the careers of young European composers and performers. Ulysses is supported by about fifty associated partners.


Three Ulysses projects will take place within the next Darmstadt Summer Course in August 2014: Two special workshops and one concert event. In association with three other Ulysses partner insitutions IMD invited composer and sound artist Peter Ablinger for a workshop titled „Composition Beyond Music" (the call for this project will be published soon on this website), created a project called „Disklavier Plus" (with new works by Steffen Krebber, Vito Zuraj, Lucas Wiegerink and Ji Youn Kang), and re-invited the Swedish ensemble Curious Chamber Players to present its brand-new program in Darmstadt.

Further information on Ulysses:

Ulysses network

Ulysses platform

11.10.2013

Three Ulysses projects at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

11.10.2013

Three Ulysses projects at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014


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05.10.2013

New for instrumentalists: Chamber Sessions

In 2014, a new project, the Chamber Sessions, will increase the links between participants of the different instrumental classes of the Darmstadt Summer Course. Three to five players will come together in small ad hoc-formations and rehearse selected works of participants of the composition classes (Call for scores) as well as some classics of new chamber music. Each project is accompanied by an instrumental tutor.

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05.10.2013

New for instrumentalists: Chamber Sessions

05.10.2013

New for instrumentalists: Chamber Sessions


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28.09.2013

Writing Workshop 2014

The International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt will be accompanied in 2014 again by young music journalists who take part in the Writing Workshop. In texts and audio pieces they will report in German and English on courses, concerts, lectures and projects, conduct interviews and discuss the results with colleagues. The tutors Björn Gottstein (SWR, Stuttgart), Stefan Fricke (hr, Frankfurt am Main) and Christopher Fox (author and composer, London) will offer practically oriented lessons for beginning music journalists in the field of the new music.

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28.09.2013

Writing Workshop 2014

28.09.2013

Writing Workshop 2014


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18.09.2013

Call for Projects: Workshop Contemporary Opera

A workshop for contemporary opera, directed by Hans Thomalla (composer, Northwestern University Chicago) and Patrick Hahn (dramaturge, Stuttgart Opera) will be offered during the upcoming 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt 2014. Composers can apply by 1st December 2013 with project sketches and other materials.

Please see the PDF “Call Opera Workshop” for details.

 

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Donatienne Michel-Dansac 2012 in Darmstadt
18.09.2013

Call for Projects: Workshop Contemporary Opera

18.09.2013

Call for Projects: Workshop Contemporary Opera


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13.09.2013

Call for Composer-Performers

Within the next Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music 2014 Jennifer Walshe will conduct a special project that is addressed to composer-performers: composers performing their own pieces/ideas/concepts. A workshop with the selected artists for this project will take place in April 2014 at Bern University of Arts (BUA) in Biel/CH. The group will reconvene during the Darmstadt Summer Course (2 to 16 August 2014).

 

If you are interested in this project, please, read the PDF „Call for Composer-Performers“ and apply by 31 December 2013 the latest.

 

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Performance Jennifer Walshe in Darmstadt 2012
13.09.2013

Call for Composer-Performer

13.09.2013

Call for Composer-Performer


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30.08.2013

Kranichstein Music Prize 2014: New Jury

A new jury will choose the Kranichstein Music Prize winners in 2014: Music journalist Carolin Naujocks, composer Hannes Seidl and accordionist Eva Zöllner will hear all official concerts of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music and award the prize during the final concert on 16 August 2014 to one composer and one interpreter or ensemble.

 

Since 1952 the Kranichstein Music Prize is awarded to participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course for an outstanding work or performance. In 2014 the prize will be endowed with a total amount of 6,000 EUR. The jury also selects musicians and composers who will receive scholarships for the Darmstadt Summer Course in 2016.

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Kranichstein Music Prize for Interpretation 2012: Ensemble Dal Niente
30.08.2013

New Jury for Kranichstein Music Prize in 2014

30.08.2013

New Jury for Kranichstein Music Prize in 2014


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23.08.2013

Young Ensembles Platform Meeting

Through the project ENSEMBLE and the promotion scheme boost! IMD supports since 2010 young New Music ensembles at the beginning of their careers. An international ensemble network is now initiated with a first ensemble platform meeting taking place in Darmstadt on 5 and 6 September 2013. It is accompanied by Lucas Pairon, founding director of the Belgian Ictus ensemble, who had offered consultations for young ensembles already during the Darmstadt Summer Course in 2012. A continuation of the ensemble meeting is planned for 2014 at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music.

