23.12.2014

IMD wishes Happy Holidays!

The International Music Institute Darmstadt remains closed until 5 January. We wish you all Happy Holidays and all the best for 2015!

 
Besides the preparations for the next Darmstadt Summer Course (30 July to 14 August 2016) with its 70th anniversary in 2016 IMD is planning some major projects also for 2015: From 26 to 29 November 2015 we will be for the third time cooperation partner in the festival cresc… Biennale for Modern Music Frankfurt Rhine Main, that will focus on the subject "MUSIK - FILMBILD - MUSIK" and will also feature Helmut Lachenmann's 80th birthday.

 

An important milestone for our archive team will be reached in spring 2015: Since 2010 IMD works on the description and digitization of the unique collection on the Summer Course history: Metadata to the rich stocks of photos, recordings and written documents since 1946 are provided and made available on-line. We will start featuring some parts of IMD's digital collections on this website regularly.

Some percussion instruments used by the Curious Chamber Players on 6 August 2014 in Darmstadt
23.12.2014

IMD wishes Happy Holidays!

23.12.2014

IMD wishes Happy Holidays!


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27.10.2014

Interpreting New Music - The Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

More than just master classes: Katharina Herkommer and Jörg Lohner (nmzMedia) have accompanied some young interpreters with their camera during the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014: to workshop concerts, rehearsals with composers and ensembles, to workshops on experimental sound production and sessions with young composers and tutors. The film shows a cross section of the diverse activities during the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014). Many thanks to all contributors!

27.10.2014

Interpreting New Music - The Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

27.10.2014

Interpreting New Music - The Darmstadt Summer Course 2014


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21.10.2014

Documentation "Composition Beyond Music"

Video artist Christine Schörkhuber documented Peter Ablinger's workshop „Composition Beyond Music" during the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014 in Darmstadt). Over two weeks Peter Ablinger and the 13 participants (Robert Blatt, Victoria Cheah, Aaron Einbond, Neele Hülcker, Jörg Köppl, Ingrid Lee, Sergej Maingardt, Alessandro Perini, Elena Rykova, Juan Sorrentino, Sven Sosnitski, Berglind Maria Tomasdottir, Dan Tramte) worked together in Darmstadt and did several presentations during the Summer Course.

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21.10.2014

Documentation on Peter Ablinger's Workshop "Composition Beyond Music"

21.10.2014

Documentation on Peter Ablinger's Workshop "Composition Beyond Music"


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07.10.2014

Konrad Boehmer passed away

On 4 October 2014, the composer, music author and critic Konrad Boehmer pssed away at the age of 73 in Amsterdam. Boehmer, a sharp-tongued as well as very stimulating conversation partner, was born in Berlin in 1941, went later to Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne and attended at his invitation in 1959 for the first time the Darmstadt Summer Course. Boehmer was the first invited composer to tell his Darmstadt memories to Michael Rebhahn, Lukas Einsele and Christian Gropper in the course of the the IMD project „Nachhall“ („Reverberation“) . His critical words about the late 1950s, when the „initiative Darmstadt“ had been in danger of becoming an „institutiton“ and the avant-garde - in the words of Raymonds Radiguet - had started upright, but ended up on their knees, have not lost any of their relevance.
Michael Rebhahn collected some of Konrad Boehmer's Darmstadt memories in a 15 minute audio podcast.

 

Konrad Boehmer 2011 in his apartment in Amsterdam
Konrad Boehmer 1988 in Darmstadt, Photo: Manfred Melzer
07.10.2014

Konrad Boehmer passed away

07.10.2014

Konrad Boehmer passed away


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26.09.2014

Call for Papers Uni Siegen "Eine Wiener Darmstädter Schule?"

Für ein musikwissenschaftliches Symposium mit dem Titel "Eine Wiener-Darmstädter Schule? – Österreichische KomponistInnen bei den Darmstädter Ferienkursen 1946 - 1961" (28. bis 30. Mai 2015, Siegen) hat die Universität Siegen einen Call for Papers veröffentlicht.

 

Die Tagung, konzipiert von Prof. Dr. Matthias Henke, Dr. Ulrich Wilker und Dr. des. Sara Beimdieke wird die Rolle österreichischer KomponistInnen in den ersten 15 Jahren der Darmstädter Ferienkurse in den Blick nehmen. Untersucht werden soll einerseits, wie die Tradition der Wiener Schule in Darmstadt vermittelt wurde und andererseits, inwiefern die in Darmstadt gelehrten Inhalte tatsächlich Einfluss auf junge KomponistInnen hatten.

 

Themenvorschläge und Abstracts können bis 10. November 2014 per E-Mail an Matthias Henke gesandt werden, Details sind der PDF-Datei des Call for Papers zu entnehmen.

