Screen Dive presents: OPEN CALL __Screen Swarm__

Screen Dive, our online platform for interactive musical pieces, is once again looking for composers, coders, artists and creatives working in the fields of sound, interactive design and coding. This time, we’re going for collaborations on hybrid works in a 5-day residency. Do you want to be part of a creative team and make a hybrid online/offline piece on the spot, working together with like-minded artists in the span of only a few days during Gaudeamus Festival 2022? Read on!

Inspired by Swarming Insects, Schooling Fish and Flocking Starlings, Screen Dive’s new open call invites you to move together as a collective, to create with-in a team, a piece that spills out from the screen into the streets and alleyways and back again. We welcome ideas that follow and directly engage with the Gaudeamus festival audience; works that are created by the audience, or that use audiences as pools of data to be gathered; etc. We are looking for works that are a true hybrid of “IRL” (in real life) and digital. We are looking for real time engagement with our audience.

If selected, you will be created in a team of 3 makers. The final work will be released on Screen Dive’s website and celebrated with a live event at the final day of the festival.

Knurl quartet – open call

Knurl Quartet is a one year residency in collaboration between Gaudeamus, instrument inventors initiative, Knurl lab and Rewire. During the development trajectory of the composer and cellist Rafaele Andrade and her own made instrument, Knurl, Rafaele will develop with three other cellists a multimedia performance composed by her to be performed at Gaudeamus 2023 and Rewire 2024. 

This is Knurl, an electroacoustic cello that offers to its musician the practice of diverse voice control, where each sound can be independently maintained and led by different sound techniques on-the-fly. It is a result of a personal impression towards the standard music practice, where artistic quality can become a synonym of integration, inclusion and diversity thinking by allowing different perceptions and hierarchies into music composition design.
When playing, Knurl has few actuators that can be defined on-the-fly to orient one of the possible 4 sonic layers. Those actuators are: Machine learning system, sound trackers (machine listening), tasks, patterns, envelope or a simple slider (potmeter).

Knurl is made with recycled bioplastic collected at the BENELUX ocean area, and designed open source by some members of the live coding community in the Netherlands. It runs and modifies its sound by the microcontroller bela, connected with motion sensors, touch buttons, potmeters and capacitive sensors. Knurl’s mission is to empower musicians to create performances with the assistance of digital applications. It also became a platform for an interactive and engaged performance with its audience, since the instrument has a web platform where users can control and manipulate the sound of the instrument live.

Development trajectory
The musicians will be encouraged to become developers of their own musical ideas. To do so, they will be practicing Knurl for the course of a year, discussing and making together musical elements reinterpreted based on their background playing cello. Rafaele’s intention is to make Knurl grow from an instrument to a platform for other artists to explore their own artistic practices.

By the end of the trajectory, the musicians will obtain a diverse range of skills and experience of practicing a new music instrument in a standard group scenario. We will be driven by the research question “How does a new musical instrument and musician redefine its role when it is part of a music group?”

 

Call for solo bagpipes

GAUDEAMUS offers young composers a unique opportunity to create music for Breton piper (Scottish bagpipes) Erwan Keravec.

Gaudeamus and Erwan Keravec ask young composers to develop a new work for solo bagpipe (with or without electronics – but fixed media, not live electronics) of around 7-10 minutes. The end result can be a fully notated score, but other processes (like an open score, workshopping material, etc.) are possible. Composers with a background outside of traditionally composed / classical music are very much encouraged to participate.

Erwan Keravec is a Breton piper (Scottish bagpipes), whose eclectic path ranges from traditional to contemporary music and improvisation. This encompasses playing solo pieces written for him by such contemporary composers as: Heiner Goebbels, Wolfgang Mitterer, Oscar Bianchi, Oscar Strasnoy, Philippe Leroux, José-Manuel Lopez Lopez…; leading a piper quartet, SONNEURS, playing pieces written by Wolfgang Mitterer, Susumu Yoshida, Samuel Sighicelli, Pierre-Yves Macé; free improvisation with Mats Gustafsson, Beñat Achiary, Audrey Chen, Julien Desprez, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, etc.; and writing and playing music for modern dance companies (Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Gaëlle Bourges, Mickaël Phelippeau…).

Deadline for this call is 1st of May 2022. The first 40 proposals will be viewed. Composers younger than 35 by September 2022 can participate.