 

The platform meeting is hosted by IMD who offers the framework (provides space, helps with lodging and coordinating the program), but topics will be identified and prepared by the ensembles themselves. Around 30 representatives of ensembles from Europe and the US who took part in the Darmstadt Summer Course during the last few years confirmed their participation.

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Lucas Pairon with young ensembles during the Summer Course 2012

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23.08.2013

Young Ensembles Platform Meeting

23.08.2013

Young Ensembles Platform Meeting


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16.08.2013

35 new Radio Stories on the Darmstadt Summer Course

„Is Darmstadt alive?“ The Cologne based magazine "MusikTexte" asked this question to numerous composers in summer 1984. Today, one could answer: "Very much alive!" - especially with regard to the upcoming 47th International Summer Course for New Music in 2014. And the history of Darmstadt is at least as exciting: On 10 September 2013 the Hessian Broadcasting Service (Hessischer Rundfunk) hr2-kultur starts the second season of the series „Bauhaus, Brennpunkt, Drehscheibe“ (Bauhaus, focus, hub) with 35 new radio stories on the Darmstadt Summer Course (in German).

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Mauricio Kagel 1976 in Darmstadt (Photo: Manfred Melzer)
16.08.2013

35 new Radio Stories on the Darmstadt Summer Course

16.08.2013

35 new Radio Stories on the Darmstadt Summer Course


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09.08.2013

New at the Summer Course: Harp workshop with Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

For the first time since the 1960s the harp will play an important role at the Darmstadt Summer Course in 2014. Back then, Francis Pierre and Pierre Boulez had integrated the instrument in the Summer Course work, now Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir takes over the harp lectureship in 2014. The Icelandic harpist who was trained in her homeland as well as in London and Amsterdam is regarded as one of the most important younger representatives of her instrument worldwide. She is a co-founder of the Ensemble Adapter as well as member of the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. Besides this, she works on the completion of her thesis which examines the role of the harp in new music. Gunnhildur Einersdóttir will present the results of her extensive research and experience within the Summer Course. Also her website encyclopaedia dealing with harp playing techniques and notation will be available next summer.

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Photo: Rut Sigurdardottir
09.08.2013

New at the Summer Course: Harp workshop with Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

09.08.2013

New at the Summer Course: Harp workshop with Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir


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02.08.2013

Enormous resonance on Call for Young Ensembles

Since 2010 the Darmstadt Summer Course offers a program to support young ensembles which have specialised in New Music. For the project boost! within the scope of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014) groups with at least three players could apply until 31 July 2013. We are very proud on the enormous resonance: IMD got 53 applications, from trio up to small chamber ensemble with conductor. The following countries are represented: Argentina (1), Australia (3), Austria (2), Belgium (1), Brazil (1), Canada (3), France (2), Germany (10), Great Britain (3), Italy (1), Mexico (1), the Netherlands (2), Norway (2), Poland (1), Russia (1), Spain (3), Switzerland (2), the Ukraine (1) and the US (13).

A jury will nominate three ensembles for the participation in the project by the end of October 2013.

02.08.2013

Enormous resonance on Call for Young Ensembles

02.08.2013

Enormous resonance on Call for Young Ensembles


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02.08.2013

365 days left: 47th International Summer Course for New Music

Every two years the Darmstadt Summer Course is organized by the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD). We are already right in the middle of preparing the next edition: For the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014) we are expecting about 350 young composers and interpreters in Darmstadt. Online applications will be possible from January until the end of March 2014 on this website. From now on we start reporting over one year every week on projects and new formats, the tutors, the concert and lecture program as well as on practical issues like lodging and how to get here.