Eduard Steuermann bei den Ferienkursen 1960 mit einer Partitur von Hans Otte, Foto: Pit Ludwig
26.09.2014

Call for Papers "Eine Wiener Darmstädter Schule?"

26.09.2014

Call for Papers "Eine Wiener Darmstädter Schule?"


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17.09.2014

Review Open Space 2014

A tool for self-motorized exchange and self-organized knowledge transfer - that is the OPEN SPACE at the Darmstadt Summer Course. Over 100 projects and presentations were created between 2 and 16 August 2014 by participants, tutors and guests. The project was planned and coordinated by Berno Odo Polzer.

The Open Space calendar will stay accessible on this website in a PDF version and documents the diverse activities that enriched the official program of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014. Many thanks for this to all contributors!

"Contemporary harp notation and technique" with Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

Open Space Calendar 2014 (PDF)

17.09.2014

Review Open Space 2014

17.09.2014

Review Open Space 2014


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18.08.2014

Performing Matters: Video documentation

Drones and hot air balloons, video art and talk show theater: "Performing Matters" was the central theme of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music, held in Darmstadt from 2 to 16 August 2014 at different venues throughout the city. The video by Katharina Herkommer and Jörg Lohner from nmzMedia gives some impressions on the broad workshop and concert program and features works by Johannes Kreidler, Ylva Lund Bergner, Wafaa Bilal and Stefan Prins.

18.08.2014

Performing Matters: Video documentation

18.08.2014

Performing Matters: Video documentation


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16.08.2014

The Kranichstein Music Prize has been awarded.

Ashley Fure (Composition / USA) and the Ensemble Distractfold (Interpretation / UK) were awarded the 2014 Kranichstein Music Prize. The prize, founded in 1952, is awarded to one current composition and one interpretation presented at the International Summer Course for New Music, selected by an independent jury, comprising the music journalist Carolin Naujocks, the composer Hannes Seidl and the accordionist Eva Zöllner, as outstanding in quality and significance. In 2014 the prize sum is 6000 Euros, divided equally between the winners in the two categories Interpretation (ensemble or soloist) and Composition.

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Ensemble Distractfold und Ashley Fure

Kranichsteiner Musikpreis

16.08.2014

The Kranichstein Music Prize has been awarded

16.08.2014

The Kranichstein Music Prize has been awarded


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16.08.2014

Program & Open Space 16.08.2014

OPEN SPACE

10:00 - 15:00 OS 3, Beginne/Skizzen, Martin Schüttler's Studenten
10:00 - 11:00 OS Showcase, Music by Ian Power, Dino Georgeton
10:30 - 11:30 OS 4, MEAT and GREAT,The beetles networking corp.
11:00 - 13:00 OS 2, violin etude project, Graeme Jennings (Violin Studio)

16.08.2014

Program & Open Space 16.08.2014

16.08.2014

Program & Open Space 16.08.2014


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15.08.2014

Program & Open Space 15.08.2014

OPEN SPACE
10:00 - 19:00 OS Osthang, KONNEX @ OS OSTHANG
10:00 - 13:00 OS Showcase, Violin Studio Concert, Graeme Jennings
12:00 - 13:00 OS 1, Excerpts of 1+1=1 by Pierluigi Billone, Samuel Dunscombe and Aviva Endean
12:00 - 13:00 OS 5, Writing for Viola d'amore, Annegret Mayer-Lindenberg
13:00 - 15:00 OS 1, Equilibrium, Juan Sorrentino

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15.08.2014

Program & Open Space 15.08.2014

15.08.2014

Program & Open Space 15.08.2014


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14.08.2014

Focus: Disklavier Plus

16:00, Mornewegschule

Vito Zuraj, Steffen Krebber, Lucas Wiegerink and Ji Youn Kang were commisioned to write new pieces for Disklavier which can be heard today,16:00 at Mornewegschule. The pieces are part of the workshop "Disklavier Plus".

Disklavier Plus

14.08.2014

Focus: Disklavier Plus

14.08.2014

Focus: Disklavier Plus


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14.08.2014

Program & Open Space 14.08.2014

OPEN SPACE

10:00 - 13:00 OS 4, Anatomy of a String Quartet, part 2,  Mivos Quartet and SamsonYoung

10:00 - 11:00 OS Showcase, UCSD composers and performers

11:00 - 13:00 OS Showcase, Presentation of String Trios by Santiago Diez-Fischer and Martin Iddon, Distractfold Ensemble

13:00 – 14:00 OS 4, Death Metal Rock with Headbang for Violin from MONOLITH, TakaoHyakutome and Hiari Kiyamae

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14.08.2014

Program & Open Space 14.08.2014

14.08.2014

Program & Open Space 14.08.2014


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13.08.2014

Reinhard Schulz-Prize

Tonight, 19:00, Centralstation (Saal)

The Reinhard-Schulz-Prize for Contemporary Music Journalism 2014 goes to Benedikt Leßmann from Leipzig. The prize had been created to support young talented music journalists who specialize in the field of New Music. Dr. Thomas Schäfer and Peter Hagmann, chairman of the jury, will present the award. 