Show your support for Ukraine via our platforms

Dear composer/musician,

We at Gaudeamus are shocked, saddened and appalled by the news coming from Ukraine. We strongly condemn the invasion and the tragic and pointless loss of lives.

We are working as we speak on several artistic and charity events to show support to the rich culture and musical history of Ukraine. On shorter notice, we want to use our social media platforms and international reach to make a statement. However, we feel that instead of making a ‘corporate’ and perhaps empty statement, it would be better to offer our platforms to anyone who feels personally connected to Ukraine and the war.

Therefor, we ask anyone who wants to do so to send us a personal video (or written) statement, via e-mail to publiciteit@gaudeamus.nl. We will share these statements via our Facebook and Instagram channels. If you send us a video, please make sure that it is no more than 2 minutes long.

We will publish the statements we received spread over the next days and weeks. We reserve the right to refuse statements.

Thank you,

Martijn Buser, Rogier van Splunder and the entire team of Gaudeamus

Screen Dive Phase 3: Call for Interactive Web-Based Works

The 3rd round of Screen Dive is about to start! As Screen Dive continues to grow as a meeting place for musicians, game designers and everyone who’s in-between and beyond, an online and live platform to play with sound, an archive with already 25 interactive soundart works by international composers – we invite you to submit your fearless screen-based creation.

Gaudeamus Screen Dive logo

This is a public call for existing as well as new works that will be featured on Screen Dive’s online gallery/playground space, curated by Luke Deane and Maya Felixbrodt. They will also join the live play-station at Gaudeamus festival and other events and may be featured live as performances/workshops/installations in more happening in The Netherlands and internationally.

The focus for this call is on works/scores/ideas that are interactive in nature. This time around we would like to encourage works that are for multi-players. Works that are not interactive in some way will not be considered (e.g. static video, live performances or pre-recorded performances) unless there is an obvious intention to “interactive-ize” them for this project. Once published, the works must be available to visit/play with online 24/7. The word “interactive” is used broadly here – interaction can be lo-fi, from text instructions to conceptual forms of interaction, all the way up to the most technical, java applets, 3d spaces, etc.

While working on your proposal check out the already existing works at Screen Dive.

The deadline for submissions was Sunday 2 January.

For questions, send an email to callforscores@gaudeamus.nl

Do you want to know more about Screen Dive before submitting your work? Join us online on Sat. Dec. 18th 18:00 CET for a talk with the curators. We will tell about the nature of Screen Dive, brainstorm together with you about your idea, answer questions and can even help you find the collaborator you are looking for your screen-based work. E-mail us at screendive@gaudeamus.nl and we’ll send you the zoom link.

New notes for harpist Michela Amici

Are you a composer between 10 and 35 years old? Do you live or study in the Netherlands? Would you like your music to be performed during the Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus and November Music? Send us your sketch for a new piece for harpist Michela Amici!

Performing on both triple harp and pedal harp, Michela Amici combines a repertoire that goes from early baroque works to cutting edge new compositions. Michela has worked extensively with young composers, sound artists and writers shaping a unique repertoire for ensembles such as the Harp Sirens (harp-sextet), the trio Amici (harp, double bass and percussion) and her latest duo project baroque harp and mezzo-soprano. She loves to explore spatial and theatrical aspects in her performances and her inspiration often lies in architecture and scenography.

Michela uses a concert harp (pedal harp), a baroque harp (triple harp) and a small renaissance harp (with bray pins) in this project. It is also possible to use electronics in the piece, provided that the composer oversees and executes this.

Please submit a composition outline with a maximum of 1 minute. We would like to receive a score/PDF and a midi-file (MP3). Does Michela Amici see potential in the excerpt? Then there is a chance that you can complete your composition and have it premiered at the Grachtenfestival and have performances at Gaudeamus and November Music as well!

Grachtenfestival De OpMaat 12 February

Do you wish to meet Michela and her harps before you send in your sketch? You can! During De OpMaat of the Grachtenfestival on 12 February you can ask Michela anything. If you want to join this session, send an e-mail to programmering@grachtenfestival.nl with subject ‘Meet-up with Michela’ before 1 February 2022.

NOTA BENE: It is optional to join this session, so if you cannot join, you can still send in your work.