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02.08.2013

365 days left: 47th International Summer Course for New Music

02.08.2013

365 days left: 47th International Summer Course for New Music


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03.07.2013

cresc… Festival program 2013 online

The second edition of cresc..., the biennial festival for modern music will take place in the Frankfurt Rhine Main area from 21 to 24 November 2013. After revisiting the music of Iannis Xenakis in 2011 and focusing on „Music and Space“ this time the festival will focus the music of Bernd Alois Zimmermann under the perspective of musical time. Again, Frankfurt and Darmstadt are both central venues of the cresc… biennale. The program is now online and will present, besides Zimmermann’s works, also 12 new pieces and will close with Zimmermann's monumental „Requiem for a young writer“ on 24 November at Alte Oper Frankfurt.

03.07.2013

cresc… Festival program 2013 online

03.07.2013

cresc… Festival program 2013 online


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17.06.2013

Staubach Honoraria 2014: Ensembles have been determined

After the jury has selected three composers for the Staubach Honoraria 2014 some weeks ago, we can now announce forwhich ensembles Ann Cleare (Ireland), Steven Daverson (Great Britain) and Marina Khorkova (Russia) will write new pieces:

 

Ann Cleare – Curious Chamber Players (Sweden)

Steven Daverson – Decoder (Germany)

Marina Khorkova – Trio Accanto (Germany)

 

All pieces will be premiered within the 47th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt 2014.

17.06.2013

Staubach Honoraria 2014: Ensembles have been determined

17.06.2013

Staubach Honoraria 2014: Ensembles have been determined


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12.06.2013

Sponsors sought: Bicycle project of the Summer Course

During the Darmstadt Summer Courses in 2010 and 2012 participants and tutors could use bicycles to move between campus, venues and lodgings and so transported the message "music moves" through the town over two weeks.
In order to provide, in 2014 again, bicycles for as many participants as possible for a symbolic fee only, we are searching for sponsors.

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12.06.2013

Sponsors sought: Bicycle project of the Summer Course

12.06.2013

Sponsors sought: Bicycle project of the Summer Course


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02.06.2013

Staubach Honoraria 2014: Composers have been selected

The jury for the Staubach Honoraria 2014 – consisting of Martin Iddon, Hans Thomalla and Thomas Schäfer – has reached a decision: The three Staubach Honoraria, sponsored by the Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation, will go to the composers Ann Cleare (Ireland), Marina Khorkova (Russia) und Steven Daverson (Great Britain). Each of them will compose a new piece for the 47th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt in 2014, premiered by ensembles that will be confirmed in the next weeks. Around 130 submissions by composers from 35 countries were reviewed by the jury.

02.06.2013

Staubach Honoraria 2014: Composers have been selected

02.06.2013

Staubach Honoraria 2014: Composers have been selected


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30.05.2013

Darmstadt Summer Course on Youtube: 4 new videos

In the Youtube Playlist "Darmstadt Summer Course 2012" we feature video impressions of the 46th International Summer Course for New Music. Recently uploaded: performances of works by Raphael Cendo, Eva Reiter and Daniel Puig and a workshop with Brian Ferneyhough on his guitar duo "No time (at all)".

 

Playlist "Darmstadt Summer Course 2012" (Youtube)

30.05.2013

Darmstadt Summer Course on Youtube: 4 new videos

30.05.2013

Darmstadt Summer Course on Youtube: 4 new videos


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14.05.2013

Call for Young Ensembles

For the upcoming International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt (2 to 16 August 2014) IMD asks young ensembles for New Music to apply for the project boost!.
Deadline for applications is 31 July 2013.

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14.05.2013

Call for Young Ensembles

14.05.2013

Call for Young Ensembles


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14.05.2013

New release: "New Music at Darmstadt" by Martin Iddon

In his new book "New Music at Darmstadt", recently published with Cambridge University Press, Martin Iddon explores the early years of the Darmstadt Summer Course. Through a wealth of primary sources - many of them from the IMD archives - and analytical commentary he investigates how the image of a coherent "Darmstadt School" could be created, despite the very diverse range of compositional practices on display at the courses. The book also explores the collapse of the seeming collegiality of the Darmstadt composers, which crystallised, according to Iddon, around John Cages presence there in 1958.


Also recently published with CUP: The correspondence of John Cage and David Tudor, edited and annotated by Martin Iddon.

14.05.2013

New release: "New Music at Darmstadt" by Martin Iddon

14.05.2013

New release: "New Music at Darmstadt" by Martin Iddon


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