 

Afterwards Ensemble Nikel performs pieces by Stefan Prins, Michael Wertmüller, Pierluigi Billone, Vladimir Gorlinsky. 

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13.08.2014

Tonight: Reinhard Schulz-Prize

13.08.2014

Tonight: Reinhard Schulz-Prize


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13.08.2014

Program & Open Space 13.08.2014

OPEN SPACE

09:30 - 12:00 OS 1, SOUNDINITIATIVE - Workshop with Mauro Lanza & Andrea Valle

10:45 - 11:30 OS 2, New works for Janggu and Ggwaenggwari (Korean perc.), Sori Choi

11:00 - 12:00 OS 4, Niklas Seidl/Paul Hübner: A Gyšrgy Entertejnment [The Georg Entertainment]

11:00 - 13:00 OS Showcase, INSIDE THE FLUTE, Alessandro Baticci

13:00 - 15:00 OS Showcase, Open Rehearsal "Anatomy of a String Quartett", MivosQuartet

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13.08.2014

Program & Open Space 13.08.2014

13.08.2014

Program & Open Space 13.08.2014


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12.08.2014

Darmstadt Studies

13.08.2014, 9:30, Akademie für Tonkunst

The ´Darmstadt Studies Research Day Berlin - Basel` focuses upon the history of the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. The two major research projects "Ereignis Darmstadt" at the University of the Arts Berlin and "Fokus Darmstadt"  at the music academy Basel approach the topic from different angles. Questions regarding Aesthetic, Theory and Performance Practice are at the centre of the key notes presented tomorrow at Akademie für Tonkunst

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12.08.2014

Darmstadt Research Day

12.08.2014

Darmstadt Research Day


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12.08.2014

Lecture Michael Rebhahn as PDF

Michael Rabhahn provided a PDF of his lecture "How to become a successful composer", held on 6 August 2014 at Bessunger Knabenschule during the 47th International Summer Course for New Music.

12.08.2014

Lecture Michael Rebhahn as PDF

12.08.2014

Lecture Michael Rebhahn as PDF


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12.08.2014

Open Space

Open Space is going into its last four days and busy with many program points designed by the students of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014. Check out the diverse and exiting program at Lichtenbergschule. The Osthang at Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt has been newly added as a venue for the second week of the Summer Course.

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Open Space Showcase Foto: Daniel Pufe
12.08.2014

Open Space

12.08.2014

Open Space


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12.08.2014

ensemble mosaik @ Darmstadt Summer Course

ensemble mosaik at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

The concert of last night by ensemble mosaik, Distruktur, Thomas Fiedler and Bettina Junge in the media: A review on Deutschlandradio Kultur by Rudolf Schmitz. 

 

Deutschlandradio Kultur

12.08.2014

ensemble mosaik @ Darmstadt

12.08.2014

ensemble mosaik @ Darmstadt


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12.08.2014

Program & Open Space 12.08.2014

OPEN SPACE
12:00 - 13:00 OS Showcase, Possibility of "speaking pianist" composition, Michiko Saiki
13:00 - 14:00 OS 3, 'How' Does Music Mean?, Ori Talmon
14:00 - 14:45 OS 4, performance of BLACK HORIZON by M. Giuliani, Tom Pauwels
14:00 - 16:00 OS Showcase, Concert of "les trombones de bale" and a lecture on trombone multiphonics by Michel Roth + Mike Svoboda, Les trombones de bale

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12.08.2014

Program & Open Space 12.08.2014

12.08.2014

Program & Open Space 12.08.2014


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12.08.2014

Performing matters!

The workshops "Composer-Performer" and "Contemporary Opera" couldn't be more different in their approaches to the topic of performance. Tomorrow, 13. August at 22:00, the "Composer-Performer" workshop of Jennifer Walshe presents their results at Kunsthalle Darmstadt. On Thursday and Friday 14 /15 August, at 17:30, the "Contemporary Opera" projects will be performed at West Side Theatre. 

12.08.2014

Performing matters!

12.08.2014

Performing matters!


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Darmstadt Summer Course on Voice Republic

Many lectures and discussions of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music are available as audio podcasts on the platform Voice Republic.

11.08.2014

Transduction

Tonight, 19:30, Centralstation (Halle)

 

Pieces by Clemens Gadenstätter, Andrea Valle, Mark Baden and Mauro Lanza will be performed by ensemble mosaik. The concert as a course through possibilities of heard spatiality – acoustically, visually and virtually will set the listening space in motion. The evenig is a cooperation with the film art duo Distructur and the directors Thomas Fiedler and Bettina Junge. 

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11.08.2014

Concert: Transduction

11.08.2014

Concert: Transduction


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11.08.2014

Program & Open Space 11.08.2014

OPEN SPACE

10:00 - 10:50 OS 2, long tone improvisation warmup, Bonnie Lander
11:00 - 12:30 OS Showcase | While my guitar gently weeps, Nico Couck
12:00 - 14:00 OS 2, Workshop: Experimental Singing Techniques, Frauke Aulbert
13:00 - 14:00 OS 5, Abjad, Josiah Wolf Oberholtzer

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11.08.2014

Program & Open Space 11.08.2014

11.08.2014

Program & Open Space 11.08.2014


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10.08.2014

Program 10.08.2014

Open Space
11:45 - 12:50 OS Showcase, Kupka's Piano Performance, Kupka Ensemble
12:00 - 14:00 OS 2 , Workshop "Singing and Playing" | Frauke Aulbert
12:30 - 14:30 Edith-Stein-Schule (110), durch - open rehearsal with the composer Mark Andre and standardmodell

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10.08.2014

Program 10.08.2014

10.08.2014

Program 10.08.2014


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10.08.2014

Peter Ablinger: Composition Beyond Music

Tonight: 22:30!, Orangerie

 

The 13 participants of the workshop "Composition Beyond Music" by and with Peter Ablinger will present the result of their research in the Orangerie. Tonight the collective will be joined by the video artist Christine Schörkhuber. The workshop focused upon the analysis of the preconditions and practices of music and on a reconsideration of what else music can be.

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Peter Ablinger © IMD, Daniel Pufe
10.08.2014

Peter Ablinger: Composition beyond music

10.08.2014

Peter Ablinger: Composition beyond music


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09.08.2014

Just released: Darmstädter Beiträge Vol. 22

On time during the 47th International Summer Course for New Music the 22nd volume of the „Darmstädter Beiträge zur Neuen Musik“ has been published by Schott Music. In 2012, IMD director Thomas Schäfer continued the renowned book series of the Darmstadt Summer Course after a 20 years break. The present, now 22nd volume, edited by Michael Rebhahn and Thomas Schäfer, contains lectures and a discussion from the Summer Course 2012. The book is available at the Campus Shop at Lichtenbergschule and costs 16,95 €.

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09.08.2014

Just released: Darmstädter Beiträge Vol. 22

09.08.2014

Just released: Darmstädter Beiträge Vol. 22


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09.08.2014

Program and Open Space 09.08.2014

OPEN SPACE
12:00 OS 4, Operation of Culture Negativism - Speech on experiment of asian
contemporary vocal music, Hang Su
13:00 OS Showcase, The silent performance - the noise around the noise, Colin Tucker and Josh Hyde
14:00 OS 4, Listening: Prince - Dirty Mind (1980), Jon Heilbron
14:00 OS Showcase, Presentation of HELLO by Alexander Schubert (2014) and Décombres by Raphael Cendo (2006), Decoder Ensemble
15:00 OS 3, Listening: short presentation of works by 4 composers: AmitGilitz, David Coll, Ori Talmon, Lian Flenedy
17:00 OS Showcase, Concert Percussion Quartett, Ensemble This, Ensemble That

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09.08.2014

Program and Open Space 09.08.2014

09.08.2014

Program and Open Space 09.08.2014


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08.08.2014

Program & Open Space 08.08.2014

OPEN SPACE

09:30 – 11:00 OS 1, WHISPER IMPROV ENSEMBLE, Athena Corcoran-Tadd and Viola Yip

10:00 – 10:50 OS 2, long tone improvisation warmup, Bonnie Lander

10:00 – 11:30 OS Showcase, Opera and New Music - a contradiction?, Patrick Hahn

14:00 – 15:00 OS 2, Performance and Workshop with Carl Rosman: Evan Johnson's "Ground" for contrabass clarinet, Evan Johnson

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08.08.2014

Program and Open Space 08.08

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07.08.2014

Program & Open Space 07.08.2014

OPEN SPACE

10:00 - 10:50 OS 2, long tone improvisation warmup, Bonnie Lander
12:00 - 14:00 OS 4, KONNEX Meeting 2, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong
13:00 - 15:30 OS 2, Violin: Extended Techniques, Takao Hyakutome