Write for Ensemble Resilience

Are you interested in exploring new technologies and working closely with instrumentalists and sound designers? Gaudeamus invites composers (with no restriction of age or nationality) to write a new composition for violin, (bass) clarinet, piano/Seaboard and hybrid percussion* that will be workshopped in March 2022, developed during the following year and presented in September 2022 at Gaudeamus.

Club Fluxus Resilience

Ensemble Resilience is an innovative collective of musicians that aims to bring a new concept of sound to the contemporary music world. Its uniqueness is due to the synergy of three of the most elegant and expressive acoustic instruments, violin, clarinet and piano, and two recently invented electronic instruments. These are the MIDI Polyphonic Expression controller Seaboard® by Roli, and MATER, a hybrid-electronic percussion set created by members and associates of the ensemble. Ensemble Resilience‘s adventurous musicians are eager to explore new sounds and instrumental possibilities in a unique call for scores that will allow you to develop new ideas for electronics, supported by the two sound designers of Ensemble Resilience over the span of one year.

*a set of 7 plates of different materials connected via contact microphones to Ableton or Max/MSP

New music for B.C. Manjunath and New European Ensemble

GAUDEAMUS offers young composers a unique opportunity to create music for B.C. Manjunath and New European Ensemble (NEuE)

B.C. Manjunath is a revolutionary percussionist from Bangalore, freshly renovating the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India.
His impact has grown exponentially worldwide over the last decades, reaching musicians of all backgrounds who discover universal principles in his essential vision of rhythm.

New European Ensemble (NEuE) is a leading reference in newly composed repertoire, often collaborating with Gaudeamus.
NEuE dares to undergo a rhythmical challenge alongside B.C. Manjunath. An adventurous journey, but also a solid investment in their performative skills.

Support for composers

Jonás Bisquert, programme developer and composition coach at Gaudeamus; teacher of Advanced Rhythm at Conservatory of Amsterdam & Royal Conservatoire The Hague.
Jonás will coordinate support in the musical query of participating composers.

Ned McGowan, composer and flutist; teacher at Utrecht Conservatory and coordinator of International Rhythm Course.
Ned has been commissioned a piece for B.C. Manjunath and NEuE, due to premiere at Gaudeamus Festival 2022. Ned will share his experience and simultaneous composition process, providing privileged advice for participating composers.

Kristina Fuchs, multifaceted singer; teacher of Jazz Voice at Royal Conservatory of Antwerp; teacher of Advanced Rhythm at Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Kristina will share her knowledge of intercultural performance, helping composers reflect on their creative process. Adding even more luxury to this project, she is available to perform as a singer, expanding NEuE’s line-up.

Participate!

Design your own line-up, choosing up to 5 players out of: B.C. Manjunath, NEuE (9 players: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, string quartet, percussion), Kristina Fuchs.

Composer’s age: younger than 36 by September 2022.

Partners of Gaudeamus for this project: Culture Unlimited Festival, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Utrecht Conservatory.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

Screen Dive 2nd Edition: Call for Interactive Web-Based Works

We are excited to announce the 2nd edition of Screen Dive! After our successful launch at Gaudeamus 2020, featuring 20 interactive works by international composers, we are thrilled to tell you that Screen Dive, with support from Stimuleringsfonds continues and you are invited once again to submit your wildest screen-based creations.

This is a public call for both existing and new works that will be featured on Screen Dive’s online gallery/playground space, curated by Luke Deane and Maya Felixbrodt, and showcased live at the festival, alongside a new series of performances and workshops (Gaudeamus 2021 – 8 to 12 September in Utrecht & online).

The focus for this call is on works/scores/ideas that are interactive in nature. Works that are not interactive in some way will not be considered (e.g. static video, live performances or pre-recorded performances) unless there is an obvious intention to “interactive-ize” them for this project. Once published, the works must be available to visit/play with online 24/7. The word “interactive” is used broadly here – interaction can be lo-fi, from text instructions to conceptual forms of interaction, all the way up to the most technical, java applets, 3d spaces, etc.

Screen Dive is all about pushing the limits of interactivity, at the intersection of play-spaces and sound. We are passionate about building space for a new community where game designers, musicians, composers and artists can play together. We look forward to the inspiring new encounters that this trajectory will bring!

Picture: ‘Boundary’ by Amy Brandon

Tera de Marez Oyens Award 2021

The Tera de Marez Oyens Foundation is pleased to announce a call for scores for the 2021 Tera de Marez Oyens Award.

This year’s award is meant to bridge the gap between “music school” and “labour market”. The reward of €2.000 enables the composer to write a new short composition for a professional contemporary music ensemble, to be performed in Gaudeamus 2022.

Criteria

The criteria are the general quality of work and score, originality, feasibility and a “public-oriented” power of expression, i.e. to engage the audience in a “story” or atmosphere.

The competition of 2021 is open to any graduate or early professional who fulfilled a bachelor or master’s degree in music at a Dutch music conservatory in 2018/19, 2019/20 or 2020/21. He or she must currently live in The Netherlands. The work must be part of your graduation project or another project that was created during your time at the music conservatory. All musical genres are included, electronic music as well as pieces with performance or improvised elements.

Nomination

Works will be evaluated by a jury of professional musicians, composers, and a stage curator, (Vanessa Lann, Coen Stuit, Anne-Maartje Lemereis en Shane Burmania) presided by David de Marez Oyens. Three or four nominees will be invited to prepare a presentation of the selected work during a lunch time concert in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, on September 10th in Gaudeamus 2021. Selected composers will be informed no later than July 16th. The award ceremony will take place directly after the concert in TivoliVredenburg.

When offering up your composition, please consider that only 10 minutes are available for each nominated work. If your piece is longer, it’s possible to present a movement of approximately that duration. The performance of nominated pieces will take place on a chamber music stage, and the composer is required to engage the musicians him or herself (there is no ensemble available).

Call for Interactive Web-Based Works

Gaudeamus Muziekweek is going ahead, but in a different guise. One of the new elements to be featured during the festival is a virtual playground space, curated by Luke Deane and Maya Felixbrodt.

This is a public call for existing works to be featured in this years’ 75th Anniversary of Gaudeamus Muziekweek! A limited number of new works will also be accepted. The accepted works will form part of an online gallery/playground space, curated by Luke Deane and Maya Felixbrodt. The focus for this call is on works/scores/ideas that are interactive in nature. Works that are not interactive in some way will not be considered (e.g. static video) unless there is an obvious intention to “interactive-ize” them for this project. 

The word “interactive” is used broadly here – interaction can be lo-fi, from text instructions to conceptual forms of interaction, all the way up to the most technical, java applets, 3d spaces, etc.

For questions, send an e-mail to callforscores@gaudeamus.nl

Open Call: Senses Working Overtime

Senses Working Overtime

Since 2017, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and the workplace for theater and dance Het Huis Utrecht have been organizing the Senses Working Overtime programme: an exhibition centered around all the senses, with installations and performances that have the performativity of technology as a common denominator. The corona virus raises new questions – or makes existing questions even more urgent. What role can technology play in the performing arts? Can it help us create proximity or intimacy? And to what extent are we prepared to give up our privacy for collective safety? It is a small selection of the many questions that are now being asked.

During the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in 2020 we organize Senses Working Overtime in a different form in Het Huis Utrecht; from a distance and/or for a limited number of visitors that can keep a 1.5 meter distance. We call on makers and collectives to propose work that reacts to these times using technology, which can be presented in September with due observance of the RIVM guidelines. The proposal can be an installation and/or a performance and it can be a continuous or time based project, but must contain both online and offline elements and be presented all the three days of the Senses Working Overtime exhibition.

For questions, send an e-mail to callforscores@gaudeamus.nl

Call for works: towards a new concert practice

Gaudeamus calls on recently graduated musicians and composers to submit program proposals that deal with concert practices in an innovative way. The results will be presented during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020.

We are curious about ideas that change the structure of a concert. How can you change the experience of audience by changing theatrical and dramaturgical elements in your performance? How do you relate to the audience, how do you use your body and space? These are some questions that can be addressed to tell a musical story in a new way.

For this call, there are three locations that you can submit a plan for: Sonnenborgh, Koffie Leute and Touchstone. Write a plan how you want to use one of these locations in your concert program. The selected people can work out their ideas together with a professional of their choice during a workshop in August 2020. You can indicate with whom you would like to work.

Guidelines:

  • A proposal of up to 400 words
  • A programme of max. 30 minutes
  • Soloists and formations up to five musicians can submit
  • We offer a performance fee of € 250 per person
  • You graduated a maximum of 3 years ago
  • We start from dramaturgical and theatrical elements; technical / production possibilities are limited.

If you have any questions, you may contact matthijs@gaudeamus.nl.

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Call for scores: saxophonist Tom Sanderman

Gaudeamus invites composers worldwide to write for soprano or tenor saxophone for Tom Sanderman.

Saxophonist Tom Sanderman works as a soloist, is the co-founder of the Dutch experimental ensemble VONK and is a member of Het Nederlands Saxofoon Octet. He also performs as a guest player with other ensembles such as Temko and Bang On A Can. A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Tom has already worked with and commissioned a number of composers, performing and recording several new works and world premieres. He studied saxophone with Ties Mellema and Niels Bijl. He took part in the Bang On A Can Summer Festival 2016 at MASS MoCA (USA) where he collaborated with composers such as Julia Wolfe and John Luther Adams. Tom released his second solo album Whoever You Are Come Forth in 2018 on the label Alaska Records.

Call for sketches
Send a composition sketch with a maximum length of one minute before 1st August via the form below. We would like to receive sheet music/PDF and a midi file.

Reading Session
From the entries, a selection will be made for the Reading Session. On 8th August we will make known which sketches are selected. During the Reading Session on 6th September, all selected sketches are played, and you have the opportunity to work with Tom Sanderman. At the end of the Reading Session, several composers will be able to develop their sketch for a whole 5-7-minute composition with a possible performance in Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020.

New notes for James Oesi

Are you a composer between 10 and 35 years old? Do you live or study in the Netherlands? Would you like your music to be performed during the Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music? Keep on reading!



Write for James Oesi
James Oesi is a virtuosic double bass player, who is very much involved in the classical repertoire, but also has a great interest in contemporary and experimental music. Besides his experiences as a guest musician in ensembles such as the ASKO|Schönberg, Ensemble Modern, Insomnio and Ives Ensemble, his solo performances are praised in The Netherlands and abroad. Do you feel challenged to compose a innovative piece for double bass? James Oesi is curious to see and hear your ideas.

The Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music invite young composers to write new compositions. Please submit a composition outline with a maximum of 1 minute. We would like to receive a score/PDF and a midi-file (MP3). A selection of the competing entries will be made in due course. Contenders will get the chance to work with James Oesi at the Reading Sessions, where selected entries will be performed and judged.

And what’s next?
Does James Oesi see potential in the excerpt? Do you get along well? Then there is a chance that you can complete your composition and have it premiered at the Grachtenfestival and have performances at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019 and November Music 2019 as well!

Gaudeamus Award 2022

DEADLINE FOR THE GAUDEAMUS AWARD WAS 1 OCTOBER 2021 23:59 CET

You can now register for the Gaudeamus Award 2022. Because the Award was not held in 2021, composers younger than 36 can register. Composers of any nationality or background who were born after 11 September 1985 may enter their works. Works may already have been performed but must be composed no more than 4 years ago.

We ask you to submit 3 pieces:

1. Your main entry must fit in one of the 4 categories (see below)
2&3. Two additional pieces to show the breadth of your practice as a composer, that do not have to fit in any of the categories.

Additionally, we provide the option to submit a 4th piece for orchestra if you want to showcase your orchestral work. This piece will not be performed during the Gaudeamus Festival but might be selected to be performed by the Residentie Orkest The Hague during a concert in Amare in The Hague on a later date after the festival.

Four composers will be nominated for the Award. The nominees will be part of the Gaudeamus Festival 2022 (7-11 September). On the final night of the festival the winner of the Award will be chosen by an independent jury. The price consists of a commission worth €5,000 for a new composition to be premiered at a future edition of the Gaudeamus Festival. The nominees’ main entries for the competition as well as additional submitted pieces will be performed during the festival. They will also be commissioned to develop a new piece especially for the festival.

Please carefully read the information below and the terms and conditions before submitting!

Pay attention when submitting your work:

  • If you want to submit a video instead of audio, please do so by providing a link in the comment section to a Youtube video or a video hosted elsewhere: please pay attention that the video has to be anonymous and not contain your name.
  • When providing a score, make sure that your name is crossed out everywhere.