6 - 10 September 2017 From classical crossover and minimal soundscapes to modern composition with (live) electronics. Gaudeamus Muziekweek presents the newest music by young music pioneers during the eponymous and highly renowned music festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Performers: Nadar Ensemble Composers: Alexander Khubeev (1986) , Simon Steen-Andersen (1976) , Alexander Schubert (1979) , Stefan Prins (1979)
The Nadar Ensemble is one of three ensembles for which works could be entered that were eligible for the Gaudeamus Award 2015. Now the members of this young Belgian ensemble have created a fabulous programme, consisting of four pieces that put a very different slant on the usual relations between conductor and ensemble, musicians and score, cause and effect.
As part of the Gaudeamus Academy, Nadar collaborated intensively with nominee Alexander Khubeev. The young Russian’s composition Ghost of Dystopia exudes an alienating and post-apocalyptic atmosphere. Khubeev separates the conductor from the ensemble and ties him – hands and feet – to a bizarre sound-producing structure. Like an upside down puppet.
Alexander Schubert, too, transforms the traditional connection between ensemble and conductor into an extremely ambiguous merger of movement and sound, accompanied by an electronic ghost orchestra.
Simon Steen-Andersen takes aim at the relationship between the movements of the musicians and the sounds they produce. Similar to many of his other works, AMID tells a fascinating and almost grotesque musical story using magnification, associations and broken-down expectations.
The evening concludes with Stefan Prins’ Generation Kill. Small and seemingly innocent actions with far-reaching consequences are central to this unsurpassed piece. Using manipulated recordings, projection screens, webcams, and game controllers the composer creates a universe where the boundaries between physical and virtual reality are increasingly blurred. The tangible links between cause and effect are severed as he ensnares the musicians in an increasingly complicated web of causality and responsibility.
Alexander Khubeev (RUS) – Ghost of dystopia (nominated for the Gaudeamus Award 2015)
Simon Steen Andersen (DNK) – AMID
Alexander Schubert (DEU) – Point Ones
Stefan Prins (BEL) – Generation Kill (Gaudeamus Award 2015 jury member)
One evening, two concerts! Feel the festival spirit and buy a single ticket for two special concerts in one evening at an attractive price. In combination with The New Masters of Contemporary Music for only € 26 (in stead of € 36)