16:00 - 18:00 OS Showcase, Instrumental + live Elektronik, Improvisation, Trio nicdemasow
17:00 - 20:30 OS 2, Introduction and premiere of "Fictions" for string quartet, Mivos Quartett and Ken Ueno

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07.08.2014

Program & Open Space 07.08.2014

07.08.2014

Program & Open Space 07.08.2014


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06.08.2014

Program 06.08.2014

10:00 Debate: The Darmstadt Forum III ,Bessunger Knabenschule
12:00-18:00 Sound Installations: IEM, Mornewegschule
13:30 Lecture: Michael Rebhahn, Besssunger Knabenschule
15:00 Lecture: Sebastian Berweck, Bessunger Knabenschule
16:00 Workshop Concert: GOT LOST, Akademie für Tonkunst (Grosser Saal)
17:00 Constellations II (Lehmann, Schick), Bessunger Knabenschule
19:30 Concert: Curious Ears Abroad, Orangerie
22:00 Concert: Aperghis at night, Centralstation (Saal)

06.08.2014

Program 06.08.2014

06.08.2014

Program 06.08.2014


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06.08.2014

"Dead Serious" by Nadar Ensemble and Wafaa Bilal

Yesterday, around 3000 people witnessed DEAD SERIOUS at Georg-Büchner-Platz Darmstadt.

06.08.2014

"Dead Serious" by Nadar Ensemble and Wafaa Bilal

06.08.2014

"Dead Serious" by Nadar Ensemble and Wafaa Bilal


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05.08.2014

Writing Workshop BLOG is online

The International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt will be joined again in 2014 by young music journalists taking 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.

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05.08.2014

Writing Workshop BLOG is online

05.08.2014

Writing Workshop BLOG is online


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05.08.2014

Program 05.08.2014

10:00 Debate: The Darmstadt Forum II , Bessunger Knabenschule

11:00 Workshop: Nikel mINUS oNE, Mathildenhöhe, Osthang (h_da Aula)

12:00-18:00 Klanginstalltionen, Mornewegschule

13:30 Lecture: Peter Ablinger, Bessunger Knabenschule

15:00 Lecture: Harry Lehmann Bessunger Knabenschule

15:00 Open Rehearsal: GOT LOST, Akademie für Tonkunst (Großer Saal)

16:00 Workshop Concert: Mivos Quartet, Centralstation (Halle)

17:00 Konstellationen I (Kreidler/Hespos), Bessunger Knabenschule

18:00 Workshop Concert: IEM – Gerriet K. Sharma, Mornewegschule (Mensa)

21:00 Concert: Dead Serious, Georg Büchner Platz (vor dem Staatstheater Darmstadt)

05.08.2014

Program 05.08.2014

05.08.2014

Program 05.08.2014


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04.08.2014

"lecture–discussion–discourse": Podcasts

Today, the lecture–discussion–discourse series, coordinated by Michael Rebhahn, will start with the first debate of the Darmstadt Forum (10:00, Open Space Showcase, "I. New Conceptualism: A Dead End or a Way Out?") and lectures by Patrick Frank (13:30, Open Space Showcase, "Patrick Frank: Rede zur Lage der Neuen Musik") and Stefan Fricke (15:00, Open Space Showcase, "Konzept als Dekor").

The discourse platform "Voice Republic" will present several lectures and discussions of the Darmstadt Summer Course as online podcasts.

04.08.2014

"lecture–discussion–discourse": Podcasts

04.08.2014

"lecture–discussion–discourse": Podcasts


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02.08.2014

Opening 47th International Summer Course for New Music

"I wish this music could provide a little inner quiet, space and concentration: An awareness of the fact that we have a great deal of time if we prepared to take it - that it is better to come to oneself than to be beside oneself." –– Karlheinz Stockhausen

 

On 2 August, the 47th Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music will open with Karlheinz Stockhausen's legendary composition "Carré"(1959-60) for four orchestras, four choirs, and four conductors, under the artistic direction of Thomas Schäfer. Performers include the Ensemble musikFabrik from Cologne, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Hessen radio station symphonic orchestra), and the Darmstadt Concert Choir.

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02.08.2014

Opening 47th International Summer Course for New Music

02.08.2014

Opening 47th International Summer Course for New Music


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16.07.2014

PDF Program Book online

The  program book of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt (2 to 16 August 2014) will be published soon. From now on it is also available on issuu or as PDF download.

16.07.2014

PDF Program Book online

16.07.2014

PDF Program Book online


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11.07.2014

Participants of the workshop „Expanded Music" selected

Participants of the workshop „Expanded Music" selected

Simon Steen-Andersen and ensemble soundinitiative have chosen their partcipants for the workshop „Expanded Music" at Kunsthalle Darmstadt:

 

Patricia Alessandrini, Ricardo Eizirik, Evan Gardner, Simon Løffler, Andrés Nunes de Buen, Alessandro Perini, Chris Swithinbank and Katherine Young.

 

The exact workshop appointments will be published later. A project presentation is scheduled for Friday, 15 August 2014, 2pm at Kunsthalle.

Simon Steen-Andersen
11.07.2014

Participants of the workshop „Expanded Music" selected

11.07.2014

Participants of the workshop „Expanded Music" selected


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08.07.2014

Liza Lim cancels visit

We regret to announce that Liza Lim (Visiting Composer) will be unable to attend the summer course due to private reasons.

08.07.2014

Liza Lim cancels visit

08.07.2014

Liza Lim cancels visit


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08.07.2014

Special Offers - Booking now open

Registered participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course can now book additional offers (limited contingents):

 

Bicycle (3 to 16 August): 31,90 €
Bicycle pick-up will start on 3 August at 11:00 next to the festival office at Lichtenbergschule.

 

Lunch (3 to 16 August): 145,20 €
For lunch there will also be two mobile snack bars at campus Lichtenbergschule where you can buy small meals without booking in advance and at the check-in in Darmstadt you will get a list of bistros and restaurants in the neighbourhood.

 

For bookings of bicycle, lunch or accomodation please log in here with your personal ztix access data: LOGIN
 
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Maximal number of participants: 40

08.07.2014

Special Offers - Booking now open

08.07.2014

Special Offers - Booking now open


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27.06.2014

The winner of the Reinhard Schulz Prize has been chosen

The Reinhard Schulz Prize for Contemporary Music Journalism 2014 goes to Benedikt Leßmann from Leipzig. A special award ceremony will take place on 13 August, during the 47th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt.

 

A performance by Ensemble Nikel will follow, with compositions by Stefan Prins, Michael Wertmüller, Pierluigi Billone and Vladimir Gorlinsky.

Benedikt Leßmann, Winner 2014
27.06.2014

The winner of the Reinhard Schulz Prize has been chosen

27.06.2014

The winner of the Reinhard Schulz Prize has been chosen


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21.06.2014

IEM Graz: Studio-in-Residence in Darmstadt 2014

After visits of the Electronic Studios of Dresden and Zurich the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) from Graz will be in 2014 Studio-in Residence at the Darmstadt Summer Course. We are delighted to welcome one of the most prominent studios in Europe. The IEM Graz has to face the dual challenge of on the one hand presenting their own research and work projects comprehensively and on the other hand involving interested Summer Course participants accordingly into practice. For this, the IEM team has designed a detailed work and presentation schedule in which key project themes of the studio (including „15 Years of Spatial Audio / Composing Spatial Instruments“, „Virtual MUMUTH“, „Patterns of Intuiton“, Winfried Ritsch’s „Automatic Piano“, „mobile hemisphere“ and space- and soundsculpture in computer music) harmonize with almost daily concert presentations at 6pm.

 

More information on the workshops of IEM Graz and other tutors of the Electronics Atelier can be found under Summer Course > Electronics Atelier.

 

For a list of the Electronics Atelier presentations please see under Program > Electronics Atelier.

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21.06.2014

The IEM Graz as Studio-in-Residence at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

21.06.2014

The IEM Graz as Studio-in-Residence at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014


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18.05.2014

Helmut Lachenmann at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

Nearly sixty years ago – in the summer of 1957 – Helmut Lachenmann visited the Darmstadt Summer Course for the first time as a participant and met Luigi Nono, with whom he took lessons in Venice later. His first appearance as a composer in 1962 marked the performance of Echo Andante. In 1972 Lachenmann coordinated the Composers Studio at the Summer Course and from 1978 on he was composition tutor regularly – his last stint was in 2006. This year he will return to Darmstadt as a „Visiting Composer“ in the first week of the Summer Course (3 to 7 August). His main focus this time will not be teaching, but working with various performers.

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Helmut Lachenmann's last Darmstadt appearance in 2006, Photo: Günther Jockel
18.05.2014

Helmut Lachenmann at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

18.05.2014

Helmut Lachenmann at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014


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15.05.2014

Ticket sales open today!

Online advance ticket sales open today for the concerts of the Darmstadt Summer Course (around 30 events to be held 2–16 August 2014).

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15.05.2014

Ticket sales open today!

15.05.2014

Ticket sales open today!


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28.04.2014

Summer Course Concert Program now online!

The opening concert of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt on 2 August 2014 will feature Karlheinz Stockhausen’s spacial music Carré for four orchestras, four choirs and four conductors from1959/60. More than 30 concerts, performances, semi-scenic music theater and experimental interventions will follow in the two festival weeks from 2 to 16 August 2014 in various locations in Darmstadt – and with one guest performance in Frankfurt on 3 August. PERFORMING MATTERS is this year’s main theme of the program, curated by Thomas Schäfer and featuring premieres by Patricia Alessandrini, Georges Aperghis, Joanna Bailie, Wojtech Blecharz, Ann Cleare, Steven Daverson, Cezary Duchnowski, Ashley Fure, Clemens Gadenstätter, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Leopold Hurt, Evan Johnson, Marina Khorkova, Hikari Kiyama, Konrad Korabiewski, Steffen Krebber, Johannes Kreidler, Mauro Lanza und Andrea Valle, Fabien Lévy, Sarah Nemtsov und Paul Frick, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Stefan Prins, Jagoda Szmytka, Lukas Wiegerink, Ken Ueno and others.

 

The program is constantly supplemented until August by workshop presentations, lectures and research formats.

28.04.2014

Summer Course Concert Program now online!

28.04.2014

Summer Course Concert Program now online!


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09.04.2014

Registration period extended for certain instrumental courses

The registration period for certain instrumental classes for the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014) has been extended. There are a few places left in the classes of Peter Veale (oboe), Pascal Gallois (bassoon), Marcus Weiss (saxophone), Mike Svoboda (horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), Tom Pauwels (guitar), Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (harp), Barbara Maurer (viola), Lucas Fels (cello) and Uli Fussenegger (double bass).

09.04.2014

Registration period extended for certain instrumental courses

09.04.2014

Registration period extended for certain instrumental courses


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06.04.2014

Yukiko Sugawara offers a special course on piano music by Helmut Lachenmann

During Helmut Lachenmann's stay as „Visiting Composer“ at this year’s Darmstadt Summer Course (3 to 7 August 2014) Yukiko Sugawara will offer a special course on the composer’s piano music. The course is aimed at all participants of Nicolas Hodges’ piano class, but will of course also be open to all other interested people for passive participation. In addition to the solo piano works by Helmut Lachenmann, Yukiko Sugawara will examine the solo parts in compositions like Ausklang (1986), Allegro sostenuto (1989) and GOT LOST (2008).

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Yukiko Sugawara 2006 in Darmstadt, Photo: Günther Jockel
06.04.2014

Piano Music by Helmut Lachenmann: Workshop with Yukiko Sugawara

06.04.2014

Piano Music by Helmut Lachenmann: Workshop with Yukiko Sugawara


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27.03.2014

Darmstadt Studies: Research Day during the Summer Course

Two important research projects dealing with the history of the Darmstadt Summer Course are underway at Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Music Basel, both using the outstanding archive collections of the International Music Institute Darmstadt. While the Berlin project „Darmstadt Events“ (Direction: Dörte Schmidt and Pietro Cavalotti) understands the Summer Course as aesthetic, theoretical, and political sphere of action, the Basel project „Focus Darmstadt“ (Direction: Michael Kunkel) uses selected case studies on the performance practice of contemporary music in the period 1946-1990. Under the title „Darmstadt Studies“ both research projects will present excerpts of their analysis during the next Summer Course on 13 August 2014. Please find the detailed program in the PDF.

27.03.2014

Darmstadt Studies: Research Day during the Summer Course

27.03.2014

Darmstadt Studies: Research Day during the Summer Course


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27.02.2014

Workshop with Gilbert Nouno: „Scoring and Performing Music Electronics“

In his lecture and workshop on composition with electronics, French composer and sound artist Gilbert Nouno will discuss scoring and performing music electronics. The emphasis will be put on musical and creative rather than technical matters. Sonic interaction thinking and insight, but not programming, will be the main topic. Relations between composition, electronics and performance will be explored in workshop sessions from the creative points of view of composers and performers.

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27.02.2014

Workshop with Gilbert Nouno: „Scoring and Performing Music Electronics“

27.02.2014

Workshop with Gilbert Nouno: „Scoring and Performing Music Electronics“


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23.02.2014

Decided: Participants for the Workshops of Jennifer Walshe/David Helbich and Peter Ablinger

The jurys for the two workshops of Jennifer Walshe and David Helbich („Composer-Performer“) and Peter Ablinger („Composition Beyond Music“) have decided. The following eight artists are invited to take part in this project that will have a first meeting in Biel (CH) at the Bern University of from 14 to 18 April 2014:

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23.02.2014

Decided: Participants for the Workshops of Jennifer Walshe/David Helbich and Peter Ablinger

23.02.2014

Decided: Participants for the Workshops of Jennifer Walshe/David Helbich and Peter Ablinger


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19.02.2014

New vocal music with Donatienne Michel-Dansac

During the 47th International Summer Course for New Music one of the most outstanding vocalists in New Music, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, will give a masterclass with focus on new languages in vocal contemporary music from solo voice to vocal chamber music. The workshop is for singers that are already technically assured. For this reason there is a special application procedure: After registration 2 recent audio and/or video files have to be sent to Donatienne Michel-Dansac with 1 piece from the 20th century repertoire and 1 piece at one’s own choice. A CV and a repertoire list for the work in Darmstadt are also requested.

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Donatienne Michel-Dansac 2012 in Darmstadt, Photo: Stefan Daub
19.02.2014

New vocal music with Donatienne Michel-Dansac

19.02.2014

New vocal music with Donatienne Michel-Dansac


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15.02.2014

„Visiting Composers“ at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

For this year's Darmstadt Summer Course – like 2010 and 2012 – several composers will be coming to Darmstadt for some days or for special projects. In the first week we will welcome Georges Aperghis, who wants to join in even though he is on sabbatical in 2014, Lars Petter Hagen from Oslo and Helmut Lachenmann, who will give a special workshop on his „Music for Voice and Piano“ GOT LOST (2007/08) together with Yuko Kakuta (soprano) and Yukiko Sugawara (piano).

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Helmut Lachenmann's last Darmstadt appearance in 2006, Photo: Günther Jockel
15.02.2014

Visiting Composers at the Summer Course 2014

15.02.2014

Visiting Composers at the Summer Course 2014


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07.02.2014

New: ULYSSES Community Platform

IMD is happy to announce that the new ULYSSES Community PLATFORM is officially launched!

 

The tool aims at linking
Artists (composers, performers, visual artists etc.),
Organizations (festivals, academies, music centers, cultural managers, ensembles etc.),
And everyone interested in projects with new music.

 

We especially invite the participants of this year’s Darmstadt Summer Course to create a profile, join the group „Darmstadt Summer Course 2014“ and explore how you can share data and information with other participants or find people with similar interests for future collaborations here in Darmstadt and create subgroups etc.

 

We’d like to know if the tool is useful for you. Please help us to improve it and e-mail your feedback at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you!

 

You can now register for free and discover all the functions and possibilities available online :

http://community.ulysses-network.eu

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07.02.2014

New ULYSSES Community Platform is now online

07.02.2014

New ULYSSES Community Platform is now online


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17.01.2014

Composition Courses in Darmstadt

If you've registered for Composition, you are right to expect to get in close contact with the composition tutors of the Darmstadt Summer Course. All composition tutors can plan individually how they would like to organize their classes: as one-to-one lessons, in small groups, in the form of special workshops, with or without selection procedure etc.
Several calls for workshops are still open during the registration period, please look for updates regularly.
 
Early enough before the Summer Course all registered participants for composition will receive an e-mail where we ask for your special preferences concerning the tutors so that we can see for which tutors and formats there is the highest demand. This will be compared and adjusted afterwards according to the tutors’ timetables. There is not a guarantee for a place with a certain composer, but we try to find fair solutions together with the tutors to comply your interests in the best way possible. In addition, there will be plenty of other offers (last minute places, Visiting Composers) and open formats during the Summer Course.

Lesson with Brian Ferneyhough in Darmstadt 2010, Photo: Anja Trautmann
17.01.2014

How to take part in the Composition Courses

17.01.2014

How to take part in the Composition Courses


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10.01.2014

New format for musicians: "Performance practice electronic music" with Sebastian Berweck

Sebastian Berweck – one of the most sought-after pianists for experimental contemporary music – will offer within the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014 a new format that has been developed especially for interpreters who work with electronics but have not been trained for this. Regarding the specific content of his workshop Sebastian Berweck wrote the following statement:

 

“You are a performer and you want to play with electronics but you don’t know where to start? Performance practice electronic music is here to help you get started and answer some of the questions you might have:

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10.01.2014

New format for musicians: "Performance practice electronic music" with Sebastian Berweck

10.01.2014

New format for musicians: "Performance practice electronic music" with Sebastian Berweck


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06.01.2014

Apply Now: 47th International Summer Course for New Music

Online application for the 47th International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt (2 to 16 August 2014) is now possible until 31 March 2014. Please find constantly updated information on courses, calls, projects and tutors under SUMMER COURSE.

Online Application

06.01.2014

Apply Now: 47th International Summer Course for New Music

06.01.2014

Apply Now: 47th International Summer Course for New Music